Books for Book Clubs

  • Book cover from past Library book discussions

These titles used in our past book discussions are available to local book clubs. Please call your Library branch to inquire about availability dates and quantities for each title.

Looking for book club advice and recommendations? Book Group Buzz has resources for you. A list of guides and web sites is also available at Masterpiece Book Club.

Fiction and non-fiction

  • The Age of Miracles by Karen Walker
  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  • Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
  • Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder 
  • Cane River by Lalita Tademy
  • Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
  • A Comrade Lost and Found by Jan Wong
  • A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
  • The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato
  • God's Hotel, by Victoria Sweet
  • Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  • Homer & Langley by E. L. Doctorow
  • The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa  Diffenbaugh
  • A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • Nemesis by Philip Roth
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
  • The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
  • A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
  • Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
  • The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey 
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • This Cold Heaven by Gretel Ehrlich
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Typist by Michael Knight 
  • The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Great Books: Literature, autobiography, and non-fiction classics

  • Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mohandas K. Gandhi
  • Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
  • English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology
  • The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories by Mark Twain
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  • A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus

Mystery

  • Beastly Things by Donna Leon
  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  • The Black Cat by Martha Grimes
  • Blotto, Twinks and the Dead Dowager Duchess by Simon Brett
  • Bonereapers by Jeanne Matthews
  • Born to Run by James Grippando
  • Broken Harbor by Tana French
  • Burrows by Reavis Z. Wortham
  • The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
  • The Dark Winter by David Mark
  • A Darker Domain by Val McDermid
  • Death Sentences by Chiaki Kawamata
  • Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Dog On It by Spencer Quinn
  • Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris
  • The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman
  • His Majesty's Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff
  • Innocent by Scott Turow
  • A Killer Read by Erika Chase
  • The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
  • The Last Policeman by Ben Winters
  • Life Without Parole by Clare O'Donohue
  • The Likeness by Tana French
  • Little Elvises by Timothy Hallinan
  • Münster's Case: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery by Hakan Nesser
  • Nameless Dame by Bart Schneider
  • The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod
  • A Night Too Dark by Dana Stabenow
  • One Fearful Yellow Eye by John D. MacDonald
  • Partner in Crime by J. A. Jance
  • Rain Gods by James Lee Burke
  • Roadside Crosses by Jeffery Deaver
  • Second Rule of Ten by Gay Hendricks
  • Shell Game by Carol O'Connell
  • Shrink Rap by Robert B. Parker
  • Strawberry Yellow by Naomi Hirahara
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  • Treasure Hunt by John Lescroart
  • Under the Lake by Stuart Woods
  • Untold Damage by Robert K. Lewis
  • Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan
  • Winter Study by Nevada Barr

Science Fiction

  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi