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 Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  • Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
  • The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato
  • 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
  • A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
  • Nemesis by Philip Roth
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
  • A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • 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
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • This Cold Heaven by Gretel Ehrlich
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
  • 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

  • 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
  • Burrows by Reavis Z. Wortham
  • The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
  • A Darker Domain by Val McDermid
  • Death Sentences by Chiaki Kawamata
  • Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Dog On It by Spencer Quinn
  • The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman
  • 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
  • Nameless Dame by Bart Schneider
  • The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod
  • A Night Too Dark by Dana Stabenow
  • Partner in Crime by J. A. Jance
  • Rain Gods by James Lee Burke
  • Roadside Crosses by Jeffery Deaver
  • Shell Game by Carol O'Connell
  • Shrink Rap by Robert B. Parker
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  • Treasure Hunt by John Lescroart
  • Under the Lake by Stuart Woods
  • Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan
  • Winter Study by Nevada Barr

Science Fiction

  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi