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Adult Book Discussion Bags

The “Book Discussion in a Bag” kits each include 15 copies of a book, along with a book discussion guide (if there is not one included in the book). The kits are checked out for six weeks.

Should you need suggestions or guidance on which titles would work best for your group, please contact Greta Ulrich at 847-663-6617. If a member of your group needs Large Print or an Audiobook, we will try to locate one for you.

The available “Book Discussion in a Bag” kits we have are listed below. Please call the AV/Fiction Desk at 847-663-6613 to check for availablity or to have one held.

Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

In this powerful sequel to Shanghai Girls, Joy has left San Francisco for Shanghai to seek out her father. May and Pearl follow her to their original homeland with surprising consequences.

Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew

In 1954, 13-year-old Jubie Watts leave Charlotte, North Carolina for a vacation in Florida with her family and their black maid. As they drive through the South, they experience the racism of the times in a way they had never expected.

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

When Kimberly Chang and her mother immigrate to New York from Hong Kong, they know little English and will lead difficult lives for many years. But Kimberly is a star student and learns to adapt to life in America. 

Honolulu by Alan Brennert

A young woman from Korea becomes a picture bride to a man in Honolulu in the fascinating tale set in early 20th century Hawaii. 

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Henry Lee, a Chinese-American man living in Seattle, recalls his friendship with Keiko, a Japanese-American girl also living in Seattle during World War II. A touching story of young love and friendship.  

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

The story of a wealthy English family, a house and a mysterious death on the eve of Work War I told in flashbacks by an elderly former servant.

Keeper and Kid by Edward Hardy

When Jimmy Keeper learns that has a three year old son with his ex-wife he must learn how to be a dad in this sweet story of unexpected parenthood.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

A former foster child finds purpose and meaning through her work as a florist in contemporary California.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

When an elderly British man befriends a younger Pakastani woman his neighbors and friends are startled by the ruin of events in his rural village.

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

Mary Sutter is a midwife during the Civil War. She aspires to become a doctor in this strong, dramatic tale.

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

When Somer and her Indian-born husband Kris adopt a baby girl from India, they begin the journey to build a family. Meanwhile, the birth parents in India have their own struggles in a changing world.

The Usual Rules by Joyce Maynard

When Wendy loses her mother during 9/11, she must decide whether she should stay in New York or move to California to live with her father. This is a moving coming of age story for our time.