Book Club Kits

Looking for a great read for your book club?  Russell Library has curated a collection of Book Club Kits, which include 6 or more copies of each book and a discussion guide, all packaged together in a handy portable tote bag. Scroll down to see available titles.

What is a Book Club Kit?

It can be difficult to choose a book for a book discussion group and find enough copies for all the members of the group. We have made it easier by curating a wide variety of reading choices including bestselling fiction, biographies, award winners, and non-fiction, and packed all the copies in a handy portable bag. 

Each Book Club Kit contains multiple copies of one title that has been selected especially for book club groups, plus a large print edition, if available. The exact number of copies in each kit is noted on the catalog record and marked on the tag attached to each bag. In addition to the books, the kits include a notebook with discussion questions, reviews, author biographies, and book club tips to stimulate discussion.  You can visit the library catalog to reserve a kit, or ask any staff person for assistance.

Who Can Borrow Book Club Kits?

Book Club Kits can be borrowed by any book club. The kits are checked out as a whole by one member of the book club, who makes the individual copies available to club members. Each book in a kit is numbered so leaders can account for copies borrowed by group members.

The Book Club Kit must be returned to the Borrowing and Discovery Desk at Russell Library as a complete set.  Items cannot be returned separately. The person who checks out the kit is responsible for the entire kit. The Book Club Kits are not available through Inter-Library Loan.

Where can I find a kit?

The Book Club Kits are located in the lobby on the first floor. Please see the Main Desk Staff for assistance. 

May a Book Club Kit be reserved?

If the Book Club Kit you wish to borrow is currently checked out, you can place a reserve or “hold” on it.  To place a Book Club Kit on hold, search for the title in the online catalog, select the “Place Hold” button, and fill in your name and library card number.  You are also welcome to call the Information Desk at 860-347-2520 for assistance.

How long may Book Clubs keep a kit?

The loan period for Book Club Kits is 60 days. 

May Book Club Kits be renewed?

Yes, a Book Club Kit loan will automatically renew for 60 days, if there are no holds or reserves on it.

What if a book is lost?

If your group happens to lose a book, there will be a replacement fee for the lost copy.  The fee varies depending on the format of the book.

Becoming

By Michelle Obama
In her memoir, Michelle Obama chronicles the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

By Kim Michelle Richardson
Traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter is not only a book woman, she’s also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike anyone else. Not everyone is keen on her or the Library Project. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she’s going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

By Anissa Gray
Althea, the eldest sister of the Butler family is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband, Proctor, are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

By Erik Larson
It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson. 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman
Meet Eleanor Oliphant, an out-of-the-ordinary heroine with deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit. Nothing is missing in her life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

Educated

by Tara Westover
Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough to be admitted to Brigham Young University.

Furious Hours

by Casey Cep
Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members, but with the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice until a relative assassinated him at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted—thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the reverend himself.

Harry's Trees

by John Cohen
When Thirty-four-year-old Harry Crane’s wife dies suddenly, he is unable to cope. Leaving his old life behind, Harry makes his way to the remote woods of northeastern Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains, determined to lose himself. But fate intervenes in the form of a fiercely determined young girl named Oriana.

The Invention of Wings

by Sue Monk Kidd
The story follows Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid.

Lilac Girls

By Martha Hall Kelly
Rich with historical detail and riveting to the end, Lilac Girls weaves the lives of three astonishing women into a story of extraordinary moral power set against the harrowing backdrop of Europe in thrall to Nazi Germany.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

by Fredrik Backman
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

Nickel Boys

by Tolson Whitehead
Elwood Curtis is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides “physical, intellectual and moral training” so the delinquent boys in their charge can become “honorable and honest men.” In reality, the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students.

 

Ordinary Grace

By William Kent Krueger
Frank is preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.

Someone We Know

by Shari Lapena
In a quiet suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses–and into the owners’ computers as well–learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too. After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate, and suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the breaking point.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

by Lisa See
A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region of China and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.

This is How It Always Is

by Laurie Frankel
Claude is five years old, the youngest of five brothers. He loves wearing a dress and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.

Tuesdays with Morrie

by Mitch Albom
Did you have someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it? For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life.

Waking up White

by Debbie Irving
For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. Then, in 2009, one “aha!” moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan.

Where the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens
For years, rumors of Kya Clark, the “Marsh Girl”, have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya.

The Yellow House

by Sarah M. Broom
Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in New Orleans. This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house’s entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina.