Get Talking: Great Books for Book Club Discussions

The following titles are sure to culitivate lively book group discussions. They have been recommended for book clubs by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, Novelist and the librarians at the Monroe County Public Library. All titles are available at MCPL and some are available as "It’s In the Bag" book club kits.

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American Heiress: the Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst

Jeffrey Toobin
322.42092 Too

This book examines the life of Patty Hearst who suffered unimaginable trauma and then made the stunning decision to join her captor’s crusade. Or did she?

Huntress: the Adventures, Escapades and Triumphs of Alicia Patterson: Aviatrix, Sports Woman, Journalist and Publisher

Alice Arlen
070.92 Arlen Arl

Alicia Patterson, 1906-1963, did it all. This biography traces her life from being the middle child of complicated parents, to a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and publisher.

I Almost Forgot About You

Terry McMillan

Georgia is a bored 54 year old optometrist with two failed marriages. She sells her house, quits her job and takes off on an adventure.

Miller’s Valley

Anna Quindlen

Beginning in the 1960’s, Mimi Miller comes of age over and over again. As the years go by, Mimi and her family face her heartbreak of growing up and falling in love with the wrong man.

Terrible Virtue

Ellen Feldman

A fictional portrait of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. Trained as a nurse, she eventually channeled her energy to one cause: the legalization of contraception.

The Lightkeepers

Abby Geni

Miranda, a nature photographer, travels to the Farallon Islands off the coast of California. The island is populated by scientists and birds. A murder occurs or an accident, which is it? Available as an It's in the Bag book club kit.

The Stargazer's Sister

Carrie Brown

A novelization of the life of Lina Herschel, the sister of astronomer, William Herschel. Lina is happy being the mistress of her brother’s home, until he announces he is to be married. It’s in the Bag Book Club Kit available.

Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead

Cora is a slave in Georgia. A recent arrival from Virginia tells her about the Underground Railroad and helps her escape. Like Gulliver, Cora encounters different worlds as she journeys through time as well as space. An Oprah book club selection.

Vinegar Girl: the Taming of the Shrew

Anne Tyler

The Taming of the Shrew, as retold by Anne Tyler. Kate is a sharp-tongued preschool assistant living with her scientist father. When his handsome, brilliant lab assistant is threatened with deportation, he turns to Kate for a marriage solution.

We Are All Made of Stars

Rowan Coleman

Nurse Stella works the night shift at a local hospice. Two patients, a young woman with cystic fibrosis and Hugh, a historian who has no interest in living in the present, lives are changed by her care. Coleman uses several voices and perspectives to turn a potentially dark story into one filled with light. Recommended for fans of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.