Books to Go: For Book Groups

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Mount Prospect Public Library offers book discussion kits specifically designed for book groups. Each kit may be checked out for six weeks and includes ten copies of a title, as well as a binder containing information about the book, biographical information on the author, and questions for discussion. To reserve a kit, contact the Fiction/AV/Teen desk in person, call 847/590-4070, or at readers@mppl.org. This service is funded by Friends of the Mount Prospect Library.

Book Discussion Kit Guidelines

Book Discussion Kit Titles

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
A multi-generational novel which begins with two motherless siblings in an Afghan village and crosses continents to explore the many ways in which family members love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another, as well as how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us at the times that matter most.
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
A story inspired by the marriage between Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh traces the romance between a handsome young aviator and a shy ambassador’s daughter whose relationship is marked by wild international acclaim.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
The almost love affair between a young Italian innkeeper and a beautiful American starlet in 1962 is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
Call the MidwifeAt the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful people she meets while delivering babies in a variety of circumstances illuminate a rich and fascinating time in history.  Nonfiction.
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Cover of The CircleHired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful Internet company, Mae Holland begins to question her luck as life beyond her job grows distant, a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, and her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public.
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
To this day, Cleopatra proves to be one of the most important and controversial figures in ancient history. Married to both of her brothers, the first of which she defeated in a civil war before ordering the second’s murder, Cleopatra would also have affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony and nearly tear the Roman Empire in two. However, one Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer believes history has given Cleopatra a bad rap and sets out to tell the Egyptian queen’s true story.  Nonfiction.
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
For a price, Libby Day will reconnect with the players that murdered her mother and two sisters in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” Having testified that her brother Ben was the murderer on that fateful night 25 years ago, now she is not so sure as, piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges. From the writer of Gone Girl.
Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey
Maud, an aging grandmother, is slowly losing her memory. Yet she refuses to forget her best friend Elizabeth, whom she is convinced is missing and in terrible danger. Resolving to save her friend, she discovers clues that seem only to lead her deeper into her own past, to the unsolved disappearance of her sister after World War II.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . .” So begins this highly acclaimed debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation. It is both a literary thriller and a profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home.
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
Inseparable best friends Kate and Tully, two young women who, despite their very different lives, have vowed to be there for each other forever, have been true to their promise for thirty years, until events and choices in their lives tear them apart.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Many scientific and medical advances of the modern world have been made possible by cells taken from one African-American woman in 1951 without her knowledge or consent. This fascinating tale intertwines her story with that of her family’s search for answers.  Nonfiction.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
When Charleston debutante Sarah is given ownership of ten-year-old handmaid Handful on her eleventh birthday, it marks the beginning of a thirty-five-year complex journey as each strives to establish a meaningful life on her own terms.
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
The Kitchen HouseSeven-year-old Irish orphan Lavinia is transported to Virginia to work in the kitchen of a wealthy plantation owner and finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds.  When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, Victoria is unable to get close to anyone, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. When she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
After the horror of World War I, Tom Sherbourne welcomes his new job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, an isolated island with no residents aside from him and his wife Isabel. When a boat with a dead man and a young baby washes ashore, Isabel convinces Tom to let her keep the baby as their own, but the consequences to her actions may be dire.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
In this internationally beloved debut, a man with staunch principles, strict routines, and a cranky exterior clashes with boisterous and well-meaning new neighbors.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Me Before YouTaking a job as an assistant to extreme sports enthusiast Will, who is wheelchair-bound after a motorcycle accident, Louisa struggles with her employer’s acerbic moods and learns of his shocking plans before demonstrating to him that life is still worth living.
Mozart’s Last Aria by Matt Rees
In 1791 Austria, Madame Maria Anna Berchtold von Sonnenburg journeys to Vienna to pay her final respects to her brother, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who died under mysterious circumstances, and becomes submerged in a world of suspicion and intrigue.
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
Caring for her family on their mid-20th-century tobacco farm after the loss of her parents, 15-year-old Ivy connects with county social worker Jane, who strains her personal and professional relationships with her advocacy of Ivy’s family.
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
At the edge of the continent, in the small town of Crosby, Maine, lives Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher who deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large but doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her.  Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
An Indian request in 1854 for 1,000 white brides to ensure peace is secretly approved by the U.S. government in this alternate-history novel. Their journey west is described by May Dodd, a high-society woman released from an asylum where she was incarcerated by her family for an affair.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The-Orphan-TrainA captivating story of an unexpected friendship between two very different women: 91-year-old Vivian, who has a hidden past as an orphan-train rider, and Molly, a teenager whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.
The Photograph by Penelope Lively
Finding a mysterious photograph of his late wife, Kath, holding hands with another man, Glyn begins a search that proves shocking to Kath’s family and friends.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
A classic novel of romantic suspense finds the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter entering the home of her mysterious and enigmatic new husband and learning the story of the house’s first mistress, to whom the sinister housekeeper is unnaturally devoted.
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutts sets out with his three friends to find the person who destroyed his family. Winner of the National Book Award.
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Interweaving the stories of Kavita, Somer, and the child that binds both of their destinies, Secret Daughter poignantly explores the emotional terrain of motherhood, loss, identity, and love, as witnessed through the lives of two families – one Indian, one American – and the child that indelibly connects them.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
After a virulent flu sweeps the world, a troupe of musicians and Shakespearean actors roams the scattered outposts of a nation under collapse. The rise of a dangerous prophet, a rare graphic novel, and a carefully curated Museum of Civilization are only a few of the rich elements woven through this audacious novel that questions what humanity longs for when nearly all seems lost.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
When her health begins failing, the mysterious author Vida Winter decides to let Margaret Lea, a biographer, write the truth about her life, but Margaret needs to verify the facts since Vida has a history of telling outlandish tales.
Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
Young widow Anne Marie Roche, the owner of a successful Seattle bookstore, creates a list of twenty wishes, and, while acting upon her wishes, encounters an 8-year-old girl named Ellen who helps her complete her list – with unexpected results.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Suffering an accident that causes her to forget the last ten years of her life, Alice is astonished to discover that she is 39, a mother of three, and in the midst of an acrimonious divorce from a man she dearly loves. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse and if it is possible to start over.

Book Discussion Kit Guidelines

  1. Book discussion kits may be checked out for six (6) weeks. They may not be renewed.
  2. Kits may be reserved up to a year in advance through the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk. This may be done in person, by calling 847/253-5675 extension 4070, or by emailing readers@mppl.org.
  3. Kits should be picked up at the Fiction/AV/Teen Services Desk and a staff member will walk the kit down to the Circulation Desk for checkout.
  4. Kits are checked out to one person. Members of the group should get their copies from the person who checked out the kit. Kits come as a set. Individual items from the kit may not be checked out.
  5. Only one kit at a time may be checked out to an individual. A three day exception can be made if the practice of the book group is to collect the old books and distribute the new books at the same meeting.
  6. The individual who checks out the kit is responsible for the return of the complete kit, including the bag, the books, and the binder.
  7. Overdue book discussion kits will be fined $5.00 per day.
  8. Failure to return book discussion kits on time may infringe on future borrowing privileges of such kits.
  9. Book discussion kits must be returned to the Circulation Desk for check-in during open Library hours (9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 12 noon – 5 p.m.). They may not be returned in the book drop or using the automated check-in system.
  10. Book discussion kits are available for reciprocal borrowing but may not be Interlibrary Loaned.

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