Books to Go: For Book Groups


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 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.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, a stranger presents a new father with a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. When mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the one who can keep the darkness at bay.
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.
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
When Cameroonian immigrants Jendi and Neni Jonga find jobs working for a senior executive, the American Dream seems real. In the course of their work, they begin to witness infidelities, skirmishes, and family secrets, but it is in the aftermath of a corporate collapse that tragedy changes all their lives forever.
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
The Circle book coverHired 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.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Crazy Rich Asians book coverEnvisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming family that strongly opposes their son’s relationship with an American girl. What Rachel doesn’t know is that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, she might as well have a target on her back.
Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey
Elizabeth is Missing book coverMaud, 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
Cover of Everything I Never Told You“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 Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
When Kristin agrees to let her husband host a bachelor party, she expects a certain amount of debauchery, even removing herself and her daughter for the evening. What she does not expect is bacchanalian drunkenness, her husband sharing a dangerously intimate moment in the guest room, and two women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Reluctantly accepting a long-estranged friend’s invitation to spend a weekend in the English countryside, reclusive writer Leonora awakens in a hospital badly injured, unable to recall what happened and confronting a growing certainty that someone involved has died.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Invention of Wings book coverWhen 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.
Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique
Set against the emergence of Saint Thomas into the modern world, three gifted siblings orphaned by a shipwreck off the Virgin Islands grow up to raise three generations from 1916 to the 1970s, adapting to the unique language, rhythm, and magic of island life over 60 years.
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.
Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart
When Quinn Cruz receives a cryptic message from her older sister, Nora, she doesn’t think much of it. But when a haunted-looking Nora shows up just hours later with a frightened young girl, a chain reaction is set into motion that will change both of their lives forever.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Man Called Ove book coverIn this internationally beloved debut, a man with staunch principles, strict routines, and a cranky exterior clashes with boisterous and well-meaning new neighbors.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The Mothers book coverSet in Southern California and narrated by the elder church women of their black community, this story begins with a secret. It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken beauty who takes up with the local pastor’s son. Though the two aren’t serious, the pregnancy (and cover-up) that results will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth.
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
Necessary Lies book coverCaring 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.
The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
The One-in-a-Million Boy book coverAfter the sudden death of his son, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing one of the boy’s unfinished Boy Scout badges. He soon discovers that his son had talked a spry 104-year-old immigrant into gunning for the world record for Oldest Licensed Driver. Despite himself, Quinn picks up where the boy left off, forging a friendship that allows him to know the son he never understood.
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.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Salt to the Sea book coverWinter 1945. Four refugees. Four secrets. Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies, war. As thousands desperately flee in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, but when tragedy strikes, they must fight for the same thing: survival.
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
Ferociously witty and outspoken, comedian Lindy West bravely shares essays from her own life, including her transition from quiet to feminist-out-loud, coming of age in a popular culture that is hostile to women (especially fat, funny women) and how keeping quiet is not an option for any of us.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven book coverAfter 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.
This Is How It Always by Laurie Frankel
A family reshapes their ideas about family, love and loyalty when youngest son Claude reveals increasingly determined preferences for girls’ clothing and accessories and refuses to stay silent.
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
Cover of The Turner HouseThe Turners’ house has seen thirteen children grown and gone, the fall of Detroit’s East Side, and the loss of a father. When the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage, the Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunts – and shapes – their family’s future.
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.
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
Year of Yes book coverWith three hit shows on television and three children at home, Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No. When Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge to say YES to unexpected invitations just for one year, Shonda reluctantly agreed and the result was nothing short of transformative. Nonfiction.

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
  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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