Plainfield Public Library District

Book Discussion Kits

The Plainfield Public Library has a growing collection of Book Discussion Kits available to lend to our patrons and fellow libraries who are seeking multiple copies of books for discussion. New titles are added periodically and each discussion set contains between 10-12 books. Contact the Reference Desk at reference@plainfieldpubliclibrary.org if you are interested in borrowing a kit.

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More discussion kits will be available over the coming year. Contact the Reference Desk at reference@plainfieldpubliclibrary.org if you are interested in borrowing a "Book Club in a Bag".

Adult Book Discussion Kit Kindle Fire HD 7Adult Book Discussion Kit Kindle Fire HD 7
by Amazon Kindle Fire
You can check up to 12 Kindle Fires for your book club. These devices are preloaded with all the book kit selections.
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All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with their respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.
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Art Forger, TheArt Forger, The
by B.A. Shapiro
An artist whose reputation has been tarnished stumbles on a piece of art that disappeared twenty-five years ago and agrees to forge it for a gallery owner, until she realizes that the art she is forging may itself be a forgery.
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Art of Hearing Heartbeats, TheArt of Hearing Heartbeats, The
by Jan-Philipp Sendker
When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter has any idea where he might be--until they find a love letter he wrote many years before, to a Burmese woman who is unknown to them.
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As Husbands GoAs Husbands Go
by Susan Isaacs
Astonished when her seemingly devoted husband is found murdered in a prostitute's apartment, Susie, a mother of four-year-old triplets, bristles at her neighbors' mixed reactions and tackles everyone from her husband's partners to the DA to restore her family's honor.
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At the WaterAt the Water's Edge
by Sara Gruen
While her brother, Ellis, and his friend try to find the Loch Ness monster in an attempt to get back into her father's good graces, Maddie is left on her own in World War II-era Scotland and experiences a social awakening
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Be Frank With MeBe Frank With Me
by Julia Claiborne Johnson
Reluctantly hired into the home of a famed reclusive writer who would recapture her lost fortunes by completing a new manuscript, Alice Whitley becomes obsessed with identifying the paternity of her employer's precocious young son.
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Before the FallBefore the Fall
by Noah Hawley
The stories of ten wealthy victims of a plane crash intertwine with those of a down-on-his-luck painter and a four-year-old boy, the tragedy's only survivors, as odd coincidences surrounding the crash point to a possible conspiracy.
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Britt-Marie Was HereBritt-Marie Was Here
by Fredrik Backman
Walking away from her loveless marriage and taking a job in a derelict, financially devastated town, sixty-three-year-old Britt-Marie uses her fierce organizational skills to become a local soccer coach to a group of lost children.
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Circling the SunCircling the Sun
by Paula McLain
Raised by her father and the Kipsigis tribe in 1920s Kenya, Beryl endures painful losses before entering a passionate love triangle and discovering her unconventional true calling.
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Coincidence of Coconut Cake, TheCoincidence of Coconut Cake, The
by Amy Reichert
On the day Chef Lou Johnson catches her fiancâe in a compromising position with an intern, British food critic Al pays a visit to her Milwaukee restaurant and writes a scathing review, which runs on the day the two meet at a local pub. This is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.
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Dead WakeDead Wake
by Erik Larson
A chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as Woodrow Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat, and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.
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Dinner, TheDinner, The
by Herman Koch
Meeting at a restaurant for dinner, two couples move from small talk to the shared challenge of their teenage sons' violent act that has triggered a police investigation and revealed the extent to which each family will go to protect those they love.
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DonDon't You Cry
by Mary Kubica
In Chicago, Esther Vaughan disappears, leaving only a haunting letter as a clue for her roommate, Quinn Collins; meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town, 18-year-old dishwasher Alex Gallo is drawn to a charming mystery woman, whose allure spirals into something far more sinister.
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Fates and FuriesFates and Furies
by Lauren Groff
Marrying in a whirlwind amid predictions of future greatness, Lotto and Mathilde are shaped throughout a subsequent shared decade by complications, secrets, and powerful creative drives
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Girls, TheGirls, The
by Emma Cline
Mesmerized by a band of girls in the park she perceives as enjoying a life of free and careless abandon, 1960s teen Evie Boyd becomes obsessed with gaining acceptance into their circle, only to find herself drawn into a cult and seduced by its charismatic leader.
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Good Girl, TheGood Girl, The
by Mary Kubica
The daughter of a prominent Chicago judge and his socialite wife, inner-city art teacher Mia Dennett is taken hostage by her one-night stand, Colin Thatcher, who, instead of delivering her to his employers, hides her in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota to keep her safe from harm.
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HomegoingHomegoing
by Yaa Gyasi
Two half-sisters, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana and experience profoundly different lives and legacies throughout subsequent generations marked by wealth, slavery, war, coal mining, the Great Migration and the realities of 20th-century Harlem.
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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetHotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford
When artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II are uncovered during renovations at a Seattle hotel, Henry Lee embarks on a quest that leads to memories of growing up Chinese in a city rife with anti-Japanese sentiment.
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HusbandHusband's Secret, The
by Liane Moriarty
Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.
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JuneJune
by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Learning that she is the sole heir to the fortune of a legendary Hollywood movie star, Cassie Danvers, mourning the loss of her grandmother, investigates the truth in her prim grandmother's past and discovers secrets involving blackmail, murder, betrayal, and broken hearts.
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Kitchen House, TheKitchen House, The
by Kathleen Grissom
Working as an indentured servant alongside slaves on a tobacco plantation, Lavinia, a 7-year-old Irish orphan with no memory of her past, finds her light skin and situation placing her between two very different worlds that test her loyalties.
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Light Between Oceans, TheLight Between Oceans, The
by M.L. Stedman
Moving his young bride to an isolated lighthouse home on Australia's Janus Rock where the couple suffers miscarriages and a stillbirth, Tom allows his wife to claim an infant who has washed up on the shore only to witness a rift in their marriage that is further complicated by a search by the baby's desperate mother.
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Little Paris Bookshop, TheLittle Paris Bookshop, The
by Nina George
Prescribing books that offer therapeutic benefits to his customers, a literary apothecary in a floating bookstore on the Seine struggles with private heartbreak before embarking on a journey of healing at the side of a blocked writer and a lovelorn chef.
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Lost LakeLost Lake
by Sarah Addison Allen
Seeking solace in a Georgia lakeside cottage with her eccentric eight-year-old daughter, recently widowed Kate wonders if the area's almost-magical ability for sparking romances has been imagined before experiencing a poignant renewal.
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Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, TheMagic Strings of Frankie Presto, The
by Mitch Albom
Sent to America at age nine with nothing but an old guitar, Frankie Presto achieves success on the mid-twentieth-century music scene before becoming overburdened by his ability to affect people's futures through his music.
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Major PettigrewMajor Pettigrew's Last Stand
by Helen Simonson
Forced to confront the realities of life in the 21st century when he falls in love with widowed Pakistani descendant Mrs. Ali, a retired Major Pettigrew finds the relationship challenged by local prejudices that view Mrs. Ali, a Cambridge native, as a perpetual foreigner.
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Man Called Ove, AMan Called Ove, A
by Fredrik Backman
A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.
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Miniaturist, TheMiniaturist, The
by Jessie Burton
Engaging the services of a miniaturist to furnish a cabinet-sized replica of her new home, 18-year-old Nella Oortman, the wife of an illustrious merchant trader, soon discovers that the artist's tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways.
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MudboundMudbound
by Hillary Jordan
Prejudice takes many forms, both subtle and brutal. It is 1946, and in the midst of the McAllan family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie is charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.
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Museum of Extraordinary Things, TheMuseum of Extraordinary Things, The
by Alice Hoffman
The daughter of a curiosities museum's front man pursues an impassioned love affair with a Russian immigrant photographer, who after fleeing his Lower East Side Orthodox community, has captured poignant images of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
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Nest, TheNest, The
by Cynthia D'aprix Sweeney
Ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love. Atlas Publishing: Gathering to confront an older sibling who has been recently released from rehab after a drunk driving accident, the Plum siblings watch as the trust fund left by their father rises and falls according to self-inflicted problems.
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NeverhomeNeverhome
by Laird Hunt
Follows the experiences of Ash Thompson, who becomes a folk hero after she abandons her farmer husband and disguises herself as a Union soldier to fight in the Civil War.
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Nightingale, TheNightingale, The
by Kristin Hannah
Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.
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Ordinary GraceOrdinary Grace
by William Kent Krueger
Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.
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Orphan TrainOrphan Train
by Christina Baker
Close to aging out of the foster care system, Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer takes a community service position helping an elderly woman named Vivian clean out her home and discovers that they are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past.
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Pretty BabyPretty Baby
by Mary Kubica
The charitable Heidi Wood horrifies her husband and daughter by inviting an apparently homeless teenager and her infant to take refuge in their home, a situation that quickly devolves as details from the girl's past begin to surface.
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Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, TheReaders of Broken Wheel Recommend, The
by Katarina Bivald
A Swedish woman who arrives in Iowa to learn that her pen pal has just died opens a bookstore in the woman's honor and makes choices that threaten to bring secrets to light as she attempts to share her love of reading with the locals.
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Redemption RoadRedemption Road
by John Hart
In a town on the brink and on a road with no mercy, a boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother, a detective finally confronts her troubled past, a good cop walks free after serving thirteen years in prison and the unthinkable happens on the altar of an abandoned church.
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River at Night, TheRiver at Night, The
by Erica Ferencik
NEW! Struggling with a soul-crushing job, a beloved sibling's death and a divorce, Wini joins her friends on a hiking and rafting trip only to become stranded away from their survival gear and targeted by sinister rescuers who force the women to reconsider their loyalties and secrets.
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Rumor, TheRumor, The
by Elin Hilderbrand
Struggling with looming bills and writer's block while her best friend faces a life-changing decision, Nantucket author Madeline King tackles escalating rumors during a summer of explosive secrets.
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Second Mrs. Hockaday, TheSecond Mrs. Hockaday, The
by Susan Rivers
NEW! A tale inspired by a true story follows the efforts of a Civil War veteran to discern the truth about his teen bride, who during the two years he was at war was convicted and imprisoned for allegedly having a baby in his absence and killing it.
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Silent Sister, TheSilent Sister, The
by Diane Chamberlain
Settling her late father's affairs only to discover evidence that contradicts understandings about her sister's suicide twenty years earlier, Riley MacPherson learns that her sister is still alive and has been on the run from dangerous family secrets.
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Spool of Blue Thread, ASpool of Blue Thread, A
by Anne Tyler
The changing needs of aging parents impact a family gathering during which Abby Whitshank relates how her husband and she fell in love during the summer of 1959 and shares decades of marriage impacted by children and long-held secrets.
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Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, TheStoried Life of A.J. Fikry, The
by Gabrielle Zevin
When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.
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This Is How It Always IsThis Is How It Always Is
by Laurie Frankel
COMING SOON! 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.
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This Is Where I Leave YouThis Is Where I Leave You
by Jonathan Tropper
Judd Foxman is thrown together with his dysfunctional family when his father dies, while at the same time coping with his wife's infidelity and the end of his marriage.
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Undergound Railroad, TheUndergound Railroad, The
by Colson Whitehead
NEW! After Cora, a slave in pre-Civil War Georgia, escapes with another slave, Caesar, they seek the help of the Underground Railroad as they flee from state to state and try to evade a slave catcher, Ridgeway, who is determined to return them to the South.
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What She Left BehindWhat She Left Behind
by Ellen Marie Wiseman
Izzy Stone struggles to solve the mysteries surrounding her mentally ill mother and discover a place to truly call home.
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When Breath Becomes AirWhen Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
A Ivy League-trained, award-winning young neurosurgeon describes his how after receiving a terminal diagnosis with lung cancer he explored the dynamics of his roles as a patient and care provider, the philosophical conundrums about a meaningful life and how he wanted to spend his final days.
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WhereWhere'd You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple
When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her
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Year of Fog, TheYear of Fog, The
by Michelle Richmond
Photographer Abby Mason's life is changed forever by the disappearance of the young girl with whom she had been walking on a cold and foggy beach, and her desperate search for the truth behind the child's vanishing.
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