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Book Discussions to Go!

Johnson City Public Library has developed a collection of book discussion kits to be checked out as a service to our local area Book Discussion Groups. Each kit contains up to 12 copies of the book along with a Reading Guide. Kits may be checked out for 8 weeks. Kits are checked out to one member of the group, along with a sign-out sheet for the club to keep track of the books. Kits are checked out and returned to the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of the library. Kits cannot be returned through the outside book drop box. Kits must be returned containing all books; group members cannot return books individually.

For more information or to reserve a book discussion kit, please call 423-434-4455, visit us at the Circulation Desk, or email us at circulation@jcpl.net.

New Book Kits

Blame by Michelle Huneven

The journey of a young history professor, Patsy MacLemoore, after accidentally killing a mother and daughter while driving drunk.

The Language of Flower by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions, but for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude after a childhood spent in the foster-care system. Now 18, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through flowers and an encounter with a stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

About a drug company employee who journeys to Brazil, to bring back information about seemingly miraculous drug research being conducted there by Dr. Swenson on behalf of the company.

Fiction

The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle

Veterinarian Cami Anderson is stymied by her recent divorce, but she finds strange comfort in an unexpected confidant: an angry, unpredictable horse in her care. With the help of her equine soul mate, she begins to make sense of marriage’s great mysteries—and its disconnects.

The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman

28 year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech, 23 year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Pragmatic Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, romantic Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. Emily is rational and driven, while Jess is dreamy and whimsical. Emily’s boyfriend, Jonathan, is fantastically successful. Jess’s boyfriend, not so much.

The Dive From Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer

23 year old Carrie Bell has spent her entire life in Wisconsin. Now to her dismay she has begun to find this life suffocating and is considering leaving it–and Mike, her high school sweet heart–behind. But when Mike is paralyzed in a diving accident, leaving seems unforgivable and yet more necessary than ever.

The Echo Maker by Richard Powers

The story of a young man, Mark Schluter, whose brain is injured in a truck accident. Although he largely recovers, he has cognitive impairments, including capgras syndrome, the suspicion that his sister has been replaced by an impostor.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The story about African American maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early 1960s. A film adaptation was released in 2011.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The story of a young boy, Amir, struggling to establish a closer rapport with his father and coping with memories of a haunting childhood event. The novel is set in Afghanistan, from the fall of the monarchy until the collapse of the Taliban regime, and in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically in Fremont, California. A film adaptation was released in 2007.

The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons

In this sequel to Ellen Foster, Ellen, now15, is settled into a permanent home with a new mother. But while she holds fast to the shreds of her child¬hood—humoring her best friend, Stuart, who is determined to marry her; and protecting her old neighbor, slow-witted Starletta—she begins to negotiate her way into a larger world.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

The story of a 16 year old Nigerian orphan, who calls herself Little Bee, and a well-off British couple, journalists trying to repair their strained marriage with a free holiday. After a horrific event on the beach Little Bee goes to the journalists’ world and shows us the infinite rifts in a globalized world.

Lying Awake by Mark Salzman

Sister John’s visions of God’s radiance lead her toward a deep religious ecstasy, but are accompanied by shattering headaches. When her doctor tells her an illness may be responsible for her gift, Sister John faces a wrenching choice: to risk her intimate glimpses of the divine in favor of a cure, or to continue her visions with the knowledge that they might be false-and might even cost her her life.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

In the small village of Edgecombe St. Mary in the English countryside lives Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the very embodiment of duty and pride. His brother’s death sparks an unexpected relationship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village, but village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and regarding her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?

March by Geraldine Brooks

A parallel novel that retells Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women from the point of view of Alcott’s protagonists’ absent father, revealing the events surrounding March’s absence during the American Civil War in 1862. The novel won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

Beginning in Kentucky in the 1960’s, the novels tells the story of Dr. David Henry, who secretly gives away one of his newborn twins because she has Down syndrome.

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

A novel focusing on rural Vermont midwife Sibyl Danforth, who becomes embroiled in a legal battle after one of her patients died following an emergency Caesarean section.

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

A retelling of the Camelot legend from the point of view of Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar.

My Antonia by Willa Cather

First published in 1918, it is the final book of her “prairie trilogy” of novels, the companion volumes being O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark and celebrated for being written in plainspoken language about ordinary people.

My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki

When documentarian Jane Takagi-Little finally lands a job producing a Japanese television show that just happens to be sponsored by the American meat-exporting industry, she begins to uncover some unsavory truths about love, fertility, and a very dangerous hormone called DES.

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The story spans over thirty years in the life of the Ganguli family. The Calcutta-born parents immigrated as young adults to the United States, where their children, Gogol and Sonia, grow up experiencing the constant generational and cultural gap with their parents. A film adaptation was released in 2007

Philosophy Made Simple by Robert Hellenga

The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee

A love story, set in 1950’s Hong Kong, about a married English woman, Claire Pendleton, who is hired by the Chens, a rich Chinese family, to tutor piano to their daughter. Claire has an affair with the Chen’s driver and discovers his past love.

Pompeii by Robert Harris

A work of historical fiction with a blend of fictional characters with the real-life eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79 AD that overwhelmed Pompeii and its surrounding towns.

Room by Emma Donoghue

The story is told from the perspective of a five-year-boy, Jack, who is being held captive in a small room along with his mother.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Follows two plots, the 1st is that of 10 year-old Sarah Starzynski, a Jewish girl born in Paris, who is arrested with her parents during the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup. Before they go, she locks her 4 year-old brother in a cupboard, thinking the family should be back in a few hours. The 2nd plot follows Julia Jarmond, an American journalist living in Paris, who is asked to write an article in honor of the 60th anniversary of the roundup.

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

A dystopian novel and the 1st in the “Shades of Grey” series, the story takes place in Chromatacia, an alternate version of the United Kingdom wherein social class is determined by one’s ability to perceive colour.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

About a drug company employee who journeys to Brazil, to bring back information about seemingly miraculous drug research being conducted there by Dr. Swenson on behalf of the company.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

A retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in rural Wisconsin. The titular character is a mute boy who, after his father is killed, runs away from but then returns to his usurped home, hoping to prove his suspicions that his uncle murdered his father.

The Summer We Got Saved by Pat Cummingham Devoto

The dawn of integration challenges the Southern small town conventions of Bainbridge, AL, bringing unexpected epiphanies to a cast of loosely connected characters, including farmer Charles Rutland, his granddaughters Tab and Tina, and Tab’s friend Maudie May, a polio patient.

Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg

The gripping story of a friendship between two women, Ann and Ruth, which turns tragic when Ruth is diagnosed with breast cancer.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Follow the story of two women, Mariam and Laila, whose lives become entwined. The story is set during Afghanistan’s tumultuous thirty-year transition from Soviet occupation to Taliban control and post-Taliban rebuilding.

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

Set in an unnamed Balkan country, in the present and half a century ago, and features a young doctor’s relationship with her grandfather and the stories he tells her, primarily about the ‘deathless man’ who meets him several times in different places and never changes, and a deaf-mute girl from his childhood village who befriends a tiger that has escaped from a zoo.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

A vampire-romance novel and the first book of the Twilight series. It introduces 17 year-old Isabella “Bella” Swan, who moves from Phoenix, Arizona to Forks, Washington and finds her life in danger when she falls in love with a vampire, Edward Cullen. A film adaptation was released in 2008.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The story is told as a series of memories by Jacob Jankowski, a ninety (or is it ninety-three) year-old man who lives in a nursing home. Jacob recounts his time with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth Circus in the 1930’s – a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion. A film adaptation was released in 2011.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges

Just about everything in Endora, Iowa (pop. 1,091 and dwindling) is eating Gilbert Grape, a twenty-four-year-old grocery clerk who dreams only of leaving.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The novel provides a darkly humorous perspective of India’s class struggle in a globalized world as told through a retrospective narration from Balram Halwai, a village boy.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

It follows the story of Lia, an 18 year-old girl dealing with anorexia and with the news that her ex-best friend Cassie, who was bulimic, has died under mysterious circumstances. The novel follows the course of Lia’s grief and further struggles with anorexia, her difficult relations with her parents and stepmother, and her search to learn about Cassie’s fate.

Nonfiction

The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton

Chronicles the story of a Stockton’s adjustment when she moves to Wyoming after living in New York. During this time, she is given a 10 day old coyote pup which she raises. The book describes the joys and troubles she experiences raising a coyote.

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

An exposé on the unsanitary and discriminatory practices of the fast food industry and it examines the local and global influence of the United States fast food industry. A film adaptation was released in 2006.

Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree by Lisa Alther

Part sidesplitting travelogue, part how–and how not–to climb your family tree, Kinfolks shimmers with wicked humor, illustrating just how wacky and wonderful our human family really is as Alther embarks on a search to discover if she has Melugeon ancestors.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

An autobiographical graphic novel depicting Satrapi’s childhood up to her early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution. Adapted into an animated film which debuted in 2007.

Revenge by Laura Blumenfeld

While plotting to infiltrate her father’s shooter’s life, Blumenfeld travels the globe gathering stories of other avengers. Through interviews with Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin; members of the Albanian Blood Feud Committee; the chief of the Iranian judiciary; the mayor of Palermo, Sicily; the Israeli prime minister; priests; sports fans; fifth-grade girls; prostitutes; and more, she explores the dynamics of hate — and the fine line that sometimes separates it from love.

The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer

Moehringer’s memoir details his childhood through his early 20’s, recounting his coming of age experiences at a local bar, Dickens (later renamed Publicans), which served as a sanctuary from his chaotic family life.