Book Club in a Bag
- A service for members of the Neptune Library
- Reading groups can borrow 8 copies for a title
- Bags check out for 8 weeks
- Bag includes discussion questions, reviews of the title, and author information.
CURRENT TITLES (updated on 2/15/2012)
Accidental Tourist (The) (329 pages) Fiction
By Anne Tyler
A beautiful, incandescent, heartbreaking, exhilarating book... There's magic in it... comic scenes that explode with joy
Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth,Biography from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker (608 pages)
By Stacy A. Cordery
A portrait of America’s one true political princess and one of the most important and fascinating women ever in the country’s public life…
And Still We Rise (412 pages) Non-Fiction
By Miles Corwin An unforgettable story of how twelve students manage to transcend obstacles that would dash the hopes of any but the most exceptional spirits.
Angela's Ashes(362 pages) Non-Fiction
A powerful, exquisitely written debut, a recollection of the author's miserable childhood in the slums of Limerick, Ireland, during the Depression and WW II.
An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England(305 pages) Fiction
By Brock Clarke
A delightfully dark story of Sam Pulsifer, the 'accidental arsonist and murderer' narrator who leads readers through a multilayered, flame-filled adventure about literature, lies, love and life....
Anna Karenina (864 pages)
By: Leo Tolstoy Richard Pevear Fiction
Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia.
The Art of Racing in the Rain
(336 pages) Fiction
By: Garth Stein
A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty and hope, captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (184 pages) Fiction
By Dai Sijie (Author), Ina Rilke (Translator)
Part historical novel, part fable, part love story, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is a moving testament to the transformative power of literature.
Before You Know Kindness(448 pages) Fiction
The Book Thief(551 pages) Fiction
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
Brat Farrar( 288 pages) Mystery
By Josephine Tey
Brat Farrar has been carefully coached to assume the identity of Patrick Ashby, heir to the Ashby fortune who disappeared when he was 13.
Bride Flight (441 pages) Fiction
ByMarieke van der Pol
It is a story about emigration, and the hope and promise of a better life that the southern lands held after the war in Europe.
Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven (375 pages) Comedy/mystery
By Fannie Flagg
Heaven is actually right here, right now, with people you love, neighbors you help, friendships you keep.
City of Dreams: a Novel of Early Manhattan(592 pages) Fiction
By Beverly Swerling
The novel begins in 1661 when Lucas Turner, a barber-surgeon, and his sister, Sally Turner, an apothecary, arrive in the Dutch settlement of Nieuw Amsterdam to start a new life.
Cutting for Stone
(688 pages) Fiction
by Abraham Verghese
An unforgettable story of love and betrayal, compassion and redemption, exile and home that unfolds across five decades in India, Ethiopia, and America.
Dreaming in Cuban (272 pages) Fiction
By Cristina Garcia
The novel’s central themes include family relationships, exile, the divisiveness of politics, and memory. Cuban history and culture are important in the novel.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog(321 pages ) Fiction
The European Dream(434 pages) Non-fiction
By Jeremy Fifkin
The European Dream may come to define the new century as the American Dream defined the century now past.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven(196 pages) Fiction
Heaven is not a destination - it's a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers.
Forgiving Ararat(404 pages) Fiction
By Gita Nazareth
With mythical prose at times approaching verse, Forgiving Ararat works a miracle, bridging the chasm between life and death.
The Friday Night Knitting Club(348 pages) Fiction
By Kate Jacobs
A charming and moving novel about female friendship and the experiences that knit us together-even when we least expect it.
Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire(456 pages) Biography
By Amanda Foreman
Sex, intrigue and adultery in the world of high politics and huge wealth in late eighteenth-century England. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire was one of the most flamboyant and influential women …
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo(590 pages) Fiction
By: Stieg Larsson
Combine the chilly Swedish backdrop and moody psychodrama of a Bergman movie with the grisly pyrotechnics of a serial-killer thriller…
The Girl Who Played With Fire (630 pages) Fiction
By: Stieg Larsson
Salander herself is drawn into a murderous hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all.
The Given Day(702 pp) Fiction
The Grapes of Wrath(464 pages) Fiction
By John Steinbeck
Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on a poor family, the Joads, driven from their home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in the agriculture industry.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (290 pages) Fiction
By Mary A. Shaffer
The tragic stories of life under Nazi occupation that animate the novel and gives it its urgency; furthermore, the novel explores the darker side of human nature without becoming maudlin.
The Help(530 pages) Fiction
A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.
Homer & Langley(208 pages) Fiction
A small but sweeping masterpiece about the infamous New York hermits, the Collyer brothers.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet(290 pages) Fiction
An extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks(378) Nonfiction
Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences
In the Lake of the Woods( 320 pages) Fiction
By Tim O’Brien
A politician's career is ruined overnight by revelations of his wartime participation in a village massacre in Vietnam while his personal life is undone by the sudden disappearance of his wife.
Infidel(353 pages) Biography
Ultimately a celebration of triumph over adversity, Hirsi Ali's story tells how a bright little girl evolved out of dutiful obedience to become an outspoken, pioneering freedom fighter.
The Indian Bride(310 pages) Mystery
By Karin Fossum
An irresistible page-turner that's like a Nordic Sherlock Holmes story, with characters by Bergman and blood by Tarantino.
To Kill A Mockingbird(336 pages) Fiction
By Harper Lee
Funny, happy and written with unspectacular precision, To Kill a Mockingbird is about conscience, and how conscience crows in their small Alabama town.
The Kitchen Boy
- A Novel of the Last Tsar
(240 pages) Fiction
by Robert Alexander
Seen through the youthful, astonished eyes of Leonka but told by the cynical, misanthropic voice of Misha, the novel allows the reader to know a family that discovered greater nobility in its squalid exile than it had ever known in the gilded palaces of St. Petersburg.
The Lacuna(507 pages) Fiction
A poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities.
Let the Great World Spin(360 pages) Fiction
By Colum McCann
The critically acclaimed author’s most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s.
The Liars' Club (336 pages) Non-fiction
Little Bee (288 pages) Fiction
By: Chris Cleave
The lives of Sarah and Little Bee violently collided on a beach in Nigeria, and when sheer determination and courage bring them back together again every secret of their hearts is unfolded before our eyes.
Lottery (318 pages) Fiction
By: Patricia Wood Patricia Wood’s Lottery offers a glimpse of the world as seen through the eyes of a man with limited cognitive abilities but boundless generosity of spirit.
Loving Frank (400 pages) Fiction
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit (368 pages) Biography
By Lucette Lagnado
An inversion of the American dream set against the stunning portraits of three world cities, Lucette Lagnado's memoir offers a grand and sweeping story of faith, tradition, tragedy, and triumph.
Maisie Dobbs(294 pages) Mystery
A refreshing heroine, appealing secondary characters and an absorbing plot, marred only by a somewhat bizarre conclusion.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand(365pp) Fiction
The Mighty Queen of Freeville(225 pages) Non-Fiction
By Amy Dickinson
Through hilarious anecdotes and poignant insight, Dickinson describes the many detours she’s made on the road that took her back to her hometown of Freeville, New York
(272 pages) Fiction
By Lloyd Jones
Set against the stunning beauty of Bougainville in the South Pacific during the civil war in the early 1990s, Lloyd Jones’s breathtaking novel shows what magic a child’s imagination makes possible even in the face of terrible violence and what power stories have to fuel the imagination.
The Moonflower Vine (318 pages) Fiction
By Jetta Carleton
Jetta Carleton's autobiographical novel captures the mood and times of midwestern rural life and brings it to life.
The Moonstone(415pages) Fiction
By Wilkie Collins
Is a 19th-century British epistolary novel, generally considered the first detective novel in the English language
Mrs. Bridge (240 pages) Fiction
By Evan S. Connell
Evan Connell paints a sympathetic but fairly condescending portrait of Mrs. Bridge as she fights to hold back the tide of these changes…The novels remain in the memory as triumphs of faultless realism.
The Mudbound (328 pages) Fiction
By Hillary Jordan
A gripping and exquisitely rendered story of forbidden love, betrayal, and murder, set against the brutality of the Jim Crow South.
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America(240 pages) Nonfiction
By Barb Ehrenreich
Critic Barbara Ehrenreich did what millions of Americans do, she looked for a job and a place to live, worked that job, and tried to make ends meet.
Olive Kitteridge(285 pages) Fiction
Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her…
(464 pages) Fiction
By: Zadie Smith
A hilarious, scathing, and emotionally profound novel of human aspiration and failure, an unfailingly perceptive portrait of a struggling marriage, and an empathetic depiction of adolescent struggle.
On The Road (320 pages) Fiction
By: Jack Kerouac
The most famous of Jack Kerouac's works, is not only the soul of the Beat movement and literature, but one of the most important novels of the century…
The Outcast (345 pages) Fiction
By: Sadie Jones
Set very firmly in the 1950s the book opens with the atmospheric homecoming of a nineteen-year-old Lewis after a spell in jail.
Outliers - The Story of Success (299pages) Non-Fiction
by Malcom Gladwell
Gladwell leaves us pondering the gifts of our own history, and how the world could benefit if more of our kids were granted the opportunities to fulfill their remarkable potential
Out Stealing Horses (256 pages) Fiction
by Per Petterson
Trond Sander, a widower nearing seventy, moves to a bare house in remote eastern Norway, seeking the life of quiet contemplation that he has always longed for.
People of the Book (371 pages) Fiction
When an Australian rare-book conservator named Hanna Heath finds a butterfly wing, a salt crystal, a white hair, and bloodstains in the recently rediscovered Sarajevo Haggadah, she sets out to solve the mystery of the book’s origins…
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
by Katherine Howe
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane travels seamlessly between the trials in the 1690s, and a modern woman's story of mystery, intrigue, and revelation.
Purple Hibiscus(307 pages) Fiction
This impressive first novel is redolent in its depiction of the Nigerian countryside and generates a palpable narrative tension over what's to become of Kambili and Jaja's newfound sense of freedom.
The Queen's Fool
(512 pages) Fiction
By Philippa Gregory
The novel chronicles the changing fortunes of Mary I of England and her half-sister Elizabeth through the eyes of the fictional Hannah Green, a Marrano girl escaping to England from Spain…
A Reliable Wife (304 pages) Fiction
By Robet Goolrick
Set in 1907, about icy duplicity and heated vengeance.... A sublime murder ballad that doesn't turn out at all the way one might expect…
Riding Lesson (416 pages) Fiction
By Sara Gruen
A devastating accident that ends both the career of an Olympic-contender equestrienne and the life of her beloved horse sets off a chain of events that comes to a crisis point nearly twenty years later…
The Room(321 pages) Fiction
Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child,
Run (320 pages) Fiction
By Ann Patchett
While mainly a domestic drama, Run also touches on larger themes-such as social exclusion, privilege, and obligation; politics; and religion and the afterlife.
Sarah's Key (320 pages) Fiction
Journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah…
The Shack (256 pages) Fiction
By William P. Young
In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant "The Shack" wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?"
The Shadow of the Wind (496 pages.) Mystery
Shanghai Girls (314 pages) Fiction
By Lisa See
Is a story of sisters: Pearl and May are inseparable best friends who share hopes, dreams, and a deep connection, but like sisters everywhere they also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries.
Snow in August(372 pages) Fiction
This poignant tale revolves around two of the most endearing characters in recent fiction: an 11-year-old Irish Catholic boy named Michael Devlin and Rabbi Judah Hirsch, a refugee from Prague.
by Lisa Genova (320 pages) Fiction
A compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease. Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what's it's like to literally lose your mind...
Suite Francaise (448 pages) Fiction
By Irene Nemirovsky
Suite Française, written as Nazi tanks rolled across France, captures the chaos, fear, humiliation, and very occasionally, the courage of the French, as well as portraying the complex emotions that developed between occupier and occupied.
Sweeping Up Glass (317 pages) Fiction
By Carolyn Wall
A tough and tender novel of love, race, and justice, and a ferocious, unflinching look at the power of family.
Taking The Leap (128 pages) Non-Fiction
By Penma Chödrön
Teacher Chödrön applies Buddhist wisdom to the problems of deeply ingrained reactions. It seems to speak directly to the angst we are currently facing.
Tallgrass (336 pages) Fiction
Testimony (352 pages) Fiction
At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape.
Those Who Save Us
(496 pages) Fiction
By Jenna Blum
Combining a passionate, doomed love story, a vivid evocation of life during the war, and a poignant mother-daughter drama,
The Uncommon Reader (128 pages) Fiction
Under The Banner Of Heaven (390 pages) Non-Fiction
By Jon Krakauer
A Story of Violent Faith, author Jon Krakauer attempts to help readers understand why religious people perform heinous acts of violence.
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration(543pages) Non-Fiction
By Isabel Wilkerson
One of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.
What is the What(538 pages) Fiction
By Dave Eggers
Tells a devastating story but never plays for sympathy. Instead, the hope, complexity, and tragedy of the situation take center stage.
When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey ofNon- Fiction American Women from 1960 to the Present (471 pages)
About five crucial decades of progress, told with the down-to-earth, amusing, and agenda-free tone this beloved New York Times columnist is known for.
The Whistling Season (345 pages) Fiction
By Ivan Doig
A paean to a vanished way of life and the eccentric individuals and idiosyncratic institutions that made it fertile
The White Tiger (304 pages) Fiction
By: Aravind Adiga
In this darkly comic début novel set in India, Balram, a chauffeur, murders his employer, justifying his crime as the act of a "social entrepreneur.”
Wolf Hall(604 pages) Fiction
The novel re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.
Zookeeper's Wife (368 pages) Nonfiction
By: Diana Ackerman
Here is a true story-of human empathy and its opposite-that is simultaneously grave and exuberant, wise and playful. Ackerman has a wonderful tale to tell, and she tells it wonderfully.
(Total: 87 tittles)