If your book group needs novels or nonfiction titles, one member of your group can check out multiple copies of one title, thanks to the library’s book group kits to go. Packaged in a royal blue tote bag, each kit contains: at least six copies of the title; book group questions to encourage a lively discussion; book reviews; and biographical information about the author. The kits check out for six weeks and can be renewed. The person who checks out the kit for the group is responsible for its contents. If you have any questions about the kits, contact the adult reference desk at 248-246-3727.
The library hosts two monthly book discussion groups:
June 20, 2016
True North by Jim Harrison. 2004. The son of a wealthy family of timber barons struggles to reconcile himself with the damage his family has done to Michigan's Upper Peninsula – a scarring that cuts deeply into the fabric of his own family.
July 18, 2016
Best Boy: A Novel by Eli Gottlieb. 2015. Todd Aaron has been institutionalized at Payton Living Center since the age of 11 due to his autism. Despite occasional thoughts about living back home, Todd is mostly content at Payton, where he’s something of an ambassador to new residents. But when a series of events shakes up Todd’s quiet life, returning home takes on a new urgency.
May 19, 2016
Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. 2015. Larsen tells the tragic story of the sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat in World War I. Readers get multiple perspectives on the historic event as Larson uses his trademark skill at weaving together personal experiences, politics and setting as he depicts historic events. Here Larson writes about the war, submarine technology, the U-boat captain, American President Woodrow Wilson, British Admiralty, and the dramatic experiences of passengers and the crew.
June 16, 2016
So Big by Edna Ferber. (1924)
Michigan-born Ferber won the Pulitzer Prize for this novel about the life of a gambler’s spirited daughter who decides to be a teacher in impoverished, patriarchal Dutch farm country outside Chicago at the turn of the century. After her husband dies, she runs the farm, overcoming substantial challenges as she works hard securing a life for their son. Along the way, the mother and son wrestle with questions about how to live a worthwhile life.
July 21, 2016
Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris. (1993)
Norris, whose writings have focused on spirituality, transports readers to the Great Plains, examining her heritage, language, spirituality, and the land itself, raising the contradictions of small-town life on the Plains.