Book Club in a Bag
FAQs About BCIB
What is Book Club in a Bag?
Each bag contains 10 copies of a single title. It also contains a binder which includes discussion questions, read-alike suggestions, reviews, an author biography, and Book Club tips.
Where can I find Book Club in a Bag?
The Book Club in a Bag kits are located downstairs in Adult Services. Please see Connection Desk Staff for assistance.
What are the rules?
Book Club in a Bag kits can be checked out for 6 weeks, but they can't be renewed. Lisle Library District card holders may place holds on Book Club in a Bag kits. Only one kit per patron may be checked out at a time. Book Club in a Bag is not available through Inter-Library Loan. Reciprocal borrowers can check them out, but can't put them on hold. The late fee is $1 a day. There is $5 fee if they are put in the book drop (the bag probably wouldn't fit anyway). Book Club in a Bag kits must be returned to the Connection Desk.
Wait. This is for an entire book group. Who is responsible for the bag's contents?
Whoever checks out the Book Club in a Bag is responsible for the entire kit. This means that if you check out a Book Club in a Bag and give one of the books to your friend Chad to read, and Chad loses or damages the book (classic Chad), you are responsible for the cost (and let's face it, Chad already owes you money). Replacement costs vary by title.
My ideal Book Club, like my ideal wedding, is very small and personal. What if I don't need 10 copies of the book?
Sorry, but we're unable to split up the kits. That way lies chaos. The kit has to be circulated as a full set. We also can't take one copy out of the kit if our regular copy is checked out and you want to read it. But fear not, we have extra Library copies of all of these books, so that shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Now that you know a little bit about the program, check out our current titles, listed below (you can also look at the titles in the catalogue by clicking here):
The Alice Network
If your group likes richly detailed historical fiction with authentic characters try The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.
In 1947, a young American woman, pregnant and exiled by her family, travels to England to search for a long-lost cousin who disappeared in the war, there she meets and joins forces with a reclusive former spy who was involved in the Alice Network.
The Black Hour
If your group likes dark, fast-paced, psychological suspense, try The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day.
For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic--until a student she'd never met shot her. He also shot himself. Now he's dead and she's back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can't let go: Why?
The Book Woman Woman of Troublesome Creek
If your group likes engaging, atmospheric historical fiction and strong female characters try The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.
Cussy, the last female of her derided blue-skinned people, joins the Pack Horse Library Project during the Great Depression and rides a mule over treacherous terrain to deliver scarce reading material to the struggling people of Eastern Kentucky.
If your group likes lyrical, sweeping fiction with strong female leads, try Circe by Madeline Miller.
In this reframing of Homer’s “Odyssey,” Circe, daughter of the sun god Helios, evolves from a frightened, needy outcast to an independent woman who slowly discovers, and ultimately controls, both her power and her fate.
The Day the World Came to Town
If your group likes hopeful, inspiring, true stories of people coming together in a crisis, try The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede.
When the small Canadian town of Gander took in passengers from 38 jetliners diverted from the U.S. by the events of September 11th, the outpouring of kindness from the town’s residents resulted in enduring friendships and bonds that continued long after the passengers went home.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
If your group likes quirky protagonists in engaging, character-driven fiction, try Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This fish-out-of-water story is both heartbreaking and laugh out loud funny.
A socially awkward, routine-oriented loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim, forging a friendship that saves all three from lives of isolation and secret unhappiness.
Everything I Never Told You
If your group likes character-driven, compelling, psychological fiction, try Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. This is an emotional and gripping read.
This moving novel explores the fallout of a favorite daughter's shattering death on a Chinese-American family in 1970s Ohio.
A Gentleman in Moscow
If your group likes lyrical, character-driven historical fiction try A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. This unforgettable novel was a favorite among LLD book groups.
Deemed unrepentant by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a hotel across the street from the Kremlin, where he lives in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold.
The Girls in the Picture
If your group likes engaging, well-researched historical fiction try The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin.
An intimate reimagining of the powerful creative partnership between Hollywood superstars Frances Marion and Mary Pickford traces their friendship and boundary-breaking achievements against a backdrop of pre-World War I Hollywood.
If your group likes character-driven, bittersweet, coming-of-age stories, try The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. An engaging story of 6 friends that switches between their initial meeting at an art camp in the 1970’s and their present adult lives.
Forging a powerful bond in the mid-1970s that lasts throughout subsequent decades, six individuals pursue respective challenges into their midlife years, including an aspiring actress who harbors jealousy toward friends who achieve successful creative careers.
If your group likes character-driven, engaging literary fiction try Less by Andrew Sean Greer. Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize.
Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his 50th birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself and making connections with the past.
The Library Book
If your group likes compelling, richly detailed non-fiction with a touch of the absurd, try The Library Book by Susan Orlean.
A 1986 fire inside the Los Angeles Public Library is the catalyst for this wide-ranging exploration of the history and meaning of libraries and the intriguing characters that inhabit them.
The School of Essential Ingredients
If your group likes heartwarming, character-driven stories told through multiple perspectives, try The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister. Warning: these lush descriptions of cooking will make any reader feel hungry!
Eight students gather in Lillian's Restaurant every Monday night for cooking class. It soon becomes clear, however, that each one seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen as Chef Lillian, a woman whose connection with food is both soulful and exacting, helps them to create dishes whose flavor and techniques expand beyond the restaurant and into the secret corners of her students' lives.
Still Life with Bread Crumbs
If your group likes elegantly written and leisurely paced fiction, try Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen. This slim novel is an engaging and moving read.
Abandoning her expensive world to move to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career and self-understanding.
This is How It Always Is
If your group enjoys thought-provoking, issue-oriented fiction, try This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel. This heartwarming and moving story will leave readers with much to discuss.
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 Widows of Malabar Hill
If your group likes diverse, intricately plotted historical mysteries set in unusual locations try The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey.
In book one of a series, Lawyer Perveen Mistry is limited in what she can do in her profession in 1920s Bombay, but her drive to help women leads her to investigate a deepening mystery involving three Muslim widows.
The Woman Who Smashed Codes
If your group likes engaging, historical biographies try The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone.
Describes the true story of Elizebeth Smith, a Shakespeare expert, who met and married a groundbreaking cryptologist and worked with him to discover and expose Nazi spy rings in South America by cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine.