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Book Club in a Bag Basics

C.A.D.L. is pleased to offer our

“Book Club in a Bag” program!

Each bag contains everything needed to start a book club:

10 paperback copies of a title

and 1 discussion guide.

Book club bags circulate for 5 weeks.

Please make sure all copies are in the bag before returning.

Please return book bags inside, when the library is open.

Do not place the bags in the outside book drops.

Available Titles

(summaries from

All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)  Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works as the master locksmith. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In Germany, orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these instruments, winning him a place at a Hitler Youth academy, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels throughout the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.


The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)  In 1940s Germany, Liesel scratches out an existence by  stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. She learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her  basement. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


 The Boys In the Boat (Daniel James Brown) Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.


Calling Me Home (Julie Kibler)  Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It's a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive Isabelle from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.Curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle's guarded past, she agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.  


Delicious! (Ruth Reichl)  Billie Breslin has traveled from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, Billie feels like a fish out of water—until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills. To Billie’s surprise, the lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery. In the magazine’s library, Billie finds a cache of WWII letters that provide her with a richer understanding of history, and a feeling of deep connection to the young writer whose courage in the face of hardship inspires Billie to comes to terms with her fears.


Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)  Set in Earth’s future, mankind is in peril after two conflicts with the “Buggers”, an alien species. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel’s protagonist, Ender Wiggin, train at a very young age through increasingly difficult games including some in zero gravity, where Ender’s tactical genius is revealed.


The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee) Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—"Scout"—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one's own conscience.

The Hate List (Jennifer Brown)  Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved a classmate’s life, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she  helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets. Val must come to grips with the tragedy and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on.

Heaven is for Real (Todd Burpo)  When  four-year-old Colton Burpo makes it through an emergency appendectomy, his family is overjoyed at his survival. What they  aren’t  expecting, though, is the story of his trip to heaven and back.


The Help (Kathryn Stockett)  Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's lately been unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny must keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White  socialite Skeeter, just graduated from college, is full of ambition. These three women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies.

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)  In the nation of Panem lies a shining Capitol, surrounded by twelve districts. The Capitol keeps the districts in line by   forcing them all to send one boy and one girl to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district. If she is to win, she will have to start making  choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The Husbands Secret (Liane Moriarty) Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia, a successful family woman, is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.


The Language of Flowers (Vanessa Diffenbaugh)  After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, Victoria Jones’ only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen, she realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a chance at happiness.


Me Before You (JoJo Moyes)  Louisa Clark is living an exceedingly ordinary life when she takes a badly needed job with Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.


Sarah’s Key (Tatiana de Rosnay)  On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write about this black day in France's past. Her investigation leads her onto a trail of family secrets that connect her to Sarah, a ten-year-old arrested during the roundup.  As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.


State of Wonder (Ann Patchett)  Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the  Amazon to find her former mentor Dr. Annick     Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a new drug. She has to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she travels into the unforgiving heart darkness.


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (Gabrielle Zevin)   A. J. Fikry lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.   

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.


A Walk in the Woods (Bill Bryson)  Bryson introduces us to the history and ecology of the Appalachian Trail, home to some of the most beautiful terrain in America, as well as the hardy folks he meets along the way from Georgia to Maine.


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