Book Club in a Bag

Book Club in a BagBook Club in a Bag is an opportunity for you and your family, friends, book circle or group to read the same book together and meet in-person or online. Each book bag contains ten (10) print copies of a title. Any member of a book group will be able to check out the book bag for their book group. The books will be in a canvas bag with a binder containing information about the author and discussion questions to help the conversation along. The bag will be checked out for six (6) weeks and is not renewable. Book Club kits can be reserved by phone only and sent through delivery. Reservations or delivery option must be approved by Ben Hanley or Kyle Sousa, Reference Dept. librarians. Available titles are listed below.

Visit the Reference Desk or call us at 401-247-1920 x2 for more information and title availability.

Book Club in a Bag is a free service provided by your library and sponsored in part by the Friends of Barrington Public Library.

Available Titles:

Fiction

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

A poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country— this is a riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale that reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby

Beauregard "Bug" Montage: husband, father, honest car mechanic. But he was once known as the best getaway driver on the East Coast. Just like his father, who disappeared many years ago. After a series of financial calamities, worsened by the racial prejudices, Bug reluctantly takes part in a daring diamond heist to solve his money troubles - and to go straight once and for all. However, when it goes horrifically wrong, he's sucked into a grimy underworld which threatens everything, and everyone, he holds dear.

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

After the death of their father, siblings, Danny and Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother and are thrust into poverty. A dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

  Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for her fragile mother. The 2022 Reading Across Rhode Island selection.

  The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

During one of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

  The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

A breathtaking story of five extraordinary packhorse librarians and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.

  The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

A desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.

  The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist—and confidante—to the wealthy women of the upper class.

 

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

An enchanting love story, masterfully told, about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

 

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V. E. Schwab

In a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

 

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Like science, life is unpredictable. Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.

  Little Voices by Vanessa Lillie

A political thriller/murder mystery about a former female prosecutor set on finding her close friend's killer despite being haunted by postpartum problems that manifest as a cruel voice in her head.

 

The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar

This powerful and lyrical debut novel tells the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart—a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and an adventurous mapmaker’s apprentice—coming of age in perilous times.

 

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever...A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived.

 

The Nine by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg

Both a coming-of-age novel and a portrait of an evolving mother-son relationship, The Nine is the story of a young man who chooses to expose a corrupt world operating under its own set of rules―even if it means jeopardizing his mother’s hopes and dreams.

 

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. An astonishingly tender-hearted novel of identity and belonging, and a resonant portrait of what it means to be an American family today.

 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself.

  The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. But one night she shoots her husband five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Her silence propels her into notoriety and into the care of Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist obsessed with uncovering her motivations.

  That Summer by Jennifer Weiner

With a thriving cooking business, full schedule of volunteer work, and a beautiful home in the Philadelphia suburbs, Daisy Shoemaker should be content. While Daisy tries to identify the root of her dissatisfaction, she receives misdirected emails meant for another woman. When an apology leads to an invitation, the two women meet and quickly become friends. But, as they get closer, we learn that their connection was not completely accidental. Who is this other woman, and what does she want with Daisy?

  The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it's too late?

  True Biz by Sara Nović

TRUE BIZ (adj./exclamation; American Sign Language): really, seriously, definitely, real-talk. This revelatory novel plunges readers into the halls of a residential school for the deaf told from three perspectives: Charlie, the rebellious transfer student; Austin, the school's golden boy; and February, the headmistress, who is fighting to keep her school open and her marriage intact. As a series of crises both personal and political threaten to unravel each of them, Charlie, Austin, and February find their lives inextricable from one another's—and changed forever. The 2023 Reading Across Rhode Island selection.

  The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Follows the lives of the identical, black Vignes twin sisters over several decades and generations. One sister lives in the same southern town she tried to escape from while the other passes for white in the city. Looking well beyond issues of race, the novel considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.

  West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge

An emotional, rousing novel inspired by the incredible true story of two giraffes who made headlines and won the hearts of Depression-era America. Part adventure, part historical saga, and part coming-of-age love story, West with Giraffes explores what it means to be changed by the grace of animals, the kindness of strangers, the passing of time, and a story told before it’s too late.

  When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Rear Window meets Get Out in this gripping thriller in which the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood takes on a sinister new meaning…

  When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain

Weaving together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory, and a hint of the metaphysical, this propulsive and deeply affecting novel tells a story of fate, necessary redemption, and what it takes, when the worst happens, to reclaim our lives--and our faith in one another.

  Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her. The story juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a profound coming of age story and haunting mystery.

Nonfiction

  Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these lenses of knowledge together to show that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.

  Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis

In Viola's memoir, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life-changing decision to stop running forever. Finding Me is a deep reflection, a promise, and a love letter of sorts to self. Viola's hope is that her story will inspire you to light up your own life with creative expression and rediscover who you were before the world put a label on you.

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob

A beautiful and eye-opening graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us told through conversations.

  The Library Book by Susan Orlean

In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives. Brimming with her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, The Library Book is a thrilling journey through the stacks that reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books.

  The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore

A rich, historical narrative that documents the young women who toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium, and the astonishing legacy they left behind.