Book Club Kits

Thinking about starting a book club? We can help!

Types of Kits We Offer

  • Book Club Kits 
    Six copies of the title in hardback or paperback.
  • Book Club Kits+ 
    The title comes in a variety of formats. It may include a large print version, an audiobook version, or a DVD if the book has been made into a movie.

Kits includes a reader’s guide with discussion questions and an author spotlight. This document can be found on our website as a PDF. 

It’s easy to search for a Book Club Kit. Go to our online catalog and type in “book club kit.”

Thank you to the Friends of the Orange County Public Library for supporting this service. 

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Additional Information

Book club kits check out for six weeks at a time. A kit may be renewed if there are no holds on it. 

Book club kits cannot be guaranteed for specific dates. We recommend having a second or third choice of title in case you cannot check out your first choice at the time you desire.

If a kit is returned with missed or damaged items, the library will charge the library card holder the price of the item plus a $5.00 processing fee. Replacement fees are as follows:

  • Book - depends upon format
  • Reader’s guide - $10.00
  • Tote bag - $15.00
  • Entire kit - $125.00 to $175.00, depending on the contents of the kit

Book Club Kit Titles

For a printable list of all our book club kits click here.

  1. Book Club Kit Titles A-H
  2. Book Club Kit Titles I-N
  3. Book Club Titles O-Z

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret. 

Fiction: See the Reader's Guide (PDF)

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

In An American Marriage, newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career.  But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have  imagined.

Fiction: See the Reader's Guide (PDF)

Atonement by Ian McEwan 

On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper’s son Robbie Turner, a childhood friend who, along with Briony’s sister, has recently graduated from Cambridge. By the end of that day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had never before dared to approach and will have become victims of the younger girl’s scheming imagination. And Briony will have committed a dreadful crime, the guilt for which will color her entire life.

Fiction: See the Reader's Guide (PDF).

Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

In his prime, Edward Bloom was an extraordinary man. He could outrun anybody. He never missed a day of school. He saved lives and tamed giants. Animals loved him, people loved him, and women loved him. He knew more jokes than any man alive. At least that‘s what he told his son, William. But now Edward Bloom is dying, and William wants desperately to know the truth about his elusive father’s this indefatigable teller of tall tales before it’s too late. 

Fiction: See the Reader's Guide (PDF).

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Commonwealth is the story of two broken families and the paths their lives take over the course of 40 years, through love and marriage, death and divorce, and a dark secret from childhood that lies underneath it all.

Fiction: See the Reader's Guide (PDF).

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its 10th month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. The Lusitania, however, was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds” -- the fastest liner in service -- and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.

Germany was determined to change the rules of warfare, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small -- hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more -- converged to produce one of the greatest disasters of history.

Nonfiction: See the Reader's Guide (PDF)

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

The book’s two most powerful figures, the great architect Daniel Burnham and the psychopathic killer, Henry H. Holmes, in many ways embody the opposing forces of the age. Burnham was responsible for building the White City, overcoming a series of crushing professional obstacles and personal tragedies to make the Fair the magical, awe-inspiring event that it was. He brought together some of the greatest architects of the day—Charles McKim, George Post, Richard Hunt, Frederick Law Olmsted, and others—convinced them of the importance of the Fair, and somehow got them to work together to achieve what many considered to be an impossible project in an astonishingly brief amount of time. Simultaneously, in the shadow of the White City, Henry H. Holmes set up his own World’s Fair Hotel to take advantage of naive young single women arriving in Chicago from surrounding small towns. Using his mesmerizing charm and an uncanny ability to fend off creditors and police, Holmes bent his victims to his will and committed a series of murders as cold-blooded as any in American history.

Nonfiction: See the Reader's Guide (PDF)

Euphoria by Lily King

Euphoria is the story of three young gifted anthropologists in 1933 caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens theirs bonds, their careers, and ultimately their lives.  Set between World War I and II and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is an enthralling story of  passion, possession, exploration and sacrifice.

Fiction: See the Reader's Guide (PDF)

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet. So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue.

Fiction: See the Reader's Guide (PDF)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Foer

Meet nine-year-old Oskar Schell, who is an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist, and correspondent with Stephen Hawking and Ringo Starr. He is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Fiction: See the Reader's Guide (PDF)

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A  decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it.

Fiction: See the Reader's Guide (PDF)

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow tells the story of a Russian aristocrat living under house arrest in a luxury hotel for more than thirty years. The novel immerses the reader in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Fiction: See the Reader's Guide (PDF)

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

A remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

Nonfiction: See the Reader's Guide (PDF)

Here I Am by Jonathan Foer 

Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the very meaning of home—and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear

Fiction: See the Reader's Guide (PDF)

Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans.

Nonfiction: See the Reader's Guide (PDF)

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Stretching from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi's has written a modern masterpiece, a novel that moves through histories and geographies and - with outstanding economy and force - captures the troubled spirit of our own nation.

Fiction: See the Reader's Guide (PDF).