What’s included in a book club kit:
- 8-9 paperback copies (or hardback if the title is new)
- 1 large print edition (when available)
- 1 audiobook on CD (when available)
- The kit also contains discussion questions, author interviews, read-alike suggestions, background info, and food and drink pairings.
- Book kits check out for 6 weeks and can be reserved up to 6 months ahead of time.
- To reserve a kit:
- contact the reference desk in person
- call (415) 389-4292 x4740
- submit an online request
Click here to see which book club kits are currently checked out. Any kit not listed on the calendar is available.
- NEW!!! Euphoria by Lily King (historical fiction) –Chosen as one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2014: “Euphoria is a meticulously researched homage to [Margaret] Mead’s restless mind and a considered portrait of Western anthropology in its primitivist heyday. It’s also a taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale of competing egos and desires in a landscape of exotic menace — a love triangle in extremis.”
- NEW!! The Martian by Andy Weir (Science Fiction) — An astronaut wakes up to find he’s accidentally been left behind on Mars. Now, it’s up to him to survive. Picture MacGuyver in space with an outrageous sense of humor. You won’t want to miss this.
- At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcon (fiction) — Set in a war-torn, unnamed South American country, Nelson, a young man still in love with his ex-girlfriend, sets off on a transformative journey around the country while performing with a traveling political theater group, Diciembre. **One Book One Marin 2015 pick**
- Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcon (fiction)—Set in a fictional South American country beset by war, Norma is a radio DJ who reads the names of lost or missing loved ones on her program. Alarcon deftly intertwines Norma’s story with those of her lover and a young boy from the jungle as he examines identity, love, and loss.
- A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers (fiction)— Alan Clay is a middle-aged consultant for a technology firm who has been sent to Saudi Arabia to sell the company’s product to King Abdullah. Eggers allows us a glimpse of a country on the brink of expansion and a man trying to find his place in a world that’s all too quickly passing him by.
- In the Woods by Tana French (mystery)—Set in Dublin’s quiet countryside, French’s gorgeous and haunting novel examines the nature of evil, memory, identity and truth through the eyes of two police detectives: Cassie Maddox and Rob Ryan.
- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (fiction)–A New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Green’s clever novel follows two sensitive and intelligent teens living with cancer and inadvertently finding love. Brimming with humor and empathy. this book will stay with you long after you’ve finished the last page.
- The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. Translated by David Mitchell. (Non-fiction) — The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart describes The Reason I Jump, a short work of non-fiction about the experiences of autism through the eyes of a perceptive 13-year old Japanese boy as, “One of the most remarkable books I think I have ever read.”
- The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (fiction) — In Lahiri’s beautiful second novel, we follow the lives of two brothers, Subhash and Udayan, born in Calcutta just before Indian Independence. As the boys grow up they develop vastly different personalities; Subhash eventually moves to America while Udayan stays in Calcutta to become part of the Communist uprising in West Bangal. Lahiri spins a keenly focused tale around the ties that keep the two brothers together and the forces that pull them apart.
- The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon (historical fiction) — Lyon’s quietly profound novel focuses on a wizened, introverted Aristotle and his relationship as tutor to passionate, troubled Alexander the Great. Lyon’s novel asks what it means to live a good life, to love, to find balance, and make sense of the world.
- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (non-fiction)—Strayed’s memoir chronicles her decision following her mother’s death to hike the 1,100 mile journey from California to Oregon along the Pacific Crest Trail.
If you would like a more casual option, feel free to browse our Book Club Picks selections for multiple copies of books that our Library Book Clubs have previously read.