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)
- Packet with discussion questions, author interviews, read-alike suggestions, background info, and food and drink pairings.
- Pick up and return the entire book club kit (with all of the components together) in person to the Mill Valley Public Library.
- Respect the 6-week checkout limit and return the kit promptly so the next book club can enjoy it!
- To reserve a kit (up to 6 months in advance) you can stop by the reference desk or call (415) 389-4292 x3 or 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.
- 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.
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (fiction) – This is a book that pivots on a smile. The novel begins a few years after 9/11. The narrator, a young Pakistani named Changez, happens upon an American in Lahore, invites him to tea and tells him the story of his life in the months just before and after the attacks. That monologue is the substance of Hamid’s elegant and chilling little novel.
- The Infinite Tides by Christian Kiefer (fiction) – A stunning debut novel about an astronaut’s return to earth and the losses he must confront—elegant, moving, and deeply resonant with our times.
- 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.”
- The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (fiction) — Pulitzer Prize winner Lahiri’s unparalleled ability to transform the smallest moments into whole lives pinnacles in this extraordinary story of two brothers—so close that one is “the other side” of the other—coming of age in the political tumult of 1960s India.
- Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (historical fiction) — A long journey from home and the struggle to find it again form the heart of this moving novel. Foster teen Molly is performing community-service work for elderly widow Vivian, and as they go through Vivian’s cluttered attic, they discover that their lives have much in common. When Vivian was a girl during the pre-Depression era, she was taken to a new life on an “orphan train” which carried children across the country to new adoptive families.
- The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (fiction) — Ogawa weaves a poignant tale of beauty, heart and sorrow in her exquisite new novel. A brilliant mathematician, the Professor was seriously injured in a car accident and his short-term memory only lasts for 80 minutes. He can remember his theorems and favorite baseball players, but the Housekeeper must reintroduce herself every morning, sometimes several times a day.
- 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.
- 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.
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.