Book Discussion Kits

Titles for Fairfax County Public Library Book Discussion Kits

Please check the catalog for availability. To reserve a book discussion kit using the library's on-line catalog at, log into the catalog and type "book kits," choose "keyword" and "subject" and search. This will bring up the list below and you can place your hold.

Kits for Adults     |     Paired Book Titles (Adults)       |    Kits for Children    |    Kits for Teens

Kits for Adults

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Anthill by Edward Osbourne Wilson

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life by Michael Dirda

Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig

The End of the World As We Know It: Scenes from a Life by Robert Goolrick

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Fortune’s Rocks by Anita Shreve

A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel by Jeannette Walls

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

July's People by Nadine Gordimer

Just Kid by Patti Smith

The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

Little Princes by Conor Grennan

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Native Son by Richard Wright

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey 

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Red Thread by Ann Hood

The Road from Coorain by Jill K. Conway

The Romance Reader by Pearl Abraham

Saffron Sky: A Life Between Iran and America by Gelareh Asayesh

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

The Submission by Amy Waldman

The Surrendered by Chang-Rae Lee

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Up From the Blue by Susan Henderson

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar

Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobhan Fallon

Paired Book Titles (Adults)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jane Slayre by Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Browning Erwin

The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
March by Geraldine Brooks

Making Toast: A Family Story by Roger Rosenblatt
To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay

Kits for Children

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman

Kits for Teens

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Bindi Babes by Narinder Dhami 

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