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Book Discussion Titles

Book Discussion Titles Available at the Ferguson Library

Book discussion groups are hot, and the Ferguson Library has a growing collection of good reads to help spark your group discussions. Multiple copies of over 200 popular titles are currently available for borrowing, and there is no limit to the number of copies that may be borrowed by a group. Located on the Main Library’s lower level, the Book Discussion Collection includes contemporary romances, thrillers, and mysteries; historical fiction; classics; popular history and biography; and an excellent selection of African-American interest titles. For assistance in choosing books, call 964-1000 (ext. 8231) or drop by the Information Desk.

 

Adamson, Gil
The Outlander

 

Adiga, Aravind
White Tiger


Akpan, Uwem
Say You’re One of Them

 

Alexander, Robert
The Kitchen Boy

 

Allen, Preston L.
All or Nothing

 

Bailey, Tom
The Grace That Keeps This World

 

Balakian, Peter
Black Dog of Fate

 

Ball, Edward
Slaves in the Family

 

Barnes, Stephen
Charisma

 

Bayard, Louis
The Pale Blue Eye

 

Becker, Denise
Shades of Brown

 

Belfer, Lauren
City of Light

 

Bellow, Saul
Adventures of Augie March

 

Benioff, David
City of Thieves

 

Berry, Bertrice
Jim and Louella’s Homemade Heart-fix Remedy

 

Berry, Steve
The Amber Room

 

Bin Laden, Carmen
Inside the Kingdom

 

Block, Stefan Merrill
Story of Forgetting

 

Bloom, Amy
Away

 

Blum, Jenna
Those Who Save Us

 

Bohjalian, Chris
Before You Know Kindness
Buffalo Soldier
Double Bind
Midwives

 

Bolton, Ruthie
Gal

 

Bradbury, Ray
Farenheit 451

 

Bragg, Rick
All Over But the Shoutin’

 

Brooks, Geraldine
March
People of the Book
Year of Wonders

 

Brown, Cupcake
Piece of Cake

 

Brown, Wesley
Darktown Strutters

 

Broyard, Bliss
One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life

 

Bryson, Bill
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

 

Caldwell, Bo
Distant Land of My Father

 

Callanan, Liam
All Saints

 

Campbell, Bebe Moore
72 Hour Hold

 

Capote, Truman
A Christmas Memory

Carter, Stephen L.
Emperor of Ocean Park
New England White

Channer, Colin
Satisfy My Soul

 

Chevalier, Tracy
Girl with a Pearl Earring

 

Childress, Mark
One Mississippi

 

Cisneros, Sandra
Caramelo

 

Clarke, Austin
Polished Hoe

 

Clarke, Breena
River Cross My Heart

 

Clinch, Jon
Finn

 

Cohen, Paula Marantz
Jane Austen in Boca

 

Cooper, J. California
Wake of the Wind

 

Cross, Donna Woolfolk
Pope Joan

 

Cunningham, Michael
The Hours

 

Dallas, Sandra
Diary of Mattie Spenser

 

Datcher, Michael
Raising Fences

 

Davis, Sampson
The Pact

 

Davis-Gardner, Angela
Plum Wine

 

Dawes, Kwame
She’s Gone

 

De Bernieres, Louis
Corelli’s Mandolin

 

Dean, Debra
The Madonnas of Leningrad

 

DeBerry, Virginia
What Doesn’t Kill You

 

Desai, Kiran
The Inheritance of Loss

 

Diamant, Anita
Good Harbor
The Red Tent

 

Diaz, Junot
Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

 

Doctorow, E .L.
Ragtime
The March

 

Doig, Ivan
The Whistling Season

 

Doyle, Roddy
A Star Called Henry

 

Drabble, Margaret
The Red Queen

 

Du Bois, W.E.B.
Souls of Black Folk

 

Dubus, Andre
House of Sand and Fog

 

Due, Tananarive
Black Rose
Blood Colony
Joplin’s Ghost
My Soul to Keep

 

Durrell, Gerald Malcolm
My Family and Other Animals

 

Edgerton, Clyde
Walking Across Egypt

 

Edwards, Grace F.
No Time to Die

 

Edwards, Kim
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

 

Egan, Tmothy
Worst Hard Time

 

Ellis, Mary Relindes
The Turtle Warrior

 

Emecheta, Buchi
Slave Girl

 

Enger, Leif
Peace Like a River

 

Ephron, Amy
A Cup of Tea

 

Eugenides, Jeffrey
Middlesex

 

Eve, Nomi
The Family Orchard

 

Fadiman, Anne
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

 

Feldman, Ellen
Lucy

 

Fergus, Jim
One Thousand White Women

 

Ferris, Joshua
Then We Came to the End

 

Fitzgerald, F. Scott
The Great Gatsby

 

Foer, Jonathan Safran
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

 

Ford, Jamie
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

 

Foreman, Amanda
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

 

Frazier, Charles
Cold Mountain

 

Ghosh, Amitav
The Hungry Tide

 

Gilmore, Jennifer
Golden Country

 

Glass, Julia
Three Junes

 

Gloss, Molly
Jump-off Creek

 

Goldberg, Myla
Bee Season

 

Golden, Marita
After

 

Goodman, Allegra
Intuition
Kaaterskill Falls

 

Goodman, Carol
Seduction of Water

 

Goodwin, Jason
The Janissary Tree

 

Graham, David
Lost City of Z

 

Gregory, Philippa
Other Boleyn Girl
The Queen’s Fool

 

Grogan, John
Marley & Me

 

Gruen, Sara
Water for Elephants

 

Hamill, Pete
Forever

 

Harris, E. Lynn
Invisible Life
Just Too Good To Be True

 

Harris, Joanne
Chocolat

 

Hazzard, Shirley
The Great Fire

 

Hegland, Jean
Into the Forest

 

Henry, O.
Gift of the Magi

 

Hickey, Elizabeth
The Painted Kiss

 

Hicks, Robert
The Widow of the South

 

Highsmith, Patricia
The Talented Mr. Ripley

 

Hijuelos, Oscar
Empress of the Splendid Season

 

Hill, Donna
Getting Hers
Rhythms

 

Hill, Ernest
Satisfied with Nothin’

 

Hillenbrand, Laura
Seabiscuit,an American Legend

 

Himes, Chester
Plan B
Third Generation

 

Hirsi Ali, Ayaan
Infidel

 

Hooks, Bell
Ain’t I a Woman

 

Hopkinson, Nalo
Brown Girl in the Ring

 

Horan, Nancy
Loving Frank

 

Horn, Dara
The World to Come

 

Hosseini, Khaled
The Kite Runner

 

Hughes, Langston
The Ways of White Folks

 

Hunter, Travis
The Hearts of Men

 

Hurston, Zora Neale
Jonah’s Gourd Vine
Seraph on the Suwanee

 

Hustvedt, Siri
What I Loved

 

Jackson-Opoku, Sandra
River Where Blood is Born

 

Jarrett, Norma L.
Sweet Magnolia

 

Jasper, Kenji
Dark

 

Jen, Gish
Typical American

 

Jin, Ha
Waiting

 

Johnson, Charles
Dreamer

 

Johnson, Freddie Lee
Bittersweet

 

Johnson, Guy
Standing at the Scratch Line

 

Johnson, R. M.
Do You Take This Woman?
Harris Men

 

Jones, Edward P.
The Known World

 

Jones, Ernest C.
A Darker Shade of Brown

 

Jones, Lloyd
Mr. Pip

 

Jones, Patricia
The Color of Family

 

Jones, Solomon
C.R.E.A.M.
Pipe Dream

 

Kalam, Murad
The Night Journey

 

Kalish, Mildred Armstrong
Little Heathens

 

Kallos, Stephanie
Broken for You

 

Kendall, Joshua
The Man Who Made Lists

 

Kent, Kathleen
The Heretic’s Daughter

 

Kidd, Sue Monk
Secret Life of Bees

 

Kidder, Tracy
Mountains Beyond Mountains

 

King, Dave
The Ha-Ha

 

Kingsolver, Barbara
Poisonwood Bible
Prodigal Summer

 

Kushner, Rachel
Telex From Cuba

 

Kricorian, Nancy
Zabelle

 

Ladd, Florence
Sarah’s Psalm

 

Lahiri, Jhumpa
The Namesake

 

Lamb, Wally
The Hour I First Believed

 

Lansens, Lori
The Girls

 

Lawrence, D. H.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover

 

Lawson, Mary
Other Side of the Bridge

 

Lehrer, James
The Special Prisoner

 

Lee, Helen Elaine
Serpent’s Gift

 

Lee, Wendy
Happy Family

 

Lehrer, James
The Special Prisoner

 

Leonard, Mike
The Ride of Our Lives

 

Lethem, Jonathan
Motherless Brooklyn

 

Lindberg, Reeve
Under a Wing

 

Lipman, Elinor
Then She Found Me

 

Lively, Penelope
Consequences

 

McCall, Nathan
Them

 

Macmillan, Margaret
Women of the Raj

 

Maine, David
The Preservationist

 

Makine, Andrei
Dreams of My Russian Summers

 

Marai, Sandor
Embers

 

Markham, Beryl
West with the Night

 

Martel, Yan
Life of Pi

 

Mason, Daniel
The Piano Turner

 

Mason, J.D.
One Day I Saw a Black King

 

Massey, Sujata
The Pearl Diver

 

Mattison, Alice
The Book Borrower

 

McBride, James
Miracle at St. Anna

 

McCarthy, Cormac
The Road

 

McCullers, Carson
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

 

McCullough, David G.
The Johnstown Flood

 

McCunn, Ruthanne Lum
Moon Pearl

 

McEwan, Ian
Atonement
Saturday

 

McFadden, Bernice
Sugar
This Bitter Earth

 

McFarland, Dennis
Letter From Point Clear

 

McManus, James
Positively Fifth Street

 

Meyer, Stephanie
Twilight

 

Miller, Sue
While I Was Gone

 

Mirvas, Tova
Ladies Auxiliary

 

Mistry, Rohinton
Fine Balance

 

Mitchell, David
Black Swan Green

 

Moehringer, J. R.
The Tender Bar

 

Morris, Willie
My Dog Skip

 

Morrison, Toni
Bluest eye
Jazz
Love
A Mercy
Song of Solomon

 

Mortenson, Greg
Three Cups of Tea

 

Mosley, Walter
Man in My Basement
The Tempest Tales

 

Mullen, Thomas
The Last Town on Earth

 

Murdoch, Iris
The Sea, the Sea

 

Murray, Victoria Christopher
Too Little, Too Late

 

Naipaul, V. S.
Bend in the River

 

Nashland, Sena Jeter
Ahab’s Wife

 

Naylor, Gloria
Linden Hills

 

Nayman, Shira
Awake in the Dark

 

Neff, Heather
Haarlem

 

Nemirovsky, Irene
Fire in the Blood
Suite Francaise

 

Nicholas, Denise
Freshwater Road

 

Niffenegger, Audrey
Time Traveler’s Wife

 

Noor, Queen
Leap of Faith

 

Obama, Barak
Dreams From My Father

 

O’Brien, Tim
In the Lake of the Woods
The Things They Carried

 

Oufkir, Malika
Stolen Lives

 

Packer, Ann
Dive from Clausen’s Pier

 

Padowicz, Julian
Mother and Me: Escape From Warsaw

 

Parrado, Nando
Miracle in the Andes

 

Parks, Suzan-Lori
Getting Mother’s Body

 

Pate, Alexs D.
Finding Makeba

 

Pearl, Matthew
Dante Club

 

Perez-Reverte, Arturo
Queen of the South

 

Pessl, Marisha
Special Topics in Calamity Physics

 

Petterson, Per
Out Stealing Horses

 

Perrotta, Tom
Little Children

 

Perry, Steve
Man Up!
Naked Eating Chinese Food
The Window Pain

 

Petry, Ann Lane
The Street

 

Phillips, Arthur
The Egyptologist

 

Phillips, Caryl
Nature of Blood

 

Phillips, Jayne Anne
Lark and Termite

 

Picoult, Jodi
My Sister’s Keeper
Nineteen Minutes
Plain Truth
Salem Falls

 

Price-Thompson, Tracy
Chocolate Sangria

 

Randall, Alice
Pushkin and the Queen of Spades

 

Reynolds, Sheri
Rapture of Canaan

 

Rhodes, Jewell Parker
Douglass’ Women

 

Richmond, Michelle
The Year of the Fog

 

Ridley, John
Those Who Walk in Darkness

 

Robinson, Randall
Defending the Spirit

 

Rodriguez, Richard
Hunger of Memory

 

Roby, Kimberla Lawson
It’s a Thin Line

 

Roth, Philip
Plot Against America

 

Rowell, Victoria
The Women Who Raised Me

 

Roy, Arundhati
God of Small Things

 

Russell, Mary Doria
Dreamers of the Day
The Sparrow
Thread of Grace

 

Ruiz Zafron, Carlos
Shadow of the Wind

 

Salisbury, Graham
Eyes of the Emperor

 

Salzman, Mark
The Soloist

 

Samet, Elizabeth D.
Soldier’s Heart

 

Santiago, Esmerelda
Almost a Woman

 

Schwartz, John Burnham
Reservation Road

 

Sebold, Alice
Lovely Bones

 

Shaffer, Mary Ann
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

 

Shakespeare, William
Midsummer Night’s Dream
Much Ado About Nothing

 

Shange, Ntozake
Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo

 

Shields, Jodi
Fig Eater

 

Shreve, Anita
Weight of Water

 

Shriver, Lionel
We Need to Talk About Kevin

 

Sidhwa, Bapsi
Cracking India

 

Silva, Daniel
Death in Vienna

 

Sittenfeld, Curtis
American Wife

 

Smiley, Jane
Good Faith

 

Simon, Rachel
Riding the Bus With My Sister

 

Smith, Bob
Hamlet’s Dresser

 

Smith, Lee
Fair and Tender Ladies

 

Smith, Mary-Ann Tirone
Girls of Tender Age

 

Smith, Zadie
On Beauty
White Teeth

 

Sofer, Dalia
The Septembers of Shiraz

 

Soueif, Ahdaf
Map of Love

 

Stein, Garth
The Art of Racing in the Rain

 

Steinbeck, John
The Grapes of Wrath

 

Strout, Elizabeth
Olive Kitteridge

 

Swanson, James L.
Manhunt

 

Szpilman, Wladyslaw
The Pianist

 

Tademy, Lalita
Cane River
Red River

 

Talarigo, Jeff
The Pearl Diver

 

Taylor, Peter
Summons to Memphis

 

Taylor, Robert Lewis
Travels of Jamie McPheeters

 

Tervalon, Jervey
All the Trouble You Need

 

Thomas, Jacqueline
Change Is Gonna Come

 

Thomas, Michael
Man Gone Down

 

Thurman, Wallace
Blacker the Berry

 

Tóibín, Colm
Brooklyn

 

Trevanian
The Crazyladies of Pearl Street

 

Trice, Dawn Turner
An Eighth of August

 

Trigiani, Adriana
Big Stone Gap

 

Trillin, Calvin
Messages From My Father

 

Truong, Monique
Book of Salt

 

Tsukiyama, Gail
Language of Threads

 

Updike, John
Rabbit, Run

 

Vantrease, Brenda Rickman
The Illuminator 

 

Vreeland, Susan
Girl in Hyacinth Blue
Passion of Artemisia

 

Walker, Margaret
Jubilee

 

Walls, Jeannette
The Glass Castle

 

Werlin, Nancy
Impossible

 

Wesley, Valerie Wilson
Always True to You in My Fashion
When Death Comes Stealing

 

Wharton, Edith
House of Mirth

 

Wideman, John Edgar
Cattle Killiing
Two Cities

 

Wiggins, Marianne
Evidence of Things Unseen

 

Williams, John A.
Clifford’s Blues

 

Wilson, Sloan
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

 

Winspear, Jacqueline
Birds of a Feather

 

Withey, Lynn
Dearest Friend

 

Woodson, Carter
Mis-education of the Negro

 

Woolf, Virginia
Mrs. Dalloway

 

Wright, Richard
Native Son
Outsider

 

Young, Pamela Samuels
Murder on the Downlow

 

Zusak, Markus
The Book Thief

   
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