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Book Discussion Titles Available at the Ferguson Library

 The Book Discussion Collection is located on the lower level of the Main Library. We have multiple copies of over 200 popular titles. Call 203 351-8231 or drop by the Information Desk for help in choosing a discussion book.


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


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


Blum, Jenna
Those Who Save Us


Bohjalian, Chris
Before You Know Kindness
Buffalo Soldier
Double Bind


Bolton, Ruthie


Bradbury, Ray
Farenheit 451


Bragg, Rick
All Over But the Shoutin’


Brooks, Geraldine
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


Clarke, Austin
Polished Hoe


Clarke, Breena
River Cross My Heart


Clinch, Jon


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.
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


Eve, Nomi
The Family Orchard


Fadiman, Anne
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down


Feldman, Ellen


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


Goodman, Allegra
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


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


Harris, Joanne


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


Hill, Ernest
Satisfied with Nothin’


Hillenbrand, Laura
Seabiscuit,an American Legend


Himes, Chester
Plan B
Third Generation


Hirsi Ali, Ayaan


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


Jen, Gish
Typical American


Jin, Ha


Johnson, Charles


Johnson, Freddie Lee


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
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


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


McCall, Nathan


Macmillan, Margaret
Women of the Raj


Maine, David
The Preservationist


Makine, Andrei
Dreams of My Russian Summers


Marai, Sandor


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


McFadden, Bernice
This Bitter Earth


McFarland, Dennis
Letter From Point Clear


McManus, James
Positively Fifth Street


Meyer, Stephanie


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
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


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.


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


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


Walls, Jeannette
The Glass Castle


Werlin, Nancy


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


Young, Pamela Samuels
Murder on the Downlow


Zusak, Markus
The Book Thief

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