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Library Book Discussion Group Kits to Go

If your book group needs novels or nonfiction titles, one member of your group can check out multiple copies of one title, thanks to the library’s book group kits to go. Packaged in a royal blue tote bag, each kit contains: at least six copies of the title; book group questions to encourage a lively discussion; book reviews; and biographical information about the author. The kits check out for six weeks and can be renewed. The person who checks out the kit for the group is responsible for its contents. If you have any questions about the kits, contact the adult reference desk at 248-246-3727.

Fiction Nonfiction

Monthly Book Discussion Groups

The library hosts two monthly book discussion groups: 

  • The Salter Center Group meets the third Monday of each month at 10 am in the Senior Room at the Jack and Patti Salter Community Center, 1545 East Lincoln. For more information, contact Librarian Mary Ann DeKane at 248-246-3714 or maryann@ropl.org

April 17, 2017
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel Brown. 2013. Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.

May 15, 2017
A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd. At the outbreak of WWI, independent minded British gentlewoman Bess Crawford volunteers for the nursing corps, serving from the battlefields of France to the doomed hospital ship Britannic. On one voyage, she promises to a deliver a message from a dying officer to his brother. Once she's able to do so, she's disturbed at the brother's indifferent reception of the message, and when an unexpected turn of events provides her with an opportunity to stay with the family for a short time, she takes it.

June 19, 2017
Once in a Great City: a Detroit Story by David Maraniss. Maraniss traces the evolution of Detroit from a manufacturing and cultural powerhouse to a city fighting to come back. Maraniss tells the city’s story through portraits of the visionary leaders in its heyday: automobile executive Henry Ford II; labor leader Walter Reuther; Motown founder Barry Gordy Jr.; and civil rights leader the Rev. C.L. Franklin.

July 17, 2017
Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen. Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a mill town called Commonwealth votes to quarantine itself in the wake of the 1918 flu pandemic, but a violent confrontation with a tired, hungry, and cold soldier will have devastating repercussions for the entire town.

August 21, 2017
Serena by Ron Rash. Traveling to the mountains of 1929 North Carolina to forge a timber business with her new husband, Serena Pemberton champions her mastery of harsh natural and working conditions but turns murderous when she learns she cannot bear children.

  • The Third-Thursday Book Discussion Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7 pm in Meeting Rooms C-D at the Royal Oak Public Library. Join us for spirited discussions about novels and non-fiction titles. Registration is suggested. Titles are provided for each session. For more information, contact Librarian Rosemary Mirsky at (248) 246-3715, or email her at rosemary@ropl.org. The group’s upcoming selection is:

April 20, 2017
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. 2015. An account of a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who comes to America after the fall of Saigon and tries to build a new life among other refugees in Los Angeles while secretly reporting back to his Communist superiors in Vietnam. Described as an epic of love and betrayal.\

May 18, 2017
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. 2015. Comedian Ansari teams up with a sociologist to try to understand how technology has impacted the search for romance in the 21st century.

June 15, 2017
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews. 2014. Elfrieda and Yolandi are two sisters from a strict Canadian Mennonite family. Elfrieda, a famous pianist with the perfect husband, has attempted suicide several times. Younger Yolandi is a twice-divorced mom of two whose career is stalled and is the person who tries repeatedly to stave off her sister’s psychological problems. What is Yolandi to do?

July 20, 2017
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin by Masha Gessen. 2012. Journalist Gessen, a Russian native who lives in the United States, explores how Putin, a former KBG agent, was picked to lead Russia’s democracy after the fall of the Soviet Union. Gessen argues that Putin has reversed years of progress in Russia and has made the nation once again a threat to its citizens and the world.