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Book Club Collection

The Book Club Collection is the Library’s newest service for book lovers! At least five copies of each title are available for your reading group.  Here’s what you need to know about checking out items from the Book Club Collection:

  • The book club collection is shelved at the end of the nonfiction section on the main floor of the library.
  • Both Waukegan Public Library cardholders and out-of-town borrowers are welcome to check out books from this collection. You may check out all the copies of a book or just a single copy.
  • To place a hold on multiple copies of a title, please contact a librarian for assistance.
  • If you check out multiple copies of a book for the use of your book club, remember that items checked out to you are your responsibility. If copies are lost or damaged by someone in your group, you must pay the replacement cost.

To view more information about a book, including reviews and summaries, click the title. To view a free discussion guide, click “get the guide” under each title.

Allende, Isabel. House of the Spirits
     get the guide

Berg, Elizabeth. Durable Goods 
     get the guide

Bradbury, Ray. Dandelion Wine 
     get the guide

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451 
     get the guide

Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street 
     get the guide

Dick, Phillip K. The Man In the High Castle 
     get the guide

Diamant, Anita. The Red Tent 
    
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Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment 
     get the guide

Ellison, Ralph. The Invisible Man 
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Follett, Ken. Pillars of the Earth 
    
get the guide

Frazier, Charles. Cold Mountain 
    
get the guide

Gloss, Molly. The Jump-Off Creek 
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Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence 
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Gruen, Sara. Water for Elephants 
    
get the guide

Guterson, David. Snow Falling on Cedars 
    
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Hegi, Ursula. Stones from the River 
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Hillenbrand, Laura. Seabiscuit: An American Legend 
     get the guide

Joyce, James. The Dubliners 
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Kingsolver, Barbara. The Poisonwood Bible 
    
get the guide

Manchester, William. A World Lit Only By Fire 

McBride, James. The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother 
     get the guide

Niffenegger, Audrey. The Time Traveler’s Wife 
    
get the guide

Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar 
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Quindlen, Anna. One True Thing 
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Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation 
     get the guide

Singer, Isaac Bashevis. Enemies, A Love Story 

Steinbeck, John. The Pearl 
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Tan, Amy. The Bonesetter’s Daughter 
    
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Tough, Paul. Whatever It Takes 

Trigiani, Adriana. Big Stone Gap 
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Tsukiyama, Gail. The Samurai’s Garden 
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Start a Book Club

Interested in starting your own book club? Check out one of the titles below to learn more about starting and sustaining a fun and enriching group.

The Reading Group Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Book Club by Rachel Jacobson

The Book Club Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to the Reading Group Experience by Diana Loevy

The Ultimate Book Club Organizer: A Planner for Your Reading Group