Annapolis Valley Regional Library

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Book Club in a Bag

Book Club in a Bag is a service for the use of book clubs wanting the convenience of a pre-packaged bag complete with 8 copies of a book, a discussion guide and suggested questions and a sign-out sheet for the group leader. Some kits include a copy of the book in large print format and/or an audiobook.

The individual who checks out the kit is financially responsible for the kit and is responsible for returning all pieces of the kit. General library borrowing rules apply.

  • Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald (C)
  • Africaville by Jeffrey Colvin
  • Akin by Emma Donoghue
  • Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay (C, Oe)
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – contains an audiobook and large print copy (C, Oe)
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (C, Oe)
  • The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters
  • The Boat People by Sharon Bala (C, N, Oe)
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (C, Oa, Oe)
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett – contains an audiobook copy  (C, Oa, Oe)
  • Cool Water by Diane Warren  (C, N, Oe)
  • Crimes Against my Brother by David Adams Richards (C, Oe)
  • Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs (C, N)
  • The Deception of Livvy Higgs by Donna Morrissey  (C, N, Oe)
  • The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman (C)
  • Ducks by Kate Beaton
  • Educated : a Memoir by Tara Westover – contains an audiobook and large print copy (Oe)
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – contains an audiobook and large print copy (C, Oe)
  • Elle by Douglas Glover  (C, N, Oe)
  • Every Note Played by Lisa Genova – contains an audiobook and large print copy (C)
  • Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee – contains an audiobook and large print copy (C, Oa)
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – contains an audiobook (C, Oe)
  • Faithful by Alice Hoffman – contains an audiobook copy (C)
  • The Farm by Joanne Ramos
  • Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis  (C, N, Oe)
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom  (C, N)
  • The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (C, Oe)
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – contains an audiobook and large print copy (C, Oe)
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins  (C, Oe)
  • The Girl you Left Behind by Jojo Moyes  (C, N, Oe)
  • The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth (C, Oe)
  • The Good Women of Safe Harbour by Bobbi French
  • The Gown by Jennifer Robson – contains an audiobook and large print copy (C, Oa, Oe)
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – contains an audiobook and large print copy (C, Oe)
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mar Ann Shaffer  (C, Oa, Oe)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood  – contains an audiobook copy (C, N, Oe)
  • A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk by Jan L. Coates  (Oe)
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – contains an audiobook and large print copy (C, Oa, Oe)
  • House Rules : a novel by Jodi Picoult (C)
  • If This is Freedom by Gloria Wesley  (N, Oe)
  • I’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb – contains an audiobook copy  (C)
  • The Illegal : a novel by Lawrence Hill  (C, N, Oe)
  • The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin – contains an audiobook and large print copy (C, Oa)
  • The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King  (C, Oe)
  • In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende – contains an audiobook and large print copy (C, Oa)
  • Island by Alistair MacLeod  (C)
  • The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley
  • The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve  (C)
  • Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay  (C, N)
  • Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult – contains an audiobook copy  (C, Oe)
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson  (C, Oe)
  • The Long Way Home by Louise Penny  (C)
  • The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
  • The Maid by Nita Prose
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – contains an audiobook copy  (C, Oa)
  • The Martian by Andy Weir – contains an audiobook copy (C, Oe)
  • The Memento by Christy Ann Conlin  (C)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha : a novel by Arthur Golden  (C)
  • The Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor
  • Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen  (C)
  • Ernest Buckler  (C)
  • The Nest by Cynthia Sweeney – contains an audiobook copy (C, Oe)
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – contains an audiobook copy (C, Oa, Oe)
  • Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy  (C)
  • OurHomesick Songs by Emma Hooper – contains an audiobook and large print copy (C, Oa, Oe)
  • Our Missing Hearts – contains an audiobook and large print copy (Oe)
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett  (C, N, Oe)
  • Roost  by Ali Bryan  (C, N, Oe)
  • The Rose Code : a novel by Kate Quinn
  • Ru by Kim Thuy  (C, N, Oe)
  • Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda  (C, Oe)
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd  (C, N)
  • Speaking our Truth : a journey of reconciliation by Gray Smith, Monique (C,N,Oe)
  • State of Terror: a novel by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Suite Française : a novel by Irène Némirovsky  (C, N, Oa)
  • The Survivors by Jane Harper (C, Oe)
  • Sycamore Row by John Grisham  (C, Oa, Oe)
  • Sylvanus Now : a novel by Donna Morrissey  (C, Oe)
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield  (C)
  • Under the Bridge by Anne Bishop
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – contains an audiobook and large print copy (C, Oa, Oe)
  • The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay  (C, Oe)
  • A Walk Across the Sun  by Corban Addison  (C, N)
  • Warlight by Michael Ondaatje – contains an audiobook and large print copy (C, Oe)
  • When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain (C)
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – contains an audiobook and large print copy (C, Oa, Oe)
  • Where the Line Bleeds by Jesmyn Ward – contains a large print copy (C, N, Oa)
  • The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins (C, Oa, Oe)
  • Witches of New York by Ami McKay  (C, Oe)
  • A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny
  • The Wonder by Emma Donoghue  (C, Oe)

The following is a list of all of our Book Club in a Bag kits, these titles can be found in our catalogue. These symbols will indicate whether these titles are also available in the following sources:

N= NNELS
C=CELA
Oe=OverDrive eBook
Oa=OverDrive audiobook

Frequently Asked Questions

Our catalogue has a complete list of Book Club in a Bag kits. The titles owned by AVRL are listed on this page. 

Book Club in a Bag may be sent to your local branch by placing requests in the library catalogue, the same as for any other type of library material. Library staff can also help you place a request. You cannot reserve a kit for a specific date.

You may return your Book Club in a Bag kit in person to any branch of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library. You cannot return Book Club in a Bag kits through after-hours book drops. The kit must be intact with all copies included. Incomplete kits will be subject to replacement costs.

Book Club in a Bag kit is checked out for 6 weeks.   They are renewable if no other holds are waiting.

Your book club members may find additional copies of titles through our library catalogue.

We are always interested in feedback on Book Club in a Bag kits and suggested titles. Fill in a Suggest a Purchase form on our website, adding “book club in a bag” to the suggested title line. For general feedback you can click on Contact Us to send a message through our website.

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