For Book Clubs


DGPL cardholders can pick up everything a book club needs to inspire discussion whether it's a selection you've made, a recommendation from our staff, or a ready-to-go Book Club Bag.

To reserve a Book Cub Bag, complete this online form or contact Lorel at ltrout@dglibrary.org or (630) 960-1200 ext. 4266. This collection was made possible by funding from the Downers Grove Public Library Foundation through the Lillian Culbertson Restricted Use Gift Fund.

Want to request multiple copies of a title not listed below? Download this PDF by right-clicking the link and selecting save as. Email the completed form to askus@dglibrary.org or bring it to the library.

What's in the bag?

  • 10 copies of the selected title
  • Discussion questions
  • Author information

Book Club Bag Available Titles - Fiction
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate 
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood
Circe by Madeline Miller
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Dear Mrs. Bird: A Novel by A.J. Pearce
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Huntress by Kate Quinn *
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
The Last Thing You Surrender by Leonard Pitts Jr. *
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 
Lovely War by Julie Berry *
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Normal People by Sally Rooney*
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam*
Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Still Life by Louise Penny
The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel by Heather Morris
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
There There by Tommy Orange*
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

*Titles added in June 2019.

Book Club Bag Available Titles - Nonfiction
All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung 
The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love by Per J. Andersson
Becoming by Michelle Obama*
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women by Roseanne Montillo
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance 
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land*
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo
Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl*
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe* 
Small Fry by Lisa Brennan Jobs 
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

*Added in June 2019.