Book Discussion Kits

A talking book or a large print book that’s easy on the eyes can make reading a pleasure. The Outreach Department, along with the generosity of local Lions Club and New York/Bermuda Lions Foundation, created large print and CD book discussion kits for those who find regular print impossible to read. Each kit includes 4 large print books, 4 books on CD and 8 large print discussion guides. The book has been made into a movie?  A DVD movie version will be included in the kit. Your group can read the book, then watch the movie and discuss the differences. Call 428-8312 for more information.

All the Light We Cannot See
By Anthony Doerr
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
**American Sniper
By Chris Kyle
A celebration of the remarkable life and legacy of fallen American hero Chris Kyle. He was the top American sniper of all time, called “the legend” by his navy seal brothers, and a hero by those he served with on the home front. From 1999 to 2009, Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the greatest war memoirs of all time.
The Book of Unknown Americans
By Cristina Henríquez
Named a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book, The Daily Beast’s Novel of the Year, and BookPage Best Book of the Year. When Maribel Rivera sustains a terrible injury, the Riveras leave behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risk everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. It’s not long before Maribel attracts the attention of Mayor Toro, the son of one of their new neighbors, who sees a kindred spirit in this beautiful, damaged outsider. Their love story sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved.
Caleb’s Crossing
By Geraldine Brooks
At age twelve, Bethia meets Caleb and the two forge a secret bond, with Caleb eventually becoming the first Native American graduate of Harvard College. 
Calling Invisible Women
By Jeanne Ray
Clover is crushed by the realization that neither her husband nor her children ever truly look at her. Then Clover wakes up one morning to discover she’s invisible–truly invisible.
The End of Your Life Book Club
By Will Schwalbe
The inspiring story of a son and his dying mother who form a “book club” that brings them together as her life come to a close.
Forgotten Garden
By Kate Morton
At Cliff Cottage, on the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, Cassandra discovers the forgotten garden of her grandmother’s book, and is able to unlock the secrets of the beautiful book of fairy tales. 
Garden Spells
By Sarah Addison Allen 
When a stranger moves in next door, Claire’s carefully tended life quickly begins to run gloriously out of control.
**Gone Girl
By Gillian Flynn
On Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
The Greater Journey
By David McCullough
In The Greater Journey, David McCullough tells the enthralling and inspiring story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, and others who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900.
**Heaven Is For Real
By Todd Burpo
Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.
**The Help
By Kathryn Stockett
Three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women—mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends—view one another. 
I Feel Bad About My Neck
By Nora Ephron
A candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself. 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
By Rebecca Skloot
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine.
The Invention of Wings
By Sue Monk Kidd
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The story follows Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. “The Invention of Wings” follows the next thirty-five years of their lives.
**The Last Lecture
By Randy Pausch
The last lecture from Professor Randy Pausch at Carnegie Mellon University, who passed away in 2008 from pancreatic cancer. On the stage that day, Randy was youthful, energetic, handsome, often cheerfully, darkly funny.
**Life of Pi
By Yann Martel
After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan—and a 450-pound royal Bengal tiger.
  Me Before You
By Jo Jo Moyes
Louisa lives an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for an ex-Master of the Universe, Will, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and he is not interested in exploring a new one. Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common in heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
  Orphan Train
By Christina Baker Kline
Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse…As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.
Snow Child
By Eowyn Ivey
In 1920 Jack and Mabel, united in grief, make a new life on an Alaskan homestead. When a child mysteriously appears through the trees… she the answer to their prayers? Or a strange magical dream?
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
By Rachel Joyce
Harold Fry embarks on an urgent quest to walk six hundred miles to a hospice, to deliver a letter to a dying friend.
By Laura Hillenbrand
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, with survivor Louis Zamperini. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
**Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
By Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life—she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone.

**Contains the movie DVD