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Book Group Connections

Book Group Connections (BGC) is a program sponsored by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's First Floor - New & Featured staff. We provide book groups with ready-made information packets to supplement book discussions. Packets are $5.00 each (fees cover photocopy and postage charges) and typically contain author biographies, author interviews, book reviews, and discussion questions (when available). In existence since 2001, BGC has kits for more than 350 books! Take a look at our title list below to see if any of our kits match your group's needs!

  • Contact the First Floor - New & Featured staff at 412.622.3151 for further information.

Book Group Connections Discussion Kits

This is a list of discussion kits that are available as of October, 2015.

* Indicates a book that has been recommended by one of our book groups


Abide with Me, Elizabeth Strout
The Accursed, Joyce Carol Oates
*Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
Ahab's Wife, Sena Jeter Naslund
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
*All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
*The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon
An American Childhood, Annie Dillard
American Pastoral, Philip Roth
*American Rust, Philipp Meyer
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini
*Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Another Roadside Attraction, Tom Robbins
Antigone, Sophocles
*The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach
*The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
The Assistant, Bernard Malamud
*Atonement, Ian McEwan
Austerlitz, W.G. Sebald
The Awakening, Kate Chopin



Bartleby, the Scrivener, Herman Melville
Beautiful Ruins , Jess Walter
Becoming Madame Mao, Anchee Min
*The Bees, Laline Paull
*Before You Know Kindness, Chris Bohjalian
Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo
*Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
*Beloved, Toni Morrison
Birds of America, Lorrie Moore
Bleak House, Charles Dickens
Bonesetter's Daughter, The, Amy Tan
The Book of Illusions, Paul Auster
*The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
*Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyeyemi
The Boys in the Boat, Daniel Brown
The Bread Givers, Anzia Yezierska
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz
Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel
Brooklyn, Colm Toibin
Brother, I'm Dying, Edwidge Danticat
*Brothers and Keepers, John Edgar Wideman
The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout



Caleb's Crossing, Geraldine Brooks
The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
The Chosen, Chaim Potok
Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Cider House Rules, John Irving
Citizens of London, Lynne Olson
Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff
*Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
*Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
*The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Columbine, Dave Cullen
*A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
*The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner
The Cunning Man, Robertson Davies
*The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
*Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese



Dancing at the Rascal Fair, Ivan Doig
*Daughter of Fortune, Isabel Allende
Dead Wake, Erik Larson
Dear Life, Alice Munro
Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather
Death Comes to Pemberley, P.D. James
Death in Venice, Thomas Mann
Deep Down Dark, Hector Tobar
Defending Jacob, William Landay
Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Thomas Cahill
The Destiny of the Republic, Candice Millard
*The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
*The Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac
*The Dinner, Herman Koch
*Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells
The Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman


*East of Eden, John Steinbeck
Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
Einstein: His Life and Universe, Walter Isaacson
The Emancipator's Wife, Barbara Hambly
*Embers, Sandor Marai
The Emigrants, Vilhelm Moberg
*Emily, Alone, Stewart O'Nan
Empire Falls, Richard Russo
The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
Everyday People, Stewart O'Nan
*Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
Exodus, Leon Uris
*Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer


A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
The Fifties, David Halbertam
The First Man, Albert Camus
*Five Days at Memorial, Sheri Fink
The Fixer, Bernard Malamud
Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
For One More Day, Mitch Albom
*For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
The Fortunate Pilgrim, Mario Puzo
*Founding Mothers, Cokie Roberts
*Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
*Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Fannie Flagg



*Galapagos, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
*Gertrude and Claudius, John Updike
Giants in the Earth, Ole Edvart Rolvaag
Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
*Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Susan Vreeland
The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
*Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
The Giver, Lois Lowry
The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
*The Good Earth, Pearl Buck
The Good Lord Bird, James McBride
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, Jared Diamond



Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, Alice Munro
Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom
*The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
Helen Clay Frick: Bittersweet Heiress, Martha Frick Symington Sanger
Herzog, Saul Bellow
*Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages that Shaped our Recent History, Kati Marton
The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
Homer and Langley, E.L. Doctorow
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford
The Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle
The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
House Rules, Jodi Picoult
*Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
*How It All Began, Penelope Lively
Howard's End, E.M. Forster
*The Human Stain, Philip Roth



The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
The Imperfectionists, Tom Rachman
*In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson
*In Sunlight in a Beautiful Garden, Kathleen Cambor
In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson
Independent People, Halldor Laxness
Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Alli
The Inn at Lake Devine, Elinor Lipman
The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer
*Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
The Invisible Bridge, Julie Orringer
Isaac's Storm, Erik Larson
Ishmael, Daniel Quinn



Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins
John Adams, David McCullough
Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy, Fawaz A. Gerges



The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara
Killing Kennedy, Bill O'Reilly
Killing Lincoln, Bill O'Reilly
*The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
*The Known World, Edward P. Jones



*The Lace Reader, Brunonia Barry
The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver
The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch
*Last Night at the Lobster, Stewart O'Nan
The Lemon Tree, Sandy Tolan
Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, Al Franken
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
*Life of Pi, Yann Martel
The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman
Lighthousekeeping, Jeanette Winterson
Lila, Marilynne Robinson
Little Bee, Chris Cleave
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah
Look Homeward Angel, Thomas Wolfe
Lost Horizon, James Hilton
*Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
*Loving Frank, Nancy Horan
The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri



The Magnificent Ambersons, Booth Tarkington
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Helen Simonson
The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
*March, Geraldine Brooks
March, The, E.L. Doctorow
*The Maytrees, Annie Dillard
Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
Meet You in Hell, Les Standiford
Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
*The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards
*The Mezzanine, Nicholson Baker
Middlemarch, George Eliot
*Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
Moloka'i, Alan Brennert
Moonwalking with Einstein, Joshua Foer
Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
*Mrs. Kimble, Jennifer Haigh
*Mudbound, Hillary Jordan
My Antonia, Willa Cather
My Dream of You, Nuala O'Faolain
*My Jim, Nancy Rawles
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon
The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie



*The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan
The Nazi Officer's Wife, Edith Hahn Beer
Nemesis, Philip Roth
Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
*Night, Elie Wiesel
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
*Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, Geraldine Brooks
1984, George Orwell
Nora Webster, Colm Toibin
Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami


*The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
The Old Curiosity Shop, Charles Dickens
Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
On Beauty, Zadie Smith
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson
One Thousand White Women, Jim Fergus
The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean
The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson
Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline
Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, Wes Moore
Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf
Out of this Furnace, Thomas Bell
Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson
Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell



The Painted Veil, W. Somerset Maugham
The Paris Wife, Paula McLain
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender
The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
Pere Goriot, Honore de Balzac
The Perfume Collector, Kathleen Tessaro
The Photograph, Penelope Lively
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
The Pilot's Wife, Anita Shreve
*The Plague of Doves, Louise Erdrich
*Please Look After Mom, Kyung-Sook Shin
*The Plot Against America, Philip Roth
*The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
The Postmistress, Sarah Blake
*Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
*Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver
*The Professor and the Madman, Simon Winchester



*The Quiet American, Graham Greene


A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
The Razor's Edge, W. Somerset Maugham
*The Reader, Bernhard Schlink
*Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
*Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
*The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
The Road, Cormac McCarthy
Room, Emma Donoghue
Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, Brenda Maddox
Rosie Project, The, Graeme Simsion
The Round House, Louise Erdrich
Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
Runaway: Stories, Alice Munro


*Sarah's Key, Tatiana de Rosnay
*The School of Essential Ingredients, Erica Bauermeister
*Seabiscuit: An American Legend, Laura Hillenbrand
Seating Arrangements, Maggie Shipstead
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
*The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, Christopher Scotton
*The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
The Shack, William P. Young
The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Ship of Fools, Katherine Anne Porter
Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
*Small Blessings, Martha Woodroof
Small Island, Andrea Levy
Snow, Orhan Pamuk
*The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey
*Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See
Solar, Ian McEwan
The Soloist, Steve Lopez
Someone, Alice McDermott
The Spencers of Amberson Avenue, Ethel Spencer
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal, Ben Macintyre
Standing in the Rainbow, Fannie Flagg
State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
Steel Magnolias, Robert Harling
Still Alice, Lisa Genova
Stone Diaries, Carol Shields
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin
The Story of Lucy Gault, William Trevor
The Submission, Amy Waldman
Suite Francaise, Irène Némirovsky
Swimming Home, Deborah Levy



*A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tenth of December: Stories, George Saunders
Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
That Old Ace in the Hole, Annie Proulx
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
*Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson
*The Tiger's Wife, Tea Obreht
The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
The Tin Drum, Gunter Grass
Tinkers, Paul Harding
The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Tortilla Curtain, T.C. Boyle
The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise, Julia Stuart
Traveling with Pomegranates, Sue Monk Kidd & Ann Kidd Taylor
Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck
*A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
*The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Ayana Mathis



*Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri
*Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Laura Hillenbrand
Unless, Carol Shields
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce



The Vagrants, Yiyun Li
The Valley of Decision, Marcia Davenport
Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult
The View from Castle Rock, Alice Munro
*A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
Voss, Patrick White
*A Voyage Long and Strange, Tony Horwitz



Waiting for the Barbarians, J. M. Coetzee
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
*A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson
The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson
Washington Square, Henry James
*Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
*Watership Down, Richard Adams
*We are All Completely beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates
What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, Peter Godwin
When the Emperor was Divine, Julie Otsuka
While I Was Gone, Sue Miller
The Whistling Season, Ivan Doig
White Teeth, Zadie Smith
The Whore's Child and Other Stories, Richard Russo
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory Maguire
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail, Cheryl Strayed
Wish You Were Here, Stewart O'Nan
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
The Woman Behind the New Deal, Kristin Downey
The Women of Troy Hill, Clare Ansberry
The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman



The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs
The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
*Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks
The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon



The Zookeeper's Wife, Diane Ackerman
*Zorro, Isabel Allende