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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 produced 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 May, 2014.

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


The Accursed, Joyce Carol Oates
*Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
Ahab's Wife, Sena Jeter Naslund
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Alice I Have Been, Melanie Benjamin
*All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
*The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon
America America, Ethan Canin
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
Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
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
*Atonement, Ian McEwan
The Attack, Yasmina Khadra
Audition, Barbara Walters
Austerlitz, W.G. Sebald
*Await Your Reply, Dan Chaon
The Awakening, Kate Chopin



*Bald in the Land of Big Hair, Joni Rodgers
*Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Sijie Dai
Bartleby, the Scrivener, Herman Melville
The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
Becoming Madame Mao, Anchee Min
*Before You Know Kindness, Chris Bohjalian
The Beginner's Goodbye, Anne Tyler
Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo
*Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
*Beloved, Toni Morrison
Between, Georgia, Joshilyn Jackson
Bird in Hand, Christina Baker Kline
Birds of America, Lorrie Moore
The Birth of Venus, Sarah Dunant
Bleak House, Charles Dickens
Blessings, Anna Quindlan
The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
Blue Diary, Alice Hoffman
*The Bonesetter's Daughter, Amy Tan
The Book of Illusions, Paul Auster
The Book of Salt, Monique Truong
*The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
The Bread Givers, Anzia Yezierska
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder
*Bridge of Sighs, Richard Russo
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 Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
*The Cat's Table, Michael Ondaajte
Caucasia, Danzy Senna
The Chosen, Chaim Potok
Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Cider House Rules, John Irving
The Citizens of London, Lynne Olson
Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff
The Coffee Trader, David Liss
*Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
*The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Columbine, Dave Cullen
*The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
The Cradle, Patrick Somerville
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
Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather
Death Comes to Pemberley, P.D. James
Death in Venice, Thomas Mann
Death of Vishnu, Manil Suri
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 Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery
Elements of Style, Wendy Wasserstein
The Emancipator's Wife, Barbara Hambly
*Embers, Sandor Marai
The Emigrants, Vilhelm Moberg
*Emily, Alone, Stewart O'Nan
*Empire Falls, Richard Russo
Empire of the Summer Moon, S. G. Gwynne
The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
Everyday People, Stewart O'Nan
Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
Exodus, Leon Uris
*Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer


The Family, Mario Puzo
Family Album, Penelope Lively
A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
The Fifties, David Halbertam
The First Man, Albert Camus
First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents, Bonnie Angelo
*Five Quarters of the Orange, Joanne Harris
The Fixer, Bernard Malamud
Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
*For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
The Fortunate Pilgrim, Mario Puzo
*Founding Brothers, Joseph Ellis
*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
*Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
The Girls From Ames, Jeffrey Zaslow
The Giver, Lois Lowry
*The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
*The Good Earth, Pearl Buck
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
The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
The Hare with Amber Eyes, Edmund de Waal
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, Alice Munro
Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom
*The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
Heir to the Glimmering World, Cynthia Ozick
Helen Clay Frick: Bittersweet Heiress, Martha Frick Symington Sanger
*The Help, Kathryn Stockett
*Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman
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
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 Invisible Bridge, Julie Orringer
Isaac's Storm, Erik Larson
Ishmael, Daniel Quinn
The Island at the Center of the World, Russell Shorto



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



The Kalahari Typing School for Men, Alexander McCall Smith
The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara
*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
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
The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
*Loving Frank, Nancy Horan
The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri
Luncheon of the Boating Party, Susan Vreeland



*The Madonnas of Leningrad, Debra Dean
The Magnificent Ambersons, Booth Tarkington
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Helen Simonson
The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
*March, Geraldine Brooks
*The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides
*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 Mermaid Chair, Sue Monk Kidd
*The Mezzanine, Nicholson Baker
Middlemarch, George Eliot
*Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt
Mister Pip, Lloyd Jones
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
My Name is Red, Orhan Pamuk
*My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon
The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie



*The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
Nemesis, Philip Roth
Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
*Night, Elie Wiesel
The Nine: Inside the World of the Supreme Court, Jeffrey Toobin
*Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, Geraldine Brooks
1984, George Orwell
Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
Nothing Daunted, Dorothy Wickenden
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith



*The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
The Old Curiosity Shop, Charles Dickens
Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
Old School, Tobias Wolff
Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
On Beauty, Zadie Smith
One Thousand White Women, Jim Fergus
The Orchard, Theresa Weir
The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean
Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, Wes Moore
Out of this Furnace, Thomas Bell
Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson
Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell



A Painted House, John Grisham
The Painted Veil, W. Somerset Maugham
The Paris Wife, Paula McLain
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender
The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
Peony in Love, Lisa See
People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
Pere Goriot, Honore de Balzac
The Photograph, Penelope Lively
The Pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman
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
*The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay
*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
*A Reliable Wife, Robert Goolrick
The Road, Cormac McCarthy
Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, Brenda Maddox
The Round House, Louise Erdrich
Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
Runaway: Stories, Alice Munro
Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs



*Sarah's Key, Tatiana de Rosnay
Saturday, Ian McEwan
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Beth Hoffman
*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 Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
The Shack, William P. Young
The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Shanghai Girls, Lisa See
Ship of Fools, Katherine Anne Porter
The Shoemaker's Wife, Adriana Trigiani
Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
*The Sisters Brothers, Patrick DeWitt
*Skull Duggery, Aaron Elkins
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
Some Sing, Some Cry, Ntozake Shange
*The Space Between Us, Thrity Umrigar
The Spencers of Amberson Avenue, Ethel Spencer
Standing in the Rainbow, Fannie Flagg
State of Fear, Michael Crichton
State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
Steel Magnolias, Robert Harling
Still Alice, Lisa Genova
The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields
Stones from the River, Ursula Hegi
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski
The Story of Lucy Gault, William Trevor
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
That Old Cape Magic, Richard Russo
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
*Thirteen Moons, Charles Frazier
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
*A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
*The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Ayana Mathis
Two Old Women, Velma Wallis



*Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri
*Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Laura Hillenbrand
Unless, Carol Shields



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



Waiting for the Barbarians, J. M. Coetzee
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
*A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson
Washington Square, Henry James
*Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
*Watership Down, Richard Adams
We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates
What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, Peter Godwin
When Skateboards Will Be Free, Said Sayrafiezadeh
When the Emperor was Divine, Julie Otsuka
While I Was Gone, Sue Miller
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 Woman Upstairs, Claire Messud
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