Book Club Sets


The Library has many book club titles that are available for loan to registered community book clubs. To register your book club, or reserve a title, please email bookclub@coqlibrary.ca.

New titles are regularly added and are indicated by NEW!

The following list is printable.

Titles are in alphabetical order: A - F   G - L    M - S     T - Z

The 100-Year-Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

Jonas Jonasson

On his 100th birthday, reluctant centenarian Allan Karlsson climbs out the window of his nursing home and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey.




The Alchemist

Paulo Coehlo

Enchanting story of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure, illuminating the journey we all take to find the most meaningful treasures in our lives.

All Our Names

Dinaw Mengestu

Coming of age during an African revolution, a brilliant university student-turned-fighter eventually flees the violence of his country.  He resettles in America, but his idyllic new life is darkened by the secrets of his past and the memory of a charismatic leader’s sacrifice.



All the Light We Cannot See 
 

Anthony Doerr

A beautiful, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 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.

Annabel

Kathleen Winter

Born both a boy and a girl, but raised as a boy, Wayne or "Annabel" struggles with his identity in a small Labrador town and seeks freedom by moving to the city.




Atonement

Ian McEwan

The over-active imagination of an emotional child sets in motion a train of events that echoes over more than 50 years in this atmospheric story of World War I Britain.




The Aviator’s Wife

Melanie Benjamin

Inspired by the complicated marriage between Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, this story traces the romance between a handsome young aviator and a shy ambassador's daughter whose relationship is marked by wild international acclaim.


Benediction

Kent Haruf

A terminally ill cancer patient is attended throughout his final days by his wife and daughter. While the trio contemplates their relationships with an estranged son, the situation stirs up painful memories for a new next-door neighbour who has recently lost her mother.



Bleeding Heart

Liza Gyllenhaal

After her accountant husband disappears with millions of dollars stolen from his company’s clients, Alice Hyatt flees New York and moves to her family’s summer home in a small town.  She makes a new start, until once again, she finds herself embroiled in someone else’s crimes.


Boston Girl    NEW! 

Anita Diamant

Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you are today?"




Burial Rites

Hannah Kent

Iceland, 1829: Charged with the murder of her former master, Agnes is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. As her death looms, the farmer’s wife and daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.



Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

Chris Bohjalian

Thousands of lives are irrevocably changed by a nuclear disaster in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. When her parents are blamed, Emily becomes homeless and her situation more desperate. She flees to Burlington where she tries to create a new identity, but soon realizes that she can’t escape her past.


Cool Water 

Dianne Warren

Juliet is a small town in Saskatchewan where nothing significant happens--or does it?  What seems like a “small” life to some is still very important to the people who live it.





Cutting for Stone

Abraham Verghese

Marion and Shiva Stone, twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, come of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.



The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Muriel Barbery

The lives of a widowed caretaker of a Paris Apartment building and an extremely bright, but suicidal twelve-year-old are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant from Japan.



  

Euphoria      NEW!

Lily King

Three young anthropologists in the 1930’s are caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their friendship, their careers, and ultimately, their lives.




Everyone Brave is Forgiven     NEW!

Chris Cleave 

London, 1939. When Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling their lives in violence and passion. Some little-known history and a perfect wartime love story inspired by the real-life love letters between Chris Cleave’s grandparents.


Fates and Furies     Coming Soon!

Lauren Groff

Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but underneath, things are more complicated than they seem.  

 


The Flying Troutmans

Miriam Toews

Hattie hears that her sister Min has been checked into a psychiatric hospital, so she flies back to Winnipeg to take care of her niece and nephew. Not knowing what else to do, she loads them into a van and they set out on a road trip in search of their long-lost father. 



Good to a Fault

Marina Endicott

After Clara Purdy gets into a car crash, the bruises on the mother in the other car turn out to be late-stage cancer, prompting Clara to take in the mother's three children and their grandmother while the mother fights to beat her disease.


Behind Closed Doors    NEW!

B.A. Paris

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. But what is really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed?


Big Little Lies    NEW!

Liane Moriarty

A horrible act of violence occurs at the Pirriwee Public School’s trivia night fundraiser for parents, but what happened and who was involved? The novel begins six months before that fateful evening and lets us in on the lives of single mother Jane, twice-married Madeline, and Celeste, who secretly suffers from domestic abuse.


The Book Thief

Marcus Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl who’s book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and her neighbours, as well as the Jewish man they are hiding downstairs.



Brooklyn    NEW!

Colm Tóibín

Leaving her home in post-World War II Ireland to work as a bookkeeper in Brooklyn, Eilis Lacey discovers a new romance in America with a charming Italian man, before devastating news threatens her happiness.




The Cat’s Table

Michael Ondaatje

In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a ship bound for England. Mealtimes are shared with two other boys and an eccentric group of grown-ups, but at night, the boys spy on a shackled prisoner--his crime and fate a mystery that will haunt them forever.



Commonwealth

Ann Patchett 

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.



The Couple Next Door

Shari Lapena

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all--a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and a beautiful baby. But one night when they attend a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed and suspicion immediately focuses on them. But the truth is a much more complicated story.


The Dinner

Herman Koch

A darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives--all over the course of one meal.





Elizabeth is Missing

Emma Healy

Maud sinks into a confusing world in this gripping psychological mystery written in the voice of an aging woman with Alzheimer’s. She can’t remember what she’s doing or where she is, but she is obsessed with one thought–her good friend Elizabeth is missing and needs her help.


Eulogy

Ken Murray

The controlled and calm life of reclusive paper conservator William Oaks is shattered when his parents die suddenly in a car accident and he must face his dysfunctional past.

 

 

Everything I Never Told You

Celeste Ng

Lydia is the favourite daughter of a Chinese-American family in 1970s Ohio. When her body is found in a local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the family together tumbles into chaos, exposing the secrets that have been pulling them apart.



The Forgetting Time     NEW!

Sharon Guskin

What would you do if your four-year-old son claimed he had lived another life and that he wants to go back to it? That he wants his other mother? It’s up to single mom Janie to try to figure out what is going on with her beloved son. 



The Golden Son     NEW!

Shilpi Gowda

Anil Patel, the golden son, leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency in America, but when his father dies, Anil inherits the mantle of arbiter for all the village’s disputes and is not certain that he has the wisdom and courage required to take on the role. 


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mary Ann Shaffer

In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation.


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Jamie Ford

When artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II are uncovered during renovations at a Seattle hotel, Henry Lee embarks on a quest that leads to memories of growing up Chinese in a city rife with anti-Japanese sentiment.

Hummingbird     NEW!

Stephen Kiernan

An Oregon nursetakes care of two wounded men—one, her soldier-husband, just home from the war in Iraq; the other, a dying World War II scholar-historian in hospice care, who harbours a long-buried secret.




The Hundred-Foot Journey

Richard C. Morais

The charming story of Hassan Haji, a boy from Mumbai, who ends up opening an Indian restaurant in a quiet French village, triggering a culinary war with the traditional French café across the street.




The Illegal    Coming Soon!

Lawrence Hill

Running is all Keita’s ever wanted to do. In his impoverished country, running means respect and possible riches, but when Keita is targeted for his father’s outspoken political views, he discovers he must run for his family’s survival.

In One Person

John Irving

Tells the story of Billy Abbott, a bisexual man who struggles with his identity and attraction to men, women and transgendered individuals, as the world changes around him.




The Jade Peony

Wayson Choy

Set in Vancouver’s Chinatown during World War II, three young siblings see life from very different angles.





Irma Voth

Miriam Toews

The life of 19-year-old Irma Voth is irrevocably altered when a film crew moves into her reclusive Mennonite community to make a movie about them.  Irma is hired as a translator, and her world suddenly expands.



The Japanese Lover    NEW!

Isabel Allende

As Poland falls to the Nazis in 1939, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in San Francisco. There she meets Ichimei Fukuda, son of the family’s Japanese gardener, and the two begin their multi-generational tale of fate, war, and enduring love.

King Leopold’s Ghost    NON-FICTION

Adam Hochschild

King Leopold II of Belgium wanted a colonial possession, so he took one—seizing control of what would become the Congo in the late 1800s. What follows is a disturbing look at one king’s heart of darkness.



Kitchens of the Great Midwest    NEW!

J. Ryan Stradal 

A young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.



The Kitchen House

Kathleen Grissom

Seven-year-old Lavinia, an indentured servant orphaned on a voyage from Ireland in 1791, is sent to work in the kitchen house of a tobacco plantation in Virginia. Belle, the owner’s illegitimate half-white daughter takes charge of Lavinia and soon she and the other kitchen slaves embrace her as their own, despite seething racial tensions.


A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar

Suzanne Joinson

In 1923, Eva English and her devout sister Lizzie embark on a journey to be missionaries in the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, while in modern-day London, a young woman's act of kindness to a Yemeni refugee results in an unexpected journey.

Life Mask

Emma Donoghue

In late eighteenth-century England, three Londoners strike up a controversial triangular relationship. Famously ugly Lord Derby has been pursuing chaste young Eliza for years, hoping to marry her after his estranged, invalid wife dies. Meanwhile, Eliza meets Derby's friend Anne and the two become friends.


The Life We Bury

Allen Eskins

Joe Talbert has finally left home, but not without guilt over leaving his autistic brother in the care of his unreliable mother. A college assignment gets him entangled in a mysterious cold case, where he races to clear the name of dying Vietnam veteran.

The Light Between Oceans

Margot Stedman

After moving to an isolated Australian lighthouse, Tom and his wife Isabel suffer several miscarriages and a stillbirth. But when an infant mysteriously washes up on shore from a shipwreck, Tom allows Isabel to keep the baby girl--a decision with devastating consequences.



The Little Paris Bookshop     NEW!

Nina George

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore on a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls.

The Love Monster

Missy Marston

In the midst of a mid-life crisis, Margaret H. Atwood finds hope and help from many unexpected sources. A sweet and tender look at the pain and indignity of being an adult human and a sincere exploration of the few available remedies: art, love, religion, relentless optimism and alien intervention.



Loving Frank

Nancy Horan

Fact and fiction blend in this historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney--from their meeting, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.

Luckiest Girl Alive

Jessica Knoll

Grooming herself for an ideal life, with a successful career and a happy marriage, a rising young journalist confronts a violent episode from her past that threatens to unravel everything she has worked to achieve.



The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune in the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew, a wry and opinionated, but endearing English gentleman, leads a quiet life in a small village until his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, a Pakistani shopkeeper. But village society insists that he is the quintessential local and she is the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive?

A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman

A grumpy yet loveable curmudgeon finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Me Before You

Jojo Moyes

Taking a job as an assistant to extreme sports enthusiast Will, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident, Louisa struggles with his acerbic moods. But when she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, Louisa sets out to show him that life is still worth living.


Medicine Walk

Richard Wagamese

Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, Eldon, who he barely knows.  He finds Eldon decimated after years of drinking, dying of liver failure in a small-town flophouse. Eldon asks his son to take him into the mountains, so that he may be buried in the traditional Ojibway manner.



Mudbound

Hilary Jordan

A story of betrayal, murder and forbidden love set on a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta in 1946. When two sons, Jamie McAllan and Ronsel Jackson, return from fighting World War II, their unlikely friendship sets in motion a harrowing chain of events.



My Name is Leon      NEW!

Kit De Waal 

A beautiful and uplifting novel about a young black boy’s quest to reunite with his beloved white half-brother after they are separated in foster care.

My Name is Lucy Barton      NEW!

Elizabeth Strout

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Her mother talks of local gossip, but underneath the banalities, Lucy senses the love that cannot be expressed.




Nowhere but Home

Liza Palmer

After Queenie Wake is dismissed from her big-city restaurant job, she returns to North Star to cook meals for death row inmates. Hopeful that the bad memories of her late mother and promiscuous sister have been forgotten by the locals, Queenie discovers that some people can’t ever be forgotten.



Olive Kitteridge

Elizabeth Strout

The world of Olive Kitteridge, a retired school teacher in a small coastal town in Maine, is revealed in stories that explore her diverse roles in many lives, including a lounge singer haunted by a past love, her stoic husband, and her own resentful son.




One Good Thing

Kevin Alan Milne

After Nathan Steen is killed in a highway accident, his family discovers the existence of another woman and child in his life and struggles to reconcile his selfless behavior as a family man with his past.

The Orchardist

Amanda Coplin

In the early 1900s in the Pacific Northwest, reclusive orchardist William Talmadge peacefully tends his apples and apricots. When two feral, pregnant girls arrive, they set William on an irrevocable course; not only to save them, but to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.



Orphan Train

Christina Baker Kline

Close to aging out of the foster care system, Molly Ayer takes a position helping an elderly woman named Vivian and discovers that they are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past.

The Paris Wife 

Paula McLain

An elegantly written look inside Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Richardson’s marriage.  After a brief courtship and small wedding, they take off for Paris, where Hadley transforms from an overprotected child to a brave young woman who endures impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband’s career.



The Piano Teacher

Janice Y.K. Lee

Hired by the wealthy Chen family as a piano instructor, Claire Pendleton is seduced by the social life of Hong Kong’s expatriate community and begins an affair with Will Truesdale, an enigmatic Englishman with a devastating past.

The Postmistress

Sarah Blake

The stories of a small Cape Cod postmistress and an American radio reporter stationed in London collide on the eve of the United States's entrance into World War II, a meeting that is shaped by a broken promise to deliver a letter.



Pride & Prejudice

Jane Austen

Human foibles and early nineteenth-century manners are satirized in this romantic tale of English country family life as Elizabeth Bennet and her four sisters are encouraged to marry well in order to keep the Bennet estate in their family.

The Promise of Rain

Donna Milner

Howard Coulter carries a burden of guilt that is far deeper and more painful than any of the physical scars he carries from being a POW in World War II.  When his wife dies unexpectedly, his 11-year-old daughter Ethie helps him come to terms with the past.




Room

Emma Donoghue

A five-year-old narrates a story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who kidnapped her when she was a teenager and has held her prisoner for seven years.

 

The Rosie Effect

Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman and Rosie are back again, and they’ve relocated to New York. Rosie is continuing her studies, while Don is teaching and even adding to his small circle of friends. But when Rosie announces that she is pregnant, Don is once again out of his depth.



The Rosie Project

Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman, a brilliant geneticist, thinks that having women fill out a six-page, double-sided questionnaire before a date is logical and reasonable. Rosie Jarman, an impetuous barmaid, thinks Don should loosen up and learn to live a little.

Salvage the Bones

Jesmyn Ward

Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina, while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups.



The Silent Wife

A.S.A. Harrison

Told in alternating voices, this gripping debut exposes the 20-year relationship of Jodi and Todd; it's a comfortable, stable union marred only by Todd's infidelities. When his last one goes too far, Jodi learns the lengths she's willing to go when she's got nothing left to lose.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Lisa See

Set in remote 19th century China, lifelong friends Lily and Snow Flower reflect on their lives of arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood, until a misunderstanding arises that threatens to tear them apart.




Station Eleven         Coming Soon!

Emily Mandel

Set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors travel the scattered settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for survivors.

Still Alice

Lisa Genova

Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away.

The Storied life of AJ Fikry

Gabrielle Zevin

A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher’s rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances.




The Golden Son    NEW!

Shilpi Gowda

Anil Patel, the golden son, leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency in America, but when his father dies, Anil inherits the mantle of arbiter for all the village’s disputes and is not certain that he has the wisdom and courage required to take on the role.

Tears of Mehndi

Raminder Sidhu

Through the perspectives of several women whose lives intertwine over a generation, Sidhu deftly exposes the shrouded violence within Canada's Punjabi community.




Tell the Wolves I’m Home

Carol Rifka Brunt

It is 1987, and the only person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus is her uncle, the renowned painter, Finn Weiss. When he dies of a mysterious illness, June’s world is upended until she receives a teapot in the mail from his grieving friend.


To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

Six-year-old Scout lives with her brother and father in a small town in Alabama during the Depression. Over the course of three years, the quiet town is shaken by the arrest and trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman, as seen through the eyes of a child.


Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe

Okonkwo, a brave and rash Nigerian clan leader, has spent his life trying to be everything his ne’er-do-well father was not. But the arrival of missionaries and colonial representatives completely disrupts his village, and Okonkwo is lost in the chasm between old ways and new.



The Two Family House       NEW!

Lynda Cohen Loigman

In the midst of a blizzard in 1947 Brooklyn, two babies are born minutes apart, to sisters-in-law Rose and Helen. They share an impenetrable bond as they raise their families side by side, until small cracks start to appear in their once deep friendship.



Under This Unbroken Sky

Shandi Mitchell

It is 1938, and Ukrainian immigrant Teodor Mykolayenko is determined to make a better life for his family on the northern Canadian prairie until his sister’s rogue husband returns, stirring up rancor and discord that can only end in tragedy.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Rachel Joyce

Recently retired, Harold Fry lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated with almost everything he does. When he receives a letter from his old friend Queenie, dying in hospice six hundred miles away, Harold decides he must walk to deliver his reply in person.


Watermark

Sari Sikstrom

On a visit to her mother’s apartment in Rome, forensic librarian Vela Ostofvold discovers a suitcase containing letters from the early days of her mother’s opera career – letters which may provide clues to her own father’s identity.



When the Moon is Low     NEW! 

Nadia Hashimi

When her happy middle-class life in Afghanistan is shattered by the rise of the Taliban and her husband's murder by fundamentalists, a former schoolteacher embarks on a life-risking effort to escape to England with her three children.


Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Maria Semple

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, 15-year-old daughter Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail NON FICTION

Cheryl Strayed

In the wake of her mother’s death, Cheryl’s family scattered and her marriage fell apart. At 26 years old, and with nothing to lose, she made the impulsive decision to go on a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke her down and built her back up again.


 
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