Book Club Kits

Expand the options your book club has through CALS Book Club Kits, made possible by Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries. Request a kit to be sent to your branch for pickup. Kits contain copies of a title and a discussion guide, and can be checked out for six weeks. Click on the tabs below for available book titles.

What is a CALS Book Club Kit?

A book club kit is a handy canvas tote that holds:

  • 10 paperback copies of one title and;
  • 1 discussion guide to assist book club leaders.

How do I reserve a CALS Book Club kit?

Download and complete the Book Club Registration Form, then deliver or mail it to any branch of the Central Arkansas Library System.

What rules apply to a CALS Book Club Kit?

  • Kits may be reserved up to a year in advance
  • Kits are checked out to one person (must be 18 years or older) who will be responsible for returning it.
  • Each book club kit will be checked out for 6 weeks. (Sorry, no renewals are allowed.)
  • The complete kit must be returned to the Circulation Desk of any branch library during regular library hours. Do not use a book drop to return your kit.
  • The fine for overdue book club kits is $1 per day per kit.
  • If a kit is not returned, the replacement cost is $100. Replacement costs will be prorated for missing or damaged items.

Are there special requirements for the Juvenile/YA book kits?

We only require that an adult (18+) check out each book kit. Adult book clubs as well as book clubs for children and teens are encouraged to consider the award-winning literature offered through our Juvenile/YA book kit program.

As with all books your club selects, we recommend that a member of your group reads the book to see if it is a good fit for your club. To find out more about any selection, click “Check Library Catalog” below to view each CALS online catalog record.

For more information

Contact CALS at bookclubkits@cals.org.

Available Titles

Please note: All book club kits must be checked out to an adult (18+) with a current, valid CALS library card.


22 Britannia Road
by Amanda Hodgkinson

The 48 Laws of Power
by Robert Greene

100-Year-Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
by Jonas Jonasson

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man
by Steve Harvey

The Alice Network
by Kate Quinn

All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
by Fannie Flagg

All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

All the Missing Girls
by Megan Miranda

All Over But The Shoutin’
by Rick Bragg

The Amateur Marriage
by Anne Tyler

American Eve
by Paula Uruburu

American Gods
by Neil Gaiman

Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
by Barbara Kingsolver

Anywhere But Here
by Mona Simpson

The Arabian Nights

The Art of Fielding
by Chad Harbach

The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein

Artemis Fowl
by Eoin Colfer

Aviator’s Wife
by Melanie Benjamin

Back When We Were Grownups
by Anne Tyler

Bastard Out Of Carolina
by Dorothy Allison

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
by Amy Chua

Beautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter

Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate

Behold the Dreamers
by Imbolo Mbue

Being Mortal
by Atul Gawande

Belgravia
by Julian Fellowes

Bel Canto
by Ann Patchett

Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Birds of America
by Lorrie Moore

The Blind Side
by Michael Lewis

The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison

The Body of Christopher Creed
by Carol Plum-Ucci

Bone: Out from Boneville
by Jeff Smith

The Book of Bright Ideas
by Sandra Kring

The Book of Lost Things
by John Connolly

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

The Bookmaker’s Daughter
by Shirley Abbott

Born a Crime
by Trevor Noah

Bossypants
by Tina Fey

The Boston Girl
by Anita Diamant

The Boys in the Boat
by Daniel J. Brown

Brain on Fire
by Susannah Cahalan

Breakfast with Buddha
by Roland Merullo

Breathing Lessons
by Anne Tyler

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Diaz

Bringing Maggie Home
by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Cage of Stars
by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Caleb’s Crossing
by Geraldine Brooks

Call the Midwife
by Jennifer Worth

Camp Nine
by Vivienne Schiffer

Carry On, Warrior
by Glennon Doyle Melton

Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins

The Cellist of Sarajevo
by Steven Galloway

Cinderella Ate my Daughter
by Peggy Orenstein

The Circle
by Dave Eggers

Circling the Sun
by Paula McLain

Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in its Darkest, Finest Hour
by Lynne Olson

The City of Ember
by Jeanne Duprau

City of Thieves
by David Benioff

Claire of the Sea Light
by Edwidge Danticat

Climbing the Mango Trees: a Memoir of a Childhood in India
by Madhur Jaffrey

The Color of Water
by James McBride

The Complete Stories
by Flannery O’Connor

The Condition
by Jennifer Haigh

Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole

Confederates in the Attic
by Tony Horwitz

The Coral Thief
by Rebecca Stott

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
by Tom Franklin

The Crying Tree
by Naseem Rakha

Cuckoo’s Calling
by Robert Galbraith (pen name of J.K. Rowling)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Mark Haddon

Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese

Dad is Fat
by Jim Gaffigan

Dark Places
by Gillian Flynn

Daughter of Smoke and Bone
by Laini Taylor

Dead Until Dark
by Charlaine Harris

Dead Wake
by Erik Larson

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Music, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
by Erik Larson

Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three
by Mara Leveritt

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal
by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules
by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
by Jeff Kinney

The Die is Cast: Arkansas Goes to War, 1861
edited by Mark Christ

The Dinner
by Herman Koch

The Dirty Life
by Kristin Kimball

Dispatches from Pluto
by Richard Grant

Divergent
by Veronica Roth

The Dovekeepers
by Alice Hoffman

Dreams of my Father
by Barack Obama

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
by ZZ Packer

East of the Sun
by Julia Gregson

Eat, Pray, Love
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Edie: American Girl
by Jean Stein

Educated
by Tara Westover

Eighty-Dollar Champion
by Elizabeth Letts

The Elegance of the Hedgehog
by Muriel Barbery

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman

Emma
by Jane Austen

Empire of the Summer Moon
by S. C. Gywnne

Everyone Brave is Forgiven
by Chris Cleave

Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng

Everything’s Eventual
by Stephen King

Exit West
by Moshin Hamid

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

Five Days at Memorial
by Sheri Fink

Flight of Dreams
by Ariel Lawhon

The Forgotten Garden
by Kate Morton

Fourth of July Creek
by Smith Henderson

Freakonomics
by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

Game of Thrones: Book One of a Son of Ice and Fire
by George R. R. Martin

Garden Spells
by Sarah Addison Allen

A Gate at the Stairs
by Lorrie Moore

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

Gideon the Cutpurse
by Linda Buckley-Archer

The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence
by Gavin De Becker

The Ginger Tree
by Oswald Wynd

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson

Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins

Girls of Atomic City
by Denise Kiernan

The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Universe
by Dava Sobel

Go Set a Watchman
by Harper Lee

Going Away Shoes
by Jill McCorkle

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman

The Great Alone
by Kristin Hannah

Gregor the Overlander
by Suzanne Collins

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

H is for Hawk
by Helen MacDonald

Half Broke Horses
by Jeannette Walls

The Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Attwood

The Happiness Project
by Gretchen Rubin

Hard Choices
by Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Hearts of Horses
by Molly Gloss

Heaven is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
by Todd Burpo

The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo
by Paula Huntley

Her Fearful Symmetry
by Audrey Niffenegger

Her Mother’s Hope
by Francine Rivers

Here on Earth
by Alice Hoffman

The Heretic’s Daughter: A Novel
by Kathleen Kent

Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly

Highest Duty: My Search for what Really Matters
by Chesley Sullenberger

History of Love
by Nicole Krauss

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford

The Hours Count
by Jillian Cantor

The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros

The House of the Spirits
by Isabel Allende

How Doctors Think
by Jerome Groopman, M.D.

The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

I am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai

I Feel Bad About My Neck
by Nora Ephron

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou

I Was Told There’d be Cake
by Sloane Crosley

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

In Defense of Food
by Michael Pollan

In the Garden of Beasts
by Erik Larson

In the Woods
by Tana French

The Indifferent Stars Above
by Daniel J. Brown

Inkheart
by Cornelia Funke

Into the Wild
by Jon Krackauer

The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
by Wendy Mass

Just Kids
by Patti Smith

Killers of the Flower Moon
by David Grann

Kindred
by Octavia Butler

The King’s Speech
by Mark Logue

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
by Anthony Bourdain

Kitchen House
by Kathleen Grissom

Kitchens of the Great Midwest
by J. Ryan Stradal

The Lace Reader
by Brunonia Barry

The Lacuna
by Barbara Kingsolver

Land More Kind than Home
by Wiley Cash

Language of Flowers
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Lark and Termite
by Jayne Anne Phillips

The Last Girls
by Lee Smith

Leaving Atlanta
by Tayari Jones

Leonardo’s Swans: A Novel
by Karen Essex

Life After
by Katie Ganshert

Life of Pi: A Novel
by Yann Martel

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
by Bill Bryson

The Life We Bury
by Allen Eskens

Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman

Light in the Ruins
by Chris Bohjalian

Lilac Girls
by Martha Hall Kelly

Little Bee
by Chris Cleave

Little Black Lies
by Sharon Bolton

Lone Wolf
by Jodi Picoult

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
by David Grann

Lost in Shangri La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
by Mitchell Zuckoff

The Love of a Good Woman
by Alice Munro

Loving Frank
by Nancy Horan

The Madonnas of Leningrad
by Debra Dean

The Magicians
by Lev Grossman

The Magician’s Elephant
by Kate DiCamillo

Magpie Murders
by Anthony Horowitz

Magyk
by Angie Sage

Maine
by J. Courtney Sullivan

Maisie Dobbs
by Jacqueline Winspear

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
by Helen Simonson

A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman

Manhunt: The 12-Day Hunt for Lincoln’s Killers
by James L. Swanson

March
by Geraldine Brooks

The Marriage Plot
by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
by Kim Edwards

Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes

Me Talk Pretty One Day
by David Sedaris

The Merchant of Death
by D. MacHale

The Middle Place
by Kelly Corrigan

Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind
by Ann B. Ross

Missoula: Rape & the Justice System in a College Town
by Jon Krakauer

The Mistress of Spices
by Chitra Divakaruni

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee
by Charles J. Shields

The Moonflower Vine: A Novel
by Jetta Carlton

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
by Cassandra Clare

Mountains Beyond Mountains
by Tracy Kidder

Mudbound
by Hillary Jordan

Murder in Matera
by Helene Stapinski

The Music Shop
by Rachel Joyce

My Cat, Spit McGee
by Willie Morris

My Dog Skip
by Willie Morris

My Life As An Experiment
by A. J. Jacobs

My Life in France
by Julia Child

The Namesake
by Jhumpa Lahiri

Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro

New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance
by Elna Baker

News of the World
by Paulette Jiles

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

Nine Parts of Desire
by Geraldine Brooks

Nineteen Minutes
by Jodi Picoult

North Toward Home
by Willie Morris

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
by Alexander McCall Smith

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century
by Jessica Bruder

A Northern Light
by Jennifer Donnelly

Olive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout

Olive’s Ocean
by Kevin Henkes

The Omnivore’s Dilemma
by Michael Pollan

On Beauty
by Zadie Smith

One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Operating Instructions
by Anne Lamott

Orange is the New Black
by Piper Kerman

Ordinary Grace
by William K. Krueger

Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline

The Other Typist
by Suzanne Rindell

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
by Wes Moore

Out Stealing Horses
by Per Petterson

Outer Banks
by Anne Rivers Siddons

Pachinko
by Min Jin Lee

Paper Towns
by John Green

The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
by Aimee Bender

The Paying Guests
by Sarah Waters

Peace Like a River
by Leif Enger

Peace, Locomotion
by Jacqueline Woodson

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
by Jeanne Birdsall

People of the Book
by Geraldine Brooks

Perfect Peace
by Daniel Black

Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi

The Piano Tuner
by Daniel Mason

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels
by Ree Drummond

A Prayer for Owen Meany
by John Irving

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
by Jean P. Sasson

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
by Terry Ryan

Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that can’t Stop Talking
by Susan Cain

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
by Azar Nafisi

Rebecca
by Daphne Du Maurier

Red Tent
by Anita Diamant

A Reliable Wife
by Robert Goolrick

Remarkable Creatures
by Tracy Chevalier

Rise: How A House Built A Family
by Cara Brookins

Room
by Emma Donoghue

The Rosie Project
by Graeme C. Simsion

The Round House
by Louise Erdrich

Saffy’s Angel
by Hilary McKay

Salvage the Bones
by Jesmyn Ward

Same Kind of Different as Me
by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, with Lynn Vincent

Sarah’s Key
by Tatiana de Rosnay

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
by Beth Hoffman

A Season of Gifts
by Richard Peck

The Shack
by William P. Young

The Shadow Catcher
by Marianne Wiggins

Shanghai Girls
by Lisa See

Short History of Women
by Kate Walbert

Silver Linings Playbook
by Matthew Quick

Silver Sparrow
by Tayari Jones

Sisters Weiss
by Naomi Ragen

Skeleton Man
by Joseph Bruchac

Skeletons at the Feast
by Chris Bohjalian

Slaughterhouse Five
by Kurt Vonnegut

Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult

The Snow Child
by Eowyn Ivey

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
by Lisa See

Someone Knows my Name
by Lawrence Hill

Song of Solomon
by Toni Morrison

Sophie’s Choice
by William Styron

Spool of Blue Thread
by Anne Tyler

A Star for Mrs. Blake
by April Smith

Stardust
by Neil Gaiman

The Stars are Fire
by Anita Shreve

Still Life
by Louise Penny

Still Missing
by Chevy Stevens

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin

Strength in What Remains
by Tracy Kidder

Stumbling on Happiness
by Daniel Gilbert

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
by Alan Bradley

Sugar
by Bernice McFadden

SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
by Steven D. Levitt

Swamplandia!
by Karen Russell

Taps: A Novel
by Willie Morris

Telegraph Avenue
by Michael Chabon

Tender at the Bone
by Ruth Reichl

The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield

Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe

This is Where I Leave You
by Jonathan Tropper

A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini

Three Junes
by Julia Glass

The Tiger’s Wife
by Téa Obreht

The Time Traveler’s Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar
by Cheryl Strayed

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

To the Lighthouse
by Virginia Wolfe

Too Much Happiness
by Alice Munro

The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno
by Ellen Bryson

Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith

Trials of the Earth: the True Story of a Pioneer Woman
by Mary M. Hamilton

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
by Leah Remini with Rebecca Paley

True Grit
by Charles Portis

Truman
by David McCullough

The Truth According to Us
by Annie Barrows

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
by Ayana Mathis

Twelve Years a Slave
by Solomon Northup

Unaccustomed Earth
by Jhumpa Lahiri

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand

Under the Tuscan Sun
by Frances Mayes

The Untelling
by Tayari Jones

Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High
by Melba Beals

The Watchmen
by Alan Moore

Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen

We Need to Talk about Kevin
by Lionel Shriver

We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart

We Were the Mulvaneys
by Joyce Carol Oates

The Wednesday Sisters
by Meg Waite Clayton

The Weird Sisters
by Eleanor Brown

The Wettest County in the World
by Matt Bondurant

What Alice Forgot
by Liane Moriarty

What We Lose
by Zinzi Clemmons

When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead

Where’d You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple

The Whistling Season
by Ivan Doig

Wicked
by Gregory Maguire

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed

The Windfall
by Diksha Basu

Winter Study
by Nevada Barr

Winter’s Bone
by Daniel Woodrell

Wish you Well
by David Baldacci

The Woman in White
by Wilkie Collins

Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
by Geneen Roth

Wonder
by R.J. Palacio

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
by Timothy Egan

The Wrong Mother
by Sophie Hannah

A Year of Biblical Womanhood
by Rachel Held Evans

The Year of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion

Z: a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
by Therese Ann Fowler

Zahra’s Paradise
by Amir and Khalil

Zoobreak
by Gordon Korman

The Zookeeper’s Wife
by Diane Ackerman