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Book Discussion Guides

OWL book guides can enhance your own reading as well as help guide your book club. Each guide includes information about the book, author, discussion questions, and further reading suggestions. Click on a title below to view, download and print the discussion guide.  

 

COPLIN, AMANDA
THE ORCHARDIST

An engrossing tale of a solitary orchardist who provides shelter to two runaway teenage girls in the untamed American West, and the dramatic consequences of his actions.  

 
 
   
 
 

CROWTHER, YAZMIN
THE SAFFRON KITCHEN

In a quest to piece their life back together, Sara follows her mother and finally learns the terrible price Maryam once had to pay for her freedom, and of the love she left behind.   

  

 
 
 

DIFFENBAUGH, VANESSA
THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions; but for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude.   

 
 
  

 

EGAN, JENNIFER
A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD

Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. 

 
   

  
 

ERDRICH, LOUISE
THE ROUND HOUSE

An exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family. 

 
 
  
  
 

HANAGARNE, JOSH
THE WORLD’S STRONGEST LIBRARIAN: A MEMOIR OF TOURETTE’S, FAITH, STRENGTH, AND THE POWER OF FAMILY

An inspiring story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette’s found salvation in books and weight-lifting. 

 
 
   
 
 

HOSSEINI, KHALED
AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED

And The Mountains Echoed is a tale about families. How we love and care for each other and the ramifications from the choices we make resonate through all generations.





IRVING, JOHN
A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY

Two eleven-year-old boys are playing in a Little League baseball game. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument.   

  

 

LANDAY, WILLIAM
DEFENDING JACOB

A gripping murder thriller that leads to the ultimate test for any parent; how far would you go to protect your child?
 

 
 
 
 

LEARY, ANN
THE GOOD HOUSE

The Good House is about an alcoholic real estate agent in a small New England town who pretends to be sober, and has disastrous consequences.
 



 

McCREIGHT, KIMBERLY
RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA: A NOVEL

Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save. 

 
  
  
 

STRAYED, CHERYL
WILD: FROM LOST TO FOUND ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe and built her back up again. 

 
 
 
   
 

TRIGIANI, ADRIANA
THE SHOEMAKER’S WIFE

A breathtaking multigenerational love story that spans two continents, two World Wars, and the quest of two star-crossed lovers to find each other again. 

 
 
 
   
 

VERGHESE, ABRAHAM
CUTTING FOR STONE

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. 

  

 

WALTER, JESS
BEAUTIFUL RUINS

The story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 . . . and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.  

 

   

 

 

 

 
 

                                      
 
 

 

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