Book Group Kits

This program is made possible with generous support from the John P. Webster Library, First Church of Christ, Congregational, West Hartford.

Book Group Kits, canvas bags containing multiple copies of a single title, are available for loan to individuals representing local book groups.Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Book Group Kits are not currently available for loan.

How the program works:

  • One member of the group borrows the kit for the group with his or her library card.  Book Group Book Bag kits can only be checked out from the Noah Webster Library.
  • The loan period is 4 weeks and kits may be renewed once.
  • That person is responsible for distributing the books to group members and for returning all books after the discussion. The bag and its entire contents must be returned to the library at the same time.
  • Kits may be returned to any branch of the West Hartford Library but may not be returned in a book drop or at other local libraries. 
  • The individual borrowing the kit will be responsible for any fines or replacement fees for damaged copies.
  • All items in the kits must be returned in the bag at the same time to avoid fines.  Overdue fines are charged on the bag and on each item in the kit.  The replacement cost for a Book Group Book Bag is $100.00. 
  • Kits may be reserved up to 1 week in advance by calling the Reference desk at the Noah Webster Library at 860.561.6990.

List of Kits


Abbeville Jack Fuller
The Age of Miracles Karen Thompson Walker
Americanah Chimamanda Adichie
As Good as Gone Larry Watson
The Association of Small Bombs Karan Mahajan
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison
Bread Givers Anzia Yezierska
Brooklyn Colm Toibin
The Cellist of Sarajevo Steven Galloway
The Circle Dave Eggers
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
Digging to America Anne Tyler
Driftless David Rhodes
The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery
Ella Minnow Pea Mark Dunn
The Expeditions Karl Iagnemma
Fates and Furies Lauren Groff
Fun Home Alison Bechdel
A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles
Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Adichie
The History of Love Nicole Krauss
Homegoing Yaa Gyasi
The Housekeeper and the Professor Yoko Ogawa
The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford
I'll Take You There Wally Lamb
Into the Beautiful North Luis Alberto Urrea
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
A Lesson Before Dying Ernest Gaines
Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
The Light Between Oceans M.L. Stedman
Lilac Girls Martha Hall Kelly
Loving Frank Nancy Horan
A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand Helen Simonson
Mary Coin Marisa Silver
Miller's Valley Anna Quindlen
Montana 1948 Larry Watson
My Antonia Willa Cather
My Brilliant Friend  Elena Ferrante
My Mrs. Brown William Norwich
Our Souls at Night Kent Haruf
Outcasts United Warren St. John
Portnoy's Complaint Philip Roth
Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Adichie
Sarah's Key Tatiana de Rosnay
The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Zafon Ruiz
Shakespeare Saved My Life Laura Bates
The Snow Child Eowyn Ivey
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Lisa See
Someone; a novel Alice McDermott
State of Wonder Ann Patchett
Still Alice Lisa Genova
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Gabrielle Zevin
Straight Man Richard Russo
This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith
The Turner House Angela Flournoy
Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead
Vinegar Girl Anne Tyler
Water for Elephants Sara Gruen
The Water Knife Paolo Bacigalupi
Whiskey and Charlie Annabelle Smith
The Whistling Season Ivan Doig
White Noise Don DeLillo
Widow's War Sally Gunning


The Boys in the Boat Daniel James Brown
The Glass Castle Jeanette Walls
H is for Hawk Helen MacDonald
Hillbilly Elegy J.D. Vance
The Lemon Tree Sandy Tolan
Mountains beyond Mountains Tracy Kidder
Night Elie Wiesel