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Book Bunches

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JPL and the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library present
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Everything you need to start your very own book club! *
* (Coffee Not Included)

Book Bunches encourages the development of book clubs. We provide you with all the necessary tools in one easy to check out tote-bag to initiate and foster book discussions. The titles available include both adult and teen books, fiction and nonfiction, and new books as well as old classics.

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List of Available Titles:

  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
  • The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Washington Square by Henry James
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • The Thief and the Dogs: a Novel by Naguib Mahfouz
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  • The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick
  • Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: a Novel by Lisa See
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  • Our Town: a Play in Three Acts by Thornton Wilder
  • Old School by Tobias Wolff
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Here's what you get in your tote:

  • Multiple copies of the title book
  • CD and Large Print copies (when available)
  • Related FAQ's
  • Book Reviews
  • Author Biographies
  • Information on how to start a book discussion group

The tote checkout period is for six weeks and cannot be renewed.
It can be returned to any of our locations. Overdue fines are $1.00 per day.

Further information on book clubs and book club conventions:

Book Clubs Resource - Reading Group Guides - Book Muse -

Sources for book reviews and title suggestions:

Book Browse - Random House - Penguin Group - Harper Collins - Henry Holt

(You can also visit our NoveList database available via the JPL site)

Further reading about Book Clubs that can be found in our collection:

Reading Oprah : how Oprah's book club changed the way America reads by Cecilia K. Farr
Good Books Lately : the one-stop resource for book groups and other greedy readers by Ellen Moore
Book clubs : women and the uses of reading in everyday life by Elizabeth Long
The Reading Group Handbook by Rachel W. Jacobsohn
Teen book discussion groups @ the library by Constance B. Dickerson

For more information please call 630-2665