Everything your book group needs for a lively discussion,
now available in a single bag.
The Thousand Oaks Library’s Book Club in a Bag program gets great literature into the hands of your book group members quickly, so time is spent reading and discussing books, rather than searching and waiting for books.
Book Club in a Bag kits contain eight or more copies of a single title, discussion questions (when available), an author biography, and a group member sign-up sheet to help keep track of books.
The list of available titles includes:
- Literary classics like Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose
- Pulitzer prize winners like The Known World by Edward P. Jones, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides and Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
- Book club classics like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Excellently reviewed, recently published "under the radar" titles you may have missed, likeThe lmperfectionists by Tom Rachman, Room by Emma Donoghue, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson, and others
With more than 47 titles, it’s enough to keep your club reading all year long.
To request a Book Club in a Bag, contact the Reference Desk at (805) 449-2660, option 5.
Book Club titles cannot be placed on hold using the Library catalog. Download a printer-friendly copy of our Book Club in a Bag Information Sheet.
- Borrower must have a Thousand Oaks Library card.
- The bag will be checked out on the library card of the person picking up the bag. That patron is responsible for the bag and all of its contents.
- The loan period is six weeks.
- Kits may be renewed once if no other group has reserved it.
- Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund
- Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
- The Art of Fielding by Chad Harback*
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
- Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Sijie Dai
- The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
- Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
- Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
- Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer*
- Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
- Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery*
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford*
- The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- The Known World by Edward P. Jones
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- Maine by Courtney Sullivan
- Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
- The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
- Namesake by Jumpa Lahiri
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
- Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
- Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
- Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
- Plot Against America by Philip Roth
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay
- Saturday by Ian McEwan
- The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
- The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
- Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
- State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
- Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
- Three Junes by Julia Glass
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
- When the Killing’s Done by T. C. Boyle*
- White Oleander by Janet Fitch
- Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
- You Know When the Men are Gone by Sioban Fallon
*"One City One Book" selections