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Book Group Connections

Book Group Connections (BGC) is a program sponsored by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's First Floor - New & Featured staff. We provide local book groups with ready-made information packets to supplement book discussions. Packets are $5.00 each (fees cover photocopy and postage charges) and typically contain author biographies, author interviews, book reviews, and discussion questions. In existence since 2001, BGC has produced kits for more than 350 books! Take a look at our title list below to see if any of our kits match your group's needs!

  • Contact the First Floor - New & Featured staff at 412.622.3151 for further information.

To put together your own packet of information, try our How To Create a Discussion Kit page.

Book Group Connections Discussion Kits

This is a list of discussion kits that are available as of 2/1/08.


* Indicates a book that has been recommended by one of our book groups


*Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
Ahab's Wife, Sena Jeter Naslund
Aiding and Abetting, Muriel Spark
All He Ever Wanted, Anita Shreve
*All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
*The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon
An American Childhood, Annie Dillard
American Fuji, Sara Backer
*American Soldier, Tommy Franks
*Amsterdam, Ian McEwan
*Amy and Isabelle, Elizabeth Strout
*Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
*Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, Lorna Landvik
*Anil's Ghost, Michael Ondaatje
Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Antigone, Sophocles
At Weddings and Wakes, Alice McDermott
*Atonement, Ian McEwan
The Attack, Yasmina Khadra
Austerlitz, W.G. Sebald
The Awakening, Kate Chopin


*Back When We Were Grownups, Anne Tyler
*Bald in the Land of Big Hair, Joni Rodgers
*Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Sijie Dai
Bangkok 8, John Burdett
The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
Becoming Madame Mao, Anchee Min
Bee Season, Myla Goldberg
*Before You Know Kindness, Chris Bohjalian
*Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
*Beloved, Toni Morrison
A Bend in the River, V.S. Naipaul
*Big Russ and Me, Tim Russert
The Birth of Venus, Sarah Dunant
The Black Notebooks, Toi Derracotte
Blessings, Anna Quindlan
The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
The Bondwoman's Narrative, Hannah Crafts; edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
*The Bonesetter's Daughter, Amy Tan
*The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
The Bread Givers, Anzia Yezierska
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder
*Brothers and Keepers, John Edgar Wideman
Burnt Bread and Chutney: Memoirs of an Indian Jewish Girl, Carmit Delman


Cane River, Lalita Tademy
Carry Me Across the Water, Ethan Canin
Chains Around the Grass, Naomi Ragen
Charming Billy, Alice McDermott
The Chosen, Chaim Potok
Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Chyrsalis, Heather Terrell
Cider House Rules, John Irving
The Circus in Winter, Cathy Day
The Coffee Trader, David Liss
Colony, Anne Rivers Siddons
*The Color of Water, James McBride
*The Color Purple, Alice Walker
*The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
Crossing California, Adam Langer
Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner
*Crow Lake, Mary Lawson
Cry of the Peacock, Gina Nahai
*The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon


*The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
Dancing at the Rascal Fair, Ivan Doig
The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl
*Daughter of Fortune, Isabel Allende
Daybreak, Belva Plain
Days of Awe, Achy Obejas
Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather
Death in Venice, Thomas Mann
*The Death of Vishnu, Manil Suri
Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Thomas Cahill
*The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
*Digging to America, Anne Tyler
*Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
Disobedience, Jane Hamilton
The Ditchdigger's Daughters, Yvonne Thornton
The Dive from Clausen's Pier, Ann Packer
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells


*East of Eden, John Steinbeck
Einstein: His Life and Universe, Walter Isaacson
The Emancipator's Wife, Barbara Hambly
*Embers, Sandor Marai
The Emigrants, Vilhelm Moberg
*The Emperor of Ocean Park, Stephen Carter
The Emperor's Children, Claire Messud
*Empire Falls, Richard Russo
The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
Enduring Love, Ian McEwan
Enemy Women, Paulette Jiles
The English Assassin, Daniel Silva
English Passengers, Matthew Kneale
*The Eustace Diamonds, Anthony Trollope
The Evening Star, Larry McMurtry
Everyday People, Stewart O'Nan
Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer


Falling Slowly, Anita Brookner
The Family, Mario Puzo
Fatal, Michael Palmer
The Feast of Love, Charles Baxter
The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan
The Fifties, David Halbertam
Final Jeopardy, Linda Fairstein
A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
The First Man, Albert Camus
First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents, Bonnie Angelo
First to Die, James Patterson
*Five Quarters of the Orange, Joanne Harris
The Fixer, Bernard Malamud
Florence Harding: The First Lady, the Jazz Age, Carl Sferrezza Anthony
Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
*For Kings and Planets, Ethan Canin
*For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
The Fortunate Pilgrim, Mario Puzo
*Fortune's Rocks, Anita Shreve
*Founding Brothers, Joseph Ellis
*Founding Mothers, Cokie Roberts
Fragrant Harbor, John Lanchester
*Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Fannie Flagg
The Future Homemakers of America, Laurie Graham


*Galapagos, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
*Gertrude and Claudius, John Updike
Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
*Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Susan Vreeland
*Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
*The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
Gone for Good, Harlan Coben
*The Good Earth, Pearl Buck
*The Good German, Joseph Kanon
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald


Hanna's Daughters, Marianne Fredriksson
Harvest of Bones, Nancy Means Wright
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, Alice Munro
*Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman
Herzog, Saul Bellow
*Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages that Shaped our Recent History, Kati Marton
The History of Love, Heather Terrell
Honeymoon with My Brother, Franz Wisner
The Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hours, Michael Cunningham
*House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III
How to Make an American Quilt, Whitney Otto
Howard's End, E.M. Forster
*The Human Stain, Philip Roth


I Don't Know How She Does It, Allison Pearson
Icy Sparks, Gwyn Hyman Rubio
The Illuminated Soul, Aryeh Stollman
*In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson
*In Sunlight in a Beautiful Garden, Kathleen Cambor
Independent People, Halldor Laxness
The Inn at Lake Devine, Elinor Lipman
*Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
*Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
Ishmael, Daniel Quinn


Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
The Jew Store, Stella Suberman
John Adams, David McCullough
Julie and Romeo, Jeanne Ray


The Kalahari Typing School for Men, Alexander McCall Smith
The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara
*The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
*The Known World, Edward P. Jones


The Last Girls, Lee Smith
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, Louise Erdrich
The Last Time They Met, Anita Shreve
*Life of Pi, Yann Martel
*Light on Snow, Anita Shreve
The Lilac Bus, Maeve Binchy
The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst
Little Earthquakes, Jennifer Weiner
Little Scarlet, Walter Mosley
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
Long Time No See, Susan Isaacs
A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah
Longings of Women, Marge Piercy
Look Homeward Angel, Thomas Wolfe
Lost in the Garden, Philip Beard
The Lost Painting, Jonathan Harr
*Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
Lovingkindness, Anne Roiphe
Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, Harriet Scott Chessman


*The Madonnas of Leningrad, Debra Dean
The Magnificent Ambersons, Booth Tarkington
The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
Mao's Last Dancer, Cunxin Li
*March, Geraldine Brooks
The March of Folly, Barbara Tuchman
The Master Butchers Singing Club, Louise Erdrich
Meet You in Hell, Les Standiford
Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
*The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards
The Memory of Running, Ron McLarty
The Mermaid Chair, Sue Monk Kidd
*Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
A Million Little Pieces, James Frey
Montana 1948, Larry Watson
Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
Murder at Monticello, Rita Mae Brown
My Antonia, Willa Cather
My Dream of You, Nuala O'Faolain
My Name is Red, Orhan Pamuk
My Only Story, Monica Wood
*My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult
Mysteries of the Middle Ages, Thomas Cahill
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon
The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie


*The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
The Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin
*Niagara Falls All Over Again, Elizabeth McCracken
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, Barbara Ehrenreich
*Night, Elie Wiesel
*Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, Geraldine Brooks
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith


An Ocean Apart, Robin Pilcher
The Old Curiosity Shop, Charles Dickens
Old School, Tobias Wolff
On Beauty, Zadie Smith
On Secret Service, John Jakes
One Thousand White Women, Jim Fergus
Open House, Elizabeth Berg
Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean
Ordinary Resurrections, Jonathan Kozol
Ornament of the World, Maria Rosa Menocal
Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory
Our Endangered Values, Jimmy Carter
Out of this Furnace, Thomas Bell
The Outside World, Tova Mirvis


*Paddy Clarke, Ha-Ha-Ha, Roddy Doyle
The Painted Drum, Louise Erdrich
A Painted House, John Grisham
The Painted Veil, W. Somerset Maugham
*A Patchwork Planet, Anne Tyler
*Peace Like a River, Leif Enger
Pearl, Mary Gordon
The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
The Peppered Moth, Margaret Drabble
Pere Goriot, Honore de Balzac
Personal History, Katharine Graham
The Pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman
The Piano Lesson, August Wilson
The Piano Tuner, Daniel Mason
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
The Pilot's Wife, Anita Shreve
*The Plot Against America, Philip Roth
The Plutonium Files, Eileen Welsome
The Poet, Michael Connelly
*The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
Pope Joan , Donna Woolfolk Cross
Possession, A.S. Byatt
Postville, Stephen Bloom
The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay
Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld
*Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Princess: A True Story of Life behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, Jean Sasson
*Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver
*The Professor and the Madman, Simon Winchester
Protect and Defend, Richard North Patterson


Queen of the Underworld, Gail Godwin
Queenmaker, India Edghill


Rain of Gold, Victor Villasenor
Random Family, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
*The Reader, Bernhard Schlink
*Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
Red Azalea, Anchee Min
*The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
Remembering Laughter, Wallace Stegner
*Ride, David Walton
The Road from Coorain, Jill Ker Conway
Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, Brenda Maddox
Rose, Martin Cruz Smith
Runaway, Alice Munro
Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs


The Sacrifice of Tamar, Naomi Ragen
The Samurai's Garden, Gail Tsukiyama
Saturday, Ian McEwan
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Nancy Milford
Sea Glass, Anita Shreve
*Seabiscuit: An American Legend, Laura Hillenbrand
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
*The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
*The Sewing Circles of Herat, Christina Lamb
The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Shelters of Stone, Jean Auel
Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
Singing the City, Laurie Graham
Small Island, Andrea Levy
Snow, Orhan Pamuk
*Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See
Sole Survivor, Dean Koontz
The Songcatcher, Sharyn McCrumb
Sons of Fortune, Jeffrey Archer
The Spectator Bird, Wallace Stegner
The Spencers of Amberson Avenue, Ethel Spencer
Standing in the Rainbow, Fannie Flagg
State of Fear, Michael Crichton
Still Life with Rice, Helie Lee
*Still She Haunts Me, Katie Roiphe
Stolen Lives: 20 Years in a Desert Jail, Malika Oufkir
The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields
Stones for Ibarra, Harriet Doerr
Stones from the River, Ursula Hegi
The Story of Lucy Gault, William Trevor
Suite Francaise, Irčne Némirovsky
The Summons, John Grisham
The Sunday Philosophy Club, Alexander McCall Smith
The Surgeon, Tess Gerritsen
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, James Patterson


Taken, Kathleen George
*A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
A Tale of Love and Darkness, Amos Oz
Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Tender Bar, J.R. Moehringer
The Testament, John Grisham
That Old Ace in the Hole, Annie Proulx
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
A Thread of Grace, Mary Doria Russell
Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson
Three Daughters, Letty Cottin Pogrebin
*Three Junes, Julia Glass
Three Tall Women, Edward Albee
The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
The Tin Drum, Gunter Grass
The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
*The Tortilla Curtain, T. C. Boyle
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, Anne Lamott
*A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey
Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
*Turbulent Souls, Stephen Dubner
Two Lives: Reading Turgenev and My House in Umbria, William Trevor


Undaunted Courage, Stephen Ambrose
*Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer
Unless, Carol Shields


Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult
The Valley of Decision, Marcia Davenport


Waiting for the Barbarians, J. M. Coetzee
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, Chris Hedges
Washington Square, Henry James
*Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
*Watership Down, Richard Adams
We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates
When Smoke Ran Like Water, Devra Davis
When the Emperor was Divine, Julie Otsuka
While I Was Gone, Sue Miller
The Whistling Season, Ivan Doig
White Teeth, Zadie Smith
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory Maguire
A Widow for One Year, John Irving
Wild Decembers, Edna O'Brien
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, Jung Chang
Wish You Were Here, Stewart O'Nan
A Woman's Education, Jill Conway Kerr
Women of the Silk, Gail Tsukiyama
The Women of Troy Hill, Clare Ansberry
The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman


*Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks
The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon