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A Book Kit is a canvas bag filled with 10 copies of one title and a discussion guide. The guide comes complete with book reviews, author information, discussion questions, and additional tips and resources for book groups.

Requesting a book kit

Place a hold in the catalog using your library card number. If you’re not a member of our Partner Sharing Group, your library will need to contact us for a reservation. Click the button below to see a list of available titles in the catalog. 

Additional questions or need assistance? Please email or call us at (406)721-2665.

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List of Available Titles

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Art of Fielding – Chad Harbach
The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Beautiful Ruins – Jess Walter
Bend in the River – Susan Gibbs
Blind Your Ponies – Stanley Gordon West
Blood and Chocolate – Annette Curtis Klaus
The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao -Junot Diaz
Caleb’s Crossing – Geraldine Brooks
Caramelo – Sandra Cisneros
Case Histories – Kate Atkinson
The Cat’s Table – Michael Ondaatje
City of Thieves – David Benioff
Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
Corelli’s Mandolin – De Bernieres, Louis
Cry, The Beloved Country – Alan Paton
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark
Haddon
Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
The Elegance of Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery
Empire Falls – Richard Russo
Euphoria – Lily King
Exposed – Lisa Scottoline
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
Faithful Place – Tana French
Fates & Furies – Lauren Groff
The Gap of Time – Jeanette Winterson
The Gathering – Anne Enright
A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
Glaciers – Alexis M. Smith
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
The Good Lord Bird – James McBride
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary
Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Have You Seen Luis Velez? – Catherine Ryan Hyde
Heartbeat of the Bitterroot – Janice Mineer (6 Books)
The Heartsong of Charging Elk – James Welch
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
Hotel on Corner of Bitter & Sweet – Jamie Ford
Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson
If Not For This – Pete Fromm
I’ll Be Seeing You – Suzanne Hayes & Loretta Nyhan
Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri
Jesus Out to Sea – James Lee Burke
The Last Crossing – Guy Vanderhaeghe
The Last Good Kiss – James Crumley
The Last Queen – C.W. Gortner
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman
Looking Backward – Edward Bellamy
A Lost Lady – Willa Cather
Love in the Time of Cholera—Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine – Louise Erdrich (2016 Big Read)
Loving Frank – Nancy Horan
The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson
A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman
Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
The Maytrees – Annie Dillard
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Minaret – Leila Aboulela
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundati Roy
The Moonflower Vine – Jetta Carleton
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
No! I Don’t Want to Join a Book Group – Virginia Ironside
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous– Ocean Vuong
The Orchardist – Amanda Coplin
Orfeo: A Novel – Richard Powers
The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson
The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory
The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
The Paris Wife – Paula McLain
Pearl of China – Anchee Min
People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Raven’s Gift – Don Rearden
Red Rover – Deirdre McNamer
A Reliable Wife – Robert Goolrick
The Revenant – Michael Punke
A River Runs Through It, and Other Stories – Norman
Maclean
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
The Round House: A Novel – Louise Erdrich
Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay
The Secret, book & Scone Society – Ellery Adams

The Secret River – Kate Grenville
A Separate Peace – John Knowles
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Silver Swan – Elena Delbanco
Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt
So Big – Edna Ferber
Solitude of Prime Numbers – Paolo Giordano
Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
Sound of Things Falling – Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli
State of Wonder – Ann Patchett
Still Alice – Lisa Genova
Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky
The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
The Surrounded – D’Arcy McNickle
Swing Time – Zadie Smith
The Sympathizer – Viet Thanh Nguyen
Take Me With You – Catherine Ryan Hyde
Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin
The Tenth Circle – Jodi Picoult
The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
Thunderstruck & Other Stories – Elizabeth McCracken
The Tiger’s Wife – Tea Obreht
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Train Dreams: A Novella – Denis Johnson
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce
The Wayfaring Stranger – James Lee Burke
The Weird Sisters – Eleanor Brown
White Teeth – Zadie Smith
Winter Garden – Kristin Hannah
Winter Wheat – Mildred Walker
A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K. Le Guin (2018 Big Read)

As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay
in Denial – Derrick Jensen (Graphic Novel)
Becoming – Michelle Obama
Becoming Dr. Q – Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa
Behind the Beautiful Forevers – Katherine Boo
Between the World & Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Big Short – Michael Lewis
Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown
Catfish & Mandala – Andrew X. Pham
Cleopatra: A Life – Stacy Schiff
Deep South – Paul Theroux
The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
Down from the Mountain – Bryce Andrews
Educated – Tara Westover
Empty Mansions – Bill Dedman
Escape From Camp 14 – Blaine Harden
Evicted – Matthew Desmond
Fire and Brimstone – Michael Punke
From the Oder to the Bitterroot-Werner Will
Garlic and Sapphires – Ruth Reichl
The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner
The Girl Who Smiled Beads– Clemantine Wamariya
The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
Great Tales and Poems – Edgar Allan Poe
Gulp! – Mary Roach
Her Last Death – Susanna Sonnenberg
Hillbilly Elegy – J.D. Vance
Home Waters – John Maclean
I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzia
Immortal Irishman – Timothy Egan
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
In the Garden of Beasts – Erik Larson
In the Shadow of Man – Jane Goodall
Infidel – Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The Innocents Abroad – Mark Twain
Killers of the Flower Moon – David Grann
Lentil Underground – Liz Carlisle
The Library Book – Susan Orlean
Life on the Mississippi – Mark Twain
The Lochsa Story: Land Ethics in the Bitterroot Mountains
– Bud Moore
A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
Maid – Stephanie Land
The Man Who Loved China – Simon Winchester
Moonwalking with Einstein – Joshua Foer
My Life in France – Julia Child
One-Sentence Journal – Chris La Tray
A Perfect Red – Amy Butler Greenfield
Proof of Heaven – Eben Alexander, M.D.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – Anne Fadiman
Strength in What Remains – Tracy Kidder
This House of Sky – Ivan Doig
The Tiger: True Story of Vengeance & Survival – John Vaillant
Truck: A Love Story – Michael Perry
Turn Right at Machu Picchu – Mark Adams
Undaunted Courage – Stephen Ambrose
Where Rivers Change Direction – Mark Spragg
Wild -Cheryl Strayed
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among
Ghosts – Maxine Hong Kingston
The Worst Hard Time – Timothy Egan
The Yellow House– Sarah Broom
Young Men and Fire – Norman Maclean
The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diana Ackerman

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