Book Club in a Bag

North Kingstown Free Library introduces



  • 10 Copies of a Title (unless otherwise noted)
  • Loan Period of 6 Weeks - No renewals
  • Pick Up & Return to the North Kingstown Fiction Desk. Other arrangements can be made by contacting Nancy Nadeau at or 401-294-3306 x128.

Any member of a book group will be able to check out 10 copies of a book for their book group. The books will be in a canvas bag with a binder containing information about the author and discussion questions (when available) to help the conversation along. The bag will be checked out for six weeks and is not renewable. Available titles are listed below. Stop by the Fiction/Reader's Advsior's Desk or call Nancy at 401-294-3306 x128 or

Available Titles:


The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (2017)

In 1947, pregnant Charlie St. Clair, an American college girl banished from her family, arrives in London to find out what happened to her beloved cousin Rose, who  disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, and meets a former spy who, torn apart by betrayal, agrees to help her on her mission.

 Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (2017)

A tale inspired by firsthand accounts about the notoriously corrupt Tennessee Children's Home Society follows the efforts of a Baltimore assistant D.A. to uncover her parents' fateful secrets in the wake of a political attack and a chance encounter with a stranger.

The Drowner by John MacDonald (1963) 5 copies

It must have been an accident, most people say at the funeral of Lucille Hanson. It might have been suicide, others think. But among her mourners, just one person refuses to believe it was anything other than murder. 

 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (2017)

A socially awkward, routine-oriented loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim, forging a friendship that saves all three from lives of isolation and secret unhappiness.

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead (2021) 5 copies   NEW

A furniture salesman in 1960s Harlem becomes a fence for shady cops, local gangsters and low-life pornographers after his cousin involves him in a failed heist.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune (2020)

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is unexpectedly given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they're likely to bring about the end of days. But the children aren't the only secret the island keeps...

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild (2015) 9 copies

Annie has spent her meagre savings on a dusty painting from a junk shop to give to her new, unsuitable, boyfriend who never shows up for his birthday dinner. The painting now hers, talks, but only to us. Shrewd, spoiled, charming, world weary and cynical, he comments perceptively on Annie, and the modern world and tells tales about his previous owners.

The Islanders by Meg Mitchell Moore (2019) Block Island Setting

A writer struggling with a second book, the divorced owner of a café and an unfulfilled stay-at-home mom share a season of unexpected romance and secrets on scenic Block Island.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (2017) 

Fighting an ugly custody battle with an artistic tenant who has little regard for the strict rules of their progressive Cleveland suburb, a straitlaced family woman who is seeking to adopt a baby becomes obsessed with exposing the tenant's past, only to trigger devastating consequences for both of their families.

Little Voices by Vanessa Lillie (2019) Rhode Island Author, Providence Setting 5 copies 

Devon Burges is in the throes of a high-risk birth when she learns of her dear friend's murder. The police quickly name another friend as the chief suspect, but Devon doesn't buy it and despite her difficult recovery, she decides to investigate.

Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles (1931) 5 copies

Crafty Dr. Bickleigh coolly murders his detestable wife. Murder becomes a mania with the good doctor, until he is brought to trail, a magnificent trial, full of wit and drama. The climax of his story provides a  superb piece of ironic and clever humor.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (2015) 8 copies  New

Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in  horrific ways.

 The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (2019)

Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist, is determined to get an artist who shot her husband and then never spoke another word to talk, which takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations--a search for the truth that threatens to consume him.

 Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (2019)

A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

The Vanishing Half  by Brit Bennett (2020)

Twin sisters, inseparable as children, ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.

When the English Fall by David Williams (2017)

Seen through the diary of Jacob, an Amish farmer trying to protect his family and his way of life, the book examines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos when an Amish community in Pennsylvania is caught up in the devastating aftermath of a catastrophic solar storm and the subsequent collapse of modern civilization.

 Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (2018)

Viewed with suspicion in the aftermath of a tragedy, a beautiful hermit who has survived for years in a marsh becomes targeted by unthinkable forces.


Becoming by Michelle Obama (2018)

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.

Educated by Tara Westover (2018)

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties.

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush (2018)

In Rising, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area.


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