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Borrowing Policy

To request a Book Club in a Bag, please call (805) 449-2660.

  • 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.

Want to learn more? Read our Book Club in a Bag Policy. [PDF]

 

New Titles for 2015

To request a particular title, please see the Borrowing Policy above. Book Club bags cannot be placed on hold using the Library catalog. Download a printer-friendly list of our Book Club in a Bag titles.

When the Emperor was Divine

Otsuka, Julie

Otsuka paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any we have ever seen. Otsuka has created a small tour de force, a novel of unrelenting economy and suppressed emotion. Spare, intimate, arrestingly understated, this is a haunting evocation of a family in wartime and an unmistakably resonant lesson for our times.

 

The Orphan Train

Kline, Christina Baker

A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

 

Then We Came to the End

Ferris, Joshua

With great humor and understanding, Ferris explores characters caught in the office politics of modern work. Ferris is witty, insightful, and exuberantly wicked in his examination of workplace culture. A New York Times Top Ten Books of the Year title.

 

Brooklyn

Toibin, Colm

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin – Post-World War II, Eilis Lacey can't make a living in Ireland, so she heads for bustling New York City, where she finds a love with Tony, a blue-eyed Italian, but her life that might be jeopardized by devastating news from Ireland. Toibin writes of her transformative struggles with an aching lyricism that illuminates the opportunities for tenderness in our lives.

 

Me Before You

Moyes, Jojo

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes -- In this disarmingly moving love story, Louisa Clark leads a routine existence, dully content with her job at the cafe in her small English town and with Patrick, her boyfriend of six years. But a job caring for a recently paralyzed man offers Lou better pay. Her charge, Will Traynor, suffered a spinal cord injury when hit by a motorcycle and his raw frustration with quadriplegia makes the job almost unbearable for Lou. Will is quick-witted and sardonic, a powerhouse of a man in his former life (motorcycles; sky diving; important career in global business). In the process of planning "adventures" Lou begins to understand the extent of Will's isolation, even as he introduces Lou to ideas outside of her small existence. The end result is a lovely novel, both nontraditional and enthralling.

 

Available Titles (A-M)

Ahab's Wife, or, The Star-gazer

Naslund, Sena Jeter

Angle of Repose

Stegner, Wallace

The Art of Fielding

Harbach, Chad

2013 One City One Book selection

Atonement

McEwan, Ian

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Dai, Sijie

Birth of Venus

Dunant, Sarah

The Buddha in the Attic

Otsuka, Julie

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Haddon, Mark

Fall on Your Knees

MacDonald, Ann-Marie

Gilead

Robinson, Marilynne

The Imperfectionists

Rachman,Tom

The Kite Runner

Hosseini, Khaled

The Known World

Jones, Edward P.

Life of Pi

Martel, Yann

Maine

Sullivan, J. Courtney

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Simonson, Helen

Memory Keeper's Daughter

Edwards, Kim

Middlesex

Eugenides, Jeffrey

 

Focus On: Me Before You

Me Before You

Moyes, Jojo

In this disarmingly moving love story, Louisa Clark leads a routine existence, dully content with her job at the cafe in her small English town and with Patrick, her boyfriend of six years. But a job caring for a recently paralyzed man offers Lou better pay. Her charge, Will Traynor, suffered a spinal cord injury when hit by a motorcycle and his raw frustration with quadriplegia makes the job almost unbearable for Lou. Will is quick-witted and sardonic, a powerhouse of a man in his former life (motorcycles; sky diving; important career in global business). In the process of planning "adventures" Lou begins to understand the extent of Will's isolation, even as he introduces Lou to ideas outside of her small existence. The end result is a lovely novel, both nontraditional and enthralling.

 

Available Titles (N-Z)

To request a particular title, please see the Borrowing Policy above. Book Club bags cannot be placed on hold using the Library catalog. For a printer-friendly list of our Book Club in a Bag titles, click here.

The Namesake

Lahiri, Jhumpa

Never Let Me Go

Ishiguro, Kazuo

Olive Kitteridge

Strout, Elizabeth

Peace Like a River

Enger, Leif

The Piano Tuner

Mason, Daniel Philippe

The Plot Against America

Roth, Philip

The Road

McCarthy, Cormac

Room

Donoghue, Emma

Russian Winter

Kalotay, Daphne

Saturday

McEwan, Ian

The Secret Life of Bees

Kidd, Sue Monk

Shipping News

Proulx, Annie

Snow Falling on Cedars

Guterson, David

Three Junes

Glass, Julia

White Oleander

Fitch, Janet

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Maguire, Gregory

You Know When the Men are Gone

Fallon, Siobhan

 

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