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Karl, Retired Pastor

The West Des Moines Library has empowered retirement days for me in two ways. One, I am able to read extensively in the newspaper and magazine sections. Two, I am able to borrow books to read rather than to purchase and keep in my now limited home library. An added feature is borrowing audiobooks to savor while I drive to visit family in other states. 


Book Club Sets – Adult Title List

  • Book club titles available for lending to book discussion groups.

    • We have sets of titles, mostly fiction, previously read in our adult book club, Club Read.
    • Requests must be placed at least 24 hours before your desired pick-up time. We process book club
      requests M-F – if you would like to pick up on a weekend, please ensure that your request is placed
      prior to Friday.
    • Each set of books is due back 8 weeks from the time they are shipped from or leave our library.
    • The borrower is responsible for replacing any lost or damaged books and notifying our library in the event that this occurs.
    • Books that are picked up in person may be put in a West Des Moines Public Library book bag. If the bag is not returned, you will be charged a $5.00 replacement fee.
    • Each book is numbered on the spine and it is recommended that you use this number to track which book each discussion participant has borrowed. We can provide a sample sign-up sheet.

To book Adult and Young Adult titles, please use the Online Form on the Book Club Kits page.

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West Des Moines Public Library Adult Book Discussion List

For questions, contact the Reference Desk at 515-222-3403 or

Title (# copies available) Author
About a Boy (15) Hornby, Nick
Alice I Have Been (14) Benjamin, Melanie
The All of It (13) Haien, Jeannette
The Almost Moon (15) Sebold, Alice
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats (14) Sendker, Jan-Phillipe
Before We Were Yours (15) Wingate, Lisa
Big Stone Gap (10) Trigiani, Adriana
Blood Work (14) Connelly, Michael
Bone River (10) Chance, Megan
The Bookman’s Tale (13) Lovett, Charlie
Bottomland (15) Hoover, Michelle
Bound (15) Gunning, Sally
The Boys in the Bunkhouse (14) Barry, Dan
Bright Side of Disaster (14) Center, Katherine
Burial Rites (15) Kent, Hannah
Calling Me Home (15) Kibler, Julie
Can of Peas (13) DePree, Tracii
Charms for the Easy Life (14) Gibbons, Kaye
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper (15) Patrick, Phaedra
The Dive From Clausen’s Pier (15) Packer, Ann
Dragon House (12) Shors, John
Dragonwyck (12) Seton, Anya
Enemy Women (14) Jiles, Paulette
The Eyre Affair (15) Fforde, Jasper
Feint of Art (13) Lind, Hailey
Fieldwork (11) Berlinski, Mischa
The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (14) Estes, Kelli
The Girls (15) Yglesias, Helen
The Good Thief (11) Tinti, Hannah
Guernsey Literary and Potato..(12) Shaffer & Barrows
Hector and the Search for Happiness (13) Lelord, Francois
The Heretic’s Daughter (14) Kent, Kathleen
He’s Gone (14) Caletti, Deb
Holidays on Ice (8) Sedaris, David
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake (13) Wingfield, Jenny
Homer & Langley (13) Doctorow, E. L.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (14) Ford, Jamie
The Hundred-Year-Old Man (14) Jonnason, Jonas
Ice Twins (14) Tremayne, S.K.
If You Only Knew (15) Higgins, Kristan
I Shall Be Near To You (16) McCabe, Erin Lindsey
Keeping the House (13) Baker, Ellen
The Lace Reader (11) Barry, Brunonia
A Land More Kind than Home (13) Cash, Wiley
The Language of Flowers (14) Diffenbaugh, Vanessa
The Last Bridge (15) Coyne, Teri
Last Days of Night (15) Moore, Graham
Lexicon (15) Barry, Max
Life’s A Beach (13) Cook, Claire
The Little Paris Bookshop (13) George, Nina
Long Way Gone (14) Martin, Charles
Loving Frank (15) Horan, Nancy
Lunch at the Piccadilly (15) Edgerton, Clyde
A Man Called Ove (15) Backman, Fredrik
Man of the House (12) Hudler, Ad
Maybe In Another Life (13) Reid, Taylor Jenkins
Mind of Winter (13) Kasischke, Laura
Miracle Life of Edgar Mint (15) Udall, Brady
Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind (15) Ross, Ann B.
A Murder is Announced (14) Christie, Agatha
My Name is Mary Sutter (15) Oliveira, Robin
The Nanny Diaries (15) McLaughlin/Kraus
Niagara Falls All Over Again (12) McCracken, Elizabeth
The Ninth Wife (15) Stolls, Amy
Nothing Daunted (13) Wickendon, Dorothy
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (15) Gaiman, Neil
Old Man River & Me (15) Knudsen, Mark A.
On Turpentine Lane (13) Lipman, Elinor
The One-in-a-Million Boy (14) Wood, Monica
Patty Jane’s House of Curl (10) Landvik, Lorna
Playing Dead (14) Heaberlin, Julia
Pomegranate Soup (15) Mehran, Marsha
The Queen’s Man (15) Penman, Sharon Kay
Rabbit Cake (15) Hartnett, Annie
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (15) Bivald, Katarina
A Reliable Wife (15) Goolrick, Robert
Remarkable Creatures (12) Chevalier, Tracy
The Road from Coorain (15) Conway, Jill Ker
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt (14) Hoffman, Beth
The School of Essential Ingredients (15) Bauermeister, Erica
Sea Glass (8) Shreve, Anita
The Secret Life of Bees (15) Kidd, Sue Monk
The Silent Wife (15) Harrison, A.S.A.
The Snow Child (15) Ivey, Eowyn
The Space Between Us (14) Umrigar, Thrity
A Spot of Bother (14) Haddon, Mark
Star of the Sea (15) O’Connor, Joseph
Still Life (11) Penny, Louise
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (11) Zevin, Gabrielle
The Sugar Queen (13) Allen, Sarah Addison
Sunflowers (13) Bundrick, Sheramy
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (12) Bradley, Alan
Take Me With You (13) Hyde, Catherine Ryan
Thanks for the Memories (14) Ahern, Cecelia
The Thirteenth Tale (13) Setterfield, Diane
This Is Where I Leave You (10) Trapper, Jonathan
To Kill a Mockingbird (6) Lee, Harper
Turtle Moon (12) Hoffman, Alice
Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (14) Joyce, Rachel
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (13) O’Farrell, Maggie
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (13) Semple, Maria
Whistling Past the Graveyard (15) Crandall, Susan
The Whistling Season (14) Doig, Ivan
Wife 22 (15) Gideon, Melanie
Winterdance (14) Paulsen, Gary
Year of Wonders (15) Brooks, Geraldine

This book discussion lending program is made possible by the generosity of members of the Friends of the West Des Moines Library.