We invite you to "Think Inside the Box" with our Book Club in a Box program!  Whether you are thinking of starting a group or are already in one, we can help every step of the way—including providing the books free of charge. Call 415-567-3327 x706 or email bookgroups@jewishlearningworks.org to learn how we can serve you. And click here to sign up for our email newsletter for book groups.

Free Resources for Book Groups

Bay Area book groups can borrow twelve copies of a book free of charge, with discussion questions and other background information. Choose from more than 120 selections, including contemporary and classic fiction, memoirs, and nonfiction. The titles cover a huge range of topics, and include writers from more than fifteen countries. 

Click here for a list of available titles, organized alphabetically by author. Clicking on a title will take you to a page with a description and links to articles, reviews, and interviews. Or click here to download a printable pdf with descriptions of all available titles.

Additionally, One Bay One Book is a yearlong Bay Area-wide conversation around a single book and its themes. The selection for 2018-19 is the novel The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.

Your group can also borrow mini-courses created by noted Bay Area scholars. Each mini-course is designed to be held in three two-hour sessions. A detailed handbook along with discussion questions for the participants allow for an intensive exploration of a subject, using books, film, and other media.

Our Facilitator Training Handbook offers helpful tips for facilitating book groups, whether you are starting a new group or rejuvenating an existing one.

Our People of the Book Club newsletter has updates about new additions to Book Club in a Box, as well as local events, Internet links, and book recommendations.  Click here to sign up.

The Library's Sundays at 2 Drop-In Book Club is the no-commitment book club! Enjoy a lively facilitated literary discussion on a selected Sunday afternoon at the Jewish Community Library. Click here to learn more.

Transform lunchtime at your workplace into Book Group time with Book Club for Businesses! We provide the books and a facilitator. Click here for more information.

Recent Additions:

Jennifer Brown: Modern Girls
(Fiction, 384 p. 2016)

Nathan Englander: Kaddish.com
(Fiction, 224 p. 2019)

Lillian Faderman: Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death
(Biography, 304 pp. 2018)

Matti Friedman: Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel
(Non-Fiction, 273 p. 2019)

Ruth Gilligan: Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan
(Fiction, 400 p. 2017)

David Grossman: A Horse Walks into a Bar
(Fiction, 208 p. 2017)

James A. Grymes. Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust--Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hour
(Nonfiction, 336 p. 2014)

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen: One Night, Markovitch
(Fiction, 375 p. 2015)

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen: Waking Lions
(Fiction, 352 p. 2017)

Yossi Klein Halevi: Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor
(Nonfiction, 224 pp. 2018)

Rachel Kadish: The Weight of Ink (Fiction, 592 p. 2017)

Nicole Krauss: Forest Dark (Fiction, 304 p. 2017)

Ilana Kurshan: If All the Seas Were Ink
(Memoir, 320 p. 2017)

Michel Laub: Diary of the Fall
(Fiction, 240 p. English edition, 2014)

Elena Lappin: What Language Do I Dream In?: A Memoir
(Memoir, 310 p. 2017)

Michael David Lukas: The Last Watchman of Old Cairo
(Fiction, 288 p. 2018)

Amos Oz: Judas
(Fiction, 320 p. 2016)

Grace Paley: The Grace Paley Reader
(Fiction/Poetry/Essays, 368 p. 2018)

Edith Pearlman: Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories (Fiction, 375 p. 2011)

Chaim Potok: The Gift of Asher Lev
(Fiction, 384 p. 1990)

Mark Sarvas: Memento Park (Fiction, 288 p. 2018)

B.A. Shapiro: The Muralist
(Fiction, 368 p. 2016)

Dani Shapiro: Inheritance
(Memoir, 272 p. 2019)

Gary Shteyngart: Lake Success (Fiction, 339 p. 2018)