HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 18 – Great Books for Discussions

The HUSH podcast is Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley hosting a discussion with our guests around an engaging and interesting topic — Great Books for Discussions!

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Great Books for Discussions

Our guest this episode is Hush listener and Goodreads contributor Melanie Lawrence.

Books mentioned

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  • Devil in the White City: murder, magic and madness at the fair that changed America by Erik Larson
  • Confederates in the Attic: dispatches from the unfinished Civil War by Tony Horowitz
  • Plain Folk: the life stories of undistinguished Americans by William M. Tuttle
  • Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  • The Client by John Grisham
  • Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
  •  The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
  • Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Unbroken: a World War II airman’s story of survival, resilience, and redemption  by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Angry Housewives eating Bon bons by Lorna Landvik
  • Our Boys: a perfect season on the plains with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape
  • One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  • Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
  • Englishman in Kansas by Thomas Gladstone
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Shack by William P. Young
  • Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

 Social Networking sites for readers

Book discussion groups and resources

  • Kansas Humanities Council Book Discussion at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, coordinated through the Topeka Room, 580-4510
  • So Many Books, So Little Time Book Discussion at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, coordinated through Deb Bryan at the Reference Desk, 580-4540
  • Literature with Lunch Book Discussion at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, coordinated through Lissa at the Reference Desk, 580-4540
  • Book Group in a Bag – – a service of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library for anyone with a library card — allows book group leaders to reserve and check out 10 copies of a book, plus a discussion guide, all in a convenient bag.

Your turn to talk

Continue the conversation about books that lead to great discussions. Why do you like them? What can you recommend? Talk to us here on the blog, or on the library’s Goodreads group at our Great Books for Discussion peril discussion.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions for future topics please comment on our blog post or send us an email at

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.