KPL Book Club

The Kilbourn Public Library Book Club is open to all adults interested in getting together for informal discussion on selected books. Each month a book is chosen and copies are available here at the library and on the bookmobile for interested readers.  The book club meets at the library on the last Monday evening of the month at 6:30 p.m. and the last Wednesday afternoon of the month at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the featured book.  Coffee and treats are served along with engaging and enjoyable discussion. Copies of the book are available at the library and on the bookmobile. Everyone is welcome. If you can't make any of our meetings, post your comments and thoughts on our Book Club Blog.

This month we will be reading and discussing Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine written by Gail Honeyman. Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills, tends to say exactly what she's thinking, and carefully avoids unnecessary human contact. However, everything  changes once she meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygenic IT guy from her office. When Eleanor and Raymond save Sammy, an elderly woman who has fallen, the three rescue each other from the lives of isolation that they have been living. We will discuss this book on Monday, November 26 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, November 28 at 1:30pm. If you cannot make it in person, please use the online blog at kplbookclub.blogspot.com to post your thoughts and comments on the book. Everyone is welcome!

For October's book discussion we will be diving into the 2018 Go Big Red selection: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan. This book explores the Great Lakes which includes Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior. Egan explains how these lakes are facing a severe threat from human activity and are turning into an environmental catastrophe. This book blends the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and ways we can save our largest source of freshwater for future generations. Go Big Red started 10 years ago and has grown to be one of the largest college common reading programs. It has joined UW-Madison and local communities in reading and discussing timely topics, all with a goal of gaining a better understanding of each other and the issues. We will discuss this book on Monday, October 29th at 6:30pm and Wednesday, October 31st at 1:30pm. If you cannot make it in person please use the online blog at kplbookclub.blogspot.com.

This month our book discussion will be on Diane Chamberlain's novel The Stolen Marriage. According to the book jacket, Tess DeMello's life is changed forever because of one mistake on one fateful night. She becomes trapped in a strange loveless marriage with no way out. Working as a nurse during a sudden polio epidemic she works to save the lives of her patients. But can she untangle the truth behind her husband's mysterious behavior and find the love and the life she was meant to have? Steeped in history and filled with heart wrenching twists, The Stolen Marriage is an emotionally captivating novel of secrets, betrayals, prejudice, and fogiveness.
We will discuss this book on Monday, September 24 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, September 26 at 1:30pm. If you can't make it in person please use the online blog kplbookclub.blogspot.com to post your comments and thoughts on the book.

For our last (but certainly not least) Summer Book Discussion Event we will be reading and discussing Happily Ever After Everyone Else: Julie's Story. Local Author Mary Leary Becker will be here via Sype to lead the discussion on this first book in the "She Said, He Said" series. The book takes a humorous but honest look at the life of a couple in the sandwich generation. They are dealing with conflict and commitments, not to mention five children, one son-in-law, two grandchildren, one future daughter-in-law and one live-in elderly parent. What follows is a humorous road trip involving friends, family, romance, and people from the past. Book discussions led by the author will be taking place on Monday, August 27 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, August 29 at 1:30pm. If you are unable to attend, please use our online blog at kplbookclub.blogspot.com to join in on the conversation.

Party on the Patio!

The book discussion this month will be a party. The title for July's book discussion is Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. Set against the majestic ladscape of early twentieth-century Africa, McLain's powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit. Book discussions for this title will take place on Wednesday, July 25 at 1:30pm and Monday, July 30 at 6:30pm.  Both discussions will be taking place outside on our fantastic patio. We will be serving African food and sunny weather with a side of interesting conversation. This is a book discussion you definitely will not want to miss. We will close out the Summer Book Discussion Events with local author Mary Leary Becker's Happily Ever After Everyone Else: Julie's Story. If you are unable to attend the book discussion events in person, visit our book club blog at kplbookclub.blogspot.com.

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