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.

The Kilbourn Public Library's Book Club selection for August is the novel The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows. We will be discussing this book on Monday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, August 30 at 1:30 p.m. The novel is set in 1938 and follows the story of Layla Beck, who is cut off from her allowance and demanded by her father, a US Senator, to find a job with the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal jobs program. Within days, Layla finds herself far out of her comfort zone when she is assigned to cover the history of the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia. The author evokes the charm and eccentricity of a small town filled with extraordinary characters. The novel brings to life and inquisitive young girl, her beloved aunt, and the alluring visitor who changes the course of their destiny forever. Join us for discssion and treats as we delve into this wise, witty and exuberant novel that illuminates the power of loyalty and forgiveness, memory and truth, and the courage it takes to do what's right.

This July's Book Club selection is Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. This book by Mary Roach chronicles the compelling, and sometimes very humorous use of the human body after one has passed on. For over two-thousand years, cadavers have been involved in some of science's greatest, and sometimes strangest, undertakings.
The Book Club will be meeting twice in the month of July:
*Wednesday, July 26 at 1:30 pm
*Monday, July 31 at 6:30 pm

If you can't make it to any of our book discussions, join the discussion online on our book club blog at

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommended by Katarina Bivald is June's Book Club selection. This novel follows the story of Sara, who travels all the way to Broken Wheel, Iowa from Sweden to visit her pen pal, Amy. Upon arrival Sara is shocked to learn that Amy has passed away and she just missed the funeral. The town happily takes Sara in despite not sharing her love of books. Sara then devotes herself to spreading her love of reading to the rest of the town. However, her unconventional methods may force long-kept secrets into the open, potentially causing conflict. This book will be discussed at the library on the following dates:
*Monday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m.
*Wednesday, June 28 at 1:30 p.m.

Come and join us for a tantalizing discussion. If you cannot make it, please make use of our online blog at

The book club selection for May is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth L. Ozeki. This novel was a UW-Big Read in 2013.
In Tokyo, 16 year old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore, possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki's humor and signature writing, A Tale for the Time Being is a story about our shared humanity and the search for home.
We will be discussing this book on Monday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 31 at 1:30 p.m. Join us here at the library or participate with fellow readers by sending a comment to our book club blog at

In April the Book Club will be reading Jesse Burton's The Miniaturist. Burton's story is set in seventheenth century Amsterdam and follows the path of Nella Oortman who moves to the city with her husband, Johannes Brandt, who is a wealthy merchant. But Nella's world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist--an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways. Join us in April in reading and discussing this haunting and magical page turner. We will meet at the library for conversation and snacks on two occasions in April:
*Monday, April 24 at 6:30 pm
*Wednesday, April 26 at 1:30 pm

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