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 on the last Monday evening of the month at 5:30 p.m. and the last Wednesday afternoon of the month at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the featured book.  Currently we are meeting virtually on Zoom for engaging and enjoyable discussion. Everyone is welcome.

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

If you cannot make it in person, visit our blog at Join the discussion by adding a post to the blog.

The Kilbourn Public Library Book Discussion Group is reading The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin for March. The book will b discussed three times in March:
*Monday, March 27, 12:30 pm at the Frank Fischer Senior Center.
*Monday, March 27, 6:30 pm at the library.

*Wednesday, March 29, 1:30 pm at the library.
The Aviator's Wife, a work of historical fiction, tells the story of Anne Morrow, a shy woman who is wed to the famous pilot Charles Lindbergh in a headline making wedding. Despite her many achievements following the wedding, including becoming the United State's first female glide pilot, Anne continues to live in the shadow of Charles. The fairy tale life she longed for would end up bringing heartbreak and many challenges to Anne's life which caused her to challenge her need for love and independence and to embrace the possibility of life's changes. Join us for a lively discussion of the book and treats. If you cannot make it in person, visit our book club blog at Each month the KPL staff will post discussion topics and questions to get you "talking." Join the discussion by adding a post to the blog.