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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
A kiss at a christening party leads to the dissolution of marriages and the creation of a new blended family, the repercussions of which are traced through fifty years.   Book Discussion Questions from HarperCollins
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
In this book on food and food politics, the author shows how humans have learned to transform raw ingredients into edible food, describes his adventures studying with master chefs, and argues for the importance of cooking at home. Book Discussion Questions from MPL
Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting by Michael Perry
Funny, humble and pensive—Michael’s life is changing as he’s pulled in different directions all at once. Book Discussion Questions from MPL
Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber
An Iraqi-American is the chef at a small Los Angeles café, where Arab-Americans come to feel at home. A folkloric family story is interwoven with this contemporary tale of love, food and home. Book Discussion Questions from BookBrowse
Crossing Over: a Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail by Ruben Martinez
Martinez investigates the deaths of three migrant workers, the Chavez brothers. Martinez spends a year with the brothers’ extended family as they work their way across the U.S., including a stint at a Wisconsin meat packing plant. Book Discussion Questions from MPL
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
This deceptively simple story traces the lives and hopes of two couples who met as young parents in Madison, Wisconsin in the early part of the 20th century. This deceptively simple story traces the lives and hopes of two couples who met as young parents in Madison, Wisconsin in the early part of the 20th century. Book Discussion Questions from MPL
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
In this mystery novel written by J. K. Rowling under a pseudonym, a famous model dies in a fall from her apartment window, and an ex-soldier turned private detective and his temporary office assistant investigate her death. Book Discussion Questions from LitLovers
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
An autistic teen narrates this story of his adventure trying to solve a mystery surrounding the discovery of the murdered corpse of his neighbor’s pet poodle. Book Discussion Questions from MPL
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Twins born in Ethiopia to an Indian nun who dies in childbirth are raised by two Indian doctors in Ethiopia on the brink of revolution. A novel of love, betrayal, compassion and redemption spanning five decades in India, Ethiopia, and America. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
An orphan raised in Valparaiso, Chile, by a Victorian spinster and her rigid brother, Eliza Sommers follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849 and meets a Chinese herbalist, who becomes her soul mate, on the journey. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
Dead Man Walking by Helen Prejean
A Catholic nun shares her perspective of our system of capital punishment after she is asked to counsel Patrick Sonnier, a death-row inmate. She writes of her experiences as she gets to know Patrick, including her shock at the brutality of his crime, her sympathy with his pain and her efforts to abolish the death penalty. Book Discussion Questions from Reading Group Guides
Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
In this sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, set six years after Elizabeth and Darcy’s marriage, the domestic tranquility of their estate at Pemberley is disrupted when a visitor is found murdered in the woods. Book Discussion Questions from Lit Lovers
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
This non-fiction book tells the story of James Garfield, one of America’s least known Presidents, showing that his shooting by a deranged man, and subsequent death at the hands of his inept doctors, deprived the nation of a man who could have been an excellent leader. Book Discussion Questions from LitLovers
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Two events focused attention on Chicago in 1893: the World’s Fair with it’s hundreds of newly built structures (all white), and the investigation into the crimes of Dr. Henry Holmes, reputedly the first American serial killer. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
Dewey: the Small Town Library Cat by Vicki Myron
A cat found in the book return at a small town Iowa library became a library resident and enchanted customers for nearly 20 years with his winsome personality. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
Digging to America by Anne Tyler
A humorous exploration of personal relations and cultural clashes between two families. The traditional American Donaldsons and the Iranian-American Yazdans adopt Korean girls at the same time, with different plans and parenting styles. Book Discussion Questions from MPL
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
In this mix of history, mythology and magic Diana Bishop, a young scholar and descendant of witches, discovers a long lost manuscript on alchemy in the Bodleian Library, summoning a fantastical underworld which she explores with vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Book Discussion Questions from the author
The Dive from Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer
A college-aged woman is faced with difficult decisions when her boyfriend dives off a pier and becomes a quadriplegic. Set in Madison, with many small details local readers will love. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
A literary thriller with a tricky, intriguing premise and a fictional backdrop from The Great Gatsby begins with the attempted rape and murder of a young woman bicyclist on a rural Vermont road and involves the mysterious past of a homeless man. Book Discussion Questions from the author
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
In this collection of humorous essays, David Sedaris discusses childhood, family and relationships, revealing that "normal" is truly a relative term. Book Discussion Questions From Madison Public Library
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
The daily life of women in Afghanistan is documented in the true story of Kamila Sidiqi who, trained as a teacher, was confined to her house when the Taliban seized control of Kabul. After her father and brothers were forced to flee she supported her family by creating a thriving business, staffed by women. Book Discussion Questions from Reading Group Guides
Driftless by David Rhodes
Narrated with humor, suspense, and empathy, a diverse cast of characters in small town in Wisconsin get entangled in family secrets, legal battles with a corrupt milk cooperative, gambling, dogfighting, and a miracle cure, amongst other things. Book Discussion Questions from ICB
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
A memoir of a year-long journey of soul searching and self discovery through the sensual delight in Italy; meditation in India; and love in Indonesia. Book Discussion Questions from LitLovers
Educating Esme by Esme Codell
Your first year teaching at a poor urban school can really be tough. Esme, however, has energy, wit, big ideas and a touch of cynicism. Written in diary form, we read about her successes and failures as a teacher as she experiences them over the course of a year. Book Discussion Questions from MPL
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
54 year-old Renée and 12 year-old Paloma come from very different backgrounds, but both have a deep emotional life that they shield from the world.  An unlikely friendship forms as they share their journeys and perspectives on everyday life. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides