New Book Discussion Kits - March 19, 2017

New Book Discussion Kits

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Book Group News


Patricia McConnell Headlines Book Club Café

Local author and animal behavioralist Patricia McConnell is the featured speaker at the Friends of the Madison Public Library's Book Club Café fundraiser on May 10.

The Book Club Café is an annual Friends tradition - an event where book club members and other book lovers gather to celebrate reading and Madison's public libraries.

This year's Book Club Café will take place at Olbrich Gardens at 3330 Atwood Ave. from 7-9pm. Attendees enjoy catered coffee, tea and desserts; a book gift basket raffle; and a complimentary Book Club Favorites booklet.

REGISTER ONLINE or PRINT OUT A REGISTRATION FORM.  Registrations must be received by April 20 in order to be included in the Book Club Favorites Booklet. 

For more information, visit the Book Club Café page.

Photo credits: Patricia McConnell, credit Nick Berard


Lunch for Libraries Fundraiser Sold Out - Free Evening Event with Richard Russo Added to Book Festival Lineup

Lunch for Libraries, the annual Madison Public Library Foundation fundraiser benefitting the Wisconsin Book Festival, is now sold out.  Festival organizers have added a free evening event to meet demand to hear Richard Russo talk about his latest book, Everybody's Fool.  The event is set for Tuesday, April 18 at 7pm at the Central Library.  Books are available for purchase and signing will follow the event.  Your group can discuss the title, too - Everybody's Fool is one of our newest Book Club Kit titles.  To find out about more upcoming Wisconsin Book Festival author events, including appearances by Margaret Atwood, Teju Cole,  John Scalzi, and Chuck Klosterman, visit the Wisconsin Book Festival web site and sign up for email updates.



New Book Discussion Kits

For more book discussion kits, visit the main Book Discussion Kit page or visit the archives. Call 608-266-6300 to reserve a kit.

Everybody's Fool
by Richard Russo

In the Rust Belt town of North Bath, New York, police chief Doug Raymer is convinced he’s ‘everyone’s fool’ as he grapples with the revelation his now-dead wife cheated on him, engages in an ongoing feud with the curmudgeon Sully Sullivan and otherwise tries to maintain order in a town filled with down-on-their-luck but lovable characters. 

Learning to Stay
by Erin Celello

When her husband Brad returns from Iraq, Elise is thrilled to have him home.  But the traumatic brain injury he suffered on duty has turned the patient, thoughtful man she married into someone quite different.  Faced with potentially losing the man she loves, Elise receives help from an unlikely source.  

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande

While modern medicine has developed breathtaking advances in the pursuit to extend life, the ability of doctors treat the realities of aging and dying often runs counter to the best interests of the patient.  Surgeon Gawande examines the limitations of medicine at the end of life, and speaks with those in the profession who are turning ‘a good death’ into a quality life to the very end. 

When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi

The author of this memoir was a neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with lung cancer in his mid-thirties. Writing in his last months of life, he talks about his childhood and college studies, explains why he decided to become a doctor, and describes his experiences with his illness. 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
by Marie Kondo

Cleaning guru Marie Kondo outlines her method of ‘tidying up,’ going beyond a simple how-to manual to ask what our stuff means to us emotionally and what we consider to be truly precious.  

The Nest
by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

In this humorous novel about a dysfunctional family, three siblings find that their reckless brother has drained the $2 million dollar bank account their father left them at his death, money they have all been planning to use to solve their own financial problems. 

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.  

Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff

Lotto and Mathilde’s marriage seems charmed, beginning with a whirlwind romance and withstanding years of poor idealism to yield financial and artistic success.  But every story has two sides, and Groff masterfully portrays a complex marriage, first from Lotto’s perspective and then a very different version from Mathilde’s point of view.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond

In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.​ Evicted was selected as the 2016 UW Go Big Read title. 

Ordinary Grace
by William Kent Krueger

In the summer of 1961, life in New Bremen, Minnesota moves slowly for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum.   The tragic death of a child in a train accident prompts old memories to resurface between the Drum and Brandt families, revealing the pain and dark shadows that lurked just under the surface of an idyllic life, and introducing Frank to the harsh realities of adulthood.