Welcome to the KPL Book Club Blogspot

Welcome to the internet home of the Kilbourn Public Library (KPL) Book Club. The KPL Book Club meets at the library once a month. A book is chosen for each month and then members of the book club meet the last Monday and Wednesday of every month for lively discussion and treats. While we can’t offer you treats via the internet, this KPL Reads blog was designed for those of you who would like to participate in the book club but don’t have time to join us at meetings. Each month KPL staff will post discussion topics and questions to get you “talking”. Join in the discussion by adding a post to the blog. Click on the word comments below the post you want to "talk" about and write your comment. Be sure to check back often to see feedback and comments.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The book club selection for June is Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. Loving Frank tells the story of Mamah Borthwick Cheney's affair with Frank Lloyd Wright and her struggles to mesh her own independence and intelligence with traditional roles of wife and mother. In this ambitious debut novel, fact and fiction blend together brilliantly as Horan draws on years of research to weave little-known facts into a compelling narrative. Horan's Mamah is a woman seeking to find her own place, her creative calling in the world.

Do you think that Mamah is right to leave her husband and children in order to pursue her personal growth and the relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright? Is she being selfish to put her own happiness and fulfillment first? Is Mamah's story relevant to the women of today? Is Frank Lloyd Wright an admirable figure in this novel? Would it change your opinion of him to know that he married twice more in his life? Let us know what you think!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Our Book Club selection for May is Lottery by Patricia Wood. Lottery is an incredible novel about characters that come to life and live forever in your heart. This book offers a glimpse of the world as seen through the eyes of Perry L. Crandall, a man with limited cognitive abilities but boundless generosity of spirit. The Washington Post says this is "A wonderful first novel..vivid and funny and poignant and joyful."

At several points in the novel, various characters use the word "retarded." How do you feel about this word and other words we use to describe the mentally and physically challenged? Keith and Cherry, Perry's closest friends, have both lived traumatic lives. Why do these characters form such a close bond with Perry? Which character are you most drawn to and why? Read Lottery this month and let us know your thoughts on this book.