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.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Kilbourn Public Library book club selection for July is Anna Quindlen's Blessings. This novel begins late one evening when a baby is left at the estate of Lydia Blessing. The caretaker of the estate decides he wants to keep the child and Lydia agrees to help him. This is a powerful novel of love, redemption and personal change. In Blessings, readers are drawn into the world of Lydia Blessing as she deals with family demons and the skeletons in her own closet. Anna Quindlen has masterfully woven an unpredictable plot and created characters with amazing depth.

The Washington Post has said of Anna Quindlen's work, "Quindlen knows that all the things we ever will be can be found in some forgotten fragment of family." Family seems to be connected to many of the fundamental and important themes of the novel. How might this tribute be applied to Blessings? In a society and a world that is constantly changing, is there such a thing as a "normal" family? What makes the "family" of Blessings--Skip, Lydia, and Faith--either normal or unusual and what allows them to function as a family unit? Post a comment and let us know what you think.