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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, February 24, 2011

The Kilbourn Public Library Book Club selection for March is The Girls From Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow. The Girls From Ames is the story of a group of ordinary women who built an extraordinary friendship.

Meet the Ames Girls: eleven childhood friends who formed a special bond growing up in Ames, Iowa. As young women, they moved to eight different states, yet managed to maintain an enduring friendship that would carry them through college and careers, marriage and motherhood, dating and divorce, a child's illness and the mysterious death of one member of their group.

Capturing their remarkable story, The Girls From Ames is a testament to the deep bonds of women as they experience life's joys and challenges--and the power of friendship to triumph over heartbreak and unexpected tragedy.

Did the story of a particular Ames girl resonate more with you than the others? If so, which one and why?

"Bottom line: Women talk. Men do things together" (p. 102). How does this statement bear out in your own experience? Do you have any close friends of the opposite sex? In what ways, if any, are those friendships different than those with people of the same sex?

If you are a woman, is The Girls From Ames a book you would recomment to a man? If you are a man, what drew you to read this book? In what ways is this book a story that transcends gender?

Let us know what you think!

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