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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.

Monday, July 30, 2012

August's library book club selection is written by Wisconsin author Sara Rath.  Rath's debut novel, Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages tells the story of Hannah Swann, a Wisconsin poetry professor who suddenly inherits a rustic lakeside resort in the north woods run by her Uncle Hal.

Follow Hannah as she reluctantly adjusts to this life-changing experience.  Readers will enjoy how Rath has thrown a bit of everything into this novel--mystery, family drama, love story and comedy--and will certainly like getting to know Hannah as she fights big business, hot flashes and her own resistance to this wild and lovely place.

At the beginning of the novel, Hannah may not be an exemplary figure but she has traits that many of us share.  Are the results of her reinvention truer to her heart than the life and identity she leaves behind in Madison?

One of the themes the author returns to again and again in the book is the inevitability of change--in the environment and in people's lives, and the disparity between Hannah's past and present selves.  On page 107, Hannah tells herself "Predictability can be reassuring."  Do you agree or disagree with this?  Would you be willing to risk a big change in your own life, even if it caused disruption or readjustment for the rest of your family?

Let us know what you think of Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages.