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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.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Kilbourn Public Library Book Discussion Group is reading Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub for the January selection.  This is the enchanting story of a Midwestern girl who escapes a family tragedy and is remade as a movie star during Hollywood's golden age.  Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures is also a story of family, ambition, and sacrifice.  This is a story about the power of illusion and the possibility of escape, about the expectations placed upon us by others and the identities we create for ourselves. 

How is Elsa's relationship with Gordon different from Laura's relationship with Irving, and how does Elsa/Laura's shifting identity affect her two marriages?

How do Laura's friendships contribute to her happiness?

What does Laura sacrifice for success?  Does her ambition affect her personal happiness?

Let us know what you think!