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, November 30, 2017

It's December already!  This is the month to read a Holiday Book.  Stop in the library and check out a holiday book you have never read or an old favorite. The Kilbourn Public Library Book Discussion Group wishes you Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The book selection for the Kilbourn Public Library Book Discussion Group for November is Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance.  Hillbilly Elegy is the UW-Madison Go Big Read selection for 2017-2018.  Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis--that of white working-class Americans. J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.  A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures,  this is the story of how upward mobility really feels. 

In what way is the Appalachian culture described in Hillbilly Elegy a "culture in trouble"? 

What are the positive values of the culture Vance talks about in the book?

The author's mother is arguably the book's most powerful figure.  How would you describe her and her struggle with addiction?  How did the violence between her own parents, Mamaw and Papaw, affect her own adulthood?

Critics of Hillbilly Elegy accuse Vance of "blaming the victim" rather than providing a sound analysis of the structural issues left unaddressed by government.  What do you think?

What does this book bring to the national conversation about poverty--its roots and its persistence?

Let us know what you think!