BOOK CLUB

This relaxed adult book group meets on the last Wednesday of the month. Call the library with questions 608-676-5569.

October 2022

Book Cover: One Thousand White Women

One thousand White Women by Jim Fergus

Wednesday, October 26, 1:00 PM
New Meeting Location: We will now meet at the lIbrary!

About this book:
Based on an actual historical event but told through fictional diaries, this is the story of May Dodd―a remarkable woman who, in 1875, travels through the American West to marry the chief of the Cheyenne Nation.

September 2022

Book Cover: things fall apart

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy #1)
by Chinua Achebe

Wednesday, September 28, 1:00 PM
New Meeting Location: We will now meet at the lIbrary!

About this book:
A simple story of a “strong man” whose life is dominated by fear and anger, Things Fall Apart is written with remarkable economy and subtle irony. Uniquely and richly African, at the same time it reveals Achebe’s keen awareness of the human qualities common to men of all times and places.

August 2022

Book Cover: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Wednesday, August 31, 1:00 PM
New Meeting Location: We will now meet at the lIbrary!

About this book:
Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.

July 2022

Book cover: "News of the World" by Paulette Jiles

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Wednesday, July 27, 1:00 PM
at First Presbyterian Church, 312 Church St., Clinton, WI

About this book:
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

June 2022

Book Cover: The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin

The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin

Wednesday, June 29, 1:00 PM
at First Presbyterian Church, 312 Church St., Clinton, WI

About this book:
The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin follows three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town, each working through grief and life’s curveballs, who are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship, healing–and maybe even a second chance–just when they least expect it.

May 2022

Book Cover: The Van Gogh Sisters

The Van Gogh Sisters by Willem-Jan

Verlinden

Wednesday, May 25, 1:00 PM
at First Presbyterian Church, 312 Church St., Clinton, WI

About this book:
This biography of Vincent van Gogh’s sisters tells the fascinating story of the lives of these women whose history has largely been neglected.

April 2022

Book Cover: 50 Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

Fifty Words For Rain by Asha Lemmie

Wednesday, April 27, 1:00 PM
at First Presbyterian Church, 312 Church St., Clinton, WI

About this book:
Fifty Words For Rain is a 2020 novel by the American author Asha Lemmie. Set in post-World War II Japan, the book tells the story of Noriko “Nori” Kamiza’s quest to learn why her mother abandoned her. She left Noriwith her cruel grandmother, Yuko, when Nori was eight years old. The novel examines themes of race, identity, legacy, family, and the gap between traditional and modern culture in Japan.

March 2022

Book cover: Radiant

Radiant: The dancer, the scientist, and a friendship forged in light by Liz Heinecke

Wednesday, March 30, 1:00 PM
at First Presbyterian Church, 312 Church St., Clinton, WI

About this book:
Part hidden history, part love letter to creative innovation, this is the true story of an unlikely friendship between a dancer, Loie Fuller, and a scientist, Marie Curie, brought together by an illuminating discovery.

February 2022

Harlem Colson & the cover of Harlem Shuffle

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Wednesday, February 23, 1:00 PM
at First Presbyterian Church, 312 Church St., Clinton, WI

About this book:
“A a fiendishly clever romp, a heist novel that’s also a morality play about respectability politics, a family comedy disguised as a noir…Harlem Shuffle reads like a book whose author had enormous fun writing it. The dialogue crackles and sparks; the zippy heist plot twists itself in one showy misdirection after another. Most impressive of all is lovable family-man Ray, whose relentless ambition drives the plot forward while his glib salesman’s patter keeps you guessing about his true intentions. This book is a blast that will make you think, and what could be better than that?”
-Vox

January 2022

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Wednesday, January 26, 1:00 PM
at First Presbyterian Church, 312 Church St., Clinton, WI

About this book:
American Dirt is a social issues thriller. It tells the story of a mother and son, Lydia and Luca, fleeing their home in Acapulco, Mexico, for the US after the rest of their family is murdered by a drug cartel.