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Our next book club discussion will take place on Wednesday December 5th when we’ll be discussing Stranger in the Woods: the extraordinary story of the last true hermit by Michael Finkel. This amazing story is almost unbelievable and we expect that the discussion will be flowing. Anyone is welcome to attend the book discussion – call the library if you want us to reserve a book for you or place a hold on the title in infosoup by clicking here.

Our book discussion group meets every other month so on the off months we meet and share the books we’re reading on our own. We sometimes bring the books for Show & Tell too. It’s great fun and it is another way to add more books to our list of “must reads”. The November book sharing highlighted the following titles: (If you want to borrow any of them through the library click on the title to link to infosoup or call the library at 920-596-2252)


Epic Hikes of the World

            Beautiful photographs, four page sections on places to hike. Includes logistical information and recommendations for similar hikes at the end of each section.

Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances by Ellen Cooney

           A novel about dogs and humans saving each other.


House Rules by Jodi Picoult

            Main character is obsessed with crime scene detective processes. Is high school age and has Asperger’s.

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs

            A continuation of the series started by Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The author takes old photographs and develops characters around them.

Prairie School by Lois Lenski

            An older book that Fran read as a child and re-reads every few years. Ten-year-old Dolores Wagner and her older brother Darrell attend a one-room prairie school. Miss Martin is their dedicated teacher, living in a bleak apartment behind the classroom. When a sudden blizzard traps the children at school they first find it a great adventure, but when Dolores falls seriously ill, Miss Martin must find a way to get her to the hospital in town.


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

            Elinor had a tough beginning and keeps to herself and her tightly conscripted life. Until fate throws her together with a couple of people.

Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving

            A father and son are on the run after an accidental tragedy. The book spans decades and has story within the story. Carol’

Listen, Liberal, or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the Peoplel by Thomas Frank

            How the Democratic Party is abandoning the working class and why it will be its demise.

America: the Farewell Tour by Chris Hedges

            A study of civilizations that fail and why America is on that path.

Chance by Joseph Conrad

            A story of a young woman, told by different narrators, who must rely on the kindness of strangers when her father is imprisoned.


Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

            Published in 1812 this classic novel chronicles the ingenuity of a family shipwrecked on an island in the East Indies.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

            In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall, a country estate owned by the mysteriously remote Mr. Rochester. It’s a love story!


Less: a novel by Andrew Sean Greer

            Arthur Less, a failed novelist about to turn 50 and feeling rudderless, embarks on several journeys to avoid facing his life. He finds out sometimes less is more. Won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2017.

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

            Through the eyes of Miss Toklas, Gertrude Stein reviews both of their lives before their meeting and during their years of companionship.

The Card Catalog: books, cards and literary treasures (The Library of Congress)

            A beauty of a book about the history of the card catalog and the Library of Congress.