• Book Club Reads 2006-Present

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    CPL BOOK CLUBS’ READING LIST 2006-2014

     

     

    Rating (out of 5), Title, Author, Synopsis, Call Number at CPL

    Book Club Reads Afternoon 2006-2007

    4.7       Plainsong (Haruf, Kent) Small town life in the 1950s of two bachelor brothers is disrupted by a young, pregnant girl (F HAR)

    3.0       Rueful Death (Albert, Sue Wittig) China Bayles mystery with Wittig’s herbalist twist (PB ALB)

    3.0       The Life of Pi (Martel, Yann) Survival tale of a young boy and a tiger set in India (YA MAR)

    4.5       Girl with a Pearl Earring (Chevalier, Tracy) 19th century Holland, love/lust, and the art world (F CHE)

    3.7       Population 485 (Perry, Michael) Firefighters and EMTs in New Auburn, WI (977.5 PER/WIS)

    3.8       Wuthering Heights (Bronte, Emily) Classic love story spanning the ages (F/YA PB/LP BRO)

     

     Book Club Reads Evening 2006-2007

    3.6       The Devil in the White City (Larson, Erik) Murders during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair (364.1523/CD LAR)

    4.1       Kite Runner (Hosseini, Khaled) Male relationships and life in Afghanistan (F HOS/ CD HOS)

    4.9       Secret Life of Bees (Kidd, Sue Monk) 1960s racial tensions story told through the relationships of several women (F/CD KID)

    4.1       We Are All Welcome Here (Berg, Elizabeth) Polio affects the lives of a family (F BER)

    3.2       The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorn, Nathaniel) A classic tale of love and adultery (F HAW)

    4.8       Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (See, Lisa) 19th century Chinese customs and the effects on women (F SEE/CD SEE)

    4.3       Plain Truth (Picoult, Jodi) Intrigue within an Amish community (F PIC)

    3.2       Rise and Shine (Quindlen, Anna) The birth order of sisters affects their lives (F QUI)

     

    Rating (out of 5), Title, Author, Synopsis, Call Number at CPL

    Book Club Reads Afternoon 2007-2008

    4.2       The Red Tent (Diamant, Anita) Life of women in Biblical times (F DIA)

    1.9       Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Berendt, John) Murder and mystery set in the South (975.8 BER)

    4.6       Snow Falling on Cedars (Guterson, David) Treatment of Japanese citizens during World War II (F/LP GUT)

    4.5       The Christmas Train (Baldacci, David) Cross-country travel by train proves suspenseful (F/PB BAL)

    4.9       Vienna Prelude (Thoene, Bodie) (#1 of series) Jewish Holocaust during WWII told through inspirational fiction (IN THO)

    3.2       The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Haddon, Mark) Murder mystery through the eyes of an autistic child (F HAD)

    4.4       The #1 Ladies Detective Agency (McCall Smith, Alexander) Mystery set in Botswana, Africa (F MCC/ CD MCC)

    4.1       Jewel (Lott, Bret) Parenting responsibilities of a Down syndrome child bring both hardship and joy (IN LOT)

    2.2       Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Fluke, Joanne) Murder mystery with Fluke’s signature food theme (PB FLU)


    Book Club Reads Evening 2007-2008

    2.9       Lucky (Sebold, Alice) College life is disrupted by rape (364.15 SEB)

    4.8       The Red Tent (Diamant, Anita) Life of women in Biblical times (F DIA)

    1.7       Elegant Gathering of White Snows (Radish, Kris) Wisconsin author highlighting the relationships of women (F RAD)

    4.1       Home to Big Stone Gap (Trigiani, Adriana) (#4 of a series—Read others first) Family relationships set in Virginia (F TRI)

    3.0       My Antonia (Cather, Willa) Immigrant families settling in Nebraska (F CAT)

    4.5       The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Fadiman, Anne) Epileptic child, needing intense medical attention, is born to a

    Hmong family living in the U.S. (306.4 FAD)

    2.6       Burning Bright (Chevalier, Tracy) Historical fiction about William Blake, poet (F CHE)

    4.3       Cold Mountain (Frazier, Charles) Harrowing tale of Civil War survival (F FRA/ CD FRA)

    4.5       The Vineyard (Delinsky, Barbara) Love story set in the vineyards of Rhode Island (F DEL)


    Rating (out of 5), Title, Author, Synopsis, Call Number at CPL

    Book Club Reads Afternoon 2008-2009

    4.6       A Thousand Splendid Suns (Hosseini, Khaled) Modern-day Afghanistan and the treatment/relationships of women (F HOS/CD HOS)

    4.2       Cold Sassy Tree (Burns, Olive) Early small town 20th century life in Cold Sassy, Georgia (F BUR/CD BUR)

    3.7       March (Brooks, Geraldine) Fictional tale of Mr. March, the father of the girls in “Little Women” (F BRO)

    3.5       Comfort and Joy (Hannah, Kristin) Christmas tale combined with a medical mystery (LP/PB/CD HAN)

    3.3       My Antonia (Cather, Willa) Immigrants settling in Nebraska (F CAT)

    4.1       Follow the Stars (Rice, Luanne) Spina Bifida/Rhett Syndrome affects family relationships (F RIC)

    2.4       The Joy Luck Club (Tan, Amy) Mother-daughter relationships in the Chinese culture (F TAN)

    3.7       The Senator’s Wife (Miller, Sue) Deceit and politics affect the lives of friends (F MIL)

    4.7       Bright with Silver (Pinkerton, Kathrene) The Fromm Brothers Fox Farm near Athens, WI was a goldmine in the 1930s (926 FRO/WIS)

     

     Book Club Reads Evening 2008-2009

    4.0       Memoirs of a Geisha (Golden, Arthur) Japanese geisha during the Depression years (F GOL)

    4.7       A Thousand Splendid Suns (Hosseini, Khaled) Modern-day Afghanistan and the treatment/relationships of women (F HOS/CD HOS)

    4.3       Whistling in the Dark (Kagen, Lesley) A mystery through eyes of child set in 1959 Milwaukee (F KAG)

    4.0       Comfort and Joy (Hannah, Kristin) A medical mystery Christmas tale (LP /CD/PB HAN)

    4.7       Water for Elephants (Gruen, Sara) Geriatric patient during the Depression Era combined with circus history/life (F/CD GRU)

    4.5       Year of Wonders (Brook, Geraldine) Bubonic plague in 16th century England disrupts lives (F BRO/CD BRO)

    3.4       Digging to America (Tyler, Anne) Korean-Japanese-Iranian cultures meet through adoption (F TYL)

    4.8       No Time for Goodbye (Barclay, Linwood) Murder/mystery twist as a family goes missing (F BAR/CD BAR)                                         

    4.7       Bright with Silver (Pinkerton, Kathrene) The Fromm Brothers Fox Farm near Athens, WI was a goldmine in the 1930s (926 FRO/WIS)

     

    Rating (out of 5), Title, Author, Synopsis, Call Number at CPL

     Book Club Reads Afternoon 2009-2010

    3.8     The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (Edwards, Kim) Family secrets and the loss of a child during the 1960s (F EDW/CD EDW)

    4.3     The Chili Queen (Dallas, Sandra) Conmen and conwomen in New Mexico make for a tale of western-style intrigue (F DAL)

    3.5    All the Pretty Horses (McCarthy, Cormac) End of American cowboy era (F MCC)

    2.9     This Year It Will Be Different (Binchy, Maeve) Collection of short stories (F BIN)

    4.8     Coop (Perry, Michael) Wisconsin author writing of down home experiences to become a chicken farmer (977.5 PER/WIS)

    1.9     Catcher in the Rye(Salinger, J.D.) Classic coming of age book about Holden Caulfield (PB SAL)

    4.5     Oh My Stars (Landvik, Lorna) Depression-era story about a band of roving musicians (F LAN)

    4.5     Standing in the Rainbow (Flagg, Fannie) Radio show hostess in the 1940s looks at life in small-town America (F FLA)

    4.2     The Divide (Evans, Nicholas) Girl found frozen in the ice—the mystery unfolds (F/CD EVA)

     

    Book Club Reads Evening 2009-2010

    4.0     Still Summer (Mitchard, Jacquelyn) Female friendships tested during an ocean cruise and catastrophe (F MIT)

    3.5       Infidel (Hirsi Ali, Ayaan) Subjection of women to Islam customs and practices in Somolia (921 HIR)

    4.7      Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons (Landvik, Lorna) Women relationships spanning 4 decades (PB LAN)

    2.5       This Year It Will Be Different (Binchy, Maeve) Collection of short stories (F BIN)

    4.5       Coop (Perry, Michael) Wisconsin author writing of down home chicken farming experiences (977.5 PER/WIS)

    2.0       Geek Love (Dunn, Katherine) Dysfunctional family raises children to support themselves as circus sideshow performers (F DUN)

    4.2       The Good Earth (Buck, Pearl S.) Tale of family life in China prior to the 1949 Revolution (F BUC)

    4.4       Scream Quietly (Carlson, Elizabeth) Young Polish family escapes the horrors of WWII—WI Author (977.5 CAR/WIS)

    4.7       The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Shaffer, Mary Ann) WWII German occupation on the English Island of Guernsey (F SHA)

     

    Rating (out of 5), Title, Author, Synopsis, Call Number at CPL

     Book Club Reads Afternoon 2010-2011

    3.5       The Persian Pickle Club (Dallas, Sandra) 1930s quilting club bands together (F DAL)

    4.0       A Painted House (Grisham, John) 7-year-old unravels secrets that could shatter lives (PB/F/CD GRI)

    4.2       The Year of Pleasures (Berg, Elizabeth) Widow begins life anew after her husband’s death (F BER)

    2.2       The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story (Ackerman, Diane) Zookeepers smuggle Jews out of occupied Warsaw (940.53 ACK)

    2.8       The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald, F. Scott) Classic about Jazz Age in ritzy New York (813 FIT)

    4.4       The Friday Night Knitting Club (Jacobs, Kate) Knitting friends support single mother (F JAC)

    4.1       Assorted Fishing Mystery Books (Houston, Victoria) Wisconsin-based fishing novels 1-10 (F/PB HOU)

    4.7       Family Tree (Delinsky, Barbara) Novel about family, race, and the choices people make (F DEL)

    3.5       The Bean Trees (Kingsolver, Barbara) Friendship and love grow to surround an abandoned infant and her “found” family (F KIN)

     

    Book Club Reads Evening 2010-2011

    4.3       Blessings (Quindlen, Anna) Child is left at the Blessing Estate and lives are forever changed (F QUI)

    3.5       The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (Grisham, John) Non-fiction legal thriller (364.15 GRI)

    3.5       The Poisonwood Bible (Kingsolver, Barbara) Missionary family to Africa falls apart and rebuilds (F/CD KIN)

    3.8       The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Boyne, John) WWII German boy befriends a Jewish boy behind the camp fence (YA BOY/CD BOY)

    4.8       To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee, Harper) Young girl witnesses trial of a black man in the segregated South (YA LEE/CD LEE)

    4.2       Midwives (Bohjahlian, Chris) Midwife arrested after performing an emergency C-Section—was the mother dead? (F BOH)

    4.3       Assorted Fishing Mystery Books (Houston, Victoria) Wisconsin-based fishing novels 1-10 (F/PB HOU)

    3.1       A Reliable Wife (Goolrick, Robert) Mail-order bride plans to become a rich widow (F GOO)

    3.3       Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (Kingsolver, Barbara) A year’s experiment for author’s family eating only local foods (641 KIN)

     

    Rating (out of 5), Title, Author, Synopsis, Call Number at CPL

     Book Club Reads Afternoon 2011-2012

    3.7       The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (Wroblewski, David) Mute boy works on family dog farm in 1970s (F WRO)

    3.4       Where the Heart Is (Letts, Billie) “17, 7 months pregnant, 37 lbs. overweight, and superstitious about the number 7” (F LET)

    4.3       The Pilot’s Wife (Shreve, Anita) Fatal plane crash brings secrets and infidelities to light (F SHR)

    2.3       The Christmas Thief (Higgins Clark, Carol and Mary) Holiday mystery—who stole the tree? (F/PB CLA)

    3.4       The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck, John) “Okies” travel to California during the Depression (F STE)

    4.7       Shanghai Girls (See, Lisa) Sisters flee Shanghai during 1930s, face hardships in America (F SEE)

    3.5       Dream Country (Rice, Luanne) Pregnant teenager flees her home to return to her father’s ranch (F RIC)

    4.1       Assorted Jerry Apps Books: WI Author—His works are both fiction and non-fiction about country living and rural issues.

    4.2       Half Broke Horses (Jeannette Walls) Strong woman survives the hardships of ranch life (F WAL/CD WAL)

     

    Book Club Reads Evening 2011-2012

    3.8       The Deep End of the Ocean (Mitchard, Jacquelyn) Son is lost in a crowd; emotional turmoil ensues (F MIT)

    4.3       The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (Wroblewski, David) Mute boy works on family dog farm in 1970s (F WRO)

    4.2       Black and Blue (Quindlen, Anna) Abused wife and son flee to new life; the past always catches up (F QUI)

    4.5       Wishin’ and Hopin’:A Christmas Story (Lamb, Wally) 1960s parochial students prepare for Christmas Pageant (F/CD LAM)

    3.3       Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury, Ray) Futuristic society where reading is forbidden and fire fighters burn books (SF BRA)

    4.5       A Book of Bright Ideas (Kring, Sandra) New neighbors blow into a 1960s small town, and life is never the same as recorded in the young

    girls’ idea book (F KRI)

    4.3       The Book Thief (Zusak, Markus) Death, the narrator, explains the Holocaust in a unique way (YA/CD ZUS)

    4.1       Assorted Jerry Apps Books: WI Author—His works are both fiction and non-fiction about country living and rural issues.

    4.1       Three Cups of Tea (Mortenson, Greg) One man’s mission to build schools for girls in Central Asia (378.82 MOR)

     

    Rating (out of 5), Title, Author, Synopsis, Call Number at CPL

     Book Club Reads Afternoon 2012-2013

    2.3       Ape House (Gruen, Sarah) Ape research lab is bombed; apes are not just “dumb animals” (F GRU)

    2.5       I’d Know You Anywhere (Lippman, Laura) Letter from former kidnapper shatters woman’s summer (F LIP)

    4.3       My Sister’s Keeper (Picoult, Jodi) How a child’s illness affects the entire family (F/PB/CD PIC)

    4.0       The Greatest Generation (Brokaw, Tom) Non-fiction work about the generation that built modern America (940.54 BRO)

    4.0       Into the Wild (Krakauer, Jon) A “man’s book” about survival and death in rugged Alaska’s wilderness (917.9/CD KRA)

    3.0       Just One Look (Coben, Harlan) Strange photo leads to a husband’s disappearance and a mystery to solve (F COB)

    4.0       A Redbird Christmas (Flagg, Fannie) Broken man, broken bird, and broken girl come together to heal (IN FLA)

    4.2       A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Smith, Betty) Classic novel about growing up poor in early 20th century Brooklyn (F/CD/LP SMI)

    4.0       The Last Lecture (Pausch, Randy) Dying man teaches a lesson about living (921/CD PAU)

    4.8       The Help (Stockett, Kathryn) Young journalist writes book from the point of view of “the help” in 1950s South (F/CD/LP STO)

    2.7-4.5Assorted Michael Perry Books: WI Author – His unique experiences as EMT, Father/Husband, Farmer & Writer (977.5 (W)/CD/LP PER)

    3.5       The Postmistress (Blake, Sarah) Stories of three women, a war, and how they cope (F BLA)

    Book Club Reads Evening 2012-2013

    4.7       Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Ford, Jamie) WWII Seattle, Chinese boy loses Japanese friend to Internment Camps (F/CD FOR)

    4.2       61 Hours (Child, Lee) Jack Reacher series: action-packed page-turner all happening in 61 hours (F CHI)

    3.4       Mennonite in a Little Black Dress (Janzen, Rhoda) Memoir of an ex-Mennonite returning home (921 JAN)

    4.1       Lost December (Evans, Richard Paul) Wealthy son blows through trust fund, then finds real life and love (IN EVA)

    4.5       Still Alice (Genova, Lisa) Early-onset Alzheimer’s brings an emotional, heartbreaking downward spiral (F/CD GEN)

    4.5       Peace Like a River (Enger, Leif) Heartwarming novel built on miracles (F ENG)

    1.9       Fall on Your Knees (MacDonald, Ann-Marie) Canadian family saga 19th-20th Century (F MAC)

    3.2       Little Bee (Cleave, Chris) Political tale of the haves (England) vs. the have-nots (Nigeria) (F CLE)

    4.8       The Forgotten Garden (Morton, Kate) Multi-generational tale spanning a century of secrets (F MOR)

     

    Rating (out of 5), Title, Author, Synopsis, Call Number at CPL

     Book Club Reads Afternoon 2013-2014

    2.6       Bonesetter’s Daughter (Tan, Amy) Relationship between American-born Chinese woman and her immigrant mother (PB TAN)

    3.9       Second Nature (Mitchard, Jacquelyn) One woman’s fight for her identity and her life when fate holds out a second chance (F/LP MIT)

    4.1       Marley and Me (Grogan, John) A family & the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life (636.7/LP GRO)

    4.1       House Rules (Picoult, Jodi) When your son can’t look you in the eye…does that mean he’s guilty? Dealing with Asperger’s (F PIC)

    2.5       Mermaid Chair (Kidd, Sue Monk) A love story between a woman, a monk, her husband, and ultimately her own soul (F KID)

    4.8       Unbroken (Hillenbrand, Laura) A WWII story of survival, resilience and redemption (940.54/CD HIL)

    3.2       Isaac’s Storm (Larson, Erik) What can happen when human arrogance meets the great uncontrollable force of nature (976.4 LAR)

    3.2       Scarlet Feather (Binchy, Maeve) Struggling new catering business that transforms lives in ways big and small in Ireland (F BIN)

    4.5       Tuesdays With Morrie (Albom, Mitch) Mentor and student’s rekindled relationship becomes one final class: how to live (378.1 ALB)

     

    Book Club Reads Evening 2013-2014

    4.0       Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Skloot, Rebecca) Questionable ethics lead to medical discoveries (925 LAC)

    1.8       Reading Lolita in Tehran (Nafisi, Azir) True story of book club in Tehran reading forbidden Western classics (921 NAF)

    4.6       Driftless (Rhodes, David) Small-town Wisconsin and the damaged folks who must make their way through it (F RHO)

    3.5       Kill The Messenger (Hoag, Tami) In a town built on fantasy and fame, delivering the truth can be deadly (F HOA)

    2.8       White Queen (Gregory, Philippa) An extraordinary beauty with ambition catches the eye of the boy king and marries in secret (F GRE)

    4.4       Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (Riggs, Ransom) Spine-tingler illustrated with haunting vintage photography (YA RIG)

    3.1       Heart is a Lonely Hunter (McCullers, Carson) A deaf-mute man’s wisdom attracts townspeople to him for advice & consolation (F MCC)

    4.1       Drowning Ruth (Schwarz, Christina) 1919, a young mother drowns beneath the ice of a rural Wisconsin lake (F SCH)

    3.7       The Reader (Schlink, Bernhard) Love and secrets, horror and compassion, in the haunted landscape of postwar Germany (F SCH)

     

     

    Book Club seasons begin in September and run through May. Registration is in August each year. If you can’t commit to becoming a club member, you can still enjoy the books the clubs have read from this list.