Adult Book Clubs @ LPL
Chapters Discussion Group
Chapters book discussions are held twice monthly from September through April or May. The afternoon session generally meets on the second Tuesday of the month at one of the Community libraries at 1:30 p.m. The evening session generally meets on the third Wednesday at 7:00 p. m. in the Trustee Room of the Main Library. Multiple copies of the titles are available for checkout. New members are always welcome. For more details call 789-7145.
2013-2014 Great Books Discussion Group - New members welcome!
Text: The Great Books Reading and Discussion Program, Third Series, Vol. 2-3 & Fourth Series Vol. 1. Chicago: Great Books Foundation, 1985.
September 3: Montesquieu, "Principles of Government"
October 1: Chaucer, "Canterbury Tales"
November 5: Aeschylus, "Agamemnon" (complete work)
December 3: Henry James, "The Beast in the Jungle" (complete work)
January 7: Machiavelli, "The Prince" (complete work)
February 4: Leo Tolstoy, "The Death of Ivan Ilych"
March 4: Arthur Schopenhauer, "The Indestructibility of our Inner Nature"
April 1: Euripides, "Medea" (complete work)
May 6: Max Weber, "The Spirit of Capitalism" (complete work)
June 3: Moliere "The Misanthrope" (complete work)
All Great Books discussions will be held at La Crosse Public LIbrary, 2nd floor Archives & Local History Room. They begin at 6:15 p.m. and end at 7:45 p.m. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own copy of the texts. Questions may be directed to Edward Staats at (608) 385-6020.
One stop shopping for your book club. A Book Kit contains 10 – 15 copies of one title, discussion questions, author information, reviews, read alikes and more.
What titles are available?
Alexander, Robert - The Romanov Bride
Amirrezvani, Anita – The Blood of Flowers
Barry, Brunonia - The Lace Reader
Berry, Steve – The Romanov Prophecy
Binchy, Maeve – Copper Beech
Bradford, Barbara Taylor – A Sudden Change of Heart
Brennert, Alan - Honolulu
Brooks, Geraldine – Year of Wonders
Caldwell, Ian – The Rule of Four
Chessman, Harriet Scott – Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Newspaper
Chevalier, Tracy – The Girl with a Pearl Earring
Christie, Agatha – The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Clark, Mary Higgins – We’ll Meet Again
Coel, Margaret – The Eagle Catcher
Delinsky, Barbara – Lake News
Diamant, Anita – The Red Tent
Doctorow, E. L. – World’s Fair
Doig, Ivan – The Whistling Season
Dunant, Sarah – The Birth of Venus
Dunn, Jane – Elizabeth and Mary (nonfiction)
Edgerton, Clyde – Where Trouble Sleeps
Enger, Leif – Peace Like a River
Essex, Karen – Leonardo’s Swans
Fairstein, Linda – Bone Vault
Finney, Jack – Time and Again
Gerritsen, Tess – The Mephisto Club
Goodwin, Doris Kearns – No Ordinary Time (nonfiction)
Gregory, Phillippa – The Constant Princess
Harris, Robert - Pompeii
Hassler, Jon – Simon’s Night
Hillenbrand, Laura – Seabiscuit (nonfiction)
Holman, Sheri – The Dress Lodger
Horan, Nancy - Loving Frank
Hosseini, Khaled – The Kite Runner
Jakes, John - Savannah
James, P. D. – The Murder Room
Junger, Sebastian – The Perfect Storm (nonfiction)
Kent, Kathleen - Heretic's Daughter
Kinsella, Sophie - Confessions of a Shopaholic
Krakauer, Jon – Into the Wild (nonfiction)
Krakauer, Jon – Under the Banner of Heaven (nonfiction)
Larson, Erik – The Devil in the White City (nonfiction)
Laskin, David - The Children's Blizzard
Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird
Lescroart, John - Suspect
Lippman, Laura – What the Dead Know
Lowry, Lois – The Giver
McCall Smith, Alexander – The #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Maguire, Gregory – Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Martini, Steve – The Arraignment
Mosse, Kate - Sepulchre
Ouofkir, Malika - Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail (nonfiction)
Patchett, Ann – Bel Canto
Patterson, James - Honeymoon
Philbrick, Nathanial – In the Heart of the Sea (nonfiction)
Pickard, Nancy – The Virgin of Small Plains
Picoult, Jodi – Plain Truth
Picoult, Jodi – Second Glance
Rosnay, Tatiana de - Sarah's Key
Ross, Ann – Miss Julia Throws a Wedding
Rubenfeld, Jeb - Interpretation of Murder
See, Lisa – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Steinbeck, John – The Red Pony (copies only)
Swanson, James - Manhunt: The Twelve-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (nonfiction)
Tey, Josephine – The Daughter of Time
Twain, Mark – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Vreeland, Susan – Girl in Hyacinth Blue
Watson, Larry – Montana 1948
Book Discussion Guide
Learn how to start your own book club with our easy to follow guide.
FORMING A DISCUSSION GROUP
These sources will give you information on how to start a discussion group.
Good Books Lately: One Stop Resource for Book Groups and Other Greedy Readers by Ellen Moore. ADULT NONFICTION 374 M7827G
The Go On Girl Book Club Guide for Reading Groups by Monique Greenwood. ADULT NONFICTION 374 G858G
Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason by Nancy Pearl. ADULT NONFICTION 011.73 P3163B
Books of the Century: A Hundred Years of Authors, Ideas and Literature From the New York Times ADULT NONFICTION 028.1 B644
For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most ADULT NONFICTION 028.9 F74
More Book Lust by Nancy Pearl. ADULT NONFICTION 011.73 P3163M
The Readers’ Choice: 200 Book Club Favorites by Victoria McMains. ADULT NONFICTION 028.1 M227R
What to Read: The Essential Guide for Reading Group Members and Other Book Lovers by Mickey Parlman. ADULT NONFICTION 015.73 P316W
A Year of Reading: A Month to Month Guide to Classics and Crowd Pleasers for You and Your Book Group by Elisabeth Ellington. ADULT NONFICTION 001.7 EL564
Links to websites for most major fiction awards.
Barnes & Noble Directory of Award Winners
Links to websites for most major fiction and nonfiction awards.
Recommended Books for Discussion
Washington Center for the Book has put together this list of great reads for discussion groups.
Thinking Out Loud
List of titles, discussion questions, reviews and author biographies used by the Thinking Out Loud discussion group of Morton Grove Public Library.
WHERE TO LOCATE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
These web sites provide discussion questions for both fiction and nonfiction books.
General Web Sites
These websites provide discussion questions or information on where to locate discussion questions for fiction and nonfiction books.
Readers Group Guides
Discussion questions may be located by title or author.
Reading Group Choices
Guide will either provide links to discussion questions online or provide you with information on where to obtain discussion questions for hundreds of titles. One of the best sources on where to locate discussion questions.
Publisher Web Sites
These web sites provide discussion questions for books published by them. Some sites also provide author information and general information on discussion groups.
Book Group Corner
Random House Discussion Guides
Reading Group Center (Vintage Books)
LOCATING BOOK REVIEWS
These web sites will help you locate book reviews.
AllReaders allows you to search for book reviews by any combination of over 2,000 literary criteria, such as plot, character, setting, theme, etc.
New York Times
Includes the NYT “Sunday Book Review,” first chapters, featured authors, expanded best seller lists and much more.
New York Review of Books
New titles as well as classics are reviewed.
LOCATING INFORMATION ON AUTHORS
These books will help you locate biographical information on authors.
Something About the Author REFERENCE AREA 928 SO5
Contemporary Authors REFERENCE AREA 928 C76NR
Many authors have their own web sites. You may try doing a general search on a search engine under their name or try www. the author’s name. com (www.belvaplain.com).
LOCATING MAGAZINE ARTICLES
EbscoHost may help you locate magazine articles. It can be accessed from the library’s homepage at www.lacrosselibrary.org or from computers at each library. They may help you find book reviews and biographical information. Ask for assistance at any service desk.
These sources may help in pronunciation of author, character, or place names.
Pronouncing Dictionary of Proper Names. REFERENCE AREA 423.1 P44
Online Book Clubs
Join our Online Book Clubs. Every day, Monday through Friday, you will receive in your email a five-minute selection from a chapter of a book. By the end of the week, you’ll have read 2-3 chapters. Every Monday we start a new book. Sign up and start reading.