An evening book discussion group reading fiction and nonfiction from around the world. All are welcome! Interested in joining us? Pick up the monthly title anytime at the Checkout Desk, then come by for discussion!
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.
Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.
Read or listen to Beartown on Wisconsin's Digital Library.
ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS
Like one in six people in India, Sujatha Gidla was born an untouchable. While most untouchables are illiterate, her family was educated by Canadian missionaries in the 1930s, making it possible for Gidla to attend elite schools and move to America at the age of twenty-six. It was only then that she saw how extraordinary ― and yet how typical ― her family history truly was. Page by page, Gidla takes us into a complicated, close-knit family as they desperately strive for a decent life and a more just society.
A moving portrait of love, hardship, and struggle, Ants Among Elephants is also that rare thing: a personal history of modern India told from the bottom up.
Read or listen to Ants Among Elephants on Wisconsin's Digital Library.
Upcoming Discussion Titles
Graphic Nonfiction, Germany
MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER
THE BETTENCOURT AFFAIR
NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA
CLEOPATRA: A LIFE