Book Club

The Marshall Library's Book Club  meets on the third Tuesday of every other month, from 6:30-8pm.
Teens and adults are welcome to join us for great discussions and snacks! There is no charge to join.
Please RSVP to staff@marlib.org or call 608-655-3123 to be added to our email list.
Please have each book read by the meeting date.

Current Selection:

Tues. July 20th, 6:30pm

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

The Kitchen House

When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family.  Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk. -- goodreads

Tues. September 21st, 6:30pm

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Smart, warm, and uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . the only way to survive is to open your heart. -- goodreads

Tues. November 16th, 6:30pm

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

2021 Go Big Read selection
Gifty is a fifth-year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her.

But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief--a novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut.--goodreads

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Books we have previously read:

Educated by Tara Westover
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
Parkland by Dave Cullen
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
The Pearl That Broke It's Shell by Nadia Hashimi
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 
The Boy at the Keyhole by Stephen Giles
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The Dry by Jane Harper