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This is a list of books that have been used by Wisconsin public libraries in their book discussion groups.  The Wisconsin public libraries listed have agreed to loan out their multiple copies of book discussion titles to other Wisconsin public libraries to be used for their discussion groups. If you have book titles to add to this list, please send them to wla(at)wisconsinlibraries.org.

If you are an individual with a book group who would like to borrow these books, please contact your local public library to see if they are available through Interlibrary Loan.


Titles starting with: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V WX Y Z


A

About a Boy by Nick Hornby. Thirty-something, unmarried and very cool Londoner, Will Lightman meets Marcus, an impossibly uncool, twelve year old. Gradually, Will and Marcus become friends, and as Will teaches Marcus how to be a cool kid, Marcus helps Will to finally grow up.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 13 copies

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

  • Marathon Co. Public Library 5 copies

Aguero Sisters by Christina Garcia

  • Arrowhead Library System 30 copies

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

  • Arrowheadead Library System 3 copies

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. Frank McCourt’s memoirs of his impoverished childhood provide a moving portrait of love and survival.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 11 copies
  • Marathon Co. Public Library 5 copies

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Winner of the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this book can be appreciated as America's story as well. Based on the correspondence of the little-known 19th century writer, Mary Hallock Foote, the novel's heroes represent opposing but equally strong strains of the American ideal.

  • Racine Public Library 16 copies
  • Marathon Co. Public Library 5 copies

Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver. A woman returns to her hometown to care for her father and reconnects with her past, the community, and herself.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 13 copies

Ar'n't I a woman? by Deborah Gray White

  • Arrowhead Library System 19 copies

Art of theTale by Daniel Halpern

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Atonement by Ian McEwan. Three children lost their innocence -- as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935 -- and their lives are changed forever.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 13 copies

Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

  • Appleton Public Library 12 copies

Autobiography of My Mother by Jamica Kincaid

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

B

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

Bone is a survivor, a true heroine. At first, she feels that illegitimacy has defeated her, that her life is already what it's going to be. She finds that storytelling and fantasies are the only places where she can find solace and control.

  • Racine Public Library 13 copies

Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Meet Taylor Greer. Clear-eyed and spirited, she grew up poor in rural Kentucky with two goals: to avoid pregnancy and to get away. She succeeds on both counts when she buys a '55 Volkswagen and heads west.

  • Racine Public Library 13 copies

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

  • Waupaca Area PL 24 copies

Bee Season by Myla Goldberg. Eliza Naumann, a seemingly unremarkable nine-year-old, sweeps her school and district spelling bees in quick succession, much to the astonishment of her gifted but troubled family.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 13 copies

Before Women had Wings by Connie May Fowler

  • Arrowhead Library System 10 copies

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

  • Arrowhead Library System 20 copies
  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 8 copies
  • Johnson Creek Public Library 14 copies
  • Marathon Co. Public Library 5 copies
  • Racine Public Library 14 copies

Beloved by Toni Morrison
In writing Beloved, Morrison said she had set out to "disentangle the grip of history while remaining in its palm." She based the story of Beloved on an article she came across in Harper's Weekly, a true story of a woman who attempted to kill all her children to keep them from enslavement.

  • Racine Public Library 6 copies

Betrayals : Fort William Henry and the "massacre"
by Ian K. Steele

  • Arrowhead Library System 20 copies

Beyond 1492 by James Axtell

  • IArrowhead Library System 20 copies

Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

  • Independence Public Library 3 copies

Biohazard by Ken Alibek

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Bird by Bird: some instructions on writing by Anne Lamott

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Birds of America by Lorie Moore

  • Arrowhead Library System 12 copies

Black dahlia avenger by Steve Hodel

  • Independence Public Library 3 copies

Black Earth City: when Russia ran wild by Charlotte Hobson

  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 5 copies

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Blood runs like a river through my dreams by Nasdijj

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Bloodlines by Janet Campbell Hale

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

  • Muskego Public Library 22 copies 2 kits

Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

  • Waupaca Area Public Library 25-Jan

C

Caucasia by Danzy Senna

  • Arrowhead Library System 20 copies
  • Marathon Co. Public Library 5 copies

Centaur in the Garden by Moacyr Scliar

  • Manitowoc Public Library 14 copies

Ceremony by Leslie Silko

  • Arrowhead Library System 10 copies

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 8 copies

Children's Story by James Clavell

  • Arrowhead Library System 7 copies
  • Manitowac Public Library 7 copies.

Cider House Rules by John Irving

  • Arrowhead Library System 4 copies

Close Range: Wyoming stories by Annie Proulx

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Coast of Chicago by Stuart Dybek

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. A wounded and disillusioned Confederate soldier decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains and to Ada, the young woman he left there years before.

  • Arrowhead Library System 4 copies
  • Manitowoc Public Library 9 copies

Color of Water by James McBride

  • Muskego Public Library 10 copies 2 kits

Community on the American Frontier : Separate but Not Alone by Robert V. Hine.

  • New Holstein Public Library 18 copies

Complete stories and poems of Edgar Allen Poe
by Edgar Allen Poe

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy.

  • La Crosse Public Library 15 copies

Corrections by Johnathan Franzen

  • Marathon Co. Public Library 5 copies

Crispin: The cross of lead by Avi

  • Waupaca Area Public Library 25-Jan


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 8 copies

D

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 8 copies

Dance of the Spirit by Maria Harris

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

  • Merrill Public Library 15 copies

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende. Raised in the British colony of Valparaíso, Chile, after being abandoned as a baby, a pregnant Eliza follows her lover, Joaquín Andieta, to California at the height of the Gold Rush and finds adventure and adversity on her road to independence and love.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 16 copies

Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.

  • La Crosse Public Library 16 copies

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Death comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Traces the friendship and adventures of Bishop Jean Latour and vicar Father Joseph Vaillant as they organize the new Roman Catholic diocese of New Mexico. Latour is patrician, intellectual, introverted; Vaillant is practical, outgoing, sanguine.

  • Racine Public Library 12 copies

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

  • Muskego Public Library 10 copies

Dispatches by Michael Herr

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. After struggling with painful childhood memories, Siddalee Walker grows to understand and accept her colorful and troubled mother Vivi through an appreciation of her mother's lifelong friendships with the women who belonged to the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

  • Arrowhead Library System 5 copies
  • Manitowoc Public Library 12 copies
  • Marathon Co. Public LIbrary 5 copies

Double Helix by James Watson

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Dreaming in Color by Charlette Vale Allen

  • Arrowhead Library System 4 copies

The Drifters by James Michener. A departure from James Michener’s novels of historical fiction which follow families through the generations, The Drifters follows the adventures of six youths.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 13 copies

E

Eagle Catcher by Margaret Coel.

  • La Crosse Public Library 16 copies

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

  • Independence Public Library 3 copies

Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady of American liberalism
by Lois Scharf

  • Arrowhead Library System 19 copies

End of the Affair by Graham Green
Set during World War II, this is an intense story of an adulterous love affair and its mystical aftermath.

  • Racine Public Library 10 copies


Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

  • Waupaca Area Public Library 25 copies

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. An alternative history set in the past where the Crimean War has never ended and featuring the resourceful, fearless literary detective Thursday Next.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 13 copies

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Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie McDonald

  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 8 copies

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Final Judgment by Richard North Patterson.

  • La Crosse Public Library 20 copies

Fire Within : a Civil War narrative from Wisconsin by Kerry Trask. This remarkable book blends the experience of several Wisconsin men who fought in the Civil War with the course of events back home in Manitowoc Wisconsin.

  • New Holstein Public Library 18 copies

First Ladies by Betty Caroli

  • Arrowhead Library System 16 copies

First Person Plural by Cameron Weast

  • Arrowhead Library System 3 copies

First they Killed my Father by Loung Ung

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime by Diane Leslie

  • Arrowhead Library System 19 copies

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

  • Waupaca Area Public Library 25 copies

Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley

  • Muskego Public Library 30 copies

Fools Crow by James Welch

  • Arrowhead Library System 9 copies

Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis

  • Arrowhead Library System 7 copies

Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming

  • Muskego Public Library 10 copies

From the Ground Up : the Story of a First Garden by Amy Stewart. This how-not-to gardening memoir tells the story of a young woman’s determination to create a garden in which the plants struggle to live up to the gardener’s vision.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 14 copies

 

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Gabriel's Rebellion: the Virginia slave conspiracies of 1800 and 1802 by Douglas R. Egerton

  • Arrowhead Library System 19 copies

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. A poor seventeenth-century servant girl knows her place in the household of the painter Johannes Vermeer, but when he begins to paint her, nasty whispers and rumors circulate throughout the town.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 12 copies

The Giver by Lois Lowry.

  • La Crosse Public Library 13 copies & 3 audio
  • Waupaca Area Public Library 24 copies
  • Muskego Public Library 30 copies

God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Good man is hard to find by Flannery O'Conner
Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
by Olen Robert Butler

  • Appleton Public Library 16 copies

Gracelin O'Malley by Ann Moore. Irish woman Gracelin O'Malley has married the English landlord, but openly defies him as she feeds the desperate people knocking on her door. As political unrest sweeps across nineteenth century Ireland, Grace harbors rebels, including her own brother.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 17 copies

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw. The NBC-TV anchorman describes the World War II generation by chronicling the stories of 50 individuals who grew up in the Great Depression, fought and won World War II and came home to rebuild our nation.

  • Appleton Public Library 19 copies
  • Manitowoc Public Library 12 copies

Guns, germs and steel by Jared Diamons

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

H

Hatchet by Gary Paulson

  • Marathon Co. Public Library 5 copies

Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

  • Independence Public Library 3 copies

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman

  • Marathon Co. Public Library 5 copies

His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph Ellis

  • Appleton Public Library 12 copies

Home: American writers remember rooms of their own

  • Arrowhead Library System 8 copies

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

  • Waupaca Area Public Library 25 copies

Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

  • Marathon Co. Public Library 5 copies

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

  • Appleton Public Library 16 copies
  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 8 copies

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies
  • Gateway Technical College, Elkhorn campus 12 copies

House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus

  • Independence Public Library 3 copies

How to make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto

  • Marathon Co. Public Library 5 copies

Hunting Badger by Tony Hillerman

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

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If you want to write by Brenda Ueland

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming

  • Muskego Public Library 10 copies

In the Lake of the Woods Tim O'Brian

  • Arrowhead Library System 7 copies

Indians' new world: Catawbas and their neighbors from European contact through the era of removal
by James Hart Morrell, 1953

  • Arrowhead Library System 20 copies

Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman. A young Jewish woman finagles an invite to a "Gentiles-only" inn and through this humorous book, succeeds in entering the world that excludes her.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 8 copies

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Inventing the truth: the art and craft of memoir
by Russell Baker

  • Appleton Public Library 30 copies

J

Jewel by Bret Lott

  • Arrowhead Library System 4 copies

K

Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

  • Independence Public Library 3 copies

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Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor. Learn about the statue of the Unknown Norwegian and why Lake Wobegon never made it onto the map, and many other small-town stories.

  • New Holstein Public Library 18 copies

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little Town : where history and literature meet by John E. Miller. Miller illustrates how Wilder's novels enhance her readers' understanding of history and how a historical perspective framed Wilder's fiction, while chronicling Rose Wilder Lane's efforts to publish and promote her mother's sentimental yet believable tales of family life on the frontier.

  • New Holstein Public Library 18 copies

Law of Similars by Chris Bohjalian. A lawyer gets romantically involved with the homeopath who is trying to help him and ends up ethically challenged when his office prosecutes her because one of her patients falls into an allergy-induced coma.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 9 copies

Leah's Way by Richard Botelho

  • Arrowhead Library System 10 copies

Learning from Hannah: Secrets for a Life Worth Living
by Willaim Thomas H.
Like a fable, Learning from Hannah divulges deep truths about
human nature while imparting a timeless moral message.

  • Racine Public Library 11 copies

Lesson before dying by Ernest Gaines

  • Appleton Public Library 8 copies

Lincoln by David Herbert Donald

  • Appleton Public Library 16 copies

Long way from Chicago by Richard Peck

  • Waupaca Area Public Library 24 copies

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Love that dog by Sharon Creech

  • Waupaca Area Public Library 25 copies

Low Country by Anne Rivers Siddens.

  • La Crosse Public Library 13 copies

M

Madeleine's Ghost by Robert Girardi

  • Arrowhead Library System 12 plus 1 cy large type

Main Street on the Middle Border by Lewis Eldon Atherton.

  • New Holstein Public Library 18 copies

Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer

  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 8 copies

Many thousands gone: the first two centuries of slavery in north America by Ira Berlin

  • Arrowhead Library System 17 copies

Map of the World by Jane Hamilton

  • Marathon Co. Public Library 5 copies

Mary Todd Lincoln, a biography by Jean H. Baker

  • Appleton Public Library 25 copies

Meadow by James Galvin

  • Arrowhead Library System 14 copies

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. In this fictional memoir, Sayuri, a renowned geisha tells her life story, from her childhood in a poor fishing village to being sold into near slavery and training to become a geisha in Kyoto.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 11 copies
  • Racine Public Library 7 copies

Memories of the Great and the Good by Alistair Cooke
This small volume is a collection of 23 essays about Americans Cooke has known. These are not capsule life histories; rather, each person is highlighted in laconic prose of the highest order.

  • Racine Public Library 12 copies

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. While this book reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, it is actually a magical non-fiction rendering of a secluded and hauntingly beautiful city in which an infamous murder took place.

  • Arrowhead Library System 5 copies
  • Manitowoc Public Library 8 copies

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Two children born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947-the moment at which India became an independent nation-are switched in the hospital. The infant scion of a wealthy Muslim family is sent to be raised in a Hindu tenement, while the legitimate heir to such squalor ends up establishing squatters' rights to his unlucky hospital mate's luxurious bassinet. Rushdie is also the author of The Satanic Verses.

  • Racine Public Library 11 copies

Mill on the floss by George Eliot

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Modern American Poets

  • Arrowhead Library System 14 copies

Montana 1948. by Larry. Watson

  • Manitowoc Public Library 14 copies

Motherland: beyond the Holcaust: a mother-daughter journey to reclaim the past
by Fern Schumer Chapman
A moving account of a mother and daughter who visit Germany to rediscover their past and face the Holocaust tragedy that haunts them.

  • Racine Public Library 21 copies

My boyhood and youth by John Muir

  • New Holstein Public Library 18 copies

My Sister's Keeper: a novel by Jodi Picoult

  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 8 copies

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The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. Based on real-life experiences, this novel is the inside story on the lives of the rich and privileged from the women who know all their secrets --the nannies.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 13 copies

Night Ride Home by Barbara Esstman

  • Arrowhead Library System 4 copies

No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander Smith McCall

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Nostromo by Joseph Conrad

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

O

On Gold Mountain by Lisa See

  • Appleton Public Library 21 copies

On Writing by Stephen King

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Once and Future King by T. H. White

  • Arrowhead Library System 10 copies

One Continuous Mistake: four noble truths for writers
by Gail Sher

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This book was chosen as one of the twelve best books of 1970 by Time. The book relates the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. This fiction masterpiece is alive with inventive, unforgettable men and women.

  • Racine Public Library 10 copies

One True Thing by Anna Quindlen

  • Marathon Co. Public Library 5 copies

Orchard by Larry Watson

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Ordeal by Fire, v.1 - The coming of war by James McPherson

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies


Ordeal by fire. v.II - The Civil War by James McPherson

  • Arrowhead Library System 8 copies

Oresteia by Aeschylus

  • Arrowhead Library System 7 copies

Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming

  • Muskego Public Library 10 copies

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Out of Egypt : a memoir by Andre Aciman

  • Manitowoc Public Library 14 copies

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Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler. The story of Barnaby Gaitlin, the black sheep of a Baltimore family, who embarks on a journey of self-awareness.

  • Arrowhead Library System 38 plus 1 cy in audio
  • Manitowoc Public Library 12 copies

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 8 copies

Perfect Match by Jodi Picoul

  • Independence Public Library 3 copies

Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger.

  • La Crosse Public Library 17 copies

Perloo the Bold by Avi

  • Waupaca Area Public Library 25 copies

The Physician by Noah Gordon. The tale of an eleventh century English boy who becomes a traveling barber-surgeon/seller of tonics/entertainer, then disguises himself as a Jew so he can study medicine in Persia.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 13 copies

The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve

  • Arrowhead Library System 11 copies
  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 8 copies

Plainsong by Kent Haruf. Set in a small town in the plains of Colorado, this novel tells the interrelated stories of eight characters whose lives undergo radical change during the course of one year.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 11 copies

Poets in Person (Book and 7 Audiotapes)

  • Arrowhead Library Ststem 9 copies

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

  • Arrowhead Library System 9 copies

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross. Based on the life of one of the most fascinating, extraordinary women in Western history, Pope Joan, a controversial figure of historical record who, disguised as a man, rose to rule Christianity in the 9th century as the first and only woman to sit on the throne of St. Peter.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 13 copies

Poppy by Avi

  • Waupaca Area Public Library 25 copies

Portia, the world of Abigail Adams by Edith Gelles

  • Arrowhead Library System 38 copies

Postville by Stephen Bloom

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Private Mary Chesnut: the unpublished Civil War Diaries
by Vann C. Woodward

  • Arrowhead Library System 13 copies

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Rapture of Canaan by Sherri Reynolds

  • Arrowhead Library System 8 plus 1cy in large type


Reader by Bernhard Schlink

  • Arrowhead Library System 4 copies [1 cy in large print]

Reconstruction: After the Civil War by John Hope Franklin

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies
  • Arrowhead Library System 7 copies

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck.

  • La Crosse Public Library 14 copies

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. Skillfully interweaving biblical tales with events and characters of her own invention, Diamant's novel re-creates the little-known life of Dinah, daughter of Leah and Jacob, mentioned in Chapter 34 of the Book of Genesis.

  • Arrowhead Library System 4 copies
  • Manitowoc Public Library 14 copies

Redwall by Brian Jacques.

  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 6 copies

Renovations : a Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other by John Marchese. When the author decides to buy a house and renovate it, he turns to his father for help. In the process of rebuilding the house, father and son rediscover each other.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 15 copies

Restoring the Goddess by Barbara Walker

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway. A memoir, beginning with the author's experiences as a child on a sheep ranch in the Australian outback, through her coming of age and adult life.

  • Appleton Public Library 20 copies
  • Manitowoc Public Library 11 copies

Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Room of one's own by Virginia Woolf

  • Appleton Public Library 25 copies

Rudy & friends by Rudy Ruettinger

  • Marathon Co. Library 5 copies

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Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

  • Conserve School 15 copies

The Searchers by Alan LeMay.

  • La Crosse Public Library 16 copies

Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

  • Independence Public Library 3 copies

Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Secret of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

  • Independence Public Library 3 copies

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

  • Waupaca Area Public Library 25 copies

Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Shadow of the Dragon by Sherry Garland

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Sharpest Sight by Louis Owens

  • Arrowhead Library System 10 copies

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

  • Arrowhead Library System 5 copies
  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 8 copies

Shining thread of hope: the history of black women in America
by Darlene Clark Hine

  • Arrowhead Library System 18 copies

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx.
Quoyle retreats with his two daughters to Newfoundland where he must confront his private demons.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 13 copies

Simon's Night by Jon Hassler.

  • La Crosse Public Library 14 copies

Skellig by David Almond

  • Waupaca Area Public Library 25-Jan

Snow crash by Neal Stephenson

  • Appleton Public Library 9 copies

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

  • Arrowhead Library System 5 plus 1 cy in large type
  • Marathon Co. Public Library 5 copies

Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
Willa Cather's partially autobiographical novel about a young woman's struggle to achieve her destiny - a struggle that takes her from a small Colorado town to the opera stages of the world -was chosen to be part of Masterpiece Theatre's programs on PBS.

  • Racine Public Library 11 copies

Songs in Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry Morris

  • Arrowhead Library System 4 copies
  • Marathon Co. Library 5 copies

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. In 2019, a group of men and women sent by the Jesuits to try to understand the inhabitants of the planet Rakhat discover that a desire to do good is no proof against doing incalculable harm.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 13 copies

Stars in their Courses: the Gettysburg Campaign by Shelby Foote
The book focuses on the role of "fate" in determining the defeat of General Robert E. Lee at the Civil War battle of Gettysburg. It is a Chapter excerpted from Mr. Foote's three-volume Civil War narrative.

  • Racine Public Library 12 copies

Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

  • Appleton Public Library 20 copies

Stories from the Round Barn by Jacqueline Dougan Jackson. Using stories, anecdotes, history, and even veterinary science, Jacqueline Dougan Jackson recreates life on the Dougan Guernsey Farm Dairy, founded in 1911 by W.J. Dougan near Beloit, Wisconsin.

  • New Holstein Public Library 18 copies

The Story of My Boyhood and Youth by John Muir. This memoir of the early years of John Muir details his boyhood in Scotland, his awakening love for nature, emigration to America, the hardships endured on a 19th-century farm, and his final break to begin a life of wilderness adventure.

  • New Holstein Public Library 18 copies

Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

  • Edgerton Public Library 20 copies

A Sudden Change of Heart by Barbara Taylor Bradford.

  • La Crosse Public Library 11 copies

Surrounded by D'Arcy McNickle

  • Arrowhead Library System 10 copies

Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks. The story begins with a school bus accident. Four different narrators address the question, when the worst thing happens, who do you blame?

  • Manitowoc Public Library 15 copies

Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madelein L'Engle

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

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Tale of TwoCities by Charles Dickens

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg

  • Arrowhead Library System 13 copies

Tender is the Night by Scott Fitzgerld
Set in the French Riviera in the 1920's, this is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hot and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Driver. Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own.

  • Racine Public Library 7 copies

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris

  • Appleton Public Library 12 copies

Theory of Relativity by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Gordon McKenna and his family take comfort in raising his sister's suddenly orphaned one-year-old daughter until the adoption is challenged by the family of his sister's husband.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 11 copies
  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 8 copies

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 4 copies

Things they carried by Tim O'Brien

  • Arrowhead Library System 25 copies

Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

  • Manitowoc Public Library 13 copies

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Tracks by Loiuse Edcrich

  • Arrowhead Library System 10 copies

Trail Through Leaves by Hannah Hinchman

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Twinsby Tessa de Loo

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

Two Roads to Sumter by Bruce and William Catton

  • Arrowhead Library System 4 copies

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Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • Appleton Public Library 16 copies
  • Arrowhead Library System 6 copies

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes. Frances Mayes brings a poet's voice, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer together to create an enchanting and lyrical book about the life, traditions, and the cuisine of Tuscany.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 13 copies

Unfinished life: John F. Kennedy 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Unredeemed Captive by John Demos

  • Appleton Public Library 20 copies
  • Arrowhead Library System 20 copies

Unreliable Truth by Maureen Murdock

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

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Vein of Gold by Julia Cameron

  • Appleton Public Library 12 copies

Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay
An Oprah Book Club® Selection for November 1999,
Vinegar Hill is an appropriate address for the characters who populate A. Manette Ansay's novella. After all, when Ellen Grier and her family return to the rural hamlet of Holly's Field, Wisconsin, it's not exactly a happy homecoming. Her husband, James, has been laid off from his job in Illinois. And for the moment, the family has moved in with Ellen's in-laws, Fritz and Mary-Margaret, an unhappy pair who dislike their daughter-in-law almost as much as they despise each other. Ansay paints a searing portrait of the Midwest's dark side, of a rural culture infected with despair and ruled over by an unforgiving God.

  • Arrowhead Library System 3 copies
  • Racine Public Library 11 copies

A Virtuous Woman by Kay Gibbons

When Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she was 20 and he was 40. She was the daughter of Carolina gentry. He was a skinny tenant farmer who had never owned anything in his life. They didn't fall in love so much as they simply found each other and held on for dear life. This was also an Oprah Book Club® selection.

  • Racine Public Library 12 copies

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Waiting by Ha Jin. In the Communist China of 1966, Lin Kong, an army doctor, falls in love with young nurse Manna Wu, but Lin has a wife at home. Each year, Lin tries to divorce his wife but is defeated. By the time 18 years have passed -- the interim after which a man can divorce his wife even without his consent -- what had begun as a sweet and passionate romance has turned into something more complicated and more real.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 13 copies

Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Bill Bryson, known in England as "the funniest travel writer alive," returns to the States and walks the Appalachian Trail, or at least some parts of it.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 11 copies

Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton. Seventy-eight year old Mattie Rigsbee is "slowing down", but she still cuts her own grass and runs the Lottie Moon missions fund drive at Listre Baptist Church in North Carolina. This is the scene into which Edgerton drops Wesley Benfield -- adolescent, illegitimate, and delinquent, with a mouth full of foul language and bad teeth and a craving for good food.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 13 copies

Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

  • Waupaca Area Public Library 23 copies

Wau-bun : the "early day" in the North-west by Juliette M. Kinzie. A first person account from a female perspective of the early life on the frontier of Wisconsin in the 1830's.

  • New Holstein Public Library 18 copies

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 8 copies

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 8 copies

Wedding by Dorothy West

  • Arrowhead LIbrary System14 copies

Well Wished by Franny Billingsley

  • Muskego Public Library 30 copies

Where the Heart is by Billie Letts

  • Arrowhead LIbrary System 5 plus 1 cy in large type
  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 8 copies

Where Trouble Sleeps by Clyde Edgerton.

  • La Crosse Public Library 17 copies

White Noise by Don Delillo. Tells the story of the Gladney family — Jack, Babette, and their four kids (two by previous marriages) — as they come to terms with their own fears and desires, with the strangeness of contemporary American culture, and with the omnipresence of death and catastrophe.

  • Manitowoc Public Library 11 copies

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

  • Chippewa Falls Public Library 8 copies

Wild Swans: three daughters of China by Jung Chang
In Wild Swans, Jung Chang recounts the evocative and unsettling story of how three generations of women in her family fared in the political maelstrom of China during the 20th century. Chang's grandmother was a warlord's concubine. Her gently-raised mother struggled with hardships in the early days of Mao's revolution and rose, like her husband, to a prominent position in the Communist Party before being denounced during the Cultural Revolution. Chang herself marched, worked, and breathed for Mao until doubt crept in over the excesses of his policies and purges.

  • Racine Public Library 13 copies

Winterdance by Gary Paulsen

  • Appleton Public Library 10 copies

World Below by Sue Miller

  • Independence Public Library 3 copies

World's Fair by E. L. Doctorow.

  • La Crosse Public Library 15 copies

Writing Life by Marie Arana

  • Appleton Public Library 15 copies

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

  • Marathon Co. Public Library 5 copies