Join our book club! All book club meetings are on Tuesdays, every other month, and you may participate either 1:30-2:30pm or 6:30-7:30pm by phone.
To join the discussion, call the toll free Uberconference number at (855) 753-0200. If you are the first person to call, you will hear music. As soon as a second person calls, each caller will be added to the conversation. You are free to join us late or leave early if you are only available part of the afternoon or evening session of the book club.
If you would like to mute your phone when listening to the conversation, most cell phones or landline phones have a mute button. Using the mute button will eliminate some background noise or distortion that we have experienced in past calls.
When you make a comment, please identify yourself. Then we can talk one at a time. Hopefully we will hear from everyone during the calls. If you would prefer only to give your opinion on the book at the beginning, that is fine as well.
To receive email reminders a week before and the day before or day of the book club, please send your email address to Katie at CEMallo@milwaukee.gov. If you would like to receive phone reminders, please call Katie at (414) 286-6918 and provide your phone number.
We have all six books for 2019 available on one cartridge for checkout. The DB number is ABC2019. The cartridge is available now. You will need to use the Bookshelf feature to jump from book to book. Review the instructions on on how to use Bookshelf.
2019 WTBBL Book Club Titles and Dates
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (11 hours, 30 minutes) DB89018 / Available on BARD
- Elena Richardson and her family lead an orderly existence in Shaker Heights, Ohio, until Mia and her daughters rent a house from them. When a neighbor tries to adopt a baby, Elena and Mia end up on opposing sides of the custody battle. 2017.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
- The Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig (15 hours, 9 minutes) DB83412 / Available on BARD
- When eleven-year-old Donny’s grandmother goes into the hospital for surgery, she sends him to her sister Kate in Wisconsin. Donny and Kate do not get along, so he decides to run home to Montana. Kate’s husband, Herman the German joins him. 2015.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
- Occupying Aging: Delights, Disabilities and Daily Life by Katherine Schneider (8 hours, 39 minutes) DB85915 / Available on BARD
- Retired psychologist and avid reader provides a year’s worth of daily –and often humorous musings. Illustrates how she has personally approached life now that the circumstances of being blind from birth and struggling with fibromyalgia for two decades have been combined with the issues that accompany aging. Includes a recommended reading list. 2013.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
- The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony (13 hours, 9 minutes) DB85906 / Available on BARD
- Conservationist relates his experiences caring for a rogue herd of elephants on his South African game reserve. Describes his misgivings in accepting them, challenges faced with both the herd and the local communities, lessons learn from individuals elephants and the joys and sorrows he encountered. 2009.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
- Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (14 hours, 31 minutes) DB88202 / Available on BARD
- The five Foss children are left alone at home in 1930s Mississippi and subsequently kidnapped by notorious child dealer Georgia Tann. In the present day, Avery Stafford meets the elderly May- who used to be Rill Foss and is the sister of Avery’s Grandma Judy. Avery investigates her Family’s history. Unrated commercial audiobook. 2017
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
- The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes (12 hours, 46 minutes) DB83170 / Available on BARD
- Inara Erickson travels to the Puget Sound to clear out her dead aunt’s house. There she discovers an intricately embroidered sleeve. As she delved into its history, she finds the story of Mei Lien, who lived in 1886 and was chased from the area. 2015.
2018 WTBBL Book Club Titles and Dates
Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
- Camino Island by John Grisham (8 hours 47 minutes) DB88138 / Available on BARD
- Thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault below Princeton University's Firestone Library. Bruce Cable owns a bookstore in a sleepy resort town on Florida's Camino Island and dabbles in stolen books and manuscripts. Young novelist Mercer Mann is commissioned by a mysterious woman to learn Cable's secrets. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
- Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught me the Meaning of Compassion by Jon Katz (7 hours 11 minutes) DB081438 / Available on BARD
- Bestselling author Katz owns a farm in upstate New York, and when an abandoned donkey was rescued near his home, animal control asked if he would take the abused animal. Katz nursed the donkey, named Simon, back to health, learning lessons of compassion along the way. 2014.
Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
- Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen (12 hours 52 minutes) DB83743 / Available on BARD
- 1845. Frances Osgood meets Edgar Allan Poe at a literary event. A relationship blossoms between them despite their marriages. In fact, Poe's wife Virginia encourages it and befriends Frances. As the connections deepen, Frances becomes unsure of what path she should follow. 2013.
Tuesday, August 7th, 2018
- The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt (6 hours 4 minutes) DB084848 / Available on BARD
- Conversation between Gloria Vanderbilt (born 1924) and her son, journalist Anderson Cooper (born 1967), concerning the lessons she has learned throughout her life dealing with such tribulations as the custody battle she was the subject of, the sudden death of her fourth husband, and the suicide of Cooper's brother. Bestseller. 2016.
Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
- Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (11 hours 34 minutes) DB087699 / Available on BARD
- A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. Now the woman's lonely fifteen-year-old girl is left with her mother's fearful sister--who has been dragged back to this place she ran away from. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
- Binoculars: Masquerading as a Sighted Person by Philip F. DiMeo (7 hours 15 minutes) DBC04702 / Available on BARD
- For over 14 years, Philip DiMeo, a talented cartoonist and social worker, led a double life, masquerading as a fully sighted person, while becoming blind. He concealed his vision loss, a secret that he believed could potentially ruin his life, discovering that it actually opened doors. Philip denied having retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited degenerative eye disease that causes severe vision impairment and often blindness, despite multiple diagnoses. Binoculars is a revealing first-hand account of a man who achieves incredible feats with his courage and talent, while coming to terms with his blindness. Autobiography. 2015.
2017 WTBBL Book Club Titles and Dates
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (9 hours 42 minutes) DB56046 / Available on BARD
In late summer 1954, two U.S. marshals arrive on tiny Shutter Island in search of an escaped female patient from the asylum for the criminally insane. Mysterious patient treatments propel them to the brink of insanity. Some strong language. Suspense fiction. Historical fiction. 2003.
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson (10 hours 3 minutes) DB83946 / Available on BARD
Historian profiles the little-known older sister of President John F. Kennedy, whose intellectual disabilities were kept secret. Using diaries and correspondence, school and doctors' letters, and family interviews, details the care Rosemary received and the decision to lobotomize her at age twenty-three. Bestseller. Biography. 2015.
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (9 hours 7 minutes) DB84392 / Available on BARD
Ove has always been a grumpy man, and when he loses his wife and his job, he decides to commit suicide. But a lively family of new neighbors and a stray cat might give Ove a reason to keep living. First published in Swedish in 2012. Human Relationships – Fiction. Bestseller.
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business by Dick van Dyke (7 hours 40 minutes) DB74349 / Available on BARD
Eighty-four-year-old Van Dyke examines his successful acting career, which included movies Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and his sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show. The father of four also recounts dealing with his alcoholism and leaving his childhood sweetheart for his agent's secretary. Autobiography. 2011.
Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (12 hours 58 minutes) DB76161 / Available on BARD
Working-class English girl Louisa "Lou" Clark is hired as an aide to wealthy Will Traynor, a former mogul who has been paralyzed since a road accident. Lou tries to keep the embittered Will engaged with the world, while Will encourages Lou to expand her horizons. Some strong language. Romance. Bestseller. 2012.
Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
Come, Let Me Guide You: A Life Shared with a Guide Dog by Susan Krieger (12 hours 5 minutes) DB82649 / Available on BARD
After relating her first years with guide dog Teela in Traveling Blind: Adventures in Vision with a Guide Dog by My Side (DB 71184), Stanford professor Krieger returns with another book about her now aging companion. She discusses her blindness and the many ways her relationship with Teela has enriched her life. Biography. Disability Interest. 2015.
2016 WTBBL Book Club Titles and Dates
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (7 hours 42 minutes) DB81896 / Available on BARD
Twenty years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird (DB 77672 / Available on BARD), Jean Louise Finch (once known as Scout) returns home to Maycomb, Alabama. She confronts the racism of her hometown in the 1950s, including the views of Atticus, the father she idolizes. Some strong language. 2015.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (13 hours 15 minutes) DB75820 / Available on BARD
Sweden. On his one-hundredth birthday, former demolitions expert Allan Karlsson escapes from an old folks' home, steals a suitcase filled with money, and begins a madcap adventure running from criminals and the police. Originally published in Swedish in 2009. Some strong language. 2012.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor (12 hours 32 minutes) DB76059 / Available on BARD
Memoir of United States Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor (born 1954). Recalls growing up with her Puerto Rican family in the Bronx and being diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Discusses her family life, education at Princeton and Yale, and becoming a district court judge in 1992. Bestseller. 2013.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks (9 hours 20 minutes) DB65315 / Available on BARD
North Carolina. After years of drifting, John Tyree, who was raised by a father with Asperger's syndrome, joins the army. While on leave he meets Savannah Curtis, a special-education major. The two fall in love, but their relationship changes when John reenlists after 9/11. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2006.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (8 hours 23 minutes) DB76746 / Available on BARD
Foster teen Molly is sent to ninety-one-year-old Vivian Daly's house on coastal Maine to perform community service. As Molly cleans the attic, Vivian reminisces about emigrating from Ireland, losing her family, and being sent to Minnesota on an orphan train--and the two connect. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2013.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Still Alice by Lisa Genova (8 hours 6 minutes) DB68429 / Available on BARD
As she turns fifty and begins experiencing odd lapses of memory, Harvard psychology professor Alice Howland gets the life-altering diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Her lecturing and traveling for work, and her relationships with her scientist husband and grown children, morph along with the disease. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.
We have all six books for 2016 available on one cartridge for checkout. The DB number is ABC2016. You will need to use the Bookshelf feature to jump from book to book.
2015 WTBBL Book Club Titles and Dates
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr DB79182
Gray Mountain by John Grisham DB79768
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand DB72129
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman (11 hours 51 minutes) DB75192 / Available on BARD
- Go to "bookshelf"
- Insert cartridge in player.
- Press and hold Play/Stop to enter bookshelf mode.
- Press RW/FF to select book.
- Press Play/Stop to listen to book.-
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please call Katie at (414) 286-6918 or send an email to CEMallo@milwaukee.gov.