Middleton Public Library
Address: 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: 608-831-5564     Email: info@midlibrary.org


Tuesday April 30

Join us on the last Tuesday of each month for lively discussion about nature in all genres. 

April & May: Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water's Edge by Susan Hand Shetterly 

Please contact group leader, Troy Hess, at troy@ontheyahara.com to register.


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Thursday May 16

Join us in person to discuss Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson.

*Copies of the book are available at both service desks.

In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

Furiously Happy is about "taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they're the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence. It's the difference between "surviving life" and "living life". It's the difference between "taking a shower" and "teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair." It's the difference between being "sane" and being "furiously happy."

Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty, and in Furiously Happy, she is at her snort-inducing funniest. This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are - the beautiful and the flawed - and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny's mom says, "Maybe 'crazy' isn't so bad after all." Sometimes crazy is just right.


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Tuesday May 28

Join us on the last Tuesday of each month for lively discussion about nature in all genres. 

April & May: Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water's Edge by Susan Hand Shetterly 

June & July: Fen, Bog & Swamp by Annie Proulx

Please contact group leader, Troy Hess, at troy@ontheyahara.com to register.


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Thursday June 20

Join us for a discussion of Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (2022).

*Copies of the book are available at both service desks.

On a bitter-cold day, in the December of his junior year at Harvard, Sam Masur exits a subway car and sees, amid the hordes of people waiting on the platform, Sadie Green. He calls her name. For a moment, she pretends she hasn’t heard him, but then, she turns, and a game begins: a legendary collaboration that will launch them to stardom.

These friends, intimates since childhood, borrow money, beg favors, and, before even graduating college, they have created their first blockbuster, Ichigo. Overnight, the world is theirs. Not even twenty-five years old, Sam and Sadie are brilliant, successful, and rich, but these qualities won’t protect them from their own creative ambitions or the betrayals of their hearts.

Spanning thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California, and lands in between and far beyond, Gabrielle Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow examines the multifarious nature of identity, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love.


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Tuesday June 25

Join us on the last Tuesday of each month for lively discussion about nature in all genres. 

June & July: Fen, Bog & Swamp by Annie Proulx

Please contact group leader, Troy Hess, at troy@ontheyahara.com to register.


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Thursday July 18

Join us for a discussion of West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge (2021).

*Copies of the book are available at both service desks.

Woodrow Wilson Nickel, age 105, feels his life ebbing away. But when he learns giraffes are going extinct, he finds himself recalling the unforgettable experience he cannot take to his grave.

It’s 1938. The Great Depression lingers. Hitler is threatening Europe, and world-weary Americans long for wonder. They find it in two giraffes who miraculously survive a hurricane while crossing the Atlantic. What follows is a twelve-day road trip in a custom truck to deliver Southern California’s first giraffes to the San Diego Zoo. Behind the wheel is the young Dust Bowl rowdy Woodrow. Inspired by true events, the tale weaves real-life figures with fictional ones, including the world’s first female zoo director, a crusty old man with a past, a young female photographer with a secret, and assorted reprobates as spotty as the giraffes.

Part adventure, part historical saga, and part coming-of-age love story, West with Giraffes explores what it means to be changed by the grace of animals, the kindness of strangers, the passing of time, and a story told before it’s too late.


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Tuesday July 30

Join us on the last Tuesday of each month for lively discussion about nature in all genres. 

June & July: Fen, Bog & Swamp by Annie Proulx

August & September: What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Enigmatic Birds by Jennifer Ackerman 

Please contact group leader, Troy Hess, at troy@ontheyahara.com to register.


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Tuesday August 27

Join us on the last Tuesday of each month for lively discussion about nature in all genres. 

August & September: What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Enigmatic Birds by Jennifer Ackerman 

Please contact group leader, Troy Hess, at troy@ontheyahara.com to register.


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Tuesday September 24

Join us on the last Tuesday of each month for lively discussion about nature in all genres. 

August & September: What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Enigmatic Birds by Jennifer Ackerman 

Please contact group leader, Troy Hess, at troy@ontheyahara.com to register.


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