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


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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Thursday August 15

Join us in person to discuss Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.

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

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.


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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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