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2014 Adult Book Discussions
Reviews and excerpts are available in LINKcat.
Extra copies of the books are available at the Adult Services Desk.
No registration required.

Drowning Ruth
by Christina Schwartz
Tuesday, July 22 at 7pm

A WWI drama that colors a tale of family rivalry, madness, secrets
and obsessive love set in the brutal Wisconsin winter.


The Boys in the Boat
by Daniel Brown
Tuesday, August 26 at 7pm

This book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for
an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.


The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce
Tuesday, September 23 at 7pm

Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her,
meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events
of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.


Help for the Haunted
by John Searles
Tuesday, October 28 at 7pm

Struggling with the loss of her parents, who helped haunted souls find peace, Sylvie Mason pursues the mystery, moving closer to the truth of what happened that night as she comes to terms with her family's past.


"Go Big Read"
I am Malala
The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot By The Taliban

by Malala Yousafzai
Tuesday, November 18 at 7pm
(Please note: This discussion is one week early due to the holiday the following week)

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price.



Stoughton Public Library
Notable Books of 2013
Portraits of AMERICA TODAY
  • The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies ~ Jonathan Alter
  • Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield ~ Jeremy Scahill
  • The Unwinding: An Inner History of the new America ~ George Packer




  • Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution ~ Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Congressman Lincoln: The Making of America’s Greatest President ~ Chris DeRose
  • Cotton Tenants: Three Families ~ James Agee
  • Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America ’s First Black Paratroopers ~ Tanya Lee Stone
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II ~ Denise Kiernan
  • Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam ~ Nick Turse
  • Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance ~ Carla Kaplan
  • The Slaves Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812 ~ Gene Allen Smith
  • Aircraft: The Definitive Visual History ~ from DK Press
  • The American Nurse ~ Carolyn Jones
  • Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedys ~ Kitty Kelley
  • The Conquest of Everest: Original Photographs from the Legendary First Ascent ~ George Lowe
  • Dr. Seuss, The Cat Behind the Hat: The Art of Dr. Seuss
  • Encyclopedia of flowering shrubs ~ Jim Gardinder
  • Owls of the World: A Photographic Guide ~ Heimo Mikkola
  • Some Vernacular Railroad Photographs ~ Jeff Brouws
  • Ultimate Harley-Davidson ~ Hugo Wilson







  • The Double V: How Wars, Protest, and Harry Truman Desegregated America’s Military ~ Rawn James, Jr.
  • Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War ~Paul Kennedy
  • Gettysburg : The Last Invasion ~ Allen C. Guelzo
  • Rendezvous With Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World ~ Michael Fullilove
  • Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence ~ Joseph J. Ellis
Exceptional Books on


  • All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, the Legendary Irish Famine Ship ~ Kathryn Miles
  • Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo ~ Tome Reiss
  • Bolívar: American Liberator ~ Marie Arana
  • Furies: War in Europe, 1470-1700 ~ Lauro Martines
  • Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 ~ Anne Applebaum
  • Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42 ~ William Dalrymple
  • The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe ~ Marci Shore



  • The Astronaut Wives Club ~ Lily Koppel
  • Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin ~ Jill Lepore
  • C. S. Lewis, a Life: Alister McGrath
  • Days That I’ll Remember: Spending Time With John Lennon and Yoko Ono ~ Jonathan Cott
  • The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad ~ Lelsley Hazleton
  • A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus ~ Frederic Raphael
  • Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp ~ Ann Kirschner
  • The Midwife’s Here! – The Enchanting True Story of One of Britain’s Longest Serving Midwives ~ Linda Fairley
  • Mom & Me & Mom ~ Maya Angelou
  • My Beloved World ~ Sonia Sotomayor



Valuable BUSINESS Books


  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Deliver the Unexpected And Six Other New Truths for Business Success ~ Richard Robbins
  • The Entrepreneur’s Starter Kit: 50 Things to Know Before Starting a Business ~ Paul J. Christopher
  • Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World ~ Phil McGraw
  • Marketing in the Participation Age: A Guide to Motivating People to Join, Share, Take Part, Connect, and Engage ~ Diana Middleton
  • ORG: The Underlying Logic of the Office ~ Ray Fisman
  • Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace ~ Cy Wakeman
  • To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others ~ Daniel H. Pink
  • Classic Knits: More than 100 Beautiful Projects ~ from DK Books
  • Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation ~ Maggie Shannon
  • Freehand Machine Embroidery: Leaning to Draw With Your Sewing Machine ~ Poppy Treffy
  • Handsewn: The Essential Techniques for Tailoring and Embellishment ~! Margaret Rowan
  • Medieval-Inspired Knits ~ Anna-Karin Lundberg
  • Pastel Painting, Step-by-Step ~ Margaret Evans
  • Wool Pets: Making 20 Figures with Wool Roving and a Barbed Needle ~ Laurie Sharp
  • The World of Paper Crafting ~ from CRK Design
Significant Books on COMPUTERS & TECHNOLOGY

  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World ~ Christopher Steiner
  • Love in the Time of Algorithms: What Technology Does to Meeting and Mating ~ Dan Slater
  • Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better ~ Clive Thompson


  • American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms ~ Chris Kyle
  • Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father – And How We Can Fix It ~ David Goldhill
  • Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice ~ Karen Houppert
  • Down the Up Escalator: How the 99% Live in the Great Recession ~ Barbara Garson
  • Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths about Air Travel Today ~ Mark Gerchick
  • Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier ~ Emily Brady
  • Radiation: What It Is, What You Need to know ~ Robert Peter Gale
  • Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us ~ Michael Moss
  • Simpler: The Future of Government ~ Cass Sunstein


Terrific Books for COOKING Up a Storm!


  • 50 Best Plants on the planet: The Most Nutrient-Dense Fruits and Vegetables, in 150 Delicious Recipes ~ Cathy Thomas
  • Better Homes and Gardens Year-round Slow Cooker Recipes
  • Betty Crocker Cookbook, Newlywed Edition
  • Good day for a Picnic: Simple Food That Travels Well ~ Jeremy Jackson
  • The Ultimate Guide to Making Chili ~ Kate Rowinski
Practical Books for GARDENING and the HOME
  • Aquaponic Gardening [raising vegetables & fish together] ~ Sylvia Bernstein
  • Gardening Indoors With Soil & Hydroponics ~ George Van Patten
  • The Homeowner’s Energy Handbook ~ Paul Scheckel
  • Lawn Gone! – Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard ~ Pam Penick
  • Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener: How to Create Unique Vegetables & flowers ~ Joseph Tychonievich
  • The Unexpected Houseplant: 220 Extraordinary Choices for Every Spot in Your Home
  • Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste ~ Bea Johnson
Notable Books on HEALTH and MEDICINE


  • The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum ~ Temple Grandin
  • Eating on the wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health ~ Jo Robinson
  • Kingdom of the Sick: The Social History of Chronic Illness in America ~ Laurie Edwards
  • Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That you Can Heal Yourself ~ Lissa Rankin
  • The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest ~ Penelope A. Lewis
  • Shouting Won’t Help: Why I – and 50 Million Other American – Can’t Hear You ~ Katherine Bouton
  • Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic ~ David Quammen


  1. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School ~ John Medina
  2. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character ~ Paul Tough
  3. Reading Without Limits: Teaching Strategies to Build Independent Reading for Life ~ Maddie Witter
Intellectual Books about WRITING & LITERATURE
  • The End of Your Life Book Club ~ Will Schwalbe
  • Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World ~ Nataly Kelly
  • One Summer – America, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
  • Shakespeare’s Restless World: A Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects ~ Neil MacGregor

Noteworthy MUSIC Books

  • Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others ~ Stacy Horn
  • The Violin: A Social History of the World’s Most Versatile Instrument ~ David Schoenbaum


Thrilling Books of TRAVEL and the GREAT OUTDOORS
  • Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration ~ David Roberts
  • Antarctica : An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent ~ Gabrielle Walker
  • Daughter Father Canoe: Coming of Age in the Sub-Arctic ~ Rob Kesselring
  • This Superior Place: Stories of Bayfield and the Apostle Islands ~ Dennis McCann

Remarkable ANIMAL Books

  • Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures ~ Virginia Morell
  • Planet Without Apes ~ Craig Stanford
  • The Working American Bulldog ~ Dave Putman
  • Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution ~ Brett Martin
  • The Dude and the Zen Master ~ Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman
Intimate Books for PERSONAL USE
  • 5 Days to a Clutter-Free House ~ Sandra Felton
  • Making Good Habits Breaking Bad Habits ~ Joyce Meyer
  • Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life ~ Adma Phillips
  • The Secrets of Happy Families ~ Bruce Feiler
  • Why Men Fake It: The Totally Unexpected Truth About Men and Sex ~ Abraham Morgentaler
Exciting Books on SPORTS
  • And the Fans Roared: The Sports Broadcasts that Kept Us on the Edge of Our Seats ~ Joe Barner
  • The Boys in the Board: Nine American and Their epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics ~ Daniel James Brown
  • Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy? ~ Ronald Schouten
  • The Complete Book of Intelligence Tests: Exercises to Improve, Upgrade and Enhance Your Mind Strength ~ Philip Carter
  • Decisive: How To Make Better Choices in Life and Work ~ Chip Heath
  • I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined) ~ Chuck Klosterman
  • The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, But Doesn’t – Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential and How You Can Achieve Yours ~ Shirzad Chamine
  • Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights ~ Gary Klein
  • Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing ~ Po Bronson
  • The Unpredictable Species: What Makes Us Humans Unique ~ Philip Lieberman

Extraordinary Books on RELIGION & SPIRITUALITY

  • The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought ~ Susan Jacoby
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife ~ Eben Alexander
  • The Wisdom of Compassion ~ The Dalai Lama


Spellbinding SCIENCE Books
  • The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates ~ Frans de Waal
  • Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design ~ Stephen Meyer
  • Heat: Adventures in the World’s Fiery Places ~ Bill Streever
  • The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements ~ David Berlinkski
  • Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes – The Yanomamö and the Anthropologists ~ Napoleon Chagnon
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t ~ Nate Silver
  • Storm Kings: The Untold History of America’s First tornado Chasers ~ Lee Sandlin
  • The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? ~ Jared Diamond
Fascinating Books about WISCONSIN
  • Best Tent Camping, Wisconsin ~ Kevin Revolinski
  • Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars & Breweries ~ Jim Draeger
  • One Small Farm: Photographs of a Wisconsin Way of Life ~ Craig Schreiner
  • Travel Wild Wisconsin: A Seasonal Guide to Wildlife Encounters in Natural Places ~ Candice Andrews
  • Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State ~ Jesse Gant
  • Wisconsin Lighthouses: A Photographic and Historical Guide ~ Ken Wardius
  • Amazing Weapons That Never Were ~ Gregory Benford
  • Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat ~ Bee Wilson
  • Daily Rituals: How Artists Work ~ Mason Currey
  • The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures ~ Edward Ball
  • Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped History from the Alphabet to the Internet ~ William J. Bernstein
  • Mushrooms: How to Identify and Gather Wild Mushrooms and Other Fungi ~ Thomas Læssøe
  • The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells Us About Evolution, Ecology, and a Sustainable Society ~ David Waltner-Toews

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Is it your Lucky Day?
Check out our Lucky Day Books and now DVDs!

The Lucky Day Collection consists of additional copies of current, high demand and best-sellers books and DVDS with long reserve lists.

The Lucky Day books are shelved next to the new books and the DVDs are placed on the first section with the feature DVDs, all on the 2nd floor. They are available on a walk-in basis only, no holds and no renewals. Each book checks out for 14 days and DVDs are loaned for 7 days. Should a Lucky Day item be returned late, the fees are $1.00 per day.

Please note: The Lucky Day DVDs are incredibly popular, so we must limit 1 DVD per household. When returned a new DVD can be checked out. Although the loan period is 7 days, we ask that should you finish viewing the DVD sooner, please return it so others will have a chance to view it. We also ask that Lucky Day DVDs be returned directly to Stoughton Public Library. When they are returned to other libraries, it delays the check in process and others are prevented access to DVDs

This collection has been made possible due to donations from the Friends of the Stoughton Public Library and other local gifts and grants.


" Life Transitions "

The Madison Community Foundation grant will allow Stoughton Public Library to focus on significant social issues or
“life transitions".

The materials purchased are related to all stages of life from birth, marriage, children, teens, retirement, divorce, health and wellness, death, job loss, relocation, homelessness and other topics. Information and resources on these subjects is especially relevant for communities such as Stoughton where residents are experiencing major employee layoffs, financial strain, and limited family resources,
as well as the events of everyday life.

Learn about the MCF grant and view a list including additional items purchase with this grant.
(Click here)
Listed below are some wonderful examples of what's available for you at the library.

Make it a point to look for the "Life Transitions" items when visiting the Library.
Each item is identified with a label on the spine above the location label.
Ask staff for more information.

Eat, Drink, and Be Mindful:
how to end your struggle with mindless eating and start savoring food with intention and joy.

Albers, Susan

Good housekeeping drop 5 lbs :
small changes, big results

Heather K. Jones ; Rosemary Ellis, editor-in-chief, Good housekeeping.


Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer

Allen, Moira

Coping with vision loss : understanding the psychological, social, and spiritual effects

Cheri Colby Langdell and Tim Langdell.


The 9-to-5 Cure:
work on your own terms and reinvent your life

Cardinale, Kristin

Appetite for reduction :
125 fast & filling low-fat vegan recipes

Isa Chandra Moskowitz ; with Matthew Ruscigno.

Teen cyberbullying investigated :
where do your rights end and consequences begin?

Tom Jacobs.

Pregnancy : from preconception to birth

[edited by Linda Murray].

Cut your grocery bills in half with America's cheapest family : includes so many innovative strategies you won't have to cut coupons

Steve and Annette Economides.

The power of your child's imagination :
how to transform stress and anxiety into
joy and success

Charlotte Reznick.

The life you want :
get motivated, lose weight, and be happy

Bob Greene, Ann Kearney-Cooke, Janis Jibrin.

Double delicious :
good, simple food for busy, complicated lives

Jessica Seinfeld

Careers with dogs :
the comprehensive guide to finding your dream job

Kim Campbell Thornton.