WXPR Book Club

New Perspectives Up North is a book club that wants to challenge our thoughts and beliefs through books, that allow us to reflect on our lives, and community differently. 

Please join our Facebook group for updates on meetings, or to participate in the discussion online. 

or visit us on Good Reads. 

Questions?  Email jessie@wxpr.org.  

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With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system.

Next Read: The Tender Bar

Apr 6, 2015
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Join me in reading The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer , our next book for WXPR’s New Perspectives Up North book club.

This heartwarming yet spellbinding book is a story about relationships. The ones we’re born into, the ones we’ve lost, the ones we’re seeking. We can’t explain them all. Some come in place of others, some help form who we are as adults, some their missing parts have us longing for something or someone else.

With honesty and humour, The Tender Bar takes a look at the heart of a lonely boy seeking a father figure in the unlikely of places, the corner bar.

Discussion: Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening

Apr 6, 2015

We welcomed guests to join us at the WXPR studio headquarters in Rhinelander Wisconsin last Wednesday for an in-person discussion of our first book Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening, a memoir about the relationship between the author, Carol Wall, and her gardener and friend, Mr. Owita, a recent immigrant from Kenya. 

Next Read: Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening

Feb 25, 2015
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I'm excited to be starting our book group with such a wonderful book.  Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by Carol Wall. 

Don't let the title fool you! Gardening is not a requirement for enjoying this book!

This book is about an unlikely friendship between Carol Wall and Giles Owita. Carol compares her neglected unruly garden with her life. She believes her neighbours gardener might be what her yard needs to be renewed and to flourish.