Book Club Questions

Book Club Question


  1. Which character did you like the most and why? The least and why?
  2. Are there situations and/or characters you identified with, and if so, how?
  3. What did you think of Doc’s projects? Have you taken any day-dreams that far?
  4. What surprised you the most about the book?
  5. Were you surprised to hear of temperatures like that in Wisconsin?
  6. Have you traveled or worked in temperatures as low as those the book describes? What was it like?
  7. Have you shopped in an old-fashioned store similar to the hardware store described in Rockburg? How long ago?
  8. How realistic was Doc’s shopping trip? His son’s response to the care package?
  9. How realistic was Doc’s seminar and the later results?
  10. Does the premise of the book—good ideas and bad ideas come from the same source, human inspiration—make sense to you?
  11. Do you know of people famous for their accomplishments who also had really bad ideas?
  12. Do you think Doc’s explanation of science and how results of studies were interpreted (the weight of repeated studies) will help the average layman understand controversies involving scientific theories?
  13. Were your ideas of what a scientist might be like altered by the story?
  14. How did the difference in point of view for the three stories help or hinder your emotional engagement with the protagonists?
  15. Which characters changed or grew emotionally during the story?
  16. Are there any books that you would compare this one to? Why?
  17. What do you think the future holds for Julie and her family?
  18. Have you been on dairy farms recently? How did they compare to the farms described in Doc’s story—farms of the 1980s?