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Bailey Cove Classics: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Monday, April 5, 2010 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Mark Twain
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Intended at first as a simple story of a boy's adventures in the Mississippi Valley-a sequel to Tom Sawyer-the book grew and matured under Twain's hand into a work of immeasurable richness and complexity. More than a century after its publication, the critical debate over the symbolic significance of Huck's and Jim's voyage is still fresh, and it remains a major work that can be enjoyed at many levels: as an incomparable adventure story and as a classic of American humor. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Russell Readers: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Mark Twain
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Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Perhaps the best-loved nineteenth-century American novel, Mark Twain's tale of boyhood adventure overflows with comedy, warmth, and slapstick energy. It brings to life and array of irresistible characters—the awesomely self-confident Tom, his best buddy Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the lovely, beguiling Becky—as well as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting lost in a dark and labyrinthine cave. This novel is the 2010 selection for Alabama's state-wide The Big Read. Read more about Russell Readers: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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ISBN: 
0192839020
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Mark Twain
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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

The story of Hank Morgan, the quintessential self-reliant New Englander who brings to King Arthur's Age of Chivalry the "great and beneficent" miracles of nineteenth-century engineering and American ingenuity. Through the collision of past and present, Twain exposes the insubstantiality of both utopias, destroying the myth of the romantic ideal as well as his own era's faith in scientific and social progress. Read more about Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Thief and the Dogs

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Naguib Mahfouz
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The Thief and the Dogs

After four years in prison, the skilled young thief Said Mahran emerges bent on revenge in a changed world. His wife has married a trusted friend; his native Egypt has undergone a revolution; and his mentor, who encouraged his Robin Hood-style crimes, has abandoned him. As Said's wild attempts to achieve his idea of justice badly misfire, he becomes a hunted man so driven by hatred that he can only recognize too late his last chance at redemption. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Thief and the Dogs

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Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Maltese Falcon

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Dashiell Hammett
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The Maltese Falcon

Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed while tailing a man. The woman who asked his partner to follow the man turns out to be someone who is not what she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the 'Maltese Falcon', a gold-encrusted life-sized statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind. This event is part of The Big Read 2008. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Maltese Falcon

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Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Cherry Cheesecake Murder

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Joanne Fluke
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The Cherry Cheesecake Murder

A film crew in search of a quaint Minnesota location has landed in Hannah's 'hood, and filming goes smoothly until the director, a womanizing tyrant, accidentally shoots himself on the set. But was his death really an accident? Of course not. Someone nabbed the unloaded prop gun and left another revolver in its place. Between baking batches of Double Flake Cookies and Angel Kisses, Hannah figures out whodunit. This event is part of The Big Read 2008. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Cherry Cheesecake Murder

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: To Kill A Mockingbird

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Harper Lee
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To Kill A Mockingbird

Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.  Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: To Kill A Mockingbird

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Knit 1, Read Too! - The Thief and The Dogs

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Naguib Mahfouz
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The Thief and the Dogs

After four years in prison, the skilled young thief Said Mahran emerges bent on revenge in a changed world. His wife has married a trusted friend; his native Egypt has undergone a revolution; and his mentor, who encouraged his Robin Hood-style crimes, has abandoned him. As Said's wild attempts to achieve his idea of justice badly misfire, he becomes a hunted man so driven by hatred that he can only recognize too late his last chance at redemption. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - The Thief and The Dogs

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Knit 1, Read Too! - The Maltese Falcon

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Author: 
Dashiell Hammett
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The Maltese Falcon

Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed while tailing a man. The woman who asked his partner to follow the man turns out to be someone who is not what she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the 'Maltese Falcon', a gold-encrusted life-sized statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - The Maltese Falcon

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Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: Seventh Heaven

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Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Naguib Mahfouz
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Seventh Heaven

Naguib Mahfouz, famed for his uncanny power to depict the real world, is equally ingenious at capturing the surreal, the otherworldly, and the supernatural. The ghostly side of Mahfouz's fiction, though less well known than his other works, nonetheless remains a haunting presence. Read more about Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: Seventh Heaven

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