Tuesday Night Book Club

Tuesday Night Book Club: Redbird Christmas

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Oswald T. Campbell, aged fifty-two, down-and-out in a Chicago winter, is given only months to live unless he moves South. He finds himself in the small town of Lost River, Alabama, where the residents are friendly if feud-prone and eccentric to a fault. One of them, Roy, keeps a red cardinal, a once wounded bird called Jack, in the village store. Patsy, a sad, sweet little kid with a crippled leg, from the trailer park up in the woods, takes to dropping by the store - and falls in love with Jack.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Unbroken

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

From Laura Hillenbrand, the bestselling author of Seabiscuit, comes Unbroken, the inspiring true story of a man who lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed. In evocative, immediate descriptions, Hillenbrand unfurls the story of Louie Zamperini--a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner-turned-Army hero.

Tuesday Night Book Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings.

Tuesday Night Book Club: The Postmistress

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Filled with stunning parallels to today's world, The Postmistress is a sweeping novel about the loss of innocence of two extraordinary women-and of two countries torn apart by war.

On the eve of the United States's entrance into World War II in 1940, Iris James, the postmistress of Franklin, a small town on Cape Cod, does the unthinkable: She doesn't deliver a letter.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Big Stone Gap

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town's self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five year old pharmacist with a "mountain girl's body and a flat behind." She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she's not who she always thought she was.

Tuesday Night Book Club: I Still Dream About You

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Real estate agent Maggie Fortenberry who works at Red Mountain Reality, which has been going downhill since the death of its founder, comes up with a plan to save the business. The rival of their company, Babs, is an unscrupulous real estate agent who hates Maggie and is determined to put her out of business.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Cutting for Stone

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Note: This meeting is the second of two sessions.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Cutting for Stone

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Note: This meeting is the first of two sessions.

Tuesday Night Book Club: The Art of Racing in the Rain

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein: Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Cane River

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

It was here, on a medium-sized Creole plantation owned by a family named Derbanne, that author Lalita Tademy found her family's roots-and the stories of four astonishing women who battled vast injustices to create a legacy of hope and achievement. 

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