Bailey Cove Evening

Bailey Cove Evening: The Plot Against America

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
Ever the innovator, Philip Roth enters a new genre at the age of 71. This alternate history novel marks a major, but logical departure for the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. In The Plot Against America, isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeats incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election. The victory of the Lone Eagle generates successive waves of anti-Semitism, culminating in nationwide pogroms. From Newark, New Jersey, Roth's recurring character Philip and his Jewish family struggle to chisel out a safe place in this maelstrom of hatred. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Your Inner Fish

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
Fish paleontologist Shubin illuminates the subject of evolution with humor and clarity in this compelling look at how the human body evolved into its present state. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Clay's Quilt

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Clay's Quilt by Silas House
A deep love for home suffuses this heartfelt, well-crafted debut novel set in the Kentucky hills. Clay Sizemore, a young coal miner from a big family and a small town, never doubts that he will live out his life in the place where he was born. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening - Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot by Richard Restak
"Most of us would like to be smarter," asserts Restak, neuropsychiatrist and clinical professor of neurology at George Washington University Medical Center. Restak claims that improving cognition is the answer. In accessible science-teacher style, Restak delineates the brain's attributes, from its weight (three pounds) to the number of nerve cells (100 billion) and its infinity of synapses, explaining what aids communication, informs memory and so forth. A 'Fit For Life' event. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening - The Right Stuff

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe began The Right Stuff at a time when it was unfashionable to contemplate American heroism. Nixon had left the White House in disgrace, the nation was reeling from the catastrophe of Vietnam, and in 1979--the year the book appeared--Americans were being held hostage by Iranian militants. Yet it was exactly the anachronistic courage of his subjects that captivated Wolfe. In his foreword, he notes that as late as 1970, almost one in four career Navy pilots died in accidents. "The Right Stuff," he explains, "became a story of why men were willing--willing?--delighted!--to take on such odds in this, an era literary people had long since characterized as the age of the anti-hero." A 'Fit For Life' event. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Survival of the Sickest

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Survival of the Sickest by Sharon Moalem
Was diabetes evolution's response to the last Ice Age? Did a deadly genetic disease help our ancestors survive the bubonic plagues of Europe? Will a visit to the tanning salon help lower your cholesterol? Dr. Sharon Moalem turns our current understanding of illness on its head and challenges us to fundamentally change the way we think about our bodies, our health, and our relationship to just about every other living thing on earth, from plants and animals to insects and bacteria. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: The Abstinence Teacher

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
Ruth Ramsey is the human sexuality teacher at the local high school. She believes that "pleasure is good, shame is bad, and knowledge is power." Ruth's daughter's soccer coach is Tim Mason, a former stoner and rocker whose response to hitting rock bottom was to reach out and be saved. Tim belongs to the Tabernacle, an evangelical Christian church that doesn't approve of Ruth's style of teaching and makes her the focus of a very public crusade. And Ruth, in turn, doesn't applaud the Tabernacle's mission to take its message outside its doors. But when a controversy on the soccer field pushes the two of them to actually talk, they are forced to look beyond their first impressions.
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Bailey Cove Evening: Into the Wild

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
After graduating from college, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave away his savings and hitchhiked to Alaska, where he went to live in the wilderness. Four months later, he turned up dead. His diary, letters and two notes found at a remote campsite tell of his desperate effort to survive.
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Bailey Cove Evening: River of Doubt

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

River of Doubt by Candice Millard
After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find: the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil's most famous explorer, Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the Western Hemisphere forever.

Bailey Cove Evening: American Gods

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The intriguing premise of Gaiman's tale is that the gods of European yore, who came to North America with their immigrant believers, are squaring off for a rumble with new indigenous deities: "gods of credit card and freeway, of Internet and telephone, of radio and hospital and television, gods of plastic and of beeper and of neon." [check the catalog]

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