Login to My Account

Literary Giants Book Club

Literary Giants: Little Bee

Date: 
Monday, August 30, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
ISBN: 
9781416589648
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/9781416589648/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Chris Cleave
Title: 
Little Bee

From the author of the international bestseller "Incendiary" comes a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers—one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London. Read more about Literary Giants: Little Bee

Event type: 
Age: 
Event categories: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Literary Giants: Boy's Life

Date: 
Monday, October 25, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
ISBN: 
978-1416577782
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/978-1416577782/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Robert McCammon
Title: 
Boy's Life

In 1964, 12-year-old Cory Mackenson lives with his parents in Zephyr, Alabama. It is a sleepy, comfortable town. Cory is helping with his father's milk route one morning when a car plunges into the lake before their eyes. His father dives in after the car and finds a dead man handcuffed to the steering wheel. Their world no longer seems so innocent: a vicious killer hides among apparently friendly neighbors. Other, equally unsettling transmogrifications occur: a friend's father becomes a shambling bully under the influence of moonshine, decent men metamorphose into Klan bigots, "responsible" adults flee when faced with danger for the first time. With the aid of unexpected allies, Cory faces hair-raising dangers as he seeks to find the secret of the dead man in the lake. McCammon writes an exciting adventure story. He also gives us an affecting tale of a young man growing out of childhood in a troubled place and time Read more about Literary Giants: Boy's Life

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Literary Giants: The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

Date: 
Monday, September 27, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
ISBN: 
978-0393333060
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/978-0393333060/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Diane Ackerman
Title: 
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw—and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants—otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes.

With her exuberant prose and exquisite sensitivity to the natural world, Diane Ackerman engages us viscerally in the lives of the zoo animals, their keepers, and their hidden visitors. She shows us how Antonina refused to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, keeping alive an atmosphere of play and innocence even as Europe crumbled around her. Read more about Literary Giants: The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Literary Giants: The Help

Date: 
Monday, July 26, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
ISBN: 
978-0399155345
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/978-0399155345/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Kathryn Stockett
Title: 
The Help

Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town... Read more about Literary Giants: The Help

Event type: 
Age: 
Event categories: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Literary Giants: Mathilda Savitch

Date: 
Monday, June 28, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
ISBN: 
978-0312430030
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/978-0312430030/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Victor Lodato
Title: 
Mathilda Savitch

The first novel from poet and playwright Lodato is a stunning portrait of grief and youthful imagination. Narrator Mathilda Savitch is an adolescent girl negotiating life after the death of her older sister, Helene. Her parents, especially her alcoholic mother, are too traumatized to give her the comfort she needs, so she lives in an elaborate world of her own invented logic. Mathilda evaluates sex, religion and national tragedy in language that is constantly surprising, amusing and often heartbreaking. She speaks with the bold matter-of-factness of a child, but also reveals a deep understanding of life far beyond her years: "I wondered why god would unlock a door just to show you emptiness," she says. "It made me wonder if maybe he was in cahoots with infinity." Lodato chooses every word with extreme care; Mathilda's observations read like a finely crafted epic poem, whose themes and imagery paint an intricate map of her inner life. She's a metaphysical Holden Caulfield for the terrifying present day. Read more about Literary Giants: Mathilda Savitch

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Literary Giants: No Meeting

Date: 
Monday, December 27, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
Do not index: 
off

Book club will return in January. Contact 461-0046 for more information. Read more about Literary Giants: No Meeting

Age: 
Event type: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Literary Giants: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Date: 
Monday, April 26, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
ISBN: 
1588382478
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/1588382478/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Mark Twain
Title: 
The 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 Literary Giants: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Literary Giants: Mr. Vertigo

Date: 
Monday, March 29, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
ISBN: 
0571229085
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/0571229085/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Paul Auster
Title: 
Mr. Vertigo

Walter Claireborne Rawley, now an octogenarian, recounts his extraordinary vaudevillian adventures as "Walt the Wonder Boy" in 1924. Read more about Literary Giants: Mr. Vertigo

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Literary Giants: The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Date: 
Monday, February 22, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
ISBN: 
0670034169
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/0670034169/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Kim Edwards
Title: 
The Memory Keeper's Daughter

 A snowstorm immobilizes Lexington, Ky., in 1964, and when young Norah Henry goes into labor, her husband, orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Henry, must deliver their babies himself, aided only by a nurse. Seeing his daughter's handicap, he instructs the nurse, Caroline Gill, to take her to a home and later tells Norah, who was drugged during labor, that their son Paul's twin died at birth. Instead of institutionalizing Phoebe, Caroline absconds with her to Pittsburgh. David's deception becomes the defining moment of the main characters' lives, and Phoebe's absence corrodes her birth family's core over the course of the next 25 years. David's undetected lie warps his marriage; he grapples with guilt; Norah mourns her lost child; and Paul not only deals with his parents' icy relationship but with his own yearnings for his sister as well. Read more about Literary Giants: The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Literary Giants: The Glass Castle

Date: 
Monday, January 25, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
ISBN: 
9780743247535
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/9780743247535/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Jeanette Walls
Title: 
The Glass Castle

In The Glass Castle, Walls chronicles her upbringing at the hands of eccentric, nomadic parents--Rose Mary, her frustrated-artist mother, and Rex, her brilliant, alcoholic father. To call the elder Walls's childrearing style laissez faire would be putting it mildly. As Rose Mary and Rex, motivated by whims and paranoia, uprooted their kids time and again, the youngsters (Walls, her brother and two sisters) were left largely to their own devices. But while Rex and Rose Mary firmly believed children learned best from their own mistakes, they themselves never seemed to do so, repeating the same disastrous patterns that eventually landed them on the streets.. Read more about Literary Giants: The Glass Castle

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Pages