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Literary Giants Book Club

Literary Giants - Mr. Vertigo

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Monday, November 30, 2009 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Author: 
Paul Auster
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Mr. Vertigo

Walter Claireborne Rawley is renowned nationwide as "Walt the Wonder Boy." It is the late 1920's, and Walt is a Saint Louis orphan rescued from the streets by the mysterious Hungarian Master Yehudi, who teaches Walt to walk on air. The vaudeville act that results from Walt's marvelous new ability takes them across a vast and vibrant country, where they meet and fall prey to sinners, thieves, and villains, from the Kansas Ku Klux Klan to the Chicago mob. Walt's rise to fame and fortune mirrors America's own coming of age, and his resilience, like that of the nation, is challenged over and over again. Mr. Vertigo is a bravura celebration of a raucous age, an ambitious and enduringly brilliant tale of trial and triumph. Read more about Literary Giants - Mr. Vertigo

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Literary Giants - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Monday, November 30, 2009 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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9780385340991
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Mary Ann Shaffer
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into his world, his island, his friends' taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Read more about Literary Giants - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Literary Giants - Lonesome Dove

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Monday, October 26, 2009 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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0671504207
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Author: 
Larry McMurtry
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Lonesome Dove

A love story and an epic of the frontier, Lonesome Dove is the grandest novel ever written about the last, defiant wilderness of America. Richly authentic, beautifully written, Lonesome Dove is a book to make readers laugh, weep, dream and remember. Read more about Literary Giants - Lonesome Dove

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Literary Giants - Slaughterhouse-Five

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Monday, September 28, 2009 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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0440180295
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Author: 
Kurt Vonnegut
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Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden. Read more about Literary Giants - Slaughterhouse-Five

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Literary Giants - Run

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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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0061340634
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Author: 
Ann Patchett
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Run

Boston lawyer and ex-politician Bernard Doyle has nurtured his three sons -- Sullivan and adopted brothers Tip and Teddy -- since the death of his wife 15 years ago. Then, one snowy evening, Tip is pushed out of the way of an oncoming vehicle by a woman, herself hit and badly injured, who turns out to be the boys' birth mother and who's been watching the boys for years, along with her 11-year-old daughter, Kenya. The drama of a single day is given an unreal quality by the snow that curtails normal activity, as these vividly portrayed characters struggle with their circumstances. Read more about Literary Giants - Run

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Literary Giants - Cannery Row

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Monday, July 27, 2009 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Author: 
John Steinbeck
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Cannery Row

Unburdened by the material necessities of the more fortunate, the denizens of Cannery Row discover rewards unknown in more traditional society. Cannery Row is just a few blocks long, but the story it harbors is suffused with warmth, understanding, and a great fund of human values. First published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is-both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Read more about Literary Giants - Cannery Row

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Literary Giants - Three Cups of Tea

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Monday, June 29, 2009 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Author: 
Greg Mortenson
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Three Cups of Tea

One day in 1993, high up in the world's most inhospitable mountains, Greg Mortenson wandered lost and alone, broken in body and spirit, after a failed attempt to climb K2, the world's deadliest peak. When the people of an impoverished village in Pakistan took him in and nursed him back to health, Mortenson made an impulsive promise: He would return one day and build them a school. Although he was a homeless "climbing bum" living out of his aging Buick in California, Mortenson sold what few possessions he had to launch one of the most remarkable humanitarian campaigns of our time. Read more about Literary Giants - Three Cups of Tea

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Literary Giants: The Stone Diaries

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Monday, March 30, 2009 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Author: 
Carol Shields
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The Stone Diaries

This fictionalized autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett is a subtle but affecting portrait of an everywoman reflecting on an unconventional life. What transforms this seemingly ordinary tale is the richness of Daisy's vividly described inner life from her earliest memories of her adoptive mother to her awareness of impending death. Read more about Literary Giants: The Stone Diaries

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Literary Giants: The Thief and the Dogs

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Monday, April 27, 2009 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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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. This event is part of The Big Read. Read more about Literary Giants: The Thief and the Dogs

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Literary Giants: Manhunt

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Monday, February 23, 2009 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Author: 
James L. Swanson
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Manhunt: the 12 Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history - the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness. Read more about Literary Giants: Manhunt

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