PageTurners: Joseph Anton

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY San Francisco Chronicle • Newsweek /The Daily Beast • The Seattle Times • The Economist • Kansas City Star • BookPage On February 14, 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa . His crime?

PageTurners: The House of Medici, it's rise and fall

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

An account of the fortunes and influences of the great Florentine banking family, covering over three hundred years of soldiers, art patrons, collectors, builders, popes, statesmen, and scholars.

PageTurners: Where Underpants Come From

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

When Joe Bennett bought a six-pack of underwear in his local supermarket for $5.60, he wondered who on earth could be making any money, let alone profit, from the exchange. How many processes and middlemen are involved? Where and how is the underwear made? And who decides on the absorbent qualities of the gusset? Joe embarks on an odyssey to the new factory of the world, China, to trace his underwear back to their source. Along the way he discovers the extraordinarily balanced and intricate web of contacts and exchanges that makes global trade possible.

PageTurners: Churchill: the prophetic statesman

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

James C. Humes reveals shocking predictions made by Britain's most famous prime minister. Churchill didn't need a crystal ball to tell the future. Using his skills as a historian, he studied patterns of the past to make his eerily accurate forecasts, including the rise of European fascism, the fall of the Iron Curtain, and the exact day of his own death as he entered his final years.

PageTurners: Nisa, the life and words of a !Kung woman

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

This book is the story of the life of Nisa, a member of the !Kung tribe of hunter-gatherers from southern Africa's Kalahari desert. Told in her own words-earthy, emotional, vivid-to Marjorie Shostak , a Harvard anthropologist who succeeded, with Nisa's collaboration, in breaking through the immense barriers of language and culture, the story is a fascinating view of a remarkable woman.

PageTurners: Walden and Civil Disobedience

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Henry David Thoreau was a sturdy individualist and a lover of nature. In March, 1845, he built himself a wooden hut on the edge of Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts, where he lived until September 1847. Walden is Thoreaus autobiograophical account of his Robinson Crusoe existence, bare of creature comforts but rich in contemplation of the wonders of nature and the ways of man. On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience is the classic protest against government's interference with individual liberty, and is considered one of the most famous essays ever written.

PageTurners: Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

The Bard meets "House" in this illumination of the medical mysteries surrounding 10 of the English language's most heralded writers, including John Milton, Jonathan Swift, and Jack London.

PageTurners: Constance: the tragic and scandolous life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

In the spring of 1895 the life of Constance Wilde changed irrevocably. Up until the conviction of her husband, Oscar, for homosexual crimes, she had held a privileged position in society. Part of a gilded couple, she was a popular children's author, a fashion icon, and a leading campaigner for women's rights. A founding member of the magical society The Golden Dawn, her pioneering and questioning spirit encouraged her to sample some of the more controversial aspects of her time. Mrs. Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in her own right.

PageTurners: Freedom Riders

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

In this new version of his encyclopedic Freedom Riders, Raymond Arsenault offers a significantly condensed and tautly written account. Arsenault recounts how a group of volunteers--blacks and whites--came together to travel from Washington DC through the Deep South, defying Jim Crow laws in buses and terminals and putting their lives on the line for racial justice. News photographers captured the violence in Montgomery, shocking the nation and sparking a crisis in the Kennedy administration.

PageTurners: The Wives: The Women Behind Russia's Literary Giants

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

A biographical look at the intellectual relationships between some of Russia's greatest writers and their wives.

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