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PageTurners: John Adams by David McCullough

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
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David McCullough
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John Adams

Biography of John Adams portraying him as a brilliant, fiercely independent Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution and then rose to become the second president of the United States. Read more about PageTurners: John Adams by David McCullough

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PageTurners: Strapless by Deborah Davis

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
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Deborah Davis
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Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the fall of Madame X

Explores the story behind John Singer Sargent's "Madame X," a painting of twenty-three-year-old Amelie Gautreau which unleashed a storm of controversey when it was unveiled at the Paris Salon to show the young wife with one strap of her gown falling off her shoulder, and provides insights into the lives of the artist and his subject. Read more about PageTurners: Strapless by Deborah Davis

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PageTurners: BossyPants by Tina Fey

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
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9781609419691
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Tina Fey
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BossyPants

Celebrated writer, actor, and comedian Tina Fey recounts her childhood and successful career. Filled with hilarious anecdotes from an otherwise normal childhood, Fey's memoir chronicles her meteoric rise to success, from her breakout roles on Saturday Night Live to the creation of the critically acclaimed television series 30 Rock. Read more about PageTurners: BossyPants by Tina Fey

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PageTurners: Selling Sickness

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
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Ray Moynihan
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Selling Sickness

Thirty years ago, Henry Gadsden, the head of Merck, one of the world's largest drug companies, told Fortune magazine that he wanted Merck to be more like chewing gum maker Wrigley's. It had long been his dream to make drugs for healthy people so that Merck could "sell to everyone." Gadsden's dream now drives the marketing machinery of the most profitable industry on earth. Drug companies are systematically working to widen the very boundaries that define illness, and the markets for medication grow ever larger. Mild problems are redefined as serious illness and common complaints are labeled as medical conditions requiring drug treatments. Runny noses are now allergic rhinitis, PMS has become a psychiatric disorder, and hyperactive children have ADD. When it comes to conditions like high cholesterol or low bone density, being "at risk" is sold as a disease. Selling Sickness reveals how widening the boundaries of illness and lowering the threshold for treatments is creating millions of new patients and billions in new profits, in turn threatening to bankrupt health-care systems all over the world. As more and more of ordinary life becomes medicalized, the industry moves ever closer to Gadsden's dream: "selling to everyone." Read more about PageTurners: Selling Sickness

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PageTurners: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
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9780393064476
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Stephen Greenblatt
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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it. Read more about PageTurners: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

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PageTurners: American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
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9781400063253
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Jon Meacham
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American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

A thought-provoking study of Andrew Jackson chronicles the life and career of a self-made man who went on to become a military hero and seventh president of the United States, critically analyzing Jackson's seminal role during a turbulent era in history, the political crises and personal upheaval that surrounded him, and his legacy for the modern presidency. Read more about PageTurners: American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

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PageTurners: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
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9780679456728
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Robert K. Massie
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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Presents a reconstruction of the eighteenth-century empress's life that covers her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage, and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs. Read more about PageTurners: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

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PageTurners: Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
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Alexandra Fuller
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Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

In this sequel to 'Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight', Alexandra Fuller returns to Africa and the story of her unforgettable family. In 'Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness' Alexandra Fuller braids a multilayered narrative around the perfectly lit, Happy Valley-era Africa of her mother's childhood; the boiled cabbage grimness of her father's English childhood; and the darker, civil war- torn Africa of her own childhood. At its heart, this is the story of Fuller's mother, Nicola. Born on the Scottish Isle of Skye and raised in Kenya, Nicola holds dear the kinds of values most likely to get you hurt or killed in Africa: loyalty to blood, passion for land, and a holy belief in the restorative power of all animals. Fuller interviewed her mother at length and has captured her inimitable voice with remarkable precision. 'Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness' is as funny, terrifying, exotic, and unselfconscious as Nicola herself. We see Nicola and Tim Fuller in their lavender-colored honeymoon period, when east Africa lies before them with all the promise of its liquid equatorial light, even as the British empire in which they both believe wanes. But in short order, an accumulation of mishaps and tragedies bump up against history until the couple finds themselves in a world they hardly recognize. We follow the Fullers as they hopscotch the continent, running from war and unspeakable heartbreak, from Kenya to Rhodesia to Zambia, even returning to England briefly. But just when it seems that Nicola has been broken entirely by Africa, it is the African earth itself that revives her. A story of survival and madness, love and war, loyalty and forgiveness, 'Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness' is an intimate exploration of the author's family. In the end we find Nicola and Tim at a coffee table under their Tree of Forgetfulness on the banana and fish farm where they plan to spend their final days. In local custom, the Tree of Forgetfulness is where villagers meet to resolve disputes and it is here that the Fullers at last find an African kind of peace. Following the ghosts and dreams of memory, 'Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness' is Alexandra Fuller at her very best. Read more about PageTurners: Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

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PageTurners: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
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Erik Larson
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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

In this readable narrative, author Larson (The Devil in the White City, Thunderstruck) offers a real-life, eyewitness perspective inside the Nazi hierarchy as Hitler came to power. William E. Dodd, a mild-mannered professor from Chicago, became the first US ambassador to Hitler's Germany in 1933. Dodd, his wife, their son, and their 24-year-old daughter Martha lived in Germany for about five years. Drawing on Martha's diaries and letters, much of the book centers on Martha's romantic affairs with high-ranking Nazi officials and her eventual heroism as she realized Hitler's true character. Meanwhile, her father William Dodd informed the US State Department of increasing Jewish persecution, with little response from the State Department. The book sheds light on why it took so long for the world to recognize the threat posed by Hitler. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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PageTurners: The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
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David McCullough
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The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

McCullough tells the story of the American artists and scientists who studied in Paris, and changed America through what they learned there. Read more about PageTurners: The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

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