PageTurners: John Adams by David McCullough

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

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.

PageTurners: Strapless by Deborah Davis

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

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.

PageTurners: BossyPants by Tina Fey

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

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.

PageTurners: Selling Sickness

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

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.

PageTurners: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

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.

PageTurners: American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

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.

PageTurners: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

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.

PageTurners: Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

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.

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

Location: Madison Meeting Room
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

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.

PageTurners: The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

McCullough tells the story of the American artists and scientists who studied in Paris, and changed America through what they learned there.

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