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PageTurners: A Moveable Feast

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Published for the first time as Ernest Hemingway intended, one of the great writer’s most beloved and enduring works: his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s. Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most beloved works. Since Hemingway’s personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined and debated the changes made to the text before publication. Now, this spe- cial restored edition presents the original manuscript as the author intended it to be published.

PageTurners

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Countless writers and artists have spoken for a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman. With an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture and an almost effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of unlikely subject matter, Klosterman attacks the entire spectrum of postmodern America: reality TV, Internet porn, Pamela Anderson, literary Jesus freaks, and the real difference between apples and oranges (of which there is none). And don't even get him started on his love life and the whole Harry-Met-Sally situation.

PageTurners

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

From beer to Coca-Cola, the six drinks that have helped shape human history Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glassestells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola. Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and by 3000 B.C.E.

Packing for Mars: PageTurners

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

After tackling such topics as the fate of cadavers, the existence of ghosts, and sex in scientific research, Mary Roach settles her gaze on the not-so-glamorous lives of astronauts, their training, and the quirky experiments performed in the name of space science. Roach's research sends her into the archives and into zero-gee flight in order to find answers to such questions as what happens when an astronaut vomits in his/her helmet, and whether or not it is feasible, or even possible, to have sex in a gravity-free environment.

Freakonomics: PageTurners

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 12:30pm

The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics was a worldwide sensation, selling over four million copies in thirty-five languages and changing the way we look at the world. Now, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return with SuperFreakonomics, and fans and newcomers alike will find that the freakquel is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first. Four years in the making, SuperFreakonomics asks not only the tough questions, but the unexpected ones: What's more dangerous, driving drunk or walking drunk?

PageTurners

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

One of the most influential and provocative books of its generation continues to attract and inspire readers of all ages with its intriguing blend of ancient and Eastern philosophy, cultural criticism, and scientific inquiry.

PageTurners

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the days after, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. But, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

PageTurners

Location: Madison Meeting Room
Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Journalist Bartlett dives in to the world of book collecting much as Alice did down the rabbit hole. Her story begins with the loan of a seventeenth-century book that she fears might be stolen. It leads her to book fairs, antique book shops and a man named Gilkey who steals rare books across the country. Gilkey steals not for love of the contents of the books or the link to authors and centuries past, but because he believes that a fine collection will make him a cultivated person.

PageTurners

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

One of the most important and influential books of the past half-century, Robert M. Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a powerful, moving, and penetrating examination of how we live and a meditation on how to live better. The narrative of a father on a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest with his young son, it becomes a profound personal and philosophical odyssey into life's fundamental questions.

PageTurners

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

The author relates an account of the landscapes, characters, mishaps, and adventures he encountered on his grand railroad excursion from London to Tokyo and back again on such classic railroads as the Orient, Mandalay, and Trans-Siberian Expresses.

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