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PageTurners: The Worst Hard Time

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Timothy Egan
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The Worst Hard Time

Egan tells an extraordinary tale in this visceral account of how America's great, grassy plains turned to dust, and how the ferocious plains winds stirred up an endless series of "black blizzards" that were like a biblical plague: "Dust clouds boiled up, ten thousand feet or more in the sky, and rolled like moving mountains" in what became known as the Dust Bowl. But the plague was man-made, as Egan shows: the plains weren't suited to farming, and plowing up the grass to plant wheat, along with a confluence of economic disaster—the Depression—and natural disaster—eight years of drought—resulted in an ecological and human catastrophe that Egan details with stunning specificity. He grounds his tale in portraits of the people who settled the plains: hardy Americans and immigrants desperate for a piece of land to call their own and lured by the lies of promoters who said the ground was arable. Egan's interviews with survivors produce tales of courage and suffering: Hazel Lucas, for instance, dared to give birth in the midst of the blight only to see her baby die of "dust pneumonia" when her lungs clogged with the airborne dirt. With characters who seem to have sprung from a novel by Sinclair Lewis or Steinbeck, and Egan's powerful writing, this account will long remain in readers' minds. Read more about PageTurners: The Worst Hard Time

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PageTurners: No Meeting

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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PageTurners: Angela's Ashes

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 12:30am to 1:30pm
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Frank McCourt
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Angela's Ashes

The McCourts began their family in poverty in Brooklyn, yet when Angela slipped into depression after the death of her only daughter (four of eight children survived), the family reversed the tide of emigration and returned to Ireland, living on public assistance in Limerick. McCourt's story is laced with the pain of extreme poverty, aggravated by an alcoholic father who abandoned the family during World War II. Read more about PageTurners: Angela's Ashes

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PageTurners: The Worst Hard Time

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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061834697X
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Timothy Egan
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The Worst Hard Time

On April 14, 1935, the biggest dust storm on record descended over five states, from the Dakotas to Amarillo, Texas. People standing a few feet apart could not see each other; if they touched, they risked being knocked over by the static electricity that the dust created in the air. The Dust Bowl was the product of reckless, market-driven farming that had so abused the land that, when dry weather came, the wind lifted up millions of acres of topsoil and whipped it around in "black blizzards," which blew as far east as New York. This ecological disaster rapidly disfigured whole communities. Egan's portraits of the families who stayed behind are sobering and far less familiar than those of the "exodusters" who staggered out of the High Plains. Read more about PageTurners: The Worst Hard Time

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PageTurners: Julie and Julia

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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9780393061727
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Julie Powell
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Julie and Julia

The author recounts how she escaped the doldrums of an unpromising career by mastering every recipe in Julia Child's 1961 classic, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," a year-long endeavor that transformed her life. Read more about PageTurners: Julie and Julia

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PageTurners - The Zookeeper's Wife

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 12:30pm
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Author: 
Diane Ackerman
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The Zookeeper's Wife

The true story of how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw--and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants--otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes--and keeping alive an atmosphere of play and innocence even as Europe crumbled around her. Read more about PageTurners - The Zookeeper's Wife

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PageTurners - The Black Swan

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Friday, October 2, 2009 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Nassim Taleb
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The Black Swan

Taleb is concerned with black swans, i.e., unpredictable and improbable events that have great impact. Among the examples of these he cites are the rapid spread of the Internet and the 9/11 attacks. People endeavor to explain black swans after they occur, but they cannot do so in advance. Despite the crucial effects of these events, economists and other supposed experts in prediction fail to allow for them. Because of this failure, Taleb maintains that much business forecasting is useless.  Read more about PageTurners - The Black Swan

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PageTurners - The Lone Survivor

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Marcus Lutrell
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The Lone Survivor

Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to be very close to Bin Laden with a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.  Read more about PageTurners - The Lone Survivor

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PageTurners Book Club - The Billionaire's Vinegar

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Benjamin Wallace
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The Billionaire's Vinegar

In 1985, at a heated auction, a 1787 bottle of Chateau Lafite Bordeaux - one of a cache of bottles unearthed in a bricked-up Paris cellar and supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson - went for $156,000 to a member of the Forbes family. But rumors about the bottle soon arose. Why wouldn't Rodenstock reveal the exact location where it had been found? Was it part of a smuggled Nazi hoard? Or did his reticence conceal an even darker secret?  Read more about PageTurners Book Club - The Billionaire's Vinegar

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PageTurners Book Club - The Soloist

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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9780399155062
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Steve Lopez
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The Soloist

The true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musician who becomes schizophrenic and homeless, and his friendship with Steve Lopez, the Los Angeles columnist who discovers and writes about him in the newspaper. Film released April 24, 2009. Read more about PageTurners Book Club - The Soloist

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