PageTurners

PageTurners: Angela's Ashes

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 12:30am - 1:30pm

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.

PageTurners: The Worst Hard Time

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

PageTurners: Julie and Julia

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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.

PageTurners - The Zookeeper's Wife

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 12:30pm

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.

PageTurners - The Black Swan

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Friday, October 2, 2009 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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. 

PageTurners - The Lone Survivor

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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. 

PageTurners Book Club - The Billionaire's Vinegar

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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? 

PageTurners Book Club - The Soloist

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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.

PageTurners: Nickel and Dimed

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Determined to find out how anyone could make ends meet on $7 an hour, Ehrenreich left behind her middle class life as a journalist except for $1000 in start-up funds, a car and her laptop computer to try to sustain herself as a low-skilled worker for a month at a time.

PageTurners: Manhunt: the 12 Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history - the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

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