Russell Readers

Russell Readers Bookclub

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

After his triumphant novels The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini gifts us with a poignant story of love, loss, and recovery across several families and over several generations. Like an intricately woven tapestry, And the Mountains Echoed pulls us into the lives of disparate children, men, and women in Afghanistan, France, Greece, and California, showing us how the choices they and other make resonate over decades. A masterpiece; superlative early reviews.

Russell Readers Bookclub

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Alex Dumas, an extraordinary man whose sensational life had been largely lost to history solely because of his race, takes the spotlight in this dynamic tale. Thanks to Reiss’s excellent research, combined with the passionate memorial his son, Alexandre Dumas, consistently built in his own novels and memoir, Dumas’s life has been brought back to light.

Russell Readers Book Discussion

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

"No one who lived through the years of 1937 to 1948," Albright writes, "was a stranger to profound sadness. Millions of innocents did not survive, and their deaths must never be forgotten.

Russell Readers Book Discussion

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 1:00am - 12:30pm

Betty Weissmann has just been dumped by her husband of forty-eight years. Exiled from her elegant New York apartment by her husband’s mistress, she and her two middle-aged daughters, Miranda and Annie, regroup in a run-down Westport, Connecticut, beach cottage. In Schine’s playful and devoted homage to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, the impulsive sister is Miranda, a literary agent entangled in a series of scandals, and the more pragmatic sister is Annie, a library director, who feels compelled to move in and watch over her capricious mother and sister.

Russell Readers BookClub: Gone Girl

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

Russell Readers Book Discussion Community Read 2013-- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Wednesday, April 10th Coffee, Tea or Murder:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 11 a.m.

 

Enjoy an informal discussion with the Russell Readers (R&R) Book Club!   We’ll talk about The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes while  enjoying samples of some

Sherlock-themed teas.

Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Shoemaker's Wife

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America.

Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer, was buried in an unmarked grave sixty years ago. Yet her cells - taken without her knowledge - became one of the most important tools in medical research. Known to science as HeLa, the first "immortal" human cells grown in culture are still alive today, and have been bought and sold by the millions. Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey from the "colored" ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to East Baltimore today, where Henrietta's family struggles with her legacy.

Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

The Color Purple is foremost the story of Celie, a poor, barely literate Southern black woman who struggles to escape the brutality and degradation of her treatment by men. The tale is told primarily through her own letters, which, out of isolation and despair, she initially addresses to God. . . . during the course of the novel, which begins in the early 1900's and ends in the mid-1940's, Celie frees herself from her husband's repressive control.

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