Russell Readers

Russell Readers: Gift of Years

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Not only accepting but also celebrating getting old, this inspirational and illuminating book looks at the many facets of the aging process, from purposes and challenges to struggles and surprises. Central throughout is a call to cherish the blessing of aging as a natural part of life that is active, productive, and deeply rewarding. Perhaps the most important dimension revealed lies in the awareness that there is a purpose to aging and intention built into every stage of life.

Russell Readers: That Old Cape Magic

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Griffin has been tooling around for nearly a year with his father’s ashes in the trunk, but his mother is very much alive and not shy about calling on his cell phone. She does so as he drives down to Cape Cod, where he and his wife, Joy, will celebrate the marriage of their daughter Laura’s best friend. For Griffin this is akin to driving into the past, since he took his childhood summer vacations here, his parents’ respite from the hated Midwest. And the Cape is where he and Joy honeymooned, in the course of which they drafted the Great Truro Accord, a plan for their lives together that’s now thirty years old and has largely come true. He’d left screenwriting and Los Angeles behind for the sort of New England college his snobby academic parents had always aspired to in vain; they’d moved into an old house full of character; and they’d started a family. Check, check and check.

Russell Readers: Wicked City

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

In 1955, Look magazine called Phenix City, Alabama, “The Wickedest City in America,” but even that may have been an understatement. It was a stew of organized crime and corruption, run by a machine that dealt with complaints forcefully and with dispatch. No one dared cross them - no one even tried. And then the machine killed the wrong man.

Russell Readers: The Graveyard Book

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family . . .

Russell Readers: In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Daddy is going to camp. That's what I told my children. A child psychologist suggested it. “Words like prison and jail conjure up dangerous images for children,” she explained. But it wasn't camp . . .

Russell Readers: Looking For Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Every Saturday, Catherine sits at the Dairy Queen, plotting her getaway to Atlanta. When the dream becomes a reality, she immediately leaves everything to claim the life she's always imagined. But before things have even begun to get off the ground in Atlanta, tragedy brings Catherine Grace back home. As a series of extraordinary events alter her perspective and sweeping changes come to Ringgold itself, she begins to wonder if her place in the world may actually be, against all odds, right where she began.

Russell Readers: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

From the author of the international bestseller "Incendiary" comes a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers—one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London.

Russell Readers: The Help

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone. Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Russell Readers: Twenty Wishes

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Anne Marie Roche wants to find happiness again. At thirty-eight, her life's not what she'd expected—she's childless, a recent widow, alone. She owns a successful bookstore on Seattle's Blossom Street, but despite her accomplishments, there's a feeling of emptiness.On Valentine's Day, Anne Marie and several other widows get together to celebrate…what? Hope, possibility, the future. They each begin a list of twenty wishes, things they always wanted to do but never did.Anne Marie's list starts with: Find one good thing about life.

Russel Readers: Bridge of Sighs

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Louis Charles ( Lucy ) Lynch has spent his entire life in Thomaston, married for 40 years to his wife, Sarah, and finally living in the rich section of town, thanks to the success of his father's convenience stores. Long planning a trip to Venice, he tries in vain to communicate with the couple's best friend, Bobby Marconi, now a world-famous painter living in Venice. Meanwhile, the irascible ex-pat, now approaching 60 and suffering from night terrors, is still chasing women, engaging in fistfights, and struggling to complete his latest painting.

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