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Russel Readers: Bridge of Sighs

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Russo, Richard
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Bridge of Sighs

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. Russo slowly and lovingly pieces together rich, multilayered portraits not only of the principals but also of their families, and, by extension, their quintessentially American town. It is a seamless interweaving of childhood memories (sometimes told from three points of view), tragic incidents (the town river, once the lifeblood of local industry, has become a toxic stew that is poisoning residents), and unforgettable dialogue that is so natural, funny, and touching that it may, perhaps, be the best of Russo's many gifts. Read more about Russel Readers: Bridge of Sighs

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Russell Readers: Brother, I'm Dying

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Edwidge Danticat
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Brother, I'm Dying

From the age of four, award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat came to think of her uncle Joseph as her “second father,” when she was placed in his care after her parents left Haiti for America. And so she was both elated and saddened when, at twelve, she joined her parents and youngest brothers in New York City. As Edwidge made a life in a new country, adjusting to being far away from so many who she loved, she and her family continued to fear for the safety of those still in Haiti as the political situation deteriorated.  In 2004, they entered into a terrifying tale of good people caught up in events beyond their control. Brother I'm Dying is an astonishing true-life epic, told on an intimate scale by one of our finest writers. Read more about Russell Readers: Brother, I'm Dying

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Russell Readers: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Mark Twain
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Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Perhaps the best-loved nineteenth-century American novel, Mark Twain's tale of boyhood adventure overflows with comedy, warmth, and slapstick energy. It brings to life and array of irresistible characters—the awesomely self-confident Tom, his best buddy Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the lovely, beguiling Becky—as well as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting lost in a dark and labyrinthine cave. This novel is the 2010 selection for Alabama's state-wide The Big Read. Read more about Russell Readers: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Russell Readers: Abundance

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Author: 
Sena Jeter Naslund
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Abundance

Marie Antoinette was a child of fourteen when her mother, the Empress of Austria, arranged for her to leave her family and her country to become the wife of the fifteen-year-old Dauphin, the future King of France. Coming of age in the most public of arenas—eager to be a good wife and strong queen—she warmly embraces her adopted nation and its citizens. She shows her new husband nothing but love and encouragement, though he repeatedly fails to consummate their marriage and in so doing is unable to give what she and the people of France desire most: a child and an heir to the throne. Deeply disappointed and isolated in her own intimate circle, and apart from the social life of the court, she allows herself to remain ignorant of the country's growing economic and political crises, even as poor harvests, bitter winters, war debts, and poverty precipitate rebellion and revenge. The young queen, once beloved by the common folk, becomes a target of scorn, cruelty, and hatred as she, the court's nobles, and the rest of the royal family are caught up in the nightmarish violence of a murderous time called "the Terror." Read more about Russell Readers: Abundance

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Russell Readers: The Last Lecture

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Author: 
Randy Pausch
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The Last Lecture

A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy? Read more about Russell Readers: The Last Lecture

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Russell Readers: Like Water For Elephants

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Author: 
Sara Gruen
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Water for Elephants

Life is good for Jacob Jankowski. He's about to graduate from veterinary school and about to bed the girl of his dreams. Then his parents are killed in a car crash, leaving him in the middle of the Great Depression with no home, no family, and no career. Almost by accident, Jacob joins the circus. There he falls in love with the beautiful performer Marlena, who is married to the circus' psychotic animal trainer. He also meets the other love of his life, Rosie the elephant. This lushly romantic novel travels back in forth in time between Jacob's present day in a nursing home and his adventures in the surprisingly harsh world of 1930s circuses. Read more about Russell Readers: Like Water For Elephants

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Russell Readers - Exile

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Author: 
Richard North Patterson
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Exile

David Wolfe's life is approaching an exhilarating peak: he's a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married, and he's being primed for a run for Congress. But when the phone rings and he hears the voice of Hana Arif - the Palestinian woman with whom he had a secret affair in law school - he begins a completely unexpected journey. Read more about Russell Readers - Exile

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Russell Readers - Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Mary Ann Shaffer
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Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into his world, his island, his friends' taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Read more about Russell Readers - Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Russell Readers - Same Kind of Different as Me

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Ron Hall
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Same Kind of Different as Me

A modern-day slave and an international art dealer are bound together by a dying womans faith. Will Ron, the art dealer, be able to embrace Denver, whos been homeless for almost 20 years? Will Denver learn to trust a white man? Theres pain and laughter, doubt and tears, and in the end a triumphal story. Read more about Russell Readers - Same Kind of Different as Me

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Russell Readers - The Shack

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Author: 
William Young
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The Shack

Mack's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever. Read more about Russell Readers - The Shack

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