Russell Readers

Russell Readers: Brother, I'm Dying

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

Russell Readers: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

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.

Russell Readers: Abundance

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

Russell Readers: The Last Lecture

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

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?

Russell Readers: Like Water For Elephants

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

Russell Readers - Love in the Time of Cholera

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs—yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

Russell Readers - The Watchman

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Larkin Conner Barkley lives like the City of Angels is hers for the taking. Young and staggeringly rich, she speeds through the city during its loneliest hours, blowing through red after red in her Aston Martin as if running for her life. Until out of nowhere a car appears, and with it the metal-on-metal explosion of a terrible accident. Dazed, Larkin attempts to help the other victims. And finds herself the sole witness in a secret federal investigation.

Russell Readers - Nineteen Minutes

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Peter Houghton, an alienated teen who has been bullied for years by the popular crowd, brings weapons to his high school in Sterling, N.H., one day and opens fire, killing 10 people. Flashbacks reveal how bullying caused Peter to retreat into a world of violent computer games. Alex Cormier, the judge assigned to Peter's case, tries to maintain her objectivity as she struggles to understand her daughter, Josie, one of the surviving witnesses of the shooting. The author's insights into her characters' deep-seated emotions brings this ripped-from-the-headlines read chillingly alive.

Russell Readers - Blood Done Sign My Name

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

"Daddy and Roger and 'em shot 'em a nigger." Those words, whispered to ten-year-old Tim Tyson by a playmate, heralded a firestorm that would forever transform the tobacco market town of Oxford, North Carolina.

Russell Readers - Christmas Party

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Christmas Party. No book this month.

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