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 - Same Kind of Different as Me

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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.

Russell Readers - Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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.

Russell Readers - Exile

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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.

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.

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