Russell Readers

Russell Readers - The Shack

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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.

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.

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.

Russell Readers - Loving Frank

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives.

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