Book Club Meetings

Russell Readers Bookclub

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Twelve-year-old September's ordinary life in Omaha turns to adventure when a Green Wind takes her to Fairyland to retrieve a talisman the new and fickle Marquess wants from the enchanted woods.

Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: Persepolis (Vol 1-4) by Marjane Satrapi

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Persepolis is the story of Marjane Satrapi's childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland.

Literary Giants: I am Malala : the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, August 25, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Literary Giants: Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, July 28, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

 "Call me Ishmael."

Literary Giants: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

As a young Florentine envoy to the courts of France and the Italian principalities, Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was able to observe firsthand the lives of people strongly united under one powerful ruler.

YABC: Catching Fire

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Join us to create crafts, sample snacks, and discuss the book Catching Fire.

Saved by the Bell Jar: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me

Location: Angel's Island Coffee
Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Kaling shares her observations, fears, and opinions about a wide-ranging list of the topics she thinks about the most. From her favorite types of guys to life in the "The Office" writers' room, her book is full of personal stories and laugh-out-loud philosophies. Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Angel's Island Coffee. For more information please contact Julia Hendon at 256-881-0257 or jhendon [at] hmcpl [dot] org.

Saved by the Bell Jar: One More Thing

Location: Angel's Island Coffee
Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes--only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins--turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother.

Literary Giants: King Lear by William Shakespeare

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

One of Shakespeare's finest tragedies, the work displays a pessimism and nihilism that make it a 20th-century favorite. The aging King Lear decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, allotting each a portion in proportion to the eloquence of her declaration of love. The hypocritical Goneril and Regan make grand pronouncements and are rewarded; Cordelia, the youngest daughter, who truly loves Lear, refuses to make an insincere speech to prove her love and is disinherited. The two older sisters mock Lear and renege on their promise to support him.

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