Book Club Meetings

CSI:Madison - The Fifth Child

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Harriet and David, both conservative, old-fashioned and out of step with the liberated '60s, meet in London and know immediately that they are meant to marry. They buy a white elephant of a house in the suburbs and begin to fill its many bedrooms with children. Smugly determined to create a happy family, they unashamedly sponge off David's father and exploit Harriet's mother as an unpaid nanny. The first four children are adorable, but when Harriet becomes pregnant for the fifth time, she realizes that this baby is different.

CSI:Madison - The Last Good Kiss

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

An unforgettable detective story starring C.W. Sughrue, a Montana investigator who kills time by working at a topless bar.

CSI:Madison - Crooked Little Vein

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Michael McGill needed a wake-up call to jump-start his dead career. Instead he gets an impossible assignment delivered directly from the president's heroin-addict chief of staff. It seems the Constitution has some skeletons in its closet: the Founding Fathers doubted that the document would be able to stave off human nature indefinitely, so they devised a backup Constitution to deploy at the first sign of crisis.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join Douglas Adams's hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Required reading for science fiction fans, this book (and its follow-ups) is also sure to please fans of Monty Python, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and British sitcoms.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Land of Laughs

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Schoolteacher Thomas Abbey doesn't know who he is or what he wants--in life or love. What he knows is that in his whole life nothing has touched him so deeply as the novels of Marshall France, a reclusive author of fabulous children's tales who died at forty-four. Now he's come to France's hometown to write France's biography. Warned in advance that France's family may oppose the biography, they're surprised to find France's daughter warmly welcoming instead. But something fantastic and horrible is happening: the magic of Marshall France has extended far beyond the printed page... 

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Flatland

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Local filmmaker Ladd Ehlinger, Jr., will screen his animated film based on Flatland and answer questions from the audience. A brief discussion of the film and book will follow.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Swords and Deviltry

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

In the ancient city of Lankhmar, two men forge a friendship in battle. The red-haired barbarian Fafhrd left the snowy reaches of Nehwon looking for a new life while the Gray Mouser, apprentice magician, fled after finding his master dead. These bawdy brothers-in-arms cement a friendship that leads them through the wilds of Nehwon facing thieves, wizards, princesses and the depths of their desires and fears. (#1 in the Lankhmer series)

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: The Sam Gunn Omnibus

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women -- though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained -- and dumped. Read any five in this collection of fifty Sam Gunn stories. 

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Book of Lost Things

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book ... The Book of Lost Things.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Grass

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Generations in the future, when humanity has spread to other planets and Earth is ruled by Sanctity, a dour, coercive religion that looks to resurrection of the body by storing cell samples of its communicants, a plague is threatening to wipe out mankind. The only planet that seems to be spared is Grass, so-called because that is virtually all that grows there.

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