Book Club Meetings

CSI:Madison - The Bullet Trick

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

When down-at-heel conjurer William Wilson gets booked for a string of cabaret gigs in Berlin, he is hoping his luck is on the turn. There were certain spectators from his last show he'd rather forget." "Amongst the showgirls and tricksters of Berlin's scandalous underground William can abandon his heart, his head and, more importantly, his past. But secrets have a habit of catching up with him, and the line between the act and reality starts to blur.

CSI:Madison - A Drink Before the War

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, two young, smart-mouthed Boston PIs, are hired by a trio of prominent macho politicians to find a State House cleaning woman who may have purloined some important ``documents.'' The pair quickly learns that Jenna Angeline has no documents. She does have a son and a husband who lead rival black street gangs, an angry sister and a photo of one of the pols with her husband in a hotel room.

CSI:Madison - March Violets

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

The brutality and corruption of Nazi Germany serve as the backdrop for this impressive debut mystery novel. Scottish-born Kerr re-creates the period accurately and with verve; the novel reeks of the sordid decade that saw Hitler's rise to power. Bernhard Gunther is a hard-boiled Berlin detective who specializes in tracking down missing persons--mostly Jews. He is summoned by a wealthy industrialist to find the murderer of his daughter and son-in-law, killed during the robbery of a priceless diamond necklace.

CSI:Madison - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

About the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden ... and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: Seventh Heaven

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Naguib Mahfouz, famed for his uncanny power to depict the real world, is equally ingenious at capturing the surreal, the otherworldly, and the supernatural. The ghostly side of Mahfouz's fiction, though less well known than his other works, nonetheless remains a haunting presence.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Slaughterhouse-Five

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Time and Again

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

First published in 1970, this highly original cult classic tells the story of Simon Morley, a young Manhattan illustrator who is selected by a secret government agency--presumably to test Einstein's theory that the past actually co-exists with the present--and finds himself suddenly transported back to the New York of the 1880s.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: A Spell for Chameleon

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

The book's young hero, Bink, is without magical powers in a world ruled entirely by magic. Worse still, if he doesn't discover his own magical talent soon, he will be forever banished from his homeland.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Stranger in a Strange Land

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

Valentine Michael Smith is the stranger. A young human, reared by Martians on Mars, he is brought to Earth where he must adapt not only to the planet's social injustices and its population's foibles, but to its strong gravitational field and rich atmosphere.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: The Time Machine

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year a.d. 802,701, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment, and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realizes that these beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture-now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. They have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity-the sinister Morlocks.

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