Book Club Meetings

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Dandelion Wine

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The summer of '28 was a vintage season for a growing boy. A summer of green apple trees, mowed lawns, and new sneakers. Of half-burnt firecrackers, of gathering dandelions, of Grandma's belly-busting dinner. It was a summer of sorrows and marvels and gold-fuzzed bees. A magical, timeless summer in the life of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding -- remembered forever by the incomparable Ray Bradbury.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: Rendezvous with Rama

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

An all-time science fiction classic, Rendezvous with Rama is also one of Clarke's best novels--it won the Campbell, Hugo, Jupiter, and Nebula Awards. A huge, mysterious, cylindrical object appears in space, swooping in toward the sun. The citizens of the solar system send a ship to investigate before the enigmatic craft, called Rama, disappears. The astronauts given the task of exploring the hollow cylindrical ship are able to decipher some, but definitely not all, of the extraterrestrial vehicle's puzzles.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: 1984

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

The year is 1984; the scene is London, largest population center of Airstrip One. Airstrip One is part of the vast political entity Oceania, which is eternally at war with one of two other vast entities, Eurasia and Eastasia. At any moment, depending upon current alignments, all existing records show either that Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia and allied with Eastasia, or that it has always been at war with Eastasia and allied with Eurasia.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: The Tar-Aiym Krang

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, January 4, 2007 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Moth was a beautiful planet, the only one with wings -- two great golden clouds suspended in space around it. The planet attracted unwary travelers, hardened space-sailors, and merchant buccaneers -- a teeming, constantly shifting horde that provided a comfortable income for certain quick-witted fellows like Flinx and his pet flying snake Pip. With his odd talents, the pickings were easy enough so that Flinx did not have to be dishonest ... most of the time. In fact, it hardly seemed dishonest at all to steal a starmap from a dead body that didn't really need it anymore.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: Probability Moon

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Earth is an environmental disaster area when humanity gains new hope: a star gate is discovered in the solar system, built by a long-gone alien race. Earth establishes extrasolar colonies and discovers alien races--including the warlike Fallers, the only spacefaring race besides humans. Mysterious, uncommunicative, and relentlessly bent on humanity's extinction, the Fallers have mastered the star gates, and are closing in on earth.

Bailey Cove Morning: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Set like its predecessor in war-torn Afghanistan, A Thousand Splendid Suns uses that tumultuous backdrop to render the heroic plight of two women of different generations married to the same savagely abusive male. Born out of wedlock, Mariam was forced to marry 40-year-old Rasheed when she was only 15. Then, 18 years later, her still childless husband angrily takes an even younger wife.

Bailey Cove Morning: Ahab's Wife

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

"Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last," says Una Spenser, the eponymous narrator, in the first sentence of this deliciously old-fashioned bildungsroman, adventure story and romance. Naslund's inspiration, based on one reference in Moby-Dick, may not satisfy aficonados of Melville's dense, richly symbolic masterpiece, but it should please most other readers with its suspenseful, affecting, historically accurate and seductive narrative.

Bailey Cove Morning: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by the elite "valuation" firm of Underwood Samson. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his infatuation with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore. But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his budding relationship with Erica eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past.

Bailey Cove Morning: This Book Will Save Your Life

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Affluent day-trader Richard Novak has populated his life with housecleaners, nutritionists, decorators, and personal trainers, but none of these appointed specialists can fill the abyss at the center of his existence. After a unnerving panic attack and a property disaster, he embarks on an emergency campaign to find his niche in the universe. As this improvised crusade is unfolding, the city of Los Angeles itself joins in the upheaval, raising the stakes and the fun.

Bailey Cove Morning: The Maltese Falcon

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed while tailing a man. The woman who asked his partner to follow the man turns out to be someone who is not what she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the 'Maltese Falcon', a gold-encrusted life-sized statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind. This event is part of The Big Read 2008.

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