Book Club Meetings

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: 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 Morning: Saturday

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

In the predawn sky on a Saturday morning, London neurosurgeon Henry Perowne sees a plane with a wing afire streaking toward Heathrow. His first thought is terrorism--especially since this is the day of a public demonstration against the pending Iraq war. Eventually, danger to Perowne and his family will come from another source, but the plane turns out to be a harbinger of a world forever changed.

Bailey Cove Morning: gods in Alabama

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2005 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell," her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

Bailey Cove Morning: Water for Elephants

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

Life is good for Jacob Jankowski. He's about to graduate from veterinary school and about to bed the girl of his dreams. Then his parents are killed in a car crash, leaving him in the middle of the Great Depression with no home, no family, and no career. Almost by accident, Jacob joins the circus. There he falls in love with the beautiful performer Marlena, who is married to the circus' psychotic animal trainer. He also meets the other love of his life, Rosie the elephant.

Bailey Cove Morning: Memory Keeper's Daughter

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret.

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.

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