Book Club Meetings

Bailey Cove Evening: The Road

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Road is the story of a journey which imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: The Darwin Conspiracy

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Darwin Conspiracy by John Darnton
John Darnton transports us to Victorian England and around the world to reveal the secrets of a legendary nineteenth-century figure. What led Darwin to the theory of evolution? Why did he wait twenty-two years to write On the Origin of Species? Why was he incapacitated by mysterious illnesses and frightened of travel? Who was his secret rival? [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living by Carrie Tiffany
The "Better-Farming Train" slides through the wheat fields and small towns of 1930s Australia, bringing advice to farmers. Amid the swaying cars full of cows, pigs, and crops, a strange and swift seduction occurs between Jean Finnegan, a sewing instructor, and Robert Pettergree, a scientist with an unusual taste for soil. In an atmosphere of heady idealism, they settle in the impoverished Mallee farmland with the ambition of transforming the land through science. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
This book might be best described as the logical sequel to Roach's Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. After probing autopsies, the funeral home business, and the implications of human composting, it seems only natural that the author would turn her attention to the afterlife. To learn what she can about the Other Side, she enrolls in an English school for mediums; banters with reincarnation researchers; and interviews a Duke University professor about a plan to weigh the consciousness of a leech. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: The Plot Against America

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
Ever the innovator, Philip Roth enters a new genre at the age of 71. This alternate history novel marks a major, but logical departure for the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. In The Plot Against America, isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeats incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election. The victory of the Lone Eagle generates successive waves of anti-Semitism, culminating in nationwide pogroms. From Newark, New Jersey, Roth's recurring character Philip and his Jewish family struggle to chisel out a safe place in this maelstrom of hatred. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Your Inner Fish

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

Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
Fish paleontologist Shubin illuminates the subject of evolution with humor and clarity in this compelling look at how the human body evolved into its present state. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Clay's Quilt

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Clay's Quilt by Silas House
A deep love for home suffuses this heartfelt, well-crafted debut novel set in the Kentucky hills. Clay Sizemore, a young coal miner from a big family and a small town, never doubts that he will live out his life in the place where he was born. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Freakonomics

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Freakonomics by Steven Levitt
Levitt and Stephen Dubner dub the material in this work "freakonomics" because Levitt uses analytical tools from economics to address a range of questions that, at first glance, might seem to be far removed from the discipline of the "dismal science." They consider questions such as how to determine if teachers are aiding in students' cheating on standardized tests, the impact of information asymmetry on the operation of the Ku Klux Klan, how the organizational structure of crack gangs resemble other businesses, and the influence of parents on child development. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Dark Star Safari

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux
Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and dismaying circumstances. Gauging the state of affairs, he talks to Africans, aid workers, missionaries, and tourists. What results is an insightful meditation on the history, politics, and beauty of Africa and its people. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Nickel and Dimed

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 to $7 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting work as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart salesperson. She soon discovered that even the "lowliest" occupations require exhausting mental and physical efforts. And one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors. Nickel and Dimed reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity -- a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate strategies for survival. Instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way America perceives its working poor. (Henry Holt and Co.) [check the catalog]

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