Book Club Meetings

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.

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.

Bailey Cove Morning: Echo Maker

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma, Mark believes that this woman-who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister-is really an identical impostor. Shattered by her brother's refusal to recognize her, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case histories describing the infinitely bizarre worlds of brain disorder.

Bailey Cove Morning: Bee Season

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Nine-year-old Eliza Naumann feels like the dullest resident of a house full of intellectuals--her older brother, Aaron, is an overachiever; her mother, Miriam, is a lawyer; and her father, Saul, is a self-taught scholar and a cantor at the community synagogue. She surprises herself and the rest of the Naumanns when she discovers a rare aptitude for spelling, winning her school and district bees with a surreal surge of mystical insight, in which letters seem to take on a life of their own.

Bailey Cove Morning: Widow of the South

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Carrie McGavock witnessed the Battle of Franklin in Tennessee, on a day in 1864 when 9,000 soldiers were slaughtered, the vast majority of them Confederate. Carrie, the central character in this mesmerizing novel, was an actual historical figure. Her farm was close by the scene of the battle, and her house was commandeered as a makeshift hospital. And what Carrie the fictional character does after the battle, the actual Carrie did in real life.

Bailey Cove Morning: Eat, Pray, Love

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

By 30, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern, educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want - except happiness. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love and the complete eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all of this, Gilbert took a radical step. In order to give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted, she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, left her loved ones behind and undertook a year-long journey around the world, all alone.

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