Book Club Meetings

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 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: 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: 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.

Bailey Cove Morning: My Name is Red

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 10:00am - 11:00am

When the Sultan commissions a great book to celebrate his royal self and his extensive dominion, he directs Enishte Effendi to assemble a cadre of the most acclaimed artists in the land. Their task: to illuminate the work in the European style. But because figurative art can be deemed an affront to Islam, this commission is a dangerous proposition indeed, and no one in the elite circle can know the full scope or nature of the project." Panic erupts when one of the chosen miniaturists disappears, and the Sultan demands answers within three days. The only clue to the mystery - or crime?

Bailey Cove Morning: Nineteen Minutes

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Peter Houghton, an alienated teen who has been bullied for years by the popular crowd, brings weapons to his high school in Sterling, N.H., one day and opens fire, killing 10 people. Flashbacks reveal how bullying caused Peter to retreat into a world of violent computer games. Alex Cormier, the judge assigned to Peter's case, tries to maintain her objectivity as she struggles to understand her daughter, Josie, one of the surviving witnesses of the shooting. The author's insights into her characters' deep-seated emotions brings this ripped-from-the-headlines read chillingly alive.

Bailey Cove Morning: The Other Boleyn Girl

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2006 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Sibling rivalry and royal intrigue are at the heart of Phillipa Gregory's historical novel. With diabolical delight, the author of The Queen's Fool etches the story of the unsisterly machinations of Anne Boleyn and her sibling Mary.

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