Book Club Meetings

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 - Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot by Richard Restak
"Most of us would like to be smarter," asserts Restak, neuropsychiatrist and clinical professor of neurology at George Washington University Medical Center. Restak claims that improving cognition is the answer. In accessible science-teacher style, Restak delineates the brain's attributes, from its weight (three pounds) to the number of nerve cells (100 billion) and its infinity of synapses, explaining what aids communication, informs memory and so forth. A 'Fit For Life' event. [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]

Bailey Cove Evening: American Gods

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The intriguing premise of Gaiman's tale is that the gods of European yore, who came to North America with their immigrant believers, are squaring off for a rumble with new indigenous deities: "gods of credit card and freeway, of Internet and telephone, of radio and hospital and television, gods of plastic and of beeper and of neon." [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Blood of the Prodigal

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Blood of the Prodigal by P. L. Gaus
With an unusual setting and a quiet tone, this mystery carries readers into the world of the Ohio Amish, where a bishop's grandson, Jeremiah, has disappeared. The boy had been living with the bishop and his family since his father was banished from the community 10 years earlier, just before Jeremiah's illegitimate birth to a local drug-addicted teenager. The bishop calls upon a local "English" (non-Amish) college professor to locate the boy, as he has reason to believe that Jeremiah is with his missing father for the summer. Eventually Jeremiah's father is found, shot to death, not far from the bishop's farm, but Jeremiah himself has not turned up. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
"Uproariously funny" doesn't seem a likely description for a book on cadavers. However, Roach, a Salon and Reader's Digest columnist, has done the nearly impossible and written a book as informative and respectful as it is irreverent and witty. In her droll, intimate voice, Roach conducts an oddly compelling, often hilarious forensic exploration of the strange lives of bodies postmortem. [check the catalog]

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