Book Club Meetings

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]

Bailey Cove Evening: The Kite Runner

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
"Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan nonetheless grow up in different worlds; Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara, member of a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When the Soviets invade and Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him." "The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of fathers over sons - their love, their sacrifices, and their lies. Written against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, The Kite Runner describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. But with the devastation, Khaled Hosseini also gives us hope: through the novel's faith in the power of reading and storytelling, and in the possibilities he shows for redemption." [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Classics: The Love Songs of Sappho

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, October 1, 2007 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Called the "Tenth Muse" by the ancients, Greece's greatest female lyric poet Sappho (ca. 610-580 B.C.E.) spent the majority of her life on the famed island of Lesbos. Passionate and breathtaking, her poems survive only in fragments, following religious conspiracies to silence her. This excellent translation includes Roche's brilliant essay, "Portrait of Sappho".

Bailey Cove Classics: Hamlet

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, June 4, 2007 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

His father is dead. Has his mother married the killer? A ghost cries out for vengeance, but has the Prince who hears the cry gone mad? A kingdom hangs in the balance, but who can be trusted? Family, politics, blood lust, betrayal, mystery, friendship and love--each plays a role in Shakespeare's great tragedy, Hamlet.

Bailey Cove Classics: Les misérables

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The story of how the convict Jean-Valjean struggled to escape his past and reaffirm his humanity, in a world brutalized by poverty and ignorance, became the gospel of the poor and the oppressed.

Bailey Cove Classics: Dr. William Munson

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, November 5, 2007 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Dr. William Munson returns to discuss Middle English literature. Readings to be announced.

Bailey Cove Classics: Symposium

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, July 2, 2007 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Full of drama, humor and sharply drawn characters, the Symposium offers profound insights into gender roles, sex in society and the value of sublimating our basic instincts. Symposium attempts to find the ultimate manifestation of the love that controls the world, leading to mystic union with eternal and supercosmic beauty.

Bailey Cove Classics: The Golden Apples

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, March 6, 2006 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Collection of previously-published short stories by Eudora Welty plus one new novella-length story, "Main Families in Morgana." Symbolism from Greek mythology unifies the stories, all of which are set in the Mississippi Delta town of Morgana over a 40-year period. The hero of "Moon Lake" and the guitarist in "Music from Spain" are Perseus figures. King MacLain, the protagonist of "Shower of Gold," is a sexually adventurous Zeus figure.

Bailey Cove Classics: Bhagavad Gita

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, February 4, 2008 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Bhagavad Gita is universally acknowledged as one of the world's literary and spiritual masterpieces. It is the core text of the Hindu tradition and has been treasured by American writers from Emerson and Thoreau to T. S. Eliot, who called it the greatest philosophical poem after the Divine Comedy.

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