Book Club Meetings

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 Classics: Lysistrata

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

Writing at a time of political and social crisis in Athens, Aristophanes (c. 447-c. 385 B.C.) was an eloquent, yet bawdy, challenger to the demagogue and the sophist. In Lysistrata, a band of women plea for an end to the long war between Athens and Sparta.

Bailey Cove Classics: Mourning Becomes Electra

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

This play updates the Greek myth of Orestes to the family of a Northern general in the American Civil War. Agamemnon is now General Ezra Mannon, Clytemnestra is his second wife Christine, Orestes is his son Orin, and Electra is his daughter Lavinia. As an updated Greek tragedy, the play features murder, adultery, incestuous love and revenge, and even a group of townspeople who function as a kind of Greek chorus.

Bailey Cove Classics - Candide

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, September 8, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

One of the finest satires ever written. The swift and lively tale follows the absurdly melodramatic adventures of the youthful Candide. As Candide experiences and witnesses calamity upon calamity, he begins to discover that-- contrary to the teachings of his tutor, Dr. Pangloss-- all is not always for the best. Filled with wit, intelligence, and an abundance of dark humor, Candide teaches us that it is possible to challenge blind optimism without losing the will to live and pursue a happy life.

Bailey Cove Classics: Canterbury Tales

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

The Canterbury Tales depicts a storytelling competition between 14th century English pilgrims drawn from all ranks of society. The tales are as various as the pilgrims themselves, encompassing comedy, pathos, tragedy, and cynicism. The discussion will be led by UAH English professor, Dr. Munson.

Bailey Cove Classics: Desire Under the Elms

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, November 7, 2005 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Widower Ephraim Cabot abandons his New England farm to his three sons, who hate him but share his greed. Eben, the youngest and brightest sibling, feels the farm is his birthright, as it originally belonged to his mother. He buys out his half-brothers' shares of the farm with money stolen from his father, and Peter and Simeon head off to California to seek their fortune. Later, Ephraim returns with a new wife, the beautiful and headstrong Abbie, who enters into an adulterous affair with Eben.

Bailey Cove Classics: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, June 9, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

It is Christmas in Camelot and a truly royal feast has been laid out for King Arthur and his Knights. And though there is plenty of good cheer to go around, the festivities hardly begin before a monstrous, axe-wielding, green-skinned Knight barges in. He has come to see the famous Knights of the Round Table and offer them a simple but deadly challenge -a challenge taken on by the brave Sir Gawain -a challenge that will force him to chose between his honor and his life.

Bailey Cove Classics: Prometheus Unbound

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, October 2, 2006 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Prometheus Unbound is a four-act play by Percy Bysshe Shelley first published in 1820. It is inspired by Aeschylus's Prometheus Bound and concerns the final release from captivity of Prometheus.

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