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: Conference of the Birds

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

Like Rumi and Hafiz, the name Attar conjures up images of passionate attraction to the divine. Attar was a Persian Sufi of the 12th century and his masterpiece is The Conference of the Birds, an epic allegory of the seeker's journey to God.

Bailey Cove Classics: The Odyssey

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, January 9, 2006 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey though life. Odysseus's reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance.

Bailey Cove Classics - Revelations of Divine Love

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, April 7, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Special guest Dr. William Munson returns to discuss the writings and visions of Julian of Norwich, who was the first female English-language author. This book stems from a series of visions she had at age thirty, suggesting the concept of universal salvation in a time when the Black Death was seen as divine retribution for humankind's sins. 

Bailey Cove Classics: Henry IV, Part I

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, January 8, 2007 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Henry IV: Part I is the second in a series of four English history plays that make up Shakespeare's major tetralogy. Essentially a coming of age story in which the king's son, Prince Henry or Hal, emerges from his youthful role as a wastrel companion of the tavern crew, into the role of a genuine English monarch by virtue of both blood and character.

Bailey Cove Classics: Julius Caesar

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, December 5, 2005 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

In this striking tragedy of political conflict, Shakespeare turns to the ancient Roman world and to the famous assassination of Julius Caesar by his republican opponents. The play is one of tumultuous rivalry, of prophetic warnings--"Beware the ides of March"--and of moving public oratory "Friends, Romans, countrymen!" Ironies abound and most of all for Brutus, whose fate it is to learn that his idealistic motives for joining the conspiracy against a would-be dictator are not enough to sustain the movement once Caesar is dead.

Bailey Cove Classics: Revelations of Divine Love

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

Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich
Special guest Dr. William Munson returns for the second half of discussions about the writings and visions of Julian of Norwich, who was the first female English-language author. This book stems from a series of visions she had at age thirty, suggesting the concept of universal salvation in a time when the Black Death was seen as divine retribution for humankind's sins.

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.

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