Book Club Meetings

Bailey Cove Evening: The Devil in the White City

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Larson's ambitious, engrossing tale of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 focuses primarily on two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect who was the driving force behind the fair, and Henry H. Holmes, a sadistic serial killer working under the cover of the busy fair. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: The Italian Secretary

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr
Mycroft Holmes, an advisor to the ailing queen Victoria, summons his famous brother and Dr. Watson to Edinburgh to investigate the puzzling murders of two of the Queen's aides. Because the men had been working on the renovation of the royal palace of Holyrood, Sherlock recounts to Watson the story of David Rizzio, "the Italian secretary" who had been butchered by supporters of Queen Elizabeth in front of Mary, Queen of Scots, in Holyrood. Using the spectral history of the Italian secretary and making some pragmatic deductions, the duo close on the killers' deadly plot against the royal family. [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 Classics: Hedda Gabler

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Universally condemned in 1890 when it was written, Hedda Gabler has since become one of Ibsen's most frequently performed plays. Its title role is elusive and complex: Hedda is an intelligent and ambitious woman, who has no means of finding personal fulfillment in the stifling world of late nineteenth-century bourgeois society. Too frightened of scandal to become involved with a brilliant, wayward writer, she opts for a conventional but loveless marriage in the hope of finding surrogate satisfaction through her husband's career.

Bailey Cove Classics: Lysistrata

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, August 1, 2005 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Led by the eponymous Lysistrata, the story's female characters barricade the public funds building and withhold sex from their husbands to end the Peloponnesian War and secure peace. In doing so, Lysistrata engages the support of women from Sparta, Boeotia, and Corinth. All of them, at first aghast at the suggestion of withholding sex, finally agree swearing an oath of allegiance to the cause.

Bailey Cove Classics: La Vita Nuova

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, May 7, 2007 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

This celebration of the poet's passionate love for his immortal Beatrice weaves together rapturous sonnets and canzoni with prose commentaries and an autobiographical narrative. A predecessor to The Divine Comedy, La Vita Nuova (The New Life) also serves as an ever-relevant treatise on the art and technique of poetry.

Bailey Cove Classics: The Great Gatsby

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, April 3, 2006 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings.

Bailey Cove Classics: the works of T.S. Eliot

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, May 1, 2006 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Eliot was one of the most daring innovators of twentieth-century poetry. Never compromising either with the public or indeed with language itself, he has followed his belief that poetry should aim at a representation of the complexities of modern civilization in language and that such representation necessarily leads to difficult poetry. Despite this difficulty his influence on modern poetic diction has been immense. Discussion included "Waste Land," "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and "Portrait of a Lady."

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.

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