Book Club Meetings

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 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 Classics - Tales from the Thousand and One Nights

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, March 2, 2009 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

An unexpurgated translation of the "Tales From the Thousand and One Nights", which represent the expression of a lay and secular imagination in revolt against religious austerity and zeal in Oriental literature. They depict a world of magic but their bawdiness and realism anchor them to daily life.

Bailey Cove Classics: Inferno

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

The first of the 3 canticles in La divina commedia (The Divine Comedy), this 14th-century allegorical poem begins Dante's imaginary journey from Hell to Purgatory to Paradise with his sojourn among the damned. There he encounters historical and mythological creatures -- each symbolic of a particular vice or crime.

Bailey Cove Classics: Iliad

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

So great is the impact of ancient Greek literature on Western culture that even people who have never read Homer's Iliad or The Odyssey know a lot about them. The Trojan Horse, Achilles' heel, the Sirens' call, Scylla and Charybdis--all have entered popular mythology, becoming metaphors for the less heroic situations we face in our own lives.

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 - Arabian Nights and Days

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, April 6, 2009 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

This series of linked intrigues and adventures is a clever, witty concoction that begins on the day following the Thousand and One Nights, when the vizier Dandan learns that his daughter, Shahrzad, has succeeded in saving her life by enthralling the sultan with wondrous tales.

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: 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."

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