Book Club Meetings

Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against a backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.

Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: Trouble in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law’s death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana. Unfortunately, death doesn’t slow down Helena one bit. DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into – especially as it seems someone wants her dead. Keeping his secrets while protecting Maryse proves to be easier than fighting his attraction for the brainy beauty.

Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: Much Ado About You by Eloisa James

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

When you're the oldest daughter, you don't get to have any fun!

Witty, orphaned Tess Essex faces her duty: marry well and marry quickly, so she can arrange matches for her three sisters -- beautiful Annabel, romantic Imogen and practical Josie. After all, right now they're under the rather awkward guardianship of the perpetually tipsy Duke of Holbrook. But just when she begins to think that all might end well, one of her sisters bolts with a horse-mad young lord, and her own fiancé just plain runs away.

Russell Readers Bookclub

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

After his triumphant novels The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini gifts us with a poignant story of love, loss, and recovery across several families and over several generations. Like an intricately woven tapestry, And the Mountains Echoed pulls us into the lives of disparate children, men, and women in Afghanistan, France, Greece, and California, showing us how the choices they and other make resonate over decades. A masterpiece; superlative early reviews.

Lovers of Lit Bookclub

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

From the bestselling author of The Know-It-All comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible. A.J. Jacobs chronicles his hilarious and thoughtful year spent obeying―as literally as possible―the tenets of the Bible.

Russell Readers Bookclub

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Twelve-year-old September's ordinary life in Omaha turns to adventure when a Green Wind takes her to Fairyland to retrieve a talisman the new and fickle Marquess wants from the enchanted woods.

Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: Persepolis (Vol 1-4) by Marjane Satrapi

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Persepolis is the story of Marjane Satrapi's childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland.

Literary Giants: I am Malala : the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, August 25, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Literary Giants: Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, July 28, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

 "Call me Ishmael."

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