Book discussion

Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

The Color Purple is foremost the story of Celie, a poor, barely literate Southern black woman who struggles to escape the brutality and degradation of her treatment by men. The tale is told primarily through her own letters, which, out of isolation and despair, she initially addresses to God. . . . during the course of the novel, which begins in the early 1900's and ends in the mid-1940's, Celie frees herself from her husband's repressive control.

Time Out Book Club: Ship Breaker

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A gritty, high-stakes adventure set in a futuristic world where oil is scarce, but loyalty is scarcer.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Recounts how the author and his mother read and discussed books during her chemotherapy treatments, describing how the activity involved a wide range of literary genres, furthered their appreciation for literature, and strengthened their bond.

Russell Readers Book Discussion

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Marriage can be a real killer. 

Russell Readers Book Discussion

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

In May 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific and quickly sank, leaving behind only two survivors bobbing helplessly in the restless seas. One of them was Louis Zamperini, a 26-year-old airman who had overcome a troubled past to become an Olympic athlete. After 47 perilous days adrift on a raft, Zamperini and his companion survivor were rescued by the Japanese navy. He remained a prisoner of war until the end of hostilities. This riveting narrative by the author of Seabiscuit is the story of one plucky man. Now ninety-three, Louis Zamperini lives on.

Russell Readers Book Discussion

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Her life spanned fewer than 40 years, but she was the last Egyptian pharaoh and one of the most influential women of the age. She married twice, each time to a brother; she poisoned one and waged a war against the other. To this day, the life of Cleopatra VII (69-30 B.C.) intrigues us. This adept biography by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff tells us why it should. The true story of the woman behind the myth.

Bailey Cove Science Fiction: At the Mountains of Madness

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Long acknowledged as a master of nightmarish visions, H. P. Lovecraft established the genuineness and dignity of his own pioneering fiction in 1931 with his quintessential work of supernatural horror, At the Mountains of Madness.

Bailey Cove Science Fiction: Ringworld

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Two humans and two aliens, who are traveling to distant reaches of space to prevent a future catastrophe, crash on a ringworld apparently created by superior technologies. Tom Parker captures the personalities of the travelers through individual vocalization and provides smooth, expressive narration. The listener is soon caught up in the adventures of these vivid characters as they struggle to survive.

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