Book discussion

YABC: White Cat

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers -- people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail -- he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago. Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd.

Bailey Cove Science Fiction: Catching Fire

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Eleanor E. Murphy Library Book Club: Missisippi Delta mysteries series by Carolyn Haines

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Join the Eleanor E. Murphy Library Book Club as we read the Mississippi Delta mystery series by Carolyn Haines. Book club participants are invited to read any one of the mysteries in the series.

Broke, unmarried, haunted by the nagging ghost of great-great-grandmother's nanny, and about to lose the family plantation, Sarah Booth is in no condition to fall in love and investigate a murder, but she finds herself doing both. - Novelist Plus

Bailey Cove Evening: A Visit from the Goon Squad

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

A Visit from the Goon Squad is a 2011 winner of Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and is being adapted by HBO into a television series.

Bailey Cove Morning: Running the Books

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to Harvard, he has only a senior thesis essay on Bugs Bunny to show for his effort. While his friends and classmates advance in the world, he remains stuck at a crossroads, unable to meet the lofty expectations of his Orthodox Jewish upbringing. And his romantic existence as a freelance obituary writer just isn’t cutting it. Seeking direction-and dental insurance-Steinberg takes a job as a librarian in a tough Boston prison.

Bailey Cove Morning: Cutting for Stone

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.   Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles-and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

Armchair Traveler Book Club: Eat, Pray, Love : One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

An interest in the human condition is the common thread that ties together Gilbert's diverse body of work, ranging from a collection of short stories (Pilgrim) to a novel discussing the outdoor lifestyle of Eustace Conway (The Last American Man). In her new work, she continues her exploration of the human psyche through a very personal journey of self-discovery in three countries: Italy, India, and Indonesia. In Italy, her first escape, she devours the food and the melodic language with equal gusto.

Armchair Traveler Book Club: A Cook's Tour - In Search of a Perfect Meal

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dodging minefields in Cambodia, diving into the icy waters outside a Russian bath, Chef Bourdain travels the world over in search of the ultimate meal. The only thing Anthony Bourdain loves as much as cooking is traveling, and A Cook's Tour is the shotgun marriage of his two greatest passions. Inspired by the question, 'What would be the perfect meal?', Anthony sets out on a quest for his culinary holy grail.

Armchair Traveler Book Club: Dreaming in Chinese - Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Deborah Fallows has spent much of her life learning languages and traveling around the world. But nothing prepared her for the surprises of learning Mandarin, China's most common language, or the intensity of living in Shanghai and Beijing. Over time, she realized that her struggles and triumphs in studying the language of her adopted home provided small clues to deciphering the behavior and habits of its people,and its culture's conundrums.

Bailey Cove Science Fiction: the Hunger Games

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The acclaimed author of the "New York Times"-bestselling Underland Chronicles series delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in a stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to the present.

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