Book discussion

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.

Bailey Cove Classics: Metamorphosis

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, February 6, 2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am

(This title may also be freely downloaded as an ebook from HMCPL's Digital Media Zone Public Domain Collection.)  Virtually unknown during his lifetime,Franz Kafkais now one of the world's most widely read and discussed authors. His nightmarish novels and short stories have come to symbolize modern man's anxiety and alienation in a bizarre, hostile, and dehumanized world.

Bailey Cove Classics: The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neill

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am

(This title may also be freely downloaded as an ebook from HMCPL's Digital Media Zone Public Domain Collection.)

Bailey Cove Classics: The Golden Ass

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am

(This title may also be freely downloaded as an ebook from HMCPL's Digital Media Zone Public Domain Collection, search term: Apuleius.)

Bailey Cove Classics: The Bhagavad Gita (Continued)

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

***Please NOTE date change: we will meet on October 10th instead of the 3rd!

Part 2 of 2 discussions to take place in September and October.

Bailey Cove Classics: The Bhagavad Gita

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, September 12, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Part 1 of 2 discussions to take place in September and October. (This title may also be freely downloaded as an ebook from HMCPL's Digital Media Zone Public Domain Collection.) The Bhagavad Gita first captured the American imagination in the mid-19th century, when Henry Thoreau and other self-styled "Brahmins" found fresh, contemporary wisdom in India's ancient sacred text.

Bailey Cove Classics: Major Barbara by Bernard Shaw

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Join us for a discussion of the play, "Major Barbara", by George Bernard Shaw.

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