Book discussion

Tuesday Night Book Club: Ice Bound

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

It was splashed across every newspaper in 1999: a woman doctor in Antarctica finds a lump in her breast and after performing her own biopsy realizes that she has a particularly aggressive form of cancer. But no planes can land during the long winter months, and she must administer her own chemotherapy. That woman was Nielsen, and this is her story of her battle with cancer and the extreme conditions of the South Pole. Alone and scared, Nielsen describes the feelings that washed over her that long winter.

Tuesday Night Book Club: The Color of Light

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Newly divorced and pregnant with her second child, Jillian Parrish seeks refuge in the South Carolina island community where she spent her childhood summers. Though Pawley's Island is the only place she feels truly at home, she is haunted by childhood memories of her parents' troubled marriage and the unsolved disappearance of her best friend, Lauren, especially when she reconnects with a friend who was implicated in the disappearance.

Bailey Cove Science Fiction: Hogfather

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Humorous fantasy author Terry Pratchett returns to his beloved and bestselling Discworld, a flat land of untamed imagination where all manner of oddities and absurdities take place. In his own inimitable fashion, Pratchett turns his mighty talents to satirizing the Santa Claus myth in Hogfather, where he shows us the ridiculous extent to which some will go to destroy, or preserve, the season of giving. So hop on board for another delightful and hilarious jaunt through Discworld with Terry Pratchett.

Bailey Cove Science Fiction: October Country

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Haunting, harrowing, and downright horrifying, this classic collection from the modern master of the fantastic features:
THE SMALL ASSASSIN: a fine, healthy baby boy was the new mother's dream come true -- or her nightmare . . .
THE EMISSARY: the faithful dog was the sick boy's only connectioin with the world outside -- and beyond . . .
THE WONDERFUL DEATH OF DUDLEY STONE: a most remarkable case of murder -- the deceased was delighted!
And more!

Bailey Cove Science Fiction: Feed

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

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon — a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires.

Bailey Cove Science Fiction: Nine Princes in Amber

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The 1st novel in Zelazny's Amber Series. Corwin, Prince of Amer is exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, and upon his return to Amber, the one true world, he makes a mad and desperate rush upon the vacant throne.

Bailey Cove Science Fiction: Little, Big

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

John Crowley's masterful Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood—not found on any map—to marry Daily Alice Drinkawater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house that is many houses on the magical border of an otherworld. It is a story of fantastic love and heartrending loss; of impossible things and unshakable destinies; and of the great Tale that envelops us all. It is a wonder.

Bailey Cove Science Fiction: The Stars My Destination

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

  In this pulse-quickening novel, Alfred Bester imagines a future in which people "jaunte" a thousand miles with a single thought, where the rich barricade themselves in labyrinths and protect themselves with radioactive hit men--and where an inarticulate outcast is the most valuable and dangerous man alive.

Tuesday Night Book Club: The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Olivia Hunt is unemployed, living alone, and working on the fourth draft of her suicide note when she gets a phone call that lets her know what real trouble is. Madeleine Hunt is her younger sister, the annoyingly happy one who married the hometown guy while Olivia set out to conquer Hollywood, ha, ha. And Maddie is in trouble. Pulled home for the first time in years, Olivia gets a painful dose of real life as she tries to help her sister, keep her parents from running off the rails, and reconnect with the boyfriend who left without a word but might still be the love of her life.

Bailey Cove Classics: Sorrows of Young Werther

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am

A digital copy of title can be freely downloaded here: http://dmz.hmcpl.org/13C39C8C-5FE8-4284-82FB-28C08F887F36/10/490/en/PublicDomainCollection.htm

Tragic masterpiece explores mind of an artist in alternately joyful and despairing letters recounting an unhappy romance. Goethe addresses issues of love, death, and redemption in an influential portrayal of a character who struggles to reconcile his artistic sensibilities with the demands of the objective world.

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