Book discussion

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.

Bailey Cove Classics: Things Fall Apart

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

 Achebe's first novel portrays the collision of African and European cultures in people's lives. Okonkwo, a great man in Igbo traditional society, cannot adapt to the profound changes brought about by British colonial rule. Yet, as in classic tragedy, Okonkwo's downfall results from his own character as well as from external forces.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: U is for Undertow

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

It's April 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone's thirty-eighth birthday, and she's alone in her office catching up on paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced. Michael Sutton is twenty-seven, an unemployed college dropout. More than two decades ago, a four-year-old girl disappeared, and a recent newspaper story about her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories. Sutton now believes he stumbled on her lonely burial and could identify the killers if he saw them again. He wants Kinsey's help in locating the grave and finding the men.

Bailey Cove Classics: Two Short Stories by Chekhov: "The Bet" and "A Boring Story"

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am

*Please note that this meeting has been changed FROM the previous week of May 2. I hope you can join us!*

At this discussion, we will compare and contrast these two masterwork stories by Chekhov.

A copy of the short story, "The Bet", can be viewed freely here: [gutenberg.org text file] , here: [gutenberg.org HTML file], or here: [eastoftheweb.com file]

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!

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