Book discussion

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Wicked City

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

Phenix City, Alabama, from its founding during the Civil War, has been the dirty, not-so-little secret of the South. It is a riverside no-man's land, a place where a blind eye has historically been turned to vice of every sort, including prostitution, gambling, and even murder. Atkins shows us Phenix City in its 1950s hey-day, where a battle is building between a handful of decent citizens and the underworld willing to do anything to maintain their control.

Pizza & Pocky Club

Location: Main Library
Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Graphic novels and manga are more than just cartoons — they are a deep and complex mix of art and literature. Join other graphic novel/manga fans in discussing the richness of this literary form — and all your favorite things about comic book culture!  This month's selection: Megatokyo (www.megatokyo.com).

"Why? Why learn? Why submit yourself to Great Teacher Largo?? What is in it for you? I will tell you... Because knowl3dg3 is pow3r!!" ~ Megatokyo, # 153

Book to Movie Club - Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Come & Discuss a movie that's been recently made from a book - Did you love it? Hate it?

We'll discuss Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1 at our first meeting in January!

Bailey Cove Evenings:The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 6:00pm

This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the most original and memorable writers working today. Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love.

Bailey Cove Morning: Dreaming in Chinese : Mandarin lessons in life, love, and language

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am

 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: Forever War

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

The monumental Hugo and Nebula award winning SF classic&mdashFeaturing a new introduction by John Scalzi The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand&mdashdespite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away. A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home.

Bailey Cove Science Fiction: Neverwhere

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

Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but demanding fiancee. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her--and the life he knows vanishes like smoke.

Bailey Cove Classics: The Princess Casamassima

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

Join us as we discuss this intriguing work by Henry James.

Bailey Cove Classics: A Tale of Two Cities

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, January 24, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am

*Please note!*  New & improved SNOW-FREE date! If you missed us on the 10th, please join us for the 24th!

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Excellent Women

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

"Excellent Women" is one of Barbara Pyms richest and most amusing high comedies. Mildred Lathbury is a clergymans daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women, the smart, supportive, repressed women who men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighborsanthropologist Helena Napier and her handsome, dashing husband, Rocky, and Julian Malory, the vicar next doorthe novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived in a vanishing world of manners and repressed desires.

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