Book discussion

Time Out Book Club: Rithmatist

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings—merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

Time Out Book Club: What I Saw and How I Lied

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

When Evie's father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe's company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes. She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two.

Time Out Book Club: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn't . . .

Saved by the Bell Jar: Gulp

Location: Angel's Island Coffee
Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

“America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour of our insides. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions inspired by our insides are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find names for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

Saved by the Bell Jar: Rules of Civility

Location: Angel's Island Coffee
Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve.

Saved by the Bell Jar: The Taming of the Shrew

Location: Angel's Island Coffee
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Renowned as Shakespeare's most boisterous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew is the tale of two young men -- the hopeful Lucentio and the worldly Petruchio -- and the two sisters they meet in Padua. Lucentio falls in love with Bianca, the apparently ideal younger daughter of the wealthy Baptista Minola. But before they can marry, Bianca's formidable elder sister, Katherine, must be wed.

Saved by the Bell Jar: The Power of Habit

Location: Angel's Island Coffee
Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.

 

Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Angel's Island Coffee.  For more information please contact Julia Hendon at 256-881-0257 or jhendon [at] hmcpl [dot] org.

Saved by the Bell Jar: The Bell Jar

Location: Angel's Island Coffee
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Chronicles one young woman's emotional breakdown as she journeys from the glamorous world of Manhattan publishing to the isolation of the asylum.

 

Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Angel's Island Coffee.  For more information please contact Julia Hendon at 256-881-0257 or jhendon [at] hmcpl [dot] org.

YABC: Fault in Our Stars

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

YABC: When You Were Mine

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Seniors Rosaline Caplet and Rob Monteg, neighbors and best friends, have finally become a couple at their Southern California high school, but when Rosie's estranged cousin Juliet moves back into town and pursues Rob in an unstable, needy, and vindictive manner, Rosie starts to worry not just about Rob's emotions, but about his very life.

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