Quarter-Life Crisis

Quarter-Life Crisis: The Book Thief

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, July 9, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . . Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist-books.

Quarter-Life Crisis: The Sparrow

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

"A NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT . . . Russell shows herself to be a skillful storyteller who subtly and expertly builds suspense." --USA Today "AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED . . . If you have to send a group of people to a newly discovered planet to contact a totally unknown species, whom would you choose? How about four Jesuit priests, a young astronomer, a physician, her engineer husband, and a child prostitute-turned-computer-expert? That's who Mary Doria Russell sends in her new novel, The Sparrow.

Quarter-Life Crisis: Columbine

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

On April 20, 1999, two boys left an indelible stamp on the American psyche.

Quarter-Life Crisis: A Gathering of Old Men

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, April 16, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The murder of a white Cajun farmer named Boutan unleashes a fury of buried hatred and defiance, as Sheriff Mapes tries to identify the killer--a white overseer and a group of Black farmers all claim responsibility--and prevent revenge.

Quarter-Life Crisis: Swamplandia!

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The Bigtree children struggle to protect their Florida Everglades alligator-wrestling theme park from a sophisticated competitor after losing their parents.

Quarter-Life Crisis: The Shallows: what the Internet is doing to our brains

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Discusses the intellectual and cultural consequences of the Internet, and how it may be transforming our neural pathways for the worse.

Quarter-Life Crisis: The Rum Diary

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The irreverent writer's long lost novel, written before his nonfiction became popular, chronicles a journalist's enthusiastic, drunken foray through 1950s San Juan.

Quarter-Life Crisis: The Family Fang

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Mr. and Mrs. Fang called it art.

Their children called it mischief.

Quarter-Life Crisis: Northanger Abbey

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, October 10, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm

A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen’s “Gothic parody.” Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist.

Quarter-Life Crisis: The Tiger's Wife

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, September 12, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Author Téa Obreht was featured in the New Yorker Summer Fiction Issue, 20 under 40, twenty young writers who capture the inventiveness and the vitality of contemporary American fiction.

Winner of the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction

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