Quarter-Life Crisis


Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, August 8, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"—the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

As the novel begins, Harry, Ron and Hermione are on the run from Lord Voldemort, whose minions of Death Eaters have not only taken control of the Minister of Magic but have begun to systematically -- and forcibly -- change the entire culture of the magic community: Muggle-born wizards, for example, are being rounded up and questioned, and all "blood traitors" are being imprisoned. But as Voldemort and his followers ruthlessly pursue the fugitive with the lightning bolt scar on his forehead, Potter finally uncovers the jaw-dropping truth of his existence....

Quarter Life Crisis: One Day

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, June 13, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives-lives very different from the people they once dreamed they'd become. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Everyone says they would like to retire early, but Rodney Rothman actually did it — forty years early. Burnt out, he decides at the age of twenty-eight to get an early start on his golden years. He travels to Boca Raton, Florida, where he moves in with an elderly piano teacher at Century Village, a retirement community that is home to thousands of senior citizens.

Catcher in the Rye

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story.

Quarter-Life Crisis: Wicked City

Location: Stem and Stein
Date: Monday, April 11, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm


In 1955, Look magazine called Phenix City, Alabama, “The Wickedest City in America,” but even that may have been an understatement. It was a stew of organized crime and corruption, run by a machine that dealt with complaints forcefully and with dispatch. No one dared cross them - no one even tried. And then the machine killed the wrong man.

Quarter-Life Crisis: Gang Leader for a Day

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in 

Literary Giants: All the Living

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

"She wondered if all men could sleep this soundly under duress But she did not know any other men, had not seen the way they slept, and she wondered how it would feel to have someone else sleep beside her." 

Quarter-Life Crisis: About a Boy

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

Will Freeman may have discovered the key to dating success: If the simple fact that they were single mothers meant that gorgeous women--women who would not ordinarily look twice at Will--might not only be willing, but enthusiastic about dating him, then he was really onto something.  Single mothers--bright, attractive, available women--thousands of them, were all over London.  He just had to find them.

Quarter-Life Crisis: Fight Club

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Featuring soap made from human fat, waiters at high-class restaurants who do unmentionable things to soup and an underground organization dedicated to inflicting a violent anarchy upon the land, Palahniuk's apocalyptic first novel is clearly not for the faint of heart.

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