Bailey Cove Branch Library

Bailey Cove Evening: The Darwin Conspiracy

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Darwin Conspiracy by John Darnton
John Darnton transports us to Victorian England and around the world to reveal the secrets of a legendary nineteenth-century figure. What led Darwin to the theory of evolution? Why did he wait twenty-two years to write On the Origin of Species? Why was he incapacitated by mysterious illnesses and frightened of travel? Who was his secret rival? [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living by Carrie Tiffany
The "Better-Farming Train" slides through the wheat fields and small towns of 1930s Australia, bringing advice to farmers. Amid the swaying cars full of cows, pigs, and crops, a strange and swift seduction occurs between Jean Finnegan, a sewing instructor, and Robert Pettergree, a scientist with an unusual taste for soil. In an atmosphere of heady idealism, they settle in the impoverished Mallee farmland with the ambition of transforming the land through science. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
This book might be best described as the logical sequel to Roach's Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. After probing autopsies, the funeral home business, and the implications of human composting, it seems only natural that the author would turn her attention to the afterlife. To learn what she can about the Other Side, she enrolls in an English school for mediums; banters with reincarnation researchers; and interviews a Duke University professor about a plan to weigh the consciousness of a leech. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: The Plot Against America

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
Ever the innovator, Philip Roth enters a new genre at the age of 71. This alternate history novel marks a major, but logical departure for the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. In The Plot Against America, isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeats incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election. The victory of the Lone Eagle generates successive waves of anti-Semitism, culminating in nationwide pogroms. From Newark, New Jersey, Roth's recurring character Philip and his Jewish family struggle to chisel out a safe place in this maelstrom of hatred. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Your Inner Fish

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
Fish paleontologist Shubin illuminates the subject of evolution with humor and clarity in this compelling look at how the human body evolved into its present state. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Clay's Quilt

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Clay's Quilt by Silas House
A deep love for home suffuses this heartfelt, well-crafted debut novel set in the Kentucky hills. Clay Sizemore, a young coal miner from a big family and a small town, never doubts that he will live out his life in the place where he was born. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening - Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot by Richard Restak
"Most of us would like to be smarter," asserts Restak, neuropsychiatrist and clinical professor of neurology at George Washington University Medical Center. Restak claims that improving cognition is the answer. In accessible science-teacher style, Restak delineates the brain's attributes, from its weight (three pounds) to the number of nerve cells (100 billion) and its infinity of synapses, explaining what aids communication, informs memory and so forth. A 'Fit For Life' event. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening - The Right Stuff

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe began The Right Stuff at a time when it was unfashionable to contemplate American heroism. Nixon had left the White House in disgrace, the nation was reeling from the catastrophe of Vietnam, and in 1979--the year the book appeared--Americans were being held hostage by Iranian militants. Yet it was exactly the anachronistic courage of his subjects that captivated Wolfe. In his foreword, he notes that as late as 1970, almost one in four career Navy pilots died in accidents. "The Right Stuff," he explains, "became a story of why men were willing--willing?--delighted!--to take on such odds in this, an era literary people had long since characterized as the age of the anti-hero." A 'Fit For Life' event. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Survival of the Sickest

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Survival of the Sickest by Sharon Moalem
Was diabetes evolution's response to the last Ice Age? Did a deadly genetic disease help our ancestors survive the bubonic plagues of Europe? Will a visit to the tanning salon help lower your cholesterol? Dr. Sharon Moalem turns our current understanding of illness on its head and challenges us to fundamentally change the way we think about our bodies, our health, and our relationship to just about every other living thing on earth, from plants and animals to insects and bacteria. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: The Abstinence Teacher

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
Ruth Ramsey is the human sexuality teacher at the local high school. She believes that "pleasure is good, shame is bad, and knowledge is power." Ruth's daughter's soccer coach is Tim Mason, a former stoner and rocker whose response to hitting rock bottom was to reach out and be saved. Tim belongs to the Tabernacle, an evangelical Christian church that doesn't approve of Ruth's style of teaching and makes her the focus of a very public crusade. And Ruth, in turn, doesn't applaud the Tabernacle's mission to take its message outside its doors. But when a controversy on the soccer field pushes the two of them to actually talk, they are forced to look beyond their first impressions.
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