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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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Bailey Cove Evening: Into the Wild

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
After graduating from college, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave away his savings and hitchhiked to Alaska, where he went to live in the wilderness. Four months later, he turned up dead. His diary, letters and two notes found at a remote campsite tell of his desperate effort to survive.
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Bailey Cove Evening: River of Doubt

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

River of Doubt by Candice Millard
After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find: the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil's most famous explorer, Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the Western Hemisphere forever.

Bailey Cove Evening: Love in the Time of Cholera

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Bailey Cove Evening: Blood of the Prodigal

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Blood of the Prodigal by P. L. Gaus
With an unusual setting and a quiet tone, this mystery carries readers into the world of the Ohio Amish, where a bishop's grandson, Jeremiah, has disappeared. The boy had been living with the bishop and his family since his father was banished from the community 10 years earlier, just before Jeremiah's illegitimate birth to a local drug-addicted teenager. The bishop calls upon a local "English" (non-Amish) college professor to locate the boy, as he has reason to believe that Jeremiah is with his missing father for the summer. Eventually Jeremiah's father is found, shot to death, not far from the bishop's farm, but Jeremiah himself has not turned up. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
"Uproariously funny" doesn't seem a likely description for a book on cadavers. However, Roach, a Salon and Reader's Digest columnist, has done the nearly impossible and written a book as informative and respectful as it is irreverent and witty. In her droll, intimate voice, Roach conducts an oddly compelling, often hilarious forensic exploration of the strange lives of bodies postmortem. [check the catalog]

Bailey Cove Evening: The Kite Runner

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
"Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan nonetheless grow up in different worlds; Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara, member of a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When the Soviets invade and Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him." "The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of fathers over sons - their love, their sacrifices, and their lies. Written against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, The Kite Runner describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. But with the devastation, Khaled Hosseini also gives us hope: through the novel's faith in the power of reading and storytelling, and in the possibilities he shows for redemption." [check the catalog]

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