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Bailey Cove Morning: My Name is Red

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Author: 
Orhan Pamuk
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My Name is Red

When the Sultan commissions a great book to celebrate his royal self and his extensive dominion, he directs Enishte Effendi to assemble a cadre of the most acclaimed artists in the land. Their task: to illuminate the work in the European style. But because figurative art can be deemed an affront to Islam, this commission is a dangerous proposition indeed, and no one in the elite circle can know the full scope or nature of the project." Panic erupts when one of the chosen miniaturists disappears, and the Sultan demands answers within three days. The only clue to the mystery - or crime? - lies in the half-finished illuminations themselves. Has an avenging angel discovered the blasphemous work? Or is a jealous contender for the hand of Enishte's ravishing daughter, the incomparable Shekure, somehow to blame? Read more about Bailey Cove Morning: My Name is Red

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Bailey Cove Morning: Widow of the South

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Author: 
Robert Hicks
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Widow of the South

Carrie McGavock witnessed the Battle of Franklin in Tennessee, on a day in 1864 when 9,000 soldiers were slaughtered, the vast majority of them Confederate. Carrie, the central character in this mesmerizing novel, was an actual historical figure. Her farm was close by the scene of the battle, and her house was commandeered as a makeshift hospital. And what Carrie the fictional character does after the battle, the actual Carrie did in real life. When more than 1,000 Confederate bodies buried in a neighboring field were threatened with desecration, she and her husband moved them to their own land and organized the only private Confederate cemetery. The brewing of the battle, its events, and the wound-healing time afterward are told by Hicks not only from Carrie's perspective but also from the points of view of Mariah, Carrie's slave-turned-friend; Carrie's plantation-owning husband; Union and Confederate soldiers and officers; and Carrie's neighbors. The author gracefully yet forcefully enters the psychology of these various individuals, each one representing a certain side in not only the battle at hand but also in the overarching context of nation rending. And, almost strangely yet certainly beautifully, from all this carnage emerges a love story that transcends time. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning: Widow of the South

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Bailey Cove Morning: Echo Maker

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Author: 
Richard Powers
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Echo Maker

On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma, Mark believes that this woman-who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister-is really an identical impostor. Shattered by her brother's refusal to recognize her, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case histories describing the infinitely bizarre worlds of brain disorder. Weber recognizes Mark as a rare case of Capgras Syndrome, a doubling delusion, and eagerly investigates. What he discovers in Mark slowly undermines even his own sense of being. Meanwhile, Mark, armed only with a note left by an anonymous witness, attempts to learn what happened the night of his inexplicable accident. The truth of that evening will change the lives of all three beyond recognition. Set against the Platte River's massive spring migrations-one of the greatest spectacles in nature-The Echo Maker is a gripping mystery that explores the improvised human self and the even more precarious brain that splits us from and joins us to the rest of creation. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning: Echo Maker

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Bailey Cove Morning: This Book Will Save Your Life

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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A. M. Homes
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This Book Will Save Your Life

Affluent day-trader Richard Novak has populated his life with housecleaners, nutritionists, decorators, and personal trainers, but none of these appointed specialists can fill the abyss at the center of his existence. After a unnerving panic attack and a property disaster, he embarks on an emergency campaign to find his niche in the universe. As this improvised crusade is unfolding, the city of Los Angeles itself joins in the upheaval, raising the stakes and the fun. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning: This Book Will Save Your Life

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Bailey Cove Morning: Ahab's Wife

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Author: 
Sena Jeter Naslund
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Ahab's Wife

"Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last," says Una Spenser, the eponymous narrator, in the first sentence of this deliciously old-fashioned bildungsroman, adventure story and romance. Naslund's inspiration, based on one reference in Moby-Dick, may not satisfy aficonados of Melville's dense, richly symbolic masterpiece, but it should please most other readers with its suspenseful, affecting, historically accurate and seductive narrative. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning: Ahab's Wife

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Bailey Cove Evening: Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living

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Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Carrie Tiffany
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Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living

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] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living

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Bailey Cove Evening: The Darwin Conspiracy

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Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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John Darnton
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The Darwin Conspiracy

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] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: The Darwin Conspiracy

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Bailey Cove Evening: The Road

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Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Author: 
Cormac McCarthy
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The Road

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Road is the story of a journey which imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. [check the catalog] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: The Road

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Bailey Cove Evening: The World is Flat (Version 3.0)

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Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Thomas Friedman
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The World is Flat

The World is Flat (Version 3.0) by Thomas Friedman
In this new edition, Thomas L. Friedman includes fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world. Weaving new information into his overall thesis, and answering the questions he has been most frequently asked by parents across the country, this third edition also includes two new chapters--on how to be a political activist and social entrepreneur in a flat world; and on the more troubling question of how to manage our reputations and privacy in a world where we are all becoming publishers and public figures. [check the catalog] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: The World is Flat (Version 3.0)

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Bailey Cove Evening: Love in the Time of Cholera

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Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Gabriel García Márquez
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Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs—yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again. [check the catalog] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: Love in the Time of Cholera

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