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Bailey Cove Evening: Your Inner Fish

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Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Neil Shubin
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Your Inner Fish

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] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: Your Inner Fish

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Bailey Cove Evening: The Plot Against America

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Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Philip Roth
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The Plot Against America

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] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: The Plot Against America

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Bailey Cove Evening: Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

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Thursday, May 10, 2007 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Mary Roach
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Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

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] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

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Bailey Cove Evening: The Italian Secretary

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Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Caleb Carr
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The Italian Secretary

The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr
Mycroft Holmes, an advisor to the ailing queen Victoria, summons his famous brother and Dr. Watson to Edinburgh to investigate the puzzling murders of two of the Queen's aides. Because the men had been working on the renovation of the royal palace of Holyrood, Sherlock recounts to Watson the story of David Rizzio, "the Italian secretary" who had been butchered by supporters of Queen Elizabeth in front of Mary, Queen of Scots, in Holyrood. Using the spectral history of the Italian secretary and making some pragmatic deductions, the duo close on the killers' deadly plot against the royal family. [check the catalog] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: The Italian Secretary

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Bailey Cove Evening: The Devil in the White City

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Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Erik Larson
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The Devil in the White City

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Larson's ambitious, engrossing tale of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 focuses primarily on two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect who was the driving force behind the fair, and Henry H. Holmes, a sadistic serial killer working under the cover of the busy fair. [check the catalog] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: The Devil in the White City

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Bailey Cove Evening: The Kite Runner

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Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Khaled Hosseini
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The Kite Runner

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] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: The Kite Runner

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

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Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Mary Roach
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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

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] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

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Bailey Cove Evening: Blood of the Prodigal

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Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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P. L. Gaus
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Blood of the Prodigal

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] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: Blood of the Prodigal

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Bailey Cove Evening: American Gods

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Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Neil Gaiman
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American Gods

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The intriguing premise of Gaiman's tale is that the gods of European yore, who came to North America with their immigrant believers, are squaring off for a rumble with new indigenous deities: "gods of credit card and freeway, of Internet and telephone, of radio and hospital and television, gods of plastic and of beeper and of neon." [check the catalog] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: American Gods

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Bailey Cove Evening: Nickel and Dimed

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Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Barbara Ehrenreich
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Nickel and Dimed

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 to $7 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting work as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart salesperson. She soon discovered that even the "lowliest" occupations require exhausting mental and physical efforts. And one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors. Nickel and Dimed reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity -- a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate strategies for survival. Instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way America perceives its working poor. (Henry Holt and Co.) [check the catalog] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: Nickel and Dimed

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