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Solving Family Mysteries Genealogy Class Community Read 2013

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Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
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Thursday, April 18th Solving Family Mysteries

Genealogy Class, 10 a.m.

 

Genealogy workshop focusing on using library resources to locate rare or hard to find information for your family tree. Read more about Solving Family Mysteries Genealogy Class Community Read 2013

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Russell Readers Book Discussion Community Read 2013-- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Wednesday, April 10th Coffee, Tea or Murder:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 11 a.m.

 

Enjoy an informal discussion with the Russell Readers (R&R) Book Club!   We’ll talk about The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes while  enjoying samples of some

Sherlock-themed teas. Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion Community Read 2013-- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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Understanding Type II Diabetes

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Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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You can raise your diabetes awareness during a seminar at the Bessie K. Russell Public Library!  Nutritionist Victor Owens will discuss the risk factors for type II diabetes as well as signs and symptoms of the disease, myths about diabetes and resources to help you manage the disease. The public is invited. For more information, call the Russell Library at 256-859-9050. Read more about Understanding Type II Diabetes

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Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Shoemaker's Wife

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Adriana Trigiani
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The Shoemaker's Wife

The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again—sending Ciro off to serve in World War I, while Enza is drawn into the glamorous world of the opera . . . and into the life of the international singing sensation Enrico Caruso. Still, Enza and Ciro have been touched by fate—and, ultimately, the power of their love will change their lives forever.

A riveting historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny, inspired by the author's own family history, The Shoemaker's Wife is the novel Adriana Trigiani was born to write. Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Shoemaker's Wife

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Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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Rebecca Skloot
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer, was buried in an unmarked grave sixty years ago. Yet her cells - taken without her knowledge - became one of the most important tools in medical research. Known to science as HeLa, the first "immortal" human cells grown in culture are still alive today, and have been bought and sold by the millions. Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey from the "colored" ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to East Baltimore today, where Henrietta's family struggles with her legacy. Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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Alice Walker
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The Color Purple

The Color Purple is foremost the story of Celie, a poor, barely literate Southern black woman who struggles to escape the brutality and degradation of her treatment by men. The tale is told primarily through her own letters, which, out of isolation and despair, she initially addresses to God. . . . during the course of the novel, which begins in the early 1900's and ends in the mid-1940's, Celie frees herself from her husband's repressive control. Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Nutrition for Your Heart

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Nutritionist Victor Owens will be discussing what is heart disease; its risk factors such as High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, and Diabetes.  Also, he will discuss nutrition and what foods will decrease the risk of heart disease and its factors.  Come join us! Read more about Nutrition for Your Heart

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Russell Readers Book Discussion

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Gillian Flynn
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Gone Girl

Marriage can be a real killer. 
   One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn. 
   On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? 
   As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
   With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around. Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion

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Russell Readers Book Discussion

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Laura Hillenbrand
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

In May 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific and quickly sank, leaving behind only two survivors bobbing helplessly in the restless seas. One of them was Louis Zamperini, a 26-year-old airman who had overcome a troubled past to become an Olympic athlete. After 47 perilous days adrift on a raft, Zamperini and his companion survivor were rescued by the Japanese navy. He remained a prisoner of war until the end of hostilities. This riveting narrative by the author of Seabiscuit is the story of one plucky man. Now ninety-three, Louis Zamperini lives on. Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion

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Russell Readers Book Discussion

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Stacy Schiff
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Cleopatra: A Life

Her life spanned fewer than 40 years, but she was the last Egyptian pharaoh and one of the most influential women of the age. She married twice, each time to a brother; she poisoned one and waged a war against the other. To this day, the life of Cleopatra VII (69-30 B.C.) intrigues us. This adept biography by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff tells us why it should. The true story of the woman behind the myth. Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion

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