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Literary Giants: The Glass Castle

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Monday, January 25, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Jeanette Walls
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The Glass Castle

In The Glass Castle, Walls chronicles her upbringing at the hands of eccentric, nomadic parents--Rose Mary, her frustrated-artist mother, and Rex, her brilliant, alcoholic father. To call the elder Walls's childrearing style laissez faire would be putting it mildly. As Rose Mary and Rex, motivated by whims and paranoia, uprooted their kids time and again, the youngsters (Walls, her brother and two sisters) were left largely to their own devices. But while Rex and Rose Mary firmly believed children learned best from their own mistakes, they themselves never seemed to do so, repeating the same disastrous patterns that eventually landed them on the streets.. Read more about Literary Giants: The Glass Castle

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Madison Murder, Ink.: Case Histories: a novel

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Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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0316740403
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Kate Atkinson
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Case Histories: a novel

Private detective Jackson Brodie—ex-cop, ex-husband and weekend dad—takes on three cases involving past crimes that occurred in and around London. The first case introduces two middle-aged sisters who, after the death of their vile, distant father, look again into the disappearance of their beloved sister Olivia, last seen at three years old, while they were camping under the stars during an oppressive heat wave. A retired lawyer who lives only on the fumes of possible justice next enlists Jackson's aid in solving the brutal killing of his grown daughter 10 years earlier. In the third dog-eared case file, the sibling of an infamous ax-bludgeoner seeks a reunion with her niece, who as a baby was a witness to murder. Jackson's reluctant persistence heats up these cold cases and by happenstance leads him to reassess his own painful history Read more about Madison Murder, Ink.: Case Histories: a novel

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Knit 1, Read Too!: The Grapes of Wrath

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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0140186409
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John Steinbeck
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The Grapes of Wrath

Set during the Great Depression, it traces the migration of an Oklahoma Dust Bowl family to California and their subsequent hardships as migrant farm workers. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too!: The Grapes of Wrath

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Knit 1, Read Too!: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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9780307269751
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Stieg Larsson
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

It is the story of a crusading reporter, Mikail Blomkvist, who has been convicted of libel for his exposé of crooked financier Wennerstrom. Then another Swedish financier, a rival of Wennerstrom, wants to hire Blomkvist to solve the decades-old disappearance of his niece from the family's island compound in the north of Sweden. If Blomkvist works on the project for a year, his employer will deliver the goods on Wennerstrom. Blomkvist takes the job and soon finds himself trying to unlock the grisly multigenerational secrets in a hideously dysfunctional family's many closets. Helping him dig through those closets is the novel's real star, the girl with the dragon tattoo, Lisbeth Salander, a ward of the state who happens to be Sweden's most formidable computer hacker and a fearless foe of women-hating men Read more about Knit 1, Read Too!: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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PageTurners: The Worst Hard Time

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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061834697X
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Timothy Egan
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The Worst Hard Time

On April 14, 1935, the biggest dust storm on record descended over five states, from the Dakotas to Amarillo, Texas. People standing a few feet apart could not see each other; if they touched, they risked being knocked over by the static electricity that the dust created in the air. The Dust Bowl was the product of reckless, market-driven farming that had so abused the land that, when dry weather came, the wind lifted up millions of acres of topsoil and whipped it around in "black blizzards," which blew as far east as New York. This ecological disaster rapidly disfigured whole communities. Egan's portraits of the families who stayed behind are sobering and far less familiar than those of the "exodusters" who staggered out of the High Plains. Read more about PageTurners: The Worst Hard Time

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PageTurners: Julie and Julia

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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9780393061727
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Julie Powell
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Julie and Julia

The author recounts how she escaped the doldrums of an unpromising career by mastering every recipe in Julia Child's 1961 classic, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," a year-long endeavor that transformed her life. Read more about PageTurners: Julie and Julia

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