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PageTurners Book Club: Reading Lolita in Tehran

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Azar Nafisi
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Reading Lolita in Tehran

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi's living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Read more about PageTurners Book Club: Reading Lolita in Tehran

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PageTurners Book Club: Omnivore's Dilemma

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Michael Pollan
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Omnivore's Dilemma

Pollan writes about the ecology of the food humans eat and why--what it is, in fact, that we are eating. Discussing industrial farming, organic food, and what it is like to hunt and gather food, this is a surprisingly honest and self-aware account of the evolution of the modern diet.  Read more about PageTurners Book Club: Omnivore's Dilemma

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PageTurners Book Club: The Nine

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Jeffrey Toobin
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The Nine

Journalist Jeffrey Toobin takes us into the chambers of the most important - and secret - legal body in our country, the Supreme Court, revealing the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land. Based on exclusive interviews with the justices and with a keen sense of the Court's history and the trajectory of its future, Toobin creates a riveting story of one of the most important forces in American life today. Read more about PageTurners Book Club: The Nine

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PageTurners Book Club: Stiff

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Mary Roach
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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

"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. Read more about PageTurners Book Club: Stiff

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PageTurners Book Club: The World Is Flat

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Thomas Friedman
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The World Is Flat

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. Read more about PageTurners Book Club: The World Is Flat

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PageTurners Book Club: Three Cups of Tea

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Greg Mortenson
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Three Cups of Tea

One day in 1993, high up in the world's most inhospitable mountains, Greg Mortenson wandered lost and alone, broken in body and spirit, after a failed attempt to climb K2, the world's deadliest peak. When the people of an impoverished village in Pakistan took him in and nursed him back to health, Mortenson made an impulsive promise: He would return one day and build them a school. Although he was a homeless "climbing bum" living out of his aging Buick in California, Mortenson sold what few possessions he had to launch one of the most remarkable humanitarian campaigns of our time. Read more about PageTurners Book Club: Three Cups of Tea

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PageTurners: Founding Mothers

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Cokie Roberts
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Founding Mothers

In the histories of the American Revolution, much has been written about America's founding fathers, yet the wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters who supported, encouraged, and even advised them have been virtually ignored. While the men went off to war or to Congress, the women managed their husbands' businesses, ran the farms, and raised their children. These women who sacrificed for the fledgling nation spent months or even years apart from their husbands, at a time when letters were their only form of contact.  Read more about PageTurners: Founding Mothers

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PageTurners: Bringing Down the House

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Ben Mezrich
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Bringing Down the House

Welcome to the world of a group of audacious MIT math geniuses who legally took the Las Vegas casinos for over three million dollars -- and still found time for keg parties, football games, and final exams. The students were handpicked for a decades-old underground blackjack club dedicated to beating the system. While classmates worked long hours in labs and libraries, they traveled to gambling locales with hundreds of thousands of dollars from shady investors taped to their bodies. Read more about PageTurners: Bringing Down the House

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PageTurners: Infidel

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Infidel

In this memoir from the internationally renowned author of The Caged Virgin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her astonishing life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, to her intellectual awakening and activism in the Netherlands, and her current life under armed guard in the West. She recounts the evolution of her beliefs, her ironclad will, and her extraordinary resolve to fight injustice done in the name of religion. Read more about PageTurners: Infidel

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PageTurners: Ghost Map

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Steven Johnson
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Ghost Map

It is the summer of 1854. Cholera has seized London with unprecedented intensity. A metropolis of more than 2 million people, London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure necessary to support its dense population - garbage removal, clean water, sewers - the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease that no one knows how to cure. Read more about PageTurners: Ghost Map

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