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PageTurners: Shadow Divers

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Robert Kurson
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Shadow Divers

Two weekend scuba divers risk everything to solve a great historical mystery surrounding the wreckage of a World War II German U-boat off the coast of New Jersey, its ruined interior a macabre wasteland of twisted metal, tangled wires, and human bones. Read more about PageTurners: Shadow Divers

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PageTurners: Into the Wild

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Jon Krakauer
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Into the Wild

Admitting an interest that borders on obsession, Krakauer searches for the clues to the drives and desires that propelled 24-year-old Chris McCandless to leave civilization behind and head into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Four months later, McCandless's emaciated corpse was found at his campsite by a hunter. Mesmerizing and heartbreaking, Krakauer's powerful and luminous storytelling blaze through every page. Read more about PageTurners: Into the Wild

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PageTurners: In Cold Blood

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Author: 
Truman Capote
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In Cold Blood

Two two-time losers living in a lonely house in western Kansas are out to make the heist of their life, but when things don't go as planned, the robbery turns ugly. From there, the book is a real-life look into murder, prison, and the criminal mind.  Read more about PageTurners: In Cold Blood

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Literary Giants - Cannery Row

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Monday, July 27, 2009 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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John Steinbeck
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Cannery Row

Unburdened by the material necessities of the more fortunate, the denizens of Cannery Row discover rewards unknown in more traditional society. Cannery Row is just a few blocks long, but the story it harbors is suffused with warmth, understanding, and a great fund of human values. First published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is-both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Read more about Literary Giants - Cannery Row

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Literary Giants - Three Cups of Tea

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Monday, June 29, 2009 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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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 Literary Giants - Three Cups of Tea

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Literary Giants: The Stone Diaries

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Monday, March 30, 2009 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Author: 
Carol Shields
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The Stone Diaries

This fictionalized autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett is a subtle but affecting portrait of an everywoman reflecting on an unconventional life. What transforms this seemingly ordinary tale is the richness of Daisy's vividly described inner life from her earliest memories of her adoptive mother to her awareness of impending death. Read more about Literary Giants: The Stone Diaries

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Literary Giants: The Thief and the Dogs

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Monday, April 27, 2009 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Naguib Mahfouz
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The Thief and the Dogs

After four years in prison, the skilled young thief Said Mahran emerges bent on revenge in a changed world. His wife has married a trusted friend; his native Egypt has undergone a revolution; and his mentor, who encouraged his Robin Hood-style crimes, has abandoned him. As Said's wild attempts to achieve his idea of justice badly misfire, he becomes a hunted man so driven by hatred that he can only recognize too late his last chance at redemption. This event is part of The Big Read. Read more about Literary Giants: The Thief and the Dogs

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Literary Giants: Manhunt

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Monday, February 23, 2009 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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James L. Swanson
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Manhunt: the 12 Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history - the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness. Read more about Literary Giants: Manhunt

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Literary Giants: Suite Française

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Monday, January 26, 2009 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Author: 
Irène Némirovsky
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Suite Française

Beginning in Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation in 1940. Suite Française tells the remarkable story of men and women thrown together in circumstances beyond their control. As Parisians flee the city, human folly surfaces in every imaginable way: a wealthy mother searches for sweets in a town without food; a couple is terrified at the thought of losing their jobs, even as their world begins to fall apart. Moving on to a provincial village now occupied by German soldiers, the locals must learn to coexist with the enemy—in their town, their homes, even in their hearts. Read more about Literary Giants: Suite Française

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Literary Giants: Magic Time

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Monday, November 24, 2008 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Author: 
Doug Marlette
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Magic Time

After a terrorist bombing, New York Examiner columnist Carter Ransom returns to his Mississippi hometown. Carter's father has just retired there; his most famous case was presiding over Troy's national disgrace: the Shiloh Church bombing, in which four civil rights activists died in 1965, including a woman Carter loved. One man was convicted, but the instigator, KKK wizard Samuel Bohanon, went free. Now, an ambitious young state attorney is reopening the Shiloh Church bombing case and going after with anyone who stands in her way, including Carter's father, who, rumors say, threw the first trial to spare Sam. Read more about Literary Giants: Magic Time

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