Madison Public Library

PageTurners: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2007 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down explores the clash between the Merced Community Medical Center in California and a refugee family from Laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy. Lia's parents and her doctors both wanted what was best for Lia, but the lack of understanding between them led to tragedy.

PageTurners Book Club - The Tipping Point

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Gladwell looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Ideas, behavior, messages, and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease. These are social epidemics, and the moment they take off, they reach their critical mass, or, the Tipping Point. Gladwell introduces us to the particular personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends and the people who create the phenomenon of the word of mouth.

PageTurners: Nickel and Dimed

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Determined to find out how anyone could make ends meet on $7 an hour, Ehrenreich left behind her middle class life as a journalist except for $1000 in start-up funds, a car and her laptop computer to try to sustain herself as a low-skilled worker for a month at a time.

PageTurners: Manhunt: the 12 Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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.

PageTurners: Blink

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Gladwell, a staff writer for The New Yorker, weighs the factors that determine good decision-making. Drawing on recent cognitive research, Gladwell concludes that those who quickly filter out extraneous information generally make better decisions than those who discount their first impressions.

PageTurners: Fire Lover

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

From the acclaimed bestselling author of The Onion Field comes the extraordinary true story of a California arson investigator and fire captain who was also, according to government profilers, the most prolific American arsonist of the 20th century.

Literary Giants: A Prayer for Owen Meany

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, October 25, 2004 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys - best friends - are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen, after that 1953 foul ball, is extraordinary and terrifying.

Literary Giants: Seabiscuit

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, June 9, 2003 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

One of the greatest legends of the 20th century, Seabiscuit was a discarded, bottom-level runner who became a champion with the help of three men: a trainer, an owner, and a jockey. This is the spellbinding tale of how they did it. (Club Rating: 7.9)

Literary Giants: Fahrenheit 451

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, October 27, 2008 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don't put out fires--they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury's vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal--a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad.

Literary Giants: The Remains of the Day

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, June 26, 2006 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

This Booker Prize-winning novel is a compelling portrait of the perfect English butler, who, at the end of his career in postwar England, reviews his life and secretly questions the "greatness" of the nobleman he served.

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