Madison Public Library

PageTurners Book Club: Stiff

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

"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.

PageTurners Book Club: The Nine

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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.

PageTurners: In Cold Blood

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

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. 

PageTurners Book Club: Omnivore's Dilemma

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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. 

PageTurners: Into the Wild

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

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.

PageTurners Book Club: Reading Lolita in Tehran

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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.

PageTurners: Shadow Divers

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2007 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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.

PageTurners Book Club: Escape

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Choosing freedom from polygamy over fear, Carolyn Jessop flees her life within the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and now tells her harrowing story. Not only did she manage a daring escape from a brutal environment, she became the first woman ever granted full custody of her children in a contested suit involving the FLDS.

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.

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