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Literary Giants: Fahrenheit 451

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Monday, October 27, 2008 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Author: 
Ray Bradbury
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Fahrenheit 451

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. Read more about Literary Giants: Fahrenheit 451

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Literary Giants: Magic Time

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Monday, September 29, 2008 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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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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Literary Giants: The Tortilla Curtain

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Monday, August 25, 2008 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Author: 
T. C. Boyle
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The Tortilla Curtain

Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher lead an ordered sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community: he a sensitive nature writer, she an obsessive realtor. Mexican illegals Candido and America Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine. And from the moment a freak accident brings Candido and Delaney into intimate contact, these four and their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding. Read more about Literary Giants: The Tortilla Curtain

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Literary Giants: The Wife

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Monday, July 28, 2008 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Author: 
Meg Wolitzer
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The Wife: A Novel

Joan Castelman is en route to Finland to watch her husband win the Helsinki Prize when she decides to leave him. What follows is Joan's recollection of their marriage, his career, and her fading dreams. Starting with the beginning of the couple's professor-student relationships she continues through to the present, stacking up the unspoken regrets that lead to Helsinki. The story of what Joan sacrifices to support her husband and his illustrious career is just as astounding. Complete with a staggering twist ending, this is not one to miss. Read more about Literary Giants: The Wife

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Literary Giants: Early Bird

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Monday, June 30, 2008 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Rodney Rothman
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Early Bird

Rothman has been a head writer for David Letterman and, at the age of 25, a retiree. Burned out after a few hectic years of work, he decided to quit and move into a retirement village in Florida. This exploration of the world of retirement forty years early provides a glimpse of a lifestyle known popularly only through stereotypes. Rothman becomes king of the shuffleboard court, arranges an uneasy détente with his condo mate's cats, and infiltrates the Pool Group. Rothman applies his reading on retirement to his personal situation with humorous and poignant results. Read more about Literary Giants: Early Bird

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Literary Giants: What Was She Thinking

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Monday, May 19, 2008 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Author: 
Zoe Heller
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What Was She Thinking

When Sheba Hart arrives to be the new art teacher at the school where Barbara teaches history, solitary Barbara is immediately taken with her. Soon, she invites Barbara over to her house to have meals with her family. Barbara is shocked to learn that Sheba is being pursued by a 15-year-old student and scandalized to find that Sheba has given in to his romantic overtures. The novel's ending ultimately reveals Barbara's true character as much as it shows the depths to which Sheba has fallen. Both a penetrating character study and a sharp examination of voyeurism. Read more about Literary Giants: What Was She Thinking

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Literary Giants: The Polished Hoe

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Monday, March 31, 2008 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Author: 
Austin Clark
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The Polished Hoe

A tragic, complex story of postcolonial Barbadian life following World War II. Oppression still flourishes on Bimshire, an island controlled by "the Plantation." Mary, the kept woman of Mr. Bellfeels, the powerful plantation manager, is not accepted into the island's upper echelon nor accepted among her childhood friends. Her status isolates her from common folk like Sgt. Percy Stuart, her childhood friend. The story begins after Mary has murdered Mr. Bellfeels and Percy must record her all-night confession, an obligation complicated by his lifelong love for Mary. Read more about Literary Giants: The Polished Hoe

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Literary Giants: Snobbery

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Monday, April 28, 2008 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Author: 
Joseph Epstein
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Snobbery

This readable but serious work examines the nature and place of snobbery and its various manifestations in America. Epstein defines snobbery as the practice of making oneself feel superior at the expense of others. He writes of snobbery in the workplace, and of its presence in evaluating education, taste, dress, wealth, and race as factors in determining "class" inclusion. He compares his own snobberies with those he discerns in others, and overviews Americans' interactions with the cultures of England and the European continent. Read more about Literary Giants: Snobbery

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Literary Giants: We Need To Talk About Kevin

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Monday, February 18, 2008 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Author: 
Lionel Shriver
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We Need To Talk About Kevin

Eva never really wanted to be a mother, and certainly not the mother of the boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklyn. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for his actions. Read more about Literary Giants: We Need To Talk About Kevin

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Literary Giants: A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Monday, November 26, 2007 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Author: 
Flannery O'Connor
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A Good Man is Hard to Find

The collection that established O'Connor's reputation as one of the American masters of the short story. The volume contains the celebrated title story, a tale of the murderous fugitive The Misfit, as well as The Displaced Person and eight other stories. Read more about Literary Giants: A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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