Monrovia Public Library

Tuesday Night Book Club: Cutting for Stone

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Note: This meeting is the first of two sessions.

Monrovia Movie Night: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (runtime 99 minutes)

In this sequel to 2010's surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made "wimpy" cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney's "Wimpy Kid" series has thus far sold 42 million books.)  As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother - and chief tormentor - Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond.

Tuesday Night Book Club: The Art of Racing in the Rain

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein: Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Cane River

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

It was here, on a medium-sized Creole plantation owned by a family named Derbanne, that author Lalita Tademy found her family's roots-and the stories of four astonishing women who battled vast injustices to create a legacy of hope and achievement. 

Tuesday Night Book Club: A Gathering of Old Men

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation in the 1970s, A Gathering of Old Men is a powerful depiction of racial tensions arising over the death of a Cajun farmer at the hands of a black man. 

"Poignant, powerful, earthy...a novel of Southern racial confrontation in which a group of elderly black men band together against whites who seek vengeance for the murder of one of their own."--Booklist

"A fine novel...there is a denouement that will shock and move readers as much as it does the characters."--Philadelphia Inquirer

Tuesday Night Book Club: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Chinese American Henry and Japanese American Keiko bond as the only Asian students in a Seattle elementary school in 1942. The two are the victims of both racist attitudes and the patriotic fervor following Pearl Harbor. While emphasizing their deep friendship, first-time novelist Ford also conveys the minute details of that particular time and place.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Wishin' and Hopin'

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

In this charming departure for Lamb (The Hour I First Believed), feisty fifth grader Felix Funicello (yes, distant cousin to Annette) anticipates Christmas. It's 1964 in blue-collar Connecticut, and Felix worries that he's caused Sister Dymphna's mental breakdown. When the school's Christmas pageant rolls around, the school brown-noser and the new Russian girl duke it out over who gets to play Mary. Full of pop-culture references of the day (the Beatles, for example, as well as the Queen Mouseketeer), this will have broad appeal.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Mrs. Lincoln

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Clinton offers a biography of Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882) that challenges previous assumptions and harsh portrayals of her.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Widow of the South

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

In 1894 Carrie McGavock is an old woman, an old woman who has only her former slave to keep her companyalong with the almost 1,500 soldiers buried in her backyard. Years ago, rather than let someone plow over the field where these young men had been buried, Carrie dug them up and buried them in her own personal cemetery. Now, as she walks the rows of the dead, an old soldier appears. It is the man she met that day of the battle that changed everything.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Lady of Arlington

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Many people know something about her husband, Robert E. Lee; perhaps even more know her great-grandfather, George Washington; some have even visited her family estate. But few people today know much about Mary Custis Lee - wife, mother, daughter, and the Lady of Arlington, Virginia.

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