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Monrovia Matters – A Look at the History and Development of the Monrovia Community

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Long-time community member Billy Vaughn will share the history of Monrovia and some fascinating stories about the development of this rapidly growing community.   Read more about Monrovia Matters – A Look at the History and Development of the Monrovia Community

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Monrovia Family Movie Night: Rio

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Friday, August 19, 2011 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm
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Rio: the movie (runtime 96 minutes)

When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with the bird of his dreams. Read more about Monrovia Family Movie Night: Rio

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Tuesday Night Book Club: Cutting for Stone

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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0375714367
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Abraham Verghese
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Cutting for Stone

Note: This meeting is the second of two sessions.

Lauded for his sensitive memoir (My Own Country) about his time as a doctor in eastern Tennessee at the onset of the AIDS epidemic in the 80s, Verghese turns his formidable talents to fiction, mining his own life and experiences in a magnificent, sweeping novel that moves from India to Ethiopia to an inner-city hospital in New York City over decades and generations. Sister Mary Joseph Praise, a devout young nun, leaves the south Indian state of Kerala in 1947 for a missionary post in Yemen. During the arduous sea voyage, she saves the life of an English doctor bound for Ethiopia, Thomas Stone, who becomes a key player in her destiny when they meet up again at Missing Hospital in Addis Ababa. Seven years later, Sister Praise dies birthing twin boys: Shiva and Marion, the latter narrating his own and his brothers long, dramatic, biblical story set against the backdrop of political turmoil in Ethiopia, the life of the hospital compound in which they grow up and the love story of their adopted parents, both doctors at Missing. The boys become doctors as well and Vergheses weaving of the practice of medicine into the narrative is fascinating even as the story bobs and weaves with the power and coincidences of the best 19th-century novel. Read more about Tuesday Night Book Club: Cutting for Stone

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Tuesday Night Book Club: Cutting for Stone

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Abraham Verghese
Title: 
Cutting for Stone

Note: This meeting is the first of two sessions.

Lauded for his sensitive memoir (My Own Country) about his time as a doctor in eastern Tennessee at the onset of the AIDS epidemic in the 80s, Verghese turns his formidable talents to fiction, mining his own life and experiences in a magnificent, sweeping novel that moves from India to Ethiopia to an inner-city hospital in New York City over decades and generations. Sister Mary Joseph Praise, a devout young nun, leaves the south Indian state of Kerala in 1947 for a missionary post in Yemen. During the arduous sea voyage, she saves the life of an English doctor bound for Ethiopia, Thomas Stone, who becomes a key player in her destiny when they meet up again at Missing Hospital in Addis Ababa. Seven years later, Sister Praise dies birthing twin boys: Shiva and Marion, the latter narrating his own and his brothers long, dramatic, biblical story set against the backdrop of political turmoil in Ethiopia, the life of the hospital compound in which they grow up and the love story of their adopted parents, both doctors at Missing. The boys become doctors as well and Vergheses weaving of the practice of medicine into the narrative is fascinating even as the story bobs and weaves with the power and coincidences of the best 19th-century novel. Read more about Tuesday Night Book Club: Cutting for Stone

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Monrovia Movie Night: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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Friday, July 22, 2011 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm
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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. Read more about Monrovia Movie Night: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Garth Stein
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The Art of Racing in the Rain

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.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it. Read more about Tuesday Night Book Club: The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Tuesday Night Book Club: Cane River

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Lalita Tademy
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Cane River

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.  Read more about Tuesday Night Book Club: Cane River

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Tuesday Night Book Club: A Gathering of Old Men

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Ernest Gaines
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A Gathering of Old Men

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 Read more about Tuesday Night Book Club: A Gathering of Old Men

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

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Jamie Ford
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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

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. Read more about Tuesday Night Book Club: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

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Tuesday Night Book Club: Wishin' and Hopin'

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Wally Lamb
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Wishin' and Hopin'

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. Read more about Tuesday Night Book Club: Wishin' and Hopin'

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