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Tillman Hill Adult: Water for Elephants

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Author: 
Sara Gruen
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Water for Elephants

Life is good for Jacob Jankowski. He's about to graduate from veterinary school and about to bed the girl of his dreams. Then his parents are killed in a car crash, leaving him in the middle of the Great Depression with no home, no family, and no career. Almost by accident, Jacob joins the circus. There he falls in love with the beautiful performer Marlena, who is married to the circus' psychotic animal trainer. He also meets the other love of his life, Rosie the elephant. This lushly romantic novel travels back in forth in time between Jacob's present day in a nursing home and his adventures in the surprisingly harsh world of 1930s circuses. Read more about Tillman Hill Adult: Water for Elephants

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Tillman Hill Adult: The Memory Keeper's Daughter

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Kim Edwards
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The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Edwards's assured but schematic debut novel hinges on the birth of fraternal twins, a healthy boy and a girl with Down syndrome. A snowstorm immobilizes Lexington, Ky., in 1964, and when young Norah Henry goes into labor, her husband, orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Henry, must deliver their babies himself, aided only by a nurse. Seeing his daughter's handicap, he instructs the nurse, Caroline Gill, to take her to a home and later tells Norah, who was drugged during labor, that their son Paul's twin died at birth. Instead of institutionalizing Phoebe, Caroline absconds with her to Pittsburgh. David's deception becomes the defining moment of the main characters' lives, and Phoebe's absence corrodes her birth family's core over the course of the next 25 years. David's undetected lie warps his marriage; he grapples with guilt; Norah mourns her lost child; and Paul not only deals with his parents' icy relationship but with his own yearnings for his sister as well. Read more about Tillman Hill Adult: The Memory Keeper's Daughter

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Tillman Hill Adult: Christmas Party & 2007 Selections

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Christmas Party & 2007 Selections
Christmas party and potpourri book discussion. Bring a list of books you want to discuss in 2007!

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Tillman Hill Adult: The Lovely Bones

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Alice Sebold
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The Lovely Bones

On her way home from school on a snowy December day in 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon ("like the fish") is lured into a makeshift underground den in a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer--the man she knew as her neighbor, Mr. Harvey. Alice Sebold's haunting and heartbreaking debut novel, The Lovely Bones, unfolds from heaven, where "life is a perpetual yesterday" and where Susie narrates and keeps watch over her grieving family and friends, as well as her brazen killer and the sad detective working on her case. As Sebold fashions it, everyone has his or her own version of heaven. Read more about Tillman Hill Adult: The Lovely Bones

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Tillman Hill Adult: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Douglas Adams
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Join Douglas Adams's hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. You'll never read funnier science fiction; Adams is a master of intelligent satire, barbed wit, and comedic dialogue. The Hitchhiker's Guide is rich in comedic detail and thought-provoking situations and stands up to multiple reads. Read more about Tillman Hill Adult: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Tillman Hill Adult: Slow Burn

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Julie Garwood
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Slow Burn

Kate MacKenna doesn't have a bad bone in her body -- or an enemy in the world. A woman who barely knew her father and has just lost her mother, Kate is a loving sister, a savvy business owner, and an unpretentious beauty who radiates kindness. So why are bombs igniting everywhere she goes? Read more about Tillman Hill Adult: Slow Burn

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Tillman Hill Adult: A Single Shard

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Linda Sue Park
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A Single Shard

In this tale of courage and devotion, a single shard from a celadon vase changes the life of a young boy and his master. In 12th-century Korea, the village of Ch'ulp'o is famous for its pottery. The orphan Tree-ear spends his days foraging for food for himself and Crane-man, a lame straw weaver who has cared for him for many years. Because of his wanderings, Tree-ear is familiar with all of the potters in the village, but he is especially drawn to Min. When he drops a piece Min has made, Tree-ear begins to work for him to pay off his debt, but stays on after the debt is paid because he longs to learn to create beautiful pots himself. Sent to the royal court to show the king's emissary some new pottery, Tree-ear makes a long journey filled with disaster and learns what it means to have true courage. Read more about Tillman Hill Adult: A Single Shard

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Tillman Hill Adult: The Da Vinci Code

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Author: 
Dan Brown
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The Da Vinci Code

Brown's latest thriller is an exhaustively researched page-turner about secret religious societies, ancient coverups and savage vengeance. The action kicks off in modern-day Paris with the murder of the Louvre's chief curator, whose body is found laid out in symbolic repose at the foot of the Mona Lisa. Seizing control of the case are Sophie Neveu, a lovely French police cryptologist, and Harvard symbol expert Robert Langdon, reprising his role from Brown's last book. The two find several puzzling codes at the murder scene, all of which form a treasure map to the fabled Holy Grail. Read more about Tillman Hill Adult: The Da Vinci Code

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Tillman Hill Adult: A Morbid Taste for Bones

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Ellis Peters
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A Morbid Taste for Bones

Outside the monastic enclave, but here, in the enclosed garden within the walls, close to the abbot's fishponds and the brook that worked the abbey mill, Brother Cadfael ruled unchallenged. The herbarium in particular was his kingdom, for he had built it up gradually through the fifteen years of labour, and added to it many exotic plants of his own careful raising, collected in a roving youth that had taken him as far afield as Venice, and Cyprus and the Holy Land. Read more about Tillman Hill Adult: A Morbid Taste for Bones

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Tillman Hill Adult: The Great Gatsby

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Great Gatsby

A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. Read more about Tillman Hill Adult: The Great Gatsby

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