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Author Chat Book Club: Jamie Dodson

Award-winning author Jamie Dodson joins our discussion of his novel Flying Boats & Spies at the next Author Chat Book Club meeting on Thursday, November 7, at 6 p.m. Read more about Author Chat Book Club: Jamie Dodson

Rheta returns with "Hank"

Columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson returns to the main library on Friday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. to talk about her new book, Hank Hung the Moon ... And Warmed Our Cold, Cold Hearts. Read more about Rheta returns with "Hank"

YA Book Club at Madison: The Fault in Our Stars

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Come discuss the bestseller The Fault in Our Stars by John Green with other teens. We'll meet in the YA room. Read more about YA Book Club at Madison: The Fault in Our Stars

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Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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E. Lockhart
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We Were Liars

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer. Read more about Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: TBD

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Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Rainbow Rowell
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Fangirl

Cath struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father. Read more about Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

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Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Kendare Blake
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Antigoddess

Athena and Hermes' search for the cause of their unexpected, life-threatening illnesses leads them to Cassandra, a former prophetess, who may be key to a war started by Hera and other Olympians who have become corrupt anti-gods determined to destroy their rivals. Read more about Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

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Lovers of Lit Bookclub

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Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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Neil Gaiman
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman's first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.

This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real… Read more about Lovers of Lit Bookclub

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Russell Readers Bookclub

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Khaled Hosseini
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And the Mountains Echoed

After his triumphant novels The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini gifts us with a poignant story of love, loss, and recovery across several families and over several generations. Like an intricately woven tapestry, And the Mountains Echoed pulls us into the lives of disparate children, men, and women in Afghanistan, France, Greece, and California, showing us how the choices they and other make resonate over decades. A masterpiece; superlative early reviews. Read more about Russell Readers Bookclub

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Lovers of Lit Bookclub

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Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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A.J. Jacobs
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The Year of Living Biblically

From the bestselling author of The Know-It-All comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible. A.J. Jacobs chronicles his hilarious and thoughtful year spent obeying―as literally as possible―the tenets of the Bible.

Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to play a ten-string harp; to stone adulterers.

The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you see history’s most influential book with new eyes.

Jacobs’s quest transforms his life even more radically than the year spent reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica for The Know-It-All. His beard grows so unruly that he is regularly mistaken for a member of ZZ Top. He immerses himself in prayer, tends sheep in the Israeli desert, battles idolatry, and tells the absolute truth in all situations—much to his wife’s chagrin.

Throughout the book, Jacobs also embeds himself in a cross-section of communities that take the Bible literally. He tours a Kentucky-based creationist museum and sings hymns with Pennsylvania Amish. He dances with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn and does Scripture study with Jehovah’s Witnesses. He discovers ancient biblical wisdom of startling relevance. And he wrestles with seemingly archaic rules that baffle the twenty-first-century brain.

Jacobs’s extraordinary undertaking yields unexpected epiphanies and challenges. A book that will charm readers both secular and religious, The Year of Living Biblically is part Cliff Notes to the Bible, part memoir, and part look into worlds unimaginable. Thou shalt not be able to put it down. Read more about Lovers of Lit Bookclub

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