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Russell Readers Bookclub

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Khaled Hosseini
Title: 
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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Russell Readers Bookclub

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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ISBN: 
9780061673696
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Author: 
Bill Bryson
Title: 
Shakespeare: The World as Stage

William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

Bryson documents the efforts of earlier scholars, from today's most respected academics to eccentrics like Delia Bacon, an American who developed a firm but unsubstantiated conviction that her namesake, Francis Bacon, was the true author of Shakespeare's plays. Emulating the style of his famous travelogues, Bryson records episodes in his research, including a visit to a bunkerlike room in Washington, D.C., where the world's largest collection of First Folios is housed.

Bryson celebrates Shakespeare as a writer of unimaginable talent and enormous inventiveness, a coiner of phrases ("vanish into thin air," "foregone conclusion," "one fell swoop") that even today have common currency. His Shakespeare is like no one else's—the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and a gift for storytelling unrivaled in our time. Read more about Russell Readers Bookclub

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Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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9780307382474
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Tom Reiss
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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

Alex Dumas, an extraordinary man whose sensational life had been largely lost to history solely because of his race, takes the spotlight in this dynamic tale. Thanks to Reiss’s excellent research, combined with the passionate memorial his son, Alexandre Dumas, consistently built in his own novels and memoir, Dumas’s life has been brought back to light. Father to the well-known novelist and clear inspiration for The Count of Monte Cristo, as well as the adventurous spirit of The Three Musketeers and other stories, Dumas (1762–1806) rose through the ranks of the French army from a lowly private in the dragoons to become a respected general who marched into Egypt at Napoleon’s side. (The rivalry and juxtaposition between these two leaders proves fascinating.) Born in what is now Haiti to a French nobleman father and a slave mother, the biracial Dumas chanced to come of age during the French Revolution, a brief period of equality in the French empire; he was thus granted numerous opportunities that the son of a slave 20 years before him (or even 20 years later) would not have enjoyed. Reiss capitalizes on his subject’s charged personality as well as the revolutionary times in which he lived to create an exciting narrative. Agent: Tina Bennett, Janklow & Nesbit. (Sept.) Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

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Russell Readers Book Discussion

Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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ISBN: 
9780062030344
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Author: 
Madeleine Albright
Title: 
Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War 1937-1948

"No one who lived through the years of 1937 to 1948," Albright writes, "was a stranger to profound sadness. Millions of innocents did not survive, and their deaths must never be forgotten. Today we lack the power to reclaim lost lives, but we have a duty to learn all that we can about what happened and why." At once a deeply personal memoir and an incisive work of history, Prague Winter serves as a guide to the future through the lessons of the past—as seen through the eyes of one of the international community's most respected and fascinating figures. Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion

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Russell Readers Book Discussion

Date: 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 1:00am to 12:30pm
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ISBN: 
9780312680527
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Schine Cathleen
Title: 
The Three Weissmanns of Westport

Betty Weissmann has just been dumped by her husband of forty-eight years. Exiled from her elegant New York apartment by her husband’s mistress, she and her two middle-aged daughters, Miranda and Annie, regroup in a run-down Westport, Connecticut, beach cottage. In Schine’s playful and devoted homage to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, the impulsive sister is Miranda, a literary agent entangled in a series of scandals, and the more pragmatic sister is Annie, a library director, who feels compelled to move in and watch over her capricious mother and sister. Schine’s witty, wonderful novel is simply full of pleasure: the pleasure of reading, the pleasure of Austen, and the pleasure that the characters so rightly and humorously pursue….An absolute triumph” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer). Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion

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Russell Readers BookClub: Gone Girl

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Gillian Flynn
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Gone Girl

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around. Read more about Russell Readers BookClub: Gone Girl

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Russell Readers Book Discussion Community Read 2013-- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Title: 
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Wednesday, April 10th Coffee, Tea or Murder:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 11 a.m.

 

Enjoy an informal discussion with the Russell Readers (R&R) Book Club!   We’ll talk about The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes while  enjoying samples of some

Sherlock-themed teas. Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion Community Read 2013-- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Shoemaker's Wife

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Adriana Trigiani
Title: 
The Shoemaker's Wife

The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again—sending Ciro off to serve in World War I, while Enza is drawn into the glamorous world of the opera . . . and into the life of the international singing sensation Enrico Caruso. Still, Enza and Ciro have been touched by fate—and, ultimately, the power of their love will change their lives forever.

A riveting historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny, inspired by the author's own family history, The Shoemaker's Wife is the novel Adriana Trigiani was born to write. Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Shoemaker's Wife

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Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Date: 
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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Rebecca Skloot
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer, was buried in an unmarked grave sixty years ago. Yet her cells - taken without her knowledge - became one of the most important tools in medical research. Known to science as HeLa, the first "immortal" human cells grown in culture are still alive today, and have been bought and sold by the millions. Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey from the "colored" ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to East Baltimore today, where Henrietta's family struggles with her legacy. Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Date: 
Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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Alice Walker
Title: 
The Color Purple

The Color Purple is foremost the story of Celie, a poor, barely literate Southern black woman who struggles to escape the brutality and degradation of her treatment by men. The tale is told primarily through her own letters, which, out of isolation and despair, she initially addresses to God. . . . during the course of the novel, which begins in the early 1900's and ends in the mid-1940's, Celie frees herself from her husband's repressive control. Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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