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Bailey Cove Morning: Echo Maker

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Richard Powers
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Echo Maker

On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma, Mark believes that this woman-who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister-is really an identical impostor. Shattered by her brother's refusal to recognize her, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case histories describing the infinitely bizarre worlds of brain disorder. Weber recognizes Mark as a rare case of Capgras Syndrome, a doubling delusion, and eagerly investigates. What he discovers in Mark slowly undermines even his own sense of being. Meanwhile, Mark, armed only with a note left by an anonymous witness, attempts to learn what happened the night of his inexplicable accident. The truth of that evening will change the lives of all three beyond recognition. Set against the Platte River's massive spring migrations-one of the greatest spectacles in nature-The Echo Maker is a gripping mystery that explores the improvised human self and the even more precarious brain that splits us from and joins us to the rest of creation. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning: Echo Maker

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Bailey Cove Morning: This Book Will Save Your Life

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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A. M. Homes
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This Book Will Save Your Life

Affluent day-trader Richard Novak has populated his life with housecleaners, nutritionists, decorators, and personal trainers, but none of these appointed specialists can fill the abyss at the center of his existence. After a unnerving panic attack and a property disaster, he embarks on an emergency campaign to find his niche in the universe. As this improvised crusade is unfolding, the city of Los Angeles itself joins in the upheaval, raising the stakes and the fun. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning: This Book Will Save Your Life

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Bailey Cove Morning: Ahab's Wife

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Sena Jeter Naslund
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Ahab's Wife

"Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last," says Una Spenser, the eponymous narrator, in the first sentence of this deliciously old-fashioned bildungsroman, adventure story and romance. Naslund's inspiration, based on one reference in Moby-Dick, may not satisfy aficonados of Melville's dense, richly symbolic masterpiece, but it should please most other readers with its suspenseful, affecting, historically accurate and seductive narrative. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning: Ahab's Wife

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Bailey Cove Evening: Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living

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Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Carrie Tiffany
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Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living

Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living by Carrie Tiffany
The "Better-Farming Train" slides through the wheat fields and small towns of 1930s Australia, bringing advice to farmers. Amid the swaying cars full of cows, pigs, and crops, a strange and swift seduction occurs between Jean Finnegan, a sewing instructor, and Robert Pettergree, a scientist with an unusual taste for soil. In an atmosphere of heady idealism, they settle in the impoverished Mallee farmland with the ambition of transforming the land through science. [check the catalog] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living

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Bailey Cove Evening: The Darwin Conspiracy

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Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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John Darnton
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The Darwin Conspiracy

The Darwin Conspiracy by John Darnton
John Darnton transports us to Victorian England and around the world to reveal the secrets of a legendary nineteenth-century figure. What led Darwin to the theory of evolution? Why did he wait twenty-two years to write On the Origin of Species? Why was he incapacitated by mysterious illnesses and frightened of travel? Who was his secret rival? [check the catalog] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: The Darwin Conspiracy

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Bailey Cove Evening: The Road

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Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Cormac McCarthy
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The Road

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Road is the story of a journey which imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. [check the catalog] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: The Road

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Bailey Cove Evening: The World is Flat (Version 3.0)

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Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Thomas Friedman
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The World is Flat

The World is Flat (Version 3.0) by Thomas Friedman
In this new edition, Thomas L. Friedman includes fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world. Weaving new information into his overall thesis, and answering the questions he has been most frequently asked by parents across the country, this third edition also includes two new chapters--on how to be a political activist and social entrepreneur in a flat world; and on the more troubling question of how to manage our reputations and privacy in a world where we are all becoming publishers and public figures. [check the catalog] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: The World is Flat (Version 3.0)

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Bailey Cove Evening: Love in the Time of Cholera

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Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Gabriel García Márquez
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Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs—yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again. [check the catalog] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: Love in the Time of Cholera

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Bailey Cove Evening: River of Doubt

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Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Candice Millard
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River of Doubt

River of Doubt by Candice Millard
After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find: the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil's most famous explorer, Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the Western Hemisphere forever. Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: River of Doubt

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Bailey Cove Evening: Into the Wild

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Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Jon Krakauer
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Into the Wild

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
After graduating from college, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave away his savings and hitchhiked to Alaska, where he went to live in the wilderness. Four months later, he turned up dead. His diary, letters and two notes found at a remote campsite tell of his desperate effort to survive.
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