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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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Bailey Cove Evening: The Abstinence Teacher

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Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Tom Perrotta
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The Abstinence Teacher

The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
Ruth Ramsey is the human sexuality teacher at the local high school. She believes that "pleasure is good, shame is bad, and knowledge is power." Ruth's daughter's soccer coach is Tim Mason, a former stoner and rocker whose response to hitting rock bottom was to reach out and be saved. Tim belongs to the Tabernacle, an evangelical Christian church that doesn't approve of Ruth's style of teaching and makes her the focus of a very public crusade. And Ruth, in turn, doesn't applaud the Tabernacle's mission to take its message outside its doors. But when a controversy on the soccer field pushes the two of them to actually talk, they are forced to look beyond their first impressions.
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Bailey Cove Evening: Survival of the Sickest

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Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Sharon Moalem
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Survival of the Sickest

Survival of the Sickest by Sharon Moalem
Was diabetes evolution's response to the last Ice Age? Did a deadly genetic disease help our ancestors survive the bubonic plagues of Europe? Will a visit to the tanning salon help lower your cholesterol? Dr. Sharon Moalem turns our current understanding of illness on its head and challenges us to fundamentally change the way we think about our bodies, our health, and our relationship to just about every other living thing on earth, from plants and animals to insects and bacteria. [check the catalog] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: Survival of the Sickest

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Bailey Cove Evening - The Right Stuff

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Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Tom Wolfe
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The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe began The Right Stuff at a time when it was unfashionable to contemplate American heroism. Nixon had left the White House in disgrace, the nation was reeling from the catastrophe of Vietnam, and in 1979--the year the book appeared--Americans were being held hostage by Iranian militants. Yet it was exactly the anachronistic courage of his subjects that captivated Wolfe. In his foreword, he notes that as late as 1970, almost one in four career Navy pilots died in accidents. "The Right Stuff," he explains, "became a story of why men were willing--willing?--delighted!--to take on such odds in this, an era literary people had long since characterized as the age of the anti-hero." A 'Fit For Life' event. [check the catalog] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening - The Right Stuff

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Bailey Cove Evening - Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot

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Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Richard Restak
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Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot

Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot by Richard Restak
"Most of us would like to be smarter," asserts Restak, neuropsychiatrist and clinical professor of neurology at George Washington University Medical Center. Restak claims that improving cognition is the answer. In accessible science-teacher style, Restak delineates the brain's attributes, from its weight (three pounds) to the number of nerve cells (100 billion) and its infinity of synapses, explaining what aids communication, informs memory and so forth. A 'Fit For Life' event. [check the catalog] Read more about Bailey Cove Evening - Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot

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