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Bailey Cove Evening: Echo Maker

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Author: 
Powers, Richard
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The Echo Maker

Set against the Platte River's massive spring migrations-one of the greatest spectacles in nature-The Echo Makeris 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.
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YABC: White Cat

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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9781416963967
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Holly Black
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White Cat

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers -- people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail -- he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago. Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen. Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love -- or death -- and your dreams might be more real than your memories. Read more about YABC: White Cat

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Bailey Cove Science Fiction: Catching Fire

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Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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9780439023498
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Author: 
Suzanne Collins
Title: 
Catching Fire

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Read more about Bailey Cove Science Fiction: Catching Fire

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Eleanor E. Murphy Library Book Club: Missisippi Delta mysteries series by Carolyn Haines

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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9780758210906
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Carolyn Haines
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Mississippi Delta mysteries series

Join the Eleanor E. Murphy Library Book Club as we read the Mississippi Delta mystery series by Carolyn Haines. Book club participants are invited to read any one of the mysteries in the series.

Broke, unmarried, haunted by the nagging ghost of great-great-grandmother's nanny, and about to lose the family plantation, Sarah Booth is in no condition to fall in love and investigate a murder, but she finds herself doing both. - Novelist Plus Read more about Eleanor E. Murphy Library Book Club: Missisippi Delta mysteries series by Carolyn Haines

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Bailey Cove Evening: A Visit from the Goon Squad

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Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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0307592839
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Author: 
Jennifer Egan
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A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad is a 2011 winner of Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and is being adapted by HBO into a television series. Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: A Visit from the Goon Squad

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Bailey Cove Morning: Running the Books

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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ISBN: 
9780385529099
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Avi Steinberg
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Running the Books : the Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian

Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to Harvard, he has only a senior thesis essay on Bugs Bunny to show for his effort. While his friends and classmates advance in the world, he remains stuck at a crossroads, unable to meet the lofty expectations of his Orthodox Jewish upbringing. And his romantic existence as a freelance obituary writer just isn’t cutting it. Seeking direction-and dental insurance-Steinberg takes a job as a librarian in a tough Boston prison.   The prison library counter, his new post, attracts con men, minor prophets, ghosts, and an assortment of quirky regulars searching for the perfect book and a connection to the outside world. There’s an anxious pimp who solicits Steinberg’s help in writing a memoir. A passionate gangster who dreams of hosting a cooking show titled Thug Sizzle . A disgruntled officer who instigates a major feud over a Post-it note. A doomed ex-stripper who asks Steinberg to orchestrate a reunion with her estranged son, himself an inmate. Over time, Steinberg is drawn into the accidental community of outcasts that has formed among his bookshelves - a drama he recounts with heartbreak and humor. But when the struggles of the prison library - between life and death, love and loyalty - become personal, Steinberg is forced to take sides. Running the Books is a trenchant exploration of prison culture and an entertaining tale of one young man’s earnest attempt to find his place in the world while trying not to get fired in the process.  From the Hardcover edition. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning: Running the Books

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Bailey Cove Morning: Cutting for Stone

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Abraham Verghese
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Cutting for Stone

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.   Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles-and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning: Cutting for Stone

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Armchair Traveler Book Club: Eat, Pray, Love : One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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0143038419
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Elizabeth Gilbert
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Eat, Pray, Love : One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia

An interest in the human condition is the common thread that ties together Gilbert's diverse body of work, ranging from a collection of short stories (Pilgrim) to a novel discussing the outdoor lifestyle of Eustace Conway (The Last American Man). In her new work, she continues her exploration of the human psyche through a very personal journey of self-discovery in three countries: Italy, India, and Indonesia. In Italy, her first escape, she devours the food and the melodic language with equal gusto. In India, she decamps to an ashram to learn the intense discipline prayer and spiritual pilgrimage require, in the process revealing the depths to be found in reflection, meditation, and historical teachings. In Indonesia, she generates strong friendships and gains insight into homeopathic medicines, healing, and the complexities of different cultures. Throughout, she candidly shares her observations and emotions as she grows from a woman shattered, lost, and confused to one rejuvenated, confident, and in love. A probing, thoughtful title with a free and easy style, this work seamlessly blends history and travel for a very enjoyable read. Read more about Armchair Traveler Book Club: Eat, Pray, Love : One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia

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Armchair Traveler Book Club: A Cook's Tour - In Search of a Perfect Meal

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Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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1582341400
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Anthony Bourdain
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A Cook's Tour: In Search of a Perfect Meal

Dodging minefields in Cambodia, diving into the icy waters outside a Russian bath, Chef Bourdain travels the world over in search of the ultimate meal. The only thing Anthony Bourdain loves as much as cooking is traveling, and A Cook's Tour is the shotgun marriage of his two greatest passions. Inspired by the question, 'What would be the perfect meal?', Anthony sets out on a quest for his culinary holy grail. Our adventurous chef starts out in Japan, where he eats traditional Fugu, a poisonous blowfish which can be prepared only by specially licensed chefs. He then travels to Cambodia, up the mine-studded road to Pailin into autonomous Khmer Rouge territory and to Phnom Penh's Gun Club, where local fare is served up alongside a menu of available firearms. In Saigon, he's treated to a sustaining meal of live Cobra heart before moving on to savor a snack with the Viet Cong in the Mecong Delta. Further west, Kitchen Confidential fans will recognize the Gironde of Tony's youth, the first stop on his European itinerary. And from France, it's on to Portugal, where an entire village has been fattening a pig for months in anticipation of his arrival. And we're only halfway around the globe. . . A Cook's Tour recounts, in Bourdain's inimitable style, the adventures and misadventures of America's favorite chef. Read more about Armchair Traveler Book Club: A Cook's Tour - In Search of a Perfect Meal

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Armchair Traveler Book Club: Dreaming in Chinese - Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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9780802779137
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Deborah Fallows
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Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language

Deborah Fallows has spent much of her life learning languages and traveling around the world. But nothing prepared her for the surprises of learning Mandarin, China's most common language, or the intensity of living in Shanghai and Beijing. Over time, she realized that her struggles and triumphs in studying the language of her adopted home provided small clues to deciphering the behavior and habits of its people,and its culture's conundrums. As her skill with Mandarin increased, bits of the language--a word, a phrase, an oddity of grammar--became windows into understanding romance, humor, protocol, relationships, and the overflowing humanity of modern China. Fallows learned, for example, that the abrupt, blunt way of speaking that Chinese people sometimes use isn't rudeness, but is, in fact, a way to acknowledge and honor the closeness between two friends. She learned that English speakers' trouble with hearing or saying tones--the variations in inflection that can change a word's meaning--is matched by Chinese speakers' inability not to hear tones, or to even take a guess at understanding what might have been meant when foreigners misuse them. In sharing what she discovered about Mandarin, and how those discoveries helped her understand a culture that had at first seemed impenetrable, Deborah Fallows's Dreaming in Chinese opens up China to Westerners more completely, perhaps, than it has ever been before. Read more about Armchair Traveler Book Club: Dreaming in Chinese - Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language

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