Read & Reflect: "The Spark"

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Kristine Barnett, the mother of an autistic child who was eventually recognized as a genius, recounts her rejection of conventional advice from developmental experts and shares the strategies she used for tapping her son's potential.

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The Lives They Lived: "West With the Night"

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Considered a classic of outdoor literature, this 1942 memoir by Beryl Markham was rated in the top 10 of National Geographic Adventure's 100 best adventure books in 2004. Markham recounts growing up in British East Africa, becoming the first licensed female horse trainer in Kenya, and eventually becoming the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic flying east to west.

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Brown Bag: "Outsider in Amsterdam"

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Quirky detectives Grijpstra and de Gier star in this first entry in Janwillem Van de Wetering's celebrated Amsterdam crime series, which concerns the founder of a new religious society/commune-a group that calls itself 'Hindist' and mixes elements of various 'Eastern' traditions- who is found hanging from a ceiling beam. The detectives are sent to investigate what looks like a simple suicide, but they are immediately suspicious of the circumstances.

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Brown Bag: "Skull Mantra"

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, this culturally nuanced story by Eliot Pattison is set in a Tibetan work gulag holding Buddhist monks and a few Chinese political prisoners. After a grisly discovery near the prison, a disgraced police inspector from Beijing is compelled by the local party boss to investigate. In his search for the truth, he finds himself caught between local beliefs, brutal Communist Party policies, and a nearby American mining project.

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Read & Reflect: "Lean In"

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

In "Lean In," Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine's most powerful women in business, looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale. She draws on her own experiences working in some of the world's most successful businesses, as well as academic research, to find practical answers to the problems facing women in the workplace.

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The Lives They Lived: "Deep Down Dark"

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Crises of faith are the dominant theme of Héctor Tobar's "Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free," which tells the story of the 33 miners who were buried for 69 days in a collapsed Chilean mine in 2010.

With his exclusive access to the survivors, Tobar, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, graphically recounts the quandaries that beset the men, as well as their families camped out at the mine's entrance, the officials, and rescue crews, as a worldwide audience watched.

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Read & Reflect: "Reckoning at Eagle Creek"

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Cultural historian Jeff Biggers takes us to the dark ruins of his family's nearly 200-year-old hillside homestead that has been strip-mined on the edge of the first federally recognized Wilderness Site in southern Illinois. In doing so, he not only comes to grips with his own denied backwoods heritage, but also chronicles a dark and missing chapter in the American experience: the historical nightmare of coal outside of Appalachia, serving as an exposé of a secret legacy of shame and resiliency.

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Brown Bag: "Girl in a Box"

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Award-winning author Sujata Massey is back with a delicious blend of mystery and contemporary women's fiction. In "Girl in a Box," Japanese-American sleuth Rei Shimura is on her most dangerous outing yet. Rei's mission, should she choose to accept it, is to go undercover as a clerk in a big Tokyo department store. It's a tricky and risky assignment, but it also gives Rei the opportunity to check out all the latest fashions and use her store discount to indulge her shopping impulses.

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Read & Reflect: "Being Mortal"

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can improve not only life but also the process of its ending. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, "Being Mortal" asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

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