Book Group

Girls Outside the Box: "Codes of Gender"

“Codes of Gender” explores how the use of the body in advertising influences ideas about masculinity and femininity. What does it mean to be a girl in 2014? Women experience gender-based discrimination and violence, and are bombarded with negative messages about not living up to the female "ideal." Through film, activities and discussion, adolescent girls will explore gender roles and stereotypes and develop tools to successfully navigate through the challenges of being a young woman in the 21st Century. Ages 13+.

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The Lives They Lived: "One Writer's Beginnings"

Please join us for our first memoir discussion, "One Writer's Beginnings" by Eudora Welty. Ms. Welty recounts how her family and her surroundings contributed to the shaping not only of her personality but of her writing. Books are available one month before the discussion at Maze Branch.

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Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: "Five Days at Memorial"

Join us at Maze to discuss "Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital" by Sheri Fink. As the flood waters rose after Hurricane Katrina, patients, staff, and families who sheltered in New Orleans’ Memorial Hospital faced a crisis far worse than the storm itself. Without power, an evacuation plan, or strong leadership, caregiving became chaotic, and exhausted doctors and nurses found it difficult to make even the simplest decisions. Unfortunately, when it came to making the hardest decisions, some of them seem to have failed.

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What's Cooking?

Each month we'll ask you to make two recipes from a designated cookbook: we'll choose the first recipe and ask you to make it at home; you choose the second and bring it to our discussion to share. We'll meet to discuss both recipes and to sample the one you chose. We'll have a potluck of tasty treats! This month's selection is "French Women Don't Get Fat" by Merielle Guiliano, and our recipe choice is Pumpkin and Apple Soup. Copies of the book are available at Maze Branch one month prior to the event.

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What's Cooking?

Each month we'll ask you to make two recipes from a designated cookbook: we'll choose the first recipe and ask you to make it at home; you choose the second and bring it to our discussion to share. We'll meet to discuss both recipes and to sample the one you chose. We'll have a potluck of tasty treats! This month's selection is "Keepers" by Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion, and our recipe choice is Smoky Turkey Chili. Copies of the book are available at Maze Branch one month prior to the event.

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Justice - What's the Right Thing to Do?

Watch a video in which Harvard Professor Michael Sandel presents a variety of real-life scenarios on ethical topics and discusses them with others. Philosophers have debated these same questions throughout the past 2500 years. This month's discussion is on “The Claims of Community” and “Where Our Loyalty Lies.”

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Justice - What's the Right Thing to Do?

Watch a video in which Harvard Professor Michael Sandel presents a variety of real-life scenarios on ethical topics and discusses them with others. Philosophers have debated these same questions throughout the past 2500 years. This month's discussion is on “The Good Citizen” and “Freedom vs. Fit.”

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The Mysterious History of England: "A Test of Wills"

Join us at Maze to discuss "A Test of Wills" by Charles Todd.The year is 1919 and King George V reigns. The “War to End All Wars” has been won. But there is no peace for Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, recently returned from the battlefields of France shell-shocked and tormented by the ever-present voice of the young Scot he had executed for refusing an order. Escaping into his work to save his sanity, Rutledge investigates the murder of a popular colonel in Warwickshire and his alleged killer, a decorated war hero and close friend of the Prince of Wales.

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The Mysterious History of England: "The Face of a Stranger"

Join us at maze to discuss "The Face of a Stranger" by Anne Perry.The year is 1856 and Queen Victoria reigns. After recovering from a serious carriage accident, police detective William Monk finds he has lost his memory. He is assigned to investigate the brutal murder of an aristocratic Crimean war hero and in the process finds out more of his own past – and is terrified of what he learns. During his investigations he meets Hester Latterly, a forthright young woman of middle class, who nursed with Florence Nightingale in Crimea.

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Brown Bag - Ten Lords A-Leaping

Reverend Thomas Christmas volunteers to skydive for charity to raise money for the church. His two fellow skydivers Oliver, the 7th Marquess of Morborne, and his brother-in-law Hector, the 10th Earl of Fairhaven with a generation long feud is harmless until Lord Oliver is strangled to death and the list of suspects are all within the family. Rumors of bigamy, art forgeries, upstairs/downstairs intrigue, and whispers of less than reverential behavior between Thomas and Oliver’s beautiful half-sister. Author C.C. Bennison’s Ten Lords A-Leaping is the perfect holiday whodunit.

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