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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

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.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

What's Cooking?

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

What's Cooking?

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

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

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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Brown Bag - Ten Lords A-Leaping

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Read & Reflect - The Man Who Invented Christmas

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

It’s Christmas of 1843 and writer Charles Dickens is deeply in debt and without hope of creating a story to improve his circumstances. Life during this period was full of uncertainty with the arrival of the industrial revolution. Unknowing Dickens wrote a book of hope, spirituality, and charity as a gift to lighten life at its darkest. Author Les Standiford researched the life and the reality of The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits. “God bless us, everyone!” All are welcome to attend.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Words on Wednesday: "Outliers: the story of success"

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

In this book, you will journey through the world of “outliers.” You will learn the secrets of software billionaires, why people of certain cultures are better at academic performance, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. You will learn that culture, family and other factors, rather than just having a high IQ, contribute immensely in making a person successful. Join us to discuss this inspiring book by Malcolm Gladwell.
Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library a month before the discussion.

Location: 
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

Words on Wednesday: "Americanah"

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Chimananda Ngozi Adiche's, Americanah , explores the experiences of culture shock, lost love, hardships, and racism of a well-educated Nigerian immigrant, Ifemelu, in America.

Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library a month before the discussion.

Location: 
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

genre X: Play It As It Lays

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

genre X is on tour! Join us for our monthly book discussion for readers in their 20s and 30s, now popping up at a new location each month. August's selection is Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion. Join us to discuss at Fat Duck Tavern, 7218 Madison St., Forest Park.

Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library a month before the discussion.

Location: 
Fat Duck - Forest Park

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