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.

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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.

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Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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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

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.

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Fat Duck - Forest Park

Brown Bag - The Troubled Man

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

Kurt Wallander the 60-year-old Swedish detective unofficially pursues a case that's part mystery, part spy thriller. At the 75th birthday party for HÃ¥kan von Enke, a retired Swedish naval commander highly placed and deeply respected in Swedish military circle, he tells Wallander about a 1980 incident involving an unidentified submarine that "invaded Swedish territorial waters." When he was about to fire depth charges to bring the sub to the surface, higher-ups ordered von Enke to abort. A few days after confiding in Wallander, von Enke and his wife disappear.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: The Guns of August

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us to discuss The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman.
As we begin to commemorate the centennial of the First World War, read this Pulitzer Prize winning history which brings to life the people and events which led up to war -- how the war started and why, and why it couldn't be stopped.
This discussion is part of our nonfiction series, Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction. Copies of The Guns of August will be available at Maze Branch a month before the discussion. Library book discussions are open to all who are committed to reading and talking about books.

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Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: The Color of Water

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us to discuss The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride. This book is a testament to one woman's true heart, solid values, and indomitable will. Ruth Jordan battled not only racism but also poverty to raise her children and, despite being sorely tested, never wavered.
This discussion is part of our nonfiction series, Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction. Copies of The Color of Water. will be available at Maze Branch a month before the discussion. Library book discussions are open to all who are committed to reading and talking about books.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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Mysterious History of England: Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us to discuss Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron. It's 1803 and due to the madness of King George, England is about to come under the Regency of the Prince-Regent (soon to be George IV). "Jane Austen," now 28, is compelled to find out the truth behind the death of her friend's very wealthy husband.

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Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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The Mysterious History of England: Blind Justice

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us to discuss Blind Justice by Bruce Alexander.
It's 1768 and King George III reigns. Sir John Fielding and his brother Henry Fielding (the novelist) have formed London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners. Sir John is a magistrate - and blind - so he uses Jeremy Proctor as his eyes to uncover the truth in cases appearing before him.

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Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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