Brown Bag - Murder as a Fine Art

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

An artist of death prepares himself for his greatest creation—the gruesome slaughter of a young shop owner and his family. East Londoners hadn’t seen such horrific murders since a man named John Williams also killed a shopkeeper and his family in a nearby neighborhood. The new crime finds Detective Inspector Shawn Ryan assigned to this case. In his investigation, he considers Thomas De Quincey a suspect. An opium addict and author of the essay, “On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts,”De Quincey glorifies in horrific details the Williams killings as sublime art.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Brown Bag - The Copenhagen Connection

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Elizabeth Jones works at a publisher's publicity department hoping to impress her bosses with her own writing. Taking a vacation to Copenhagen from her publishing PR job, she meets her idol the infamous Countess Margaret Rosenberg, Nobel Prize-winning historian/novelist/feminist. Once in Copenhagen, things take a turn for the bizarre, with Margaret’s weird and crazy behavior. Elizabeth is introduced to Christian, Margaret’s son, who is as uptight and snobbish as his mother is a free spirit.

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Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Words on Wednesday: "Quiet: The Power of Introverts"

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

What do Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Dr. Seuss and Rosa Parks all have in common? They are introverts. And so are at least one third of all the people we know. Through research and real stories, Cain shows that being a "wallflower" is an excellent predictor for leadership, intelligence and success. Join us to discuss this well-crafted book.

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: "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry "

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

A. J. Fikry, the irritable owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years. He has given up on people, and even the books in his store are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. That is until a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew. Join us to discuss this bestseller.

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

Location: 
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

Maze Branch Nonfiction Book Discussion: Moonwalking with Einstein

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Science journalist Joshua Foer's best-selling title "Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art & Science of Remembering Everything" was named one of the best books of 2011 by Amazon.com, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Amazon says it �recounts Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top mental athletes. He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

What's Cooking?

Sunday, September 14, 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 Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express by Mark Bittman, and our recipe choice is Jerk Chicken. Copies of the book are available at Maze one month prior to the event.

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Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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Read & Reflect: One Book, One Oak Park's Moonwalking with Einstein

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Science journalist Joshua Foer’s best-selling title "Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art & Science of Remembering Everything" was named one of the best books of 2011 by Amazon.com, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Amazon says it “recounts Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top mental athletes. He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

The Mysterious History of England : The Nicholas Bracewell Mysteries

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us at Maze to discuss the Nicholas Bracewell mysteries. It is 1588 and Queen Elizabeth I is on the throne of England. Theater companies are sprouting up but can easily be shut down if their plays do not conform to the politics of the time. Matters become dangerous when one of the acting company is murdered. Lord Westfield's Men is managed by Nicholas Bracewell who must investigate all manner of crimes connected with this theater group.

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Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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