Book Group

The Mysterious History of England: Blind Justice

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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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - Promise Me

Nancy and Susan Goodman, sisters born in the mid-1940s to a businessman and his community-active wife in Peoria, Ill., both developed breast cancer, but Susan died from it at age 37 in 1980. On a deathbed promise to her sister, Nancy vowed to bring breast cancer out in the open, force people to "talk about it," and find funding for a cure. In 1982, Nancy began Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which has raised more than a billion dollars for breast-cancer research and spawned a worldwide pink-ribbon phenomenon. All are welcome to attend.

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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - The Last Lecture

What wisdom would you impart to the world if you knew it was our last chance? If you had to vanish tomorrow, what would you want as your legacy? When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"--wasn't about dying. It was about living. All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.

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Read & Reflect - The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

The last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius, was a beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas. The universe functioned without the aid of gods, religious fear was damaging to human life, and matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion, colliding and swerving in new directions.

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Read & Reflect - The Warmth of Other Suns

Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson examines the Great Migration of African-Americans from World War I to the 1970s. Interviewing more than 1,200 people, she focuses mainly on the personal stories of three Southern African-Americans who uprooted their lives to move to other parts of America.

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Brown Bag - Murder as a Fine Art

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.

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Brown Bag - The Copenhagen Connection

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

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

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Words on Wednesday: "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry "

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.

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Maze Branch Nonfiction Book Discussion: Moonwalking with Einstein

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.

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