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Book Group Meetings - Proust - In Search of Lost Time
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

The Proust Group

"In Search of Lost Time"
Members $70
Public $100

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 - 6:45pm

Daisy Miller & The Beast in the Jungle

by Henry James


The eponymous novel Daisy Miller portrays the star-crossed courtship of the title character by the sophisticated Winterbourne, a romance which is marred by rumors of Daisy’s scandalous romantic behavior on the continent. The Beast in the Jungle unfolds the peculiar destiny of John Marcher, a man whose sense of foreboding shades every act he takes – and refuses to take.

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Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, September 14, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Chinese Gold Murders

by Robert van Gulik

In this, the second book in Robert van Gulik's classic mystery series of ancient China, Judge Dee must look into the murder of his predecessor. His job is complicated by the simultaneous disappearance of his chief clerk and the new bride of a wealthy local shipowner. Meanwhile, a tiger is terrorizing the district, the ghost of the murdered magistrate stalks the tribunal, a prostitute has a secret message for Dee, and the body of a murdered monk is discovered to be in the wrong grave. In the end, the judge, with his deft powers of deduction, uncovers the one cause for all of these seemingly unrelated events.

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Book Group Meetings - Good Reads Book Group
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 12:00pm

Boy, Snow, Bird

by Helen Oyeyemi

From the prizewinning author of Mr. Fox, the Snow White fairy tale brilliantly recast as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity. In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty - the opposite of the life she's left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman. A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she'd become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy's daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold. Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving, Boy, Snow, Bird is an astonishing and enchanting novel.

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Book Group Meetings - Forgotten Classics
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Red Badge of Courage

by Stephen Crane

Henry Fleming, a private in the Union Army, runs away from the field of war. Afterwards, the shame he feels at this act of cowardice ignites his desire to receive an injury in combat — a "red badge of courage" — that will redeem him. Stephen Crane's novel about a young soldier's experiences during the American Civil War is well known for its understated naturalism and its realistic depiction of battle.

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Book Group Meetings - Proust - In Search of Lost Time
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

The Proust Group

"In Search of Lost Time"
Members $70
Public $100

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 6:45pm

The Aspern Papers & The Figure in the Carpet

by Henry James


Set in Venice, The Aspern Papers is a novella inspired by the true story of a hoard of letters Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote to Mary Shelley’s stepsister. James depicts the struggle of a publisher to gain control of the cache of a similarly famous author’s papers. The narrator of Figure in the Carpet meets his favorite writer and becomes obsessed with discovering the secret meaning embedded in the author’s works.

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Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, October 05, 2015 - 12:00pm

Now You See Me

by S.J. Bolton

Detective constable Lacey Flint stumbles onto a victim whose murder exhibits alarming similarities to Jack the Ripper's first murder. As the case unfolds, details remind the detective of a part of her own past she'd rather keep hidden.

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Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, October 07, 2015 - 6:00pm

Full Dark House

by Christopher Fowler

A bomb rips through present-day London, tragically ending the crime-fighting partnership of Arthur Bryant and John May. Desperately searching for clues to the saboteur’s identity, May finds the notes on the duo's very first case, an investigation which might yield clues to the identity of a murderer who, decades later, seems to have returned to get his vengeance.

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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 6:45pm

The Melancholy of Resistance

by László Krasznahorkai

A circus promising to display the stuffed body of the largest whale in the world arrives in an insignificant Hungarian town in the midst of a terminal frost, prompting bizarre rumors. Word spreads that the circus folk have a sinister purpose at hand, and the frightened citizens cling to any manifestation of order they can find -- music, cosmology, fascism. The novel will be discussed over two meetings of the World Literature Book Group.

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Book Group Meetings - Good Reads Book Group
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

by Jill Lepore


Wonder Woman is the most popular female superhero of all time. Like every superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every superhero, she has also has a secret history.

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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 6:45pm

The Melancholy of Resistance

by László Krasznahorkai

A circus promising to display the stuffed body of the largest whale in the world arrives in an insignificant Hungarian town in the midst of a terminal frost, prompting bizarre rumors. Word spreads that the circus folk have a sinister purpose at hand, and the frightened citizens cling to any manifestation of order they can find -- music, cosmology, fascism. The novel will be discussed over two meetings of the World Literature Book Group.

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Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - 6:00pm

The High Window

by Raymond Chandler


Philip Marlowe, P.I., is called to the house of a wealthy widow to recover a missing Brasher Doubloon, a rare and valuable coin. In Chandler's world, people may not be what they seem, and their entanglements always lead to misery!

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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Thursday, November 05, 2015 - 6:45pm

The Days of Abandonment

by Elena Ferrante


This is the gripping story of a woman's descent into devastating emptiness after being abandoned by her husband with two young children to care for.

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Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, November 09, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Hound of the Baskervilles

by Arthur Conan Doyle


This novella finds Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigating the case of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a ferocious, diabolical hound of supernatural origin.

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Book Group Meetings - Good Reads Book Group
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

by Ben Fountain


A satire set in Texas during America's war in Iraq that explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad.

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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 6:45pm

The Days of Abandonment

by Elena Ferrante


This is the gripping story of a woman's descent into devastating emptiness after being abandoned by her husband with two young children to care for.

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Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 - 6:00pm

Bad Monkey

by Carl Hiassen


Andrew Yancy has a human arm in his freezer. There's a logical explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its owner. Yancy is pretty sure there’s a murder in this somewhere, but he must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters!

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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 - 6:45pm

Memoirs of Hadrian

by Marguerite Yourcenar

Yourcenar reimagines the Emperor Hadrian's arduous boyhood, his triumphs and reversals, and finally, as emperor, his gradual reordering of a war-torn world. This is the first of two meetings discussing this work.

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Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, December 14, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Chalk Circle Man

by Fred Vargas


When chalk circles containing increasingly bizarre objects begin to appear on the pavement in neighborhoods around Paris, everyone except Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg thinks they are entertaining pranks.

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Book Group Meetings - Good Reads Book Group
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

by Elizabeth Kolbert


This Pulitzer Prizewinning book details the five mass extinctions that have occurred over the last half billion years, and introduces the reader to scientists who are currently monitoring the sixth extinction – projected to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs...but this time around, the cataclysm is us.

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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 6:45pm

Memoirs of Hadrian

by Marguerite Yourcenar

Yourcenar reimagines the Emperor Hadrian's arduous boyhood, his triumphs and reversals, and finally, as emperor, his gradual reordering of a war-torn world. This is the second of two meetings discussing this work.

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Photograph of Marcel Proust
Book Group Meetings, Proust - In Search of Lost Time
Repeats every 2 weeks every Wednesday 2 times .
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 - 5:30pm, Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 5:30pm
"In Search of Lost Time"
Members $70, Public $100
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World Literature, Book Group Meetings
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 - 6:45pm
by Henry James
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Book Group Meetings, Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, September 14, 2015 - 12:00pm
by Robert van Gulik
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Book Group Meetings, Good Reads Book Group
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 12:00pm
by Helen Oyeyemi
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Detail of book cover of Red Badge of Courage
Book Group Meetings, Forgotten Classics
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 6:00pm
by Stephen Crane
Members only; Free
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Photograph of Marcel Proust
Book Group Meetings, Proust - In Search of Lost Time
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 - 5:30pm, Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 5:30pm
"In Search of Lost Time"
Members $70, Public $100
https://proustgroupfall15mi.eventbrite.com
World Literature, Book Group Meetings
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 6:45pm
by Henry James
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Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton
Book Group Meetings, Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, October 05, 2015 - 12:00pm
by S.J. Bolton
Members Only; Free
Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler
Book Group Meetings, First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, October 07, 2015 - 6:00pm
by Christopher Fowler
Members Only; Free
László Krasznahorkai
World Literature, Book Group Meetings
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 6:45pm
by László Krasznahorkai
Members Only; Free
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
Book Group Meetings, Good Reads Book Group
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 12:00pm
by Jill Lepore
Members Only; Free
László Krasznahorkai
World Literature, Book Group Meetings
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 6:45pm
by László Krasznahorkai
Members Only; Free
Book Group Meetings, First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - 6:00pm
by Raymond Chandler
Members Only; Free
World Literature, Book Group Meetings
Thursday, November 05, 2015 - 6:45pm
by Elena Ferrante
Members Only; Free
Book Group Meetings, Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, November 09, 2015 - 12:00pm
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Members Only; Free
Book Group Meetings, Good Reads Book Group
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 12:00pm
by Ben Fountain
Members Only; Free
World Literature, Book Group Meetings
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 6:45pm
by Elena Ferrante
Members Only; Free
Book Group Meetings, First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 - 6:00pm
by Carl Hiassen
Members Only; Free
World Literature, Book Group Meetings
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 - 6:45pm
by Marguerite Yourcenar
Members Only; Free
Book Group Meetings, Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, December 14, 2015 - 12:00pm
by Fred Vargas
Members Only; Free
Book Group Meetings, Good Reads Book Group
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 12:00pm
by Elizabeth Kolbert
Members Only; Free
World Literature, Book Group Meetings
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 6:45pm
by Marguerite Yourcenar
Members Only; Free