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Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Tuesday Club Murders (aka The Thirteen Problems)

by Agatha Christie

This "appetizer plate" of linked stories marks the second appearance of amateur detective Miss Marple, following her debut in Murder at the Vicarage. In these bite-size mysteries from the late 1920s, Christie's famous spinster sleuth doesn't look or talk much like her various TV portrayers, although she shares their gift for cutting straight to the heart of a crime.

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

The 13th Juror

by John Lescroart


The pressure is on for Dismas Hardy when an abused woman is accused of killing her husband and child in cold blood. Only Dismas believes she's innocent. However, faith alone won't be enough to save her unless Dismas takes one terrifying risk to keep her alive.

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Book Group Meetings - Proust - In Search of Lost Time
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Proust Society of America: San Francisco Chapter

The Proust Group: In Search of Lost Time

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers two bi-weekly discussion groups, on a semester basis. The new semester begins on March 11.

Members $70
Public $100

Book Group Meetings - Proust - World Literature
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 6:45pm

The Proust Society of America: San Francisco Chapter

World Literature Group

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers two bi-weekly discussion groups, on a semester basis. The new semester begins on March 11.

Members $70
Public $100

Book Group Meetings - Fiction You Wish You Had Read
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

1984

by George Orwell

1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic "negative Utopia" - a startling original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from the first sentence to the last four words.

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Book Group Meetings - Proust - In Search of Lost Time
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Proust Society of America: San Francisco Chapter

The Proust Group: In Search of Lost Time

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers two bi-weekly discussion groups, on a semester basis. The new semester begins on March 11.

Members $70
Public $100

Book Group Meetings - Proust - World Literature
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 6:45pm

The Proust Society of America: San Francisco Chapter

World Literature Group

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers two bi-weekly discussion groups, on a semester basis. The new semester begins on March 11.

Members $70
Public $100

Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Brass Verdict

by Michael Connelly

In this fast-moving novel by "the best mystery writer in the world" (GQ), Connelly's two series heroes meet and grudgingly collaborate: LAPD detective Harry Bosch and LA criminal-defense lawyer Mickey Haller. The Brass Verdict is the sequel to narrator Haller's courtroom-drama debut in The Lincoln Lawyer (also a film starring Matthew McConaughey).

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Book Group Meetings - Forgotten Classics
Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 6:00pm

Tristram Shandy

Laurence Sterne

No one description will fit this strange, eccentric, endlessly complex masterpiece. It is a fiction about fiction-writing in which the invented world is as much infused with wit and genius as the theme of inventing it. It is a joyful celebration of the infinite possibilities of the art of fiction, and a wry demonstration of its limitations.

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Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 12:00pm

Japantown

by Barry Lancet

"San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie recently inherited a stake in his father's Tokyo-based private investigation firm, which means the single father of six-year-old Jenny is living a busy intercontinental life, traveling to Japan to acquire art and artifacts for his store and consulting on Brodie Security's caseload at home and abroad. One night, an entire family is gunned down in San Francisco's bustling Japantown neighborhood, and Brodie is called on by the SFPD to decipher the lone clue left at the crime scene: a unique Japanese character printed on a slip of paper drenched in blood"--Dust jacket flap.

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Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Wench is Dead

by Colin Dexter

The often irascible Inspector Morse of the Oxford Police never reveals his first name, sometimes scorns official procedure, and always solves the crime. This novel, whose title comes from a Christopher Marlowe play, is a favorite of Morse fans for its unusual structure. Hospitalized and impatient, Morse is given a book about a 19th-century Oxford murder. He quickly realizes the wrong men were hanged for it, and sets out to find the real killer. Publishers' Weekly gives The Wench Is Dead even higher marks than Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time: "A surprising and inspired solution concludes a jolly good read."

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Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 12:00pm

Laura

by Vera Caspary


Laura Hunt was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and utterly mysterious. No man could resist her charms--not even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to find out who turned her into a faceless corpse. As this tough cop probes the mystery of Laura's death, he becomes obsessed with her strange power. Soon he realizes he's been seduced by a dead woman--or has he?

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Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 5:30pm

Pronto

by Elmore Leonard

Known for his roller-coaster plots, colorful settings, and diverse shady characters, Leonard opens this international caper in South Miami Beach. An aging bookie leaves his topless-dancer girlfriend for early retirement when he learns he's about to be the scapegoat in a sting. As he becomes a fugtive in Italy, dodging both the law and the Mafia, the righteous Kentucky-born, cowboy-hatted U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens goes after him.

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Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, June 08, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Family Way

by Rhys Bowen

Molly Murphy--now Molly Sullivan--is a year into her marriage, expecting her first child, and confined to the life of a housewife. She's restless and irritable in the enforced idleness of pregnancy and the heat of a New York summer in 1905. So when a trip to the post office brings a letter addressed to her old detective agency asking her to locate a missing Irish serving maid, Molly figures it couldn't hurt to at least ask around, despite her promise to Daniel to give up her old career as a detective.

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First Wednesday Mystery Group, Book Group Meetings
Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 5:30pm
by Agatha Christie
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-tuesday-club-murders-also-titled-the-thirteen-problems-by-agatha-christie-registration-15748404903
Brown Bag Mystery Readers, Book Group Meetings
Monday, March 09, 2015 - 12:00pm
by John Lescroart
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Photograph of Marcel Proust
Proust - In Search of Lost Time, Book Group Meetings
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 5:30pm
The Proust Group: In Search of Lost Time
Members $70, Public $100
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Illustration of Marcel Proust
Proust - World Literature, Book Group Meetings
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 6:45pm
World Literature Group
Members $70, Public $100
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Book Group Meetings
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 12:00pm
by George Orwell
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Photograph of Marcel Proust
Proust - In Search of Lost Time, Book Group Meetings
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 5:30pm
The Proust Group: In Search of Lost Time
Members $70, Public $100
https://proustgroupspring2015mi.eventbrite.com
Illustration of Marcel Proust
Proust - World Literature, Book Group Meetings
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 6:45pm
World Literature Group
Members $70, Public $100
https://worldlitspring2015mi.eventbrite.com
First Wednesday Mystery Group, Book Group Meetings
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 5:30pm
by Michael Connelly
Members Only; Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-brass-verdict-by-michael-connelly-registration-15748627569
Forgotten Classics, Book Group Meetings
Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 6:00pm
Laurence Sterne
Members Free; Registration Required
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tristram-shandy-by-laurence-sterne-forgotten-classics-book-group-registration-15934919774
Brown Bag Mystery Readers, Book Group Meetings
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 12:00pm
by Barry Lancet
Members Only; Free
First Wednesday Mystery Group, Book Group Meetings
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 5:30pm
by Colin Dexter
Members Only; Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-wench-is-dead-by-colin-dexter-registration-15748723857
Brown Bag Mystery Readers, Book Group Meetings
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 12:00pm
by Vera Caspary
Members Only; Free
First Wednesday Mystery Group, Book Group Meetings
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 5:30pm
by Elmore Leonard
Members Only; Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pronto-by-elmore-leonard-registration-15748750938
Brown Bag Mystery Readers, Book Group Meetings
Monday, June 08, 2015 - 12:00pm
by Rhys Bowen
Members Only; Free