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Stimulating book discussions facilitated by local authors and literary volunteers. Meetings alternate between the Southdale Library and Barnes & Noble, Galleria bookstore.

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  Cover Art: The Black Echo 2013
Connelly, Michael, 1956-
The Black Echo
For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch, hero, maverick, nighthawk, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal.
1992
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Those Who Walk Away 2013
Highsmith, Patricia, 1921-1995
Those Who Walk Away
"The honeymoon is over, as they say, the bride dead by her own hand. Ray Garrett, the grieving husband, convinces the police in Rome of his innocence, but not his thuggish father-in-law, an American painter named Ed Coleman, who shoots him at point-blank range and leaves him for dead. Ray survives, however, and follows Coleman to Venice, where the two fall into an eerie game of cat-and-mouse--Coleman obsessed with vengeance and Ray equally insistent on clearing his conscience, though each is at once the hunter and the hunted in a duel composed of tension, hiding, and guessing, and at times punctuated by violence that, even as each manages to walk away, draws them nearer to death."--P. [4] of cover.
1988
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 2013
Skloot, Rebecca, 1972-
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells -- taken without her knowledge -- became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of--From publisher description.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Shelf Discovery : Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading 2013
Skurnick, Lizzie
Shelf Discovery : Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Glaciers : a Novel 2013
Smith, Alexis M.
Glaciers : a Novel
"Isabel is a single, twentysomething thrift-store shopper and collector of remnants, things cast off or left behind by others. 'Glaciers' follows Isabel through a day in her life in which work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer, and dreams of the perfect vintage dress move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska."--Front cover flap.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Delights & Shadows : Poems 2012
Kooser, Ted.
Delights & Shadows : Poems
2004
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Strange as this Weather Has Been : a Novel 2012
Pancake, Ann.
Strange as this Weather Has Been : a Novel
2007
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Shards 2012
Prcic, Ismet
Shards
"Ismet Prcic s brilliant, provocative, and propulsively energetic debut is about a young Bosnian, also named Ismet Prcic, who has fled his war-torn homeland and is now struggling to reconcile his past with his present life in California. He is advised that in order to make peace with the corrosive guilt he harbors over leaving behind his family behind, he must “write everything.” The result is a great rattlebag of memories, confessions, and fictions: sweetly humorous recollections of Ismet s childhood in Tuzla appear alongside anguished letters to his mother about the challenges of life in this new world. As Ismet s foothold in the present falls away, his writings are further complicated by stories from the point of view of another young man real or imagined named Mustafa, who joined a troop of elite soldiers and stayed in Bosnia to fight. When Mustafa s story begins to overshadow Ismet s new-world identity, the reader is charged with piecing together the fragments of a life that has become eerily unrecognizable, even to the one living it. Shards is a thrilling read a harrowing war story, a stunningly inventive coming of age, and a heartbreaking saga of a splintered family." --P.[2] cover.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The White Tiger : a Novel 2011
Adiga, Aravind.
The White Tiger : a Novel
Facilitator: Kathryn Kysar, Local poet and author.
2008
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Little Bee 2011
Cleave, Chris.
Little Bee
Facilitator: Sujata Massey, Author of "Rei Shimura" mystery series.
2009
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Visit from the Goon Squad 2011
Egan, Jennifer.
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Facilitator: Mary Rockcastle, Wang Ping & Julie Schumacher, Local authors.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: With or Without You 2011
Farrey, Brian
With or Without You
Facilitator: Swati Avasthi, Local author.
2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Wind in the Willows 2011
Grahame, Kenneth, 1859-1932.
The Wind in the Willows
Facilitator: Faith Sullivan, Best selling local author.
2005
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Let the Great World Spin : a Novel 2011
McCann, Colum, 1965-
Let the Great World Spin : a Novel
Facilitator: Al Naylor, Community volunteer.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Redbreast 2011
Nesb?, Jo, 1960-
The Redbreast
Facilitator: Brian Freeman, Local Author.
2006
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: When You Are Engulfed in Flames 2011
Sedaris, David.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Facilitator: Eric Dregni, Local author.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl 2010
Egan, Timothy
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Facilitator: Mark Seeley, Minnesota State Climatologist
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Maltese Falcon 2010
Hammett, Dashiell
The Maltese Falcon
Facilitator: David Housewright, Edgar Award-winning mystery author
1989
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Tinkers 2010
Harding, Paul
Tinkers
Facilitator: Brigitte Frase, Poet and critic for Star Tribune
2009
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A High Wind in Jamaica 2010
Hughes, Richard Arthur Warren
A High Wind in Jamaica
Facilitator: Lynn Jonell, Children's author and Loft instructor
1999
Adult Fiction Book
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