2011 Evening Book Group Schedule
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm.

January 12

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Master storyteller Neil Gaiman combines the best elements of road trip novel with a hero's existential journey of discovery in his ambitious work, American Gods. Using a razor sharp wit and a keen eye to changes in modern morality, Gaimen tells the story of Shadow- an ex-con just released from jail- who picks up a very important hitchhiker on his way home. With the God Odin as navigator, Shadow is in for a very eventful trip back home.

February 9

Eden's Outcasts by John Matteson

Bronson Alcott and his daughter Louisa May are the focus of this biographical work. Read how Louisa May Alcott helps to support her family and protect those she love from her Father, a man devoted to his stern concepts of religion and education.

March 9

Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

Rachel was only seven when she is banished to the village of Kalaupapa on the island of Moloka'i with her Uncle. A refuge for those afflicted with Leprosy, Kalaupapa becomes Rachel's home. Soon Rachel will discover the true meaning of grief, loss, love and joy.

April 13

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale

The true story of one of England's first detectives and the gruesome murder investigation that nearly destroyed him. In 1860 Saville Kent was found murdered in the outdoor privy of his family's country estate. Local police scrambled for clues, but to no avail. Scotland Yard Det. Insp. Jonathan Jack Whicher is called to the scene, and the case quickly becomes a lifelong obsession, and an inspiration to great mystery writers from Dickens to Collins.

May 11

The Beans of Egypt Maine by Carolyn Chute

Rediscover a modern classic. Welcome to Egypt, Maine and the Bean family. Get to know the Beans and their struggle to survive against hardship and societal ignorance .

June 8

Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley

Author Christopher Buckley relates a year in his life where he deals with the ups and down of supporting and surviving two deceased parents.

July 13

Tinkers by Paul Harding

A 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner. Clockmaker George Washington Crosby is dying. In this beautifully written novel, Harding relates how one man survives the hardest of circumstances.

August 3

Mama Makes Up Her Mind by Bailey White

Real southern charm shines from each page of this collection of stories from National Public Radio's Bailey White.

September 14

The King Must Die by Mary renault

A modern classic. Mary Renault provides us the memorable story of the mythical hero Theseus, slayer of monsters, abductor of princesses and king of Athens. He emerges from these pages as a clearly defined personality; brave, aggressive and quick. The core of the story is Theseus' Cretan adventure which will leave readers at the edge of their seat.

October 12

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The perfect Halloween read. Rediscover Oscar Wilde's lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception where aesthetic impulses run rampant. After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and he remain the same comes true. Dorian Gray's picture grows aged and corrupt while he continues to appear fresh. A study in the corrupt underbelly of Victorian London.

November 9

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

An upper middle class woman tries to live on wages of an unskilled jobs in three different locations in the US. Author Barbara Ehrenreich describes her year doing just that and tries to relate these experiences to a larger frame of reference by laying out statistics about poverty in the United States. Discover what is quickly becoming a modern classic on American economics.

December 14

Room by Emma Donoghue

Inspired by the Austrian Josef Fritz case, in which a man locked hisown child in the basement for 24 years, Room is a novel that introduces Jack, a typical 5-year-old. But Jack is different in a big way--he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space with only his mother and an unnerving nighttime visitor known as Old Nick. Will Jack and Ma escape? Find out in Room.