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Book Discussions, Book Talks, Author Visits

Novel Conversations (meets on the first Monday)

Monday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m., Lois Bell Room

The Yard, by Alex Grecian

Walter Day's first case for the London Murder Squad sets him on a hunt for the depraved madman who killed one of their own detectives. Now, Walter's best chance for success lies with Dr. Bernard Kingsley, the Yard's brilliant forensic pathologist.

Monday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m., Lois Bell Room

Private, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Former CIA agent Jack Morgan inherits his father's elite Los Angeles detective agency and along with it such cases as an NFL gambling scandal, eighteen unsolved schoolgirl slayings, and the murder of his best friend's wife. First book in the Private Detective Agency mystery series.

International Book-ings (meets on the second Wednesday; features fiction & nonfiction either set in international locales, or with international authors)

This group's main focus is on authors and locations from around the world. Books are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk and at each meeting. When possible, movie tie-ins will be presented.

Wednesday, February 11 at 1 p.m., Lois Bell Room

The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls (Memoir)

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn non-conformity were both their curse and their salvation. She opens her memoir by describing looking out the window of her taxi in New York City, wondering if she's "overdressed for the evening" and spotting her mother on the sidewalk, "rooting through a Dumpster." Hers is not only a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender and moving account of unconditional love for her family. A compelling read about a dysfunctional family. (from

Wednesday, March 11 at 1 p.m., Lois Bell Room

The Housemaid’s Daughter, by Barbara Mutch

Set in early 20th century South Africa, the author’s stunning first novel tells a story of love and duty colliding on the stark plains of Apartheid-era South Africa. The time span is from the early 1920s to the 1950s. Although the style of this novel seems simple, it deals with very complex issues. The Housemaid’s Daughter gives us a glimpse into South Africa when Apartheid is becoming more of a threat and a danger to all who live there. Blacks, whites and colored are all affected by the rules and dangers of breaking those rules. (from

Author Visit - Poetry Reading

Friday, February 6 at 12 noon

Get into the valentine mood as Yusuf Ali El reads from his book of poetry, O, Woman: A Tapestry of Loving You.

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