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December 2007 Book Club Schedule

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December 2007 Book Clubs Schedule
November 26th - December 21st.

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Mary Kay Andrews -- November 26-30
In 2003, a writer named Mary Kay Andrews seemed to come out of nowhere and began penning a series of fun, light-hearted mysteries perfect for the beach. Actually, she was hardly a novice writer. Mary Kay Andrews is, in fact, the pseudonym of Kathy Hogan Trocheck, who has been writing tough but funny murder mysteries for the past 15 years. Mary Kay Andrews joins the conversation on November 26th. See all Mary Kay Andrews and Kathy Hogan Trocheck titles.

Anne Perry -- December 3-7
Prolific and bestselling, readers love Anne Perry's diverse body of work. Her two Victorian mystery series star Detectives William Monk and Thomas Pitt, as they scour the dark underbelly of 19th-century England. The World War I series juxtaposes the tranquil life of the English countryside with the horrors of war. And her Christmas series offers the perfect combination of mystery and murder mixed with a generous helping of yuletide cheer. Anne joins the conversation on December 3rd. See all Anne Perry titles.

Christopher Moore -- December 10-14
Chris Moore has been compared to such luminaries of irreverent literary humor as Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, yet Moore clearly follows a demented logic that is all his own. Since the publication of his debut novel Practical Demonkeeping in 1992, he has been staking out a place for himself as the grand jester of contemporary literature. Chris joins the conversation on December 10th. See all Chris Moore titles.

Talk about Books, Genres, & Ideas

A Moderator-led discussion of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Generations of readers have been enchanted by this, the most cheerful ghost story ever written, and the unforgettable tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s moral regeneration. Written in just a few weeks, A Christmas Carol famously recounts the plight of Bob Cratchit, whose family finds joy even in poverty, and the transformation of his miserly boss Scrooge as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Join the conversation.

A Moderator-led discussion of The Cleft by Doris Lessing
Doris Lessing, one of England's finest living novelists and winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, invites us to imagine a mythical society free from sexual intrigue, free from jealousy, free from petty rivalries. Here, Lessing confronts head-on the themes that inspired much of her early writing: how men and women, two similar and yet thoroughly distinct creatures, manage to live side by side in the world, and how the troublesome particulars of gender affect every aspect of our existence. Join the conversation.

A Moderator-led discussion of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
As a young man during the great Depression, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers' Most Spectacular Show on Earth. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star of the show. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival. Join the conversation.

The Crime Club reads Deadly Beloved by Max Allan Collins
Marcy Addwatter killed her husband -- there's no question about that. Shot him dead in the motel room where he was trysting with a blonde hooker. Shot the hooker, too. But where the cops might see an open-and-shut case, private eye Ms. Michael Tree sees a conspiracy. For Ms. Tree, digging into it could mean digging her own grave ... and digging up her own murdered husband's. Based on the longest-running private-eye comic book series of all time, this brings you an all-new adventure of the groundbreaking female P.I. who put the 'graphic' into graphic novel. Join the conversation.

The Paranormal Book Club reads Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father -- the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership. In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as a demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Jeaniene Frost joins the conversation in December. Join the conversation.

Literature by Women reads Middlemarch by George Eliot
Often called the greatest nineteenth-century British novelist, George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans) created a vast panorama of life in a provincial Midlands town. At the story’s center stands the intellectual and idealistic Dorothea Brooke, a character who in many ways resembles Eliot herself. But the very qualities that set Dorothea apart from the materialistic, mean-spirited society around her also lead her into a disastrous marriage with a man she mistakes for her soul mate. In a parallel story, young doctor Tertius Lydgate, who is equally idealistic, falls in love with the pretty but vain and superficial Rosamund Vincy, whom he marries to his ruin. Join the conversation.

The Epics Book Club reads Idylls of the King by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
These twelve narrative poems were published between the years of 1856 and 1885. Great Britain's poet laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, retells the British legend of King Arthur, his knights, and his love for Guinevere, and the rise and fall of his kingdom. Based on Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur and the Mabinogion, the Idylls begin with The Coming of Arthur (his coronation, ascension, and marriage), and end with The Passing of Arthur (his fateful battle with Modred, the traitor.) Join the conversation.

The Mystery Book Club reads Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich
It's December in Jersey and Stephanie Plum has bigger problems that the usual thugs, thieves, and hoodlums. This time, there's someone in her apartment who just won't leave. Sure this kind of thing has happened to Stephanie before ... but in the past she has been able to talk her way out of trouble. This time, fast talking, stun guns, and pepper sray won't remove the intruder. This one is a holiday adventure that inroduces a new character fans will adore! Join the conversation.

The American Classics Book Club reads O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
O Pioneers! is the classic American story of pioneer life as embodied by one remarkable woman and her singular devotion to the land. Alexandra Bergson arrives on the wind-blasted prairie of Nebraska as a young girl and grows up to turn it into a prosperous farm. In this unforgettable story, Cather conveys both the physical realities of the landscape, as well as the mythic sweep of the transformation of the frontier. Join the conversation.

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