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June 2008 Book Clubs Schedule

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The June 2008 Book Clubs Schedule
June 2 - 27

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Charlaine Harris -- June 2-6
Harris is best known for her paranormal mysteries -- a sly, wry blend of humor and horror. Join us this week for a conversation about the Sookie Stackhouse series, including the latest, From Dead to Worse. After Hurricane Katrina and the manmade explosion at the vampire summit, Sookie's boyfriend Quinn has gone missing. As the werewolf and vampire communities battle, Sookie faces danger, death, and once more, betrayal by
someone she loves.
See all Charlaine Harris titles.

Janet Evanovich -- June 9-13
Over a decade ago, Janet Evanovich tossed aside a career as a romantic novelist in favor of a wacky world populated by thugs, crooks, hookers, and a certain sexy little bounty hunter named Stephanie Plum, and the world of modern mystery fiction hasn’t been the same since. Don't miss this weeklong conversation about the Loveswept series, the Full series, and of course, the Stephanie Plum mysteries, including her latest, Fearless Fourteen.
See all Janet Evanovich titles.

William Gibson -- June 16-20
Science fiction owes an enormous debt to William Gibson, the cyberpunk pioneer who revolutionized the genre with his startling stories of tough, alienated loners adrift in a world of sinister high technology. We're honored to have him with us this week to discuss his body of work, including the groundbreaking Neuromancer, and his most recent release, Spook Country.
See all William Gibson titles.

Debbie Macomber -- June 23-27
A book club favorite returns! Join us this week as we talk to Debbie Macomber, the blockbuster bestselling author of dozens of heartwarming novels that celebrate love, laughter, and the bonds of family and friendship. We'll talk about the writing life and more -- including her latest in the Blossom Street series, Twenty Wishes.
See all Debbie Macomber titles.

B&N Recommends: Child 44 with the author, Tom Rob Smith.
The latest Barnes & Noble Recommends selection is a gripping novel about one man's dogged pursuit of a serial killer against the opposition of Stalinist state security forces. Leo Demidov has built a successful career in the Soviet security network, suppressing ideological crimes and threats against the state with unquestioning efficiency. When a fellow officer's son is killed, Leo is ordered to stop the family from spreading the notion that their child was murdered. For in the official version of Stalin's worker's paradise, such a senseless crime is impossible —- an affront to the Revolution. But Leo knows better: a murderer is at large, cruelly targeting children, and the collective power of the Soviet government is denying his existence. Tom Rob Smith joins the conversation on June 2.
Learn more about B&N Recommends.

New Reads with Rachel Kubie: The Diplomat's Wife with the author, Pam Jenoff.
Jenoff's stirring sequel to her debut, The Kommandant's Girl, chronicles the perilous post-WWII adventures of Marta Nederman, a member of the Polish resistance and best friend of the earlier book's heroine. Pregnant with another man's baby, Marta marries Simon Gold, a British diplomat. Two years later, a new war has been brought home to her doorstep: Communist loyalists have infiltrated British intelligence, and the one person who holds the key to exposing the leak is connected to Marta's past. Pam Jenoff joins the conversation on June 2.

The First Look Book Club: Songs for the Missing with the author, Stewart O'Nan.
Even if you're not registered for June's First Look Book Club, you can still read the boards (though you must be registered to participate). This month, we're thrilled to have Stewart O'Nan join the Book Clubs to discuss his upcoming book, Songs for the Missing. When high school student Kim Larsen disappears from her small Midwestern town, her parents, sister, friends, and boyfriend do everything they can to find her. As desperate search parties give way to pleading television appearances, and
private investigations yield to personal revelations, we see one town’s intimate struggle to maintain hope, and finally, to live with the unknown. Stewart O'Nan joins the conversation on June 16.

A moderator-led discussion of The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
Hardy’s masterpiece opens with a scene of such heartlessness and cruelty that it still shocks readers today. A poor workman named Michael Henchard, in a fit of drunken rage, sells his wife and baby daughter to a stranger at a country fair. Stricken with remorse, Henchard forswears alcohol and works hard to become a prosperous businessman and the respected mayor of Casterbridge. But he cannot erase his past. His wife ultimately returns to offer Henchard the choice of redemption or a further descent into his own self-destructive nature. This dark, complex story brims with invention, vitality, and even wit.

Talk about Genres & Ideas

The Paranormal book club reads The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Meyer's Twilight series has captivated teens, and now she has released her first book for an adult audience. Here, the earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away, as Wanderer (the invading "soul" that occupies her body) soon discovers. Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with memories of Jared, the man she loves, who is still in hiding. "Their" search for Jared, may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies!

The Mystery book club reads The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This month, survey the stories of Baker Street's most famous resident, Sherlock Holmes. This collection contains all four full-length novels and fifty-six short stories about the colorful adventures of Holmes. Also included is a delightful preface, "In Memoriam Sherlock Holmes," written by Christopher Morley, the distinguished author and founder of The Baker Street Irregulars.

The History book club reads Ladies of Liberty by Cokie Roberts
Recounted with the insight and humor of an expert storyteller and drawing on personal correspondence, private journals, and other primary sources -- many of them previously unpublished -- Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a better society. In a much-needed addition to the shelves of Founding Father literature, Roberts sheds new light on the generation of heroines, reformers, and visionaries who helped shape our nation.

The Crime book club reads Severance Package with the author, Duane Swierczynski
Jamie Deboroux's boss has called a special meeting for all "key personnel" at 9:00 a.m. on a hot Saturday in August. When Jamie arrives, the conference room is stocked with cookies and champagne. His boss smiles and tells his employees, "We're a cover for a branch of the intelligence community. And we're being shut down." Jamie's boss then tells everyone to drink some champagne, and in a few seconds they'll fall asleep -- for good. If they refuse, they'll be shot in the head. Escape is not an option. Jamie's boss has shut down the elevators and rigged the fire towers with chemical bombs. Panic sets in, chaos erupts, and no one is sure whom to trust. Jamie quickly realizes that there's only one way he's ever going to see his family again: the hard way.

The Literature by Women book club reads Persuasion by Jane Austen
Austen's final novel follows the romance of Anne Elliot and naval officer Frederick Wentworth. They were happily engaged until Anne’s friend, Lady Russell, persuaded her that Frederick was “unworthy.” Now, eight years later, Frederick returns, a wealthy captain in the navy, while Anne’s family teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. They still love each other, but their past mistakes threaten to keep them apart.

The Epics book club concludes its reading of The Odyssey by Homer
Crowded with characters, both human and non-human, and bursting with action, The Odyssey details the adventures of Odysseus, king of Ithaca and hero of the Trojan War, as he struggles to return to his home and his waiting, ever-faithful wife, Penelope. The Odyssey is not only a rousing adventure drama, but also a profound meditation on courage, loyalty, family, fate, and undying love.

And be sure to visit Ande's Book Explorers board and Ilana's Literature and Life board for regular posts about the reading life.

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