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May 2009 Book Club Schedule

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The May 2009 Book Clubs Schedule
May 4 to 29


Talk about Books & Authors


Center Stage


Lisa Scottoline -- May 4 to 9
Lisa Scottoline joins us this week to talk about Look Again. See all Lisa Scottoline titles.

Spencer Quinn-- May 11 to 15

Spencer Quinn joins us this week for a discussion of Dog On It. See all Spencer Quinn titles.


Elmore Leonard -- May 18 to 22
Elmore Leonard talks to us about his latest novel, Road Dogs. See all Elmore Leonard titles.


Lee Child -- May 25 to 29
Lee Child visits the Book Clubs to talk about Gone Tomorrow. See all Lee Child titles.

New Reads: The Help with the author, Kathryn Stockett

Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women-mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends-view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.


Talk about Genres & Ideas


The Classics book club partners with Masterpiece Classic on PBS to read The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens.

Dickens scholar Dr. Tatiana Holway joins the discussion for the week of May 11th.


The Current Events book club reads Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell


The Epics book club reads Dante's The Purgatorio.


The Fantasy & Science Fiction reads A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter M. Miller; as well as Night of Knives by Ian C. Esslemont.


The Fiction book club reads The Palace of Illusions. The author, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, will join the discussion.


The Gardening book club takes a look at The Rose by Any Name by Douglas Brenner and Stephen Scanniello and The English Roses by David Austin


The Literature by Women book club reads Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell.


The Mystery book club welcomes Samantha Graves as she joins us to chat about her latest book Out of Time. The club will also read Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen.


The Paranormal book club reads Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Vamped by Lucienne Diver.


The Romantic Reads book club reads The Montana Creeds Series by Linda Lael Miller.


The Shakespeare book club reads The Tempest by William Shakespeare.


The Religion & Spirituality book club reads A History of God by Karen Armstrong and The Shack by William P. Young. 


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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