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October 2007 Book Club Schedule

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October 2007 Book Clubs Schedule
October 1st - 26th.

Talk with Authors

Claire Messud on The Emperor's Children
The Emperor's Children is a dazzling, masterful novel about the intersections in the lives of three friends, now on the cusp of their thirties, making their way -- and not -- in New York City. The author's perspective offers the reader a detailed x-ray and a panoramic view of a tragedy that the characters can see unfolding along with the reader. Visit the conversation.

Cesar Millan on Be the Pack Leader
Bestselling author Cesar Millan takes his principles of dog psychology a step further, showing you how to develop the calm-assertive energy of a successful pack leader and use it to improve your dog’s life and your own. Cesar's principles of calm, assertive energy will help you become a better pack leader in every area of your life, improving your relationships with friends, family, and coworkers. Visit the conversation.

Laura Moriarty on The Rest of Her Life
In The Rest of Her Life, Laura Moriarty delivers a provocative look at how mothers and daughters with the best intentions can be blind to the harm they do to one another. This is a novel of complex moral dilemma, filled with nuanced characters and a page-turning plot that makes readers ask themselves, "What would I do?" Visit the conversation.

Dalia Sofer on The Septembers of Shiraz
In the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, rare-gem dealer Isaac Amin is arrested, wrongly accused of being a spy. Terrified by his disappearance, his family must reconcile a new world of cruelty and chaos with the collapse of everything they have known. Sofer's debut simmers with questions of identity, alienation, and love. Visit the conversation.

James M. Citrin on The Dynamic Path
Citrin identifies the essential characteristics and disciplines that have led many of our outstanding athletes and other extraordinary performers to achieve equally significant accomplishments in their respective business careers. With his trademark penetrating insight into what it takes to get ahead, Citrin provides a clear and concise roadmap for personal excellence. Visit the conversation.

Talk about Books, Genres, & Ideas

A Moderator-led discussion of The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
Sometimes, we make choices we didn't choose to make. Travis Parker, for example, wasn't looking for a relationship; from his perspective, his life was pretty close to perfect. And new neighbor Gabby Holland wasn't exactly dating material. This attractive redhead had a longtime steady boyfriend and treated Travis like an unwanted guest. But the unexpected can reshape our lives, shredding every well-laid plan into wedding confetti. Visit the conversation.

A Moderator-led discussion of Dracula by Bram Stoker
Just in time for Halloween, join a conversation of this deadly classic. Dracula chronicles the vampire's journey from Transylvania to the nighttime streets of London. There, he searches for the blood of strong men and beautiful women while his enemies plot to rid the world of his frightful power. Today's critics see Dracula as a virtual textbook on Victorian repression of the erotic and fear of female sexuality. In it, Stoker created a new word for terror, a new myth to feed our nightmares, and a character who will outlive us all. Visit the conversation.

A Moderator-led discussion of The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
Join readers as they continue to read Philip Pullman's unforgettable His Dark Materials trilogy. In this, the second book, a determined, unhappy boy named Will, son of a long-vanished arctic explorer, finds a window from Oxford, England, into another world. There he meets Lyra and her dæmon, who have come to the city in search of a mysterious substance called Dust. Will she abandon her own mission to help Will find his father? Visit the conversation.

The Crime Book Club Discusses Raymond Chandler's Life & Works
The editors at Hard Case Crime lead the conversation about Chandler and his quintessential tough guy character, Philip Marlowe. Discuss the importance of such classics as The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely, The Long Goodbye, and more, with other readers who cherish the golden age of paperback crime novels. Visit the conversation.

The Book Explorers Club reads Because a Fire Was in My Head by Lynn Stegner
Kate Riley is not the sort of heroine we meet in most American novels. Self-centered, shape-shifting, driven from one man to another and one city to the next, she is all too real -- but not at all the loyal and steady homebody of idealized womanhood. Kate’s story is one of desperation and remarkable invention, a strangely American tale, brilliantly narrated by one of our most original writers. Lynn Stegner will join the conversation, beginning October 1. Visit the conversation.

The Jewish Encounters Book Club reads Marc Chagall by Jonathan Wilson
Drawn to sacred subject matter, Chagall was defiantly secular in outlook; determined to “narrate” the miraculous and tragic events of the Jewish past. Wilson’s portrait of Chagall is altogether more historical, more political, and edgier than conventional wisdom would have us believe, showing us how Chagall is the emblematic Jewish artist of the twentieth century. Jonathan Wilson will join the conversation, beginning October 1. Visit the conversation.

The History Book Club reads The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam
Up until now, the Korean War has been the black hole of modern American history. The Coldest Winter changes that. Halberstam gives us a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. At the heart of the book are the individual stories of the soldiers on the front lines who were left to deal with the consequences of the dangerous misjudgements and competing agendas of powerful men. Visit the conversation.

The Paranormal Book Club reads Not Flesh Nor Feathers by Cherie Pierce
Deep beneath a Tennessee riverbank, the evidence of a terrible crime has been covered up twice. When a dam falters and the river swells, it dredges 29 victims of a long-ago slaughter. But some secrets are never washed away. They wait for the water to lift them so they can prowl for the justice that was denied them long ago. And although a city’s shape changes, where justice can no longer be found, vengeance may have to suffice. Visit the conversation.

The Literature by Women Book Club reads The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Faced with an array of wealthy suitors, New York socialite Lily Bart falls in love with lawyer Lawrence Selden, whose lack of money spoils their chances for happiness together. Dubious business deals and accusations of liaisons with a married man diminish Lily’s social status, and as she makes one bad choice after another, she learns how venal and brutally unforgiving the upper crust of New York can be. Visit the conversation.

The Mystery Book Club reads A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin
In Levin's unforgettable debut, desperate measures don't begin to solve the problems of the student who kills a pregnant girl in this classic suspense novel. They lead instead to a multiple murder plot as compelling -- and chilling -- as it is unpredictable. Visit the conversation.

The Fantasy & Science Fiction Book Club reads Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off the planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep ... even humans. When these androids didn't want to be identified, they just blended in. But cornered, they fought back, with deadly results. Visit the conversation.

For ongoing conversations, See All Book Clubs.

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