Monday, March 3 / 6:30 p.m. The I Should Have Read That in School classics group will discuss The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Vintage, $9.00). Long cherished by readers of all ages, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is both a hilarious account of an incorrigible truant and a powerful parable of innocence in conflict with the fallen adult world. The mighty Mississippi River of the antebellum South gives the novel both its colorful backdrop and its narrative shape, as the runaways Huck and Jim—a young rebel against civilization allied with an escaped slave—drift down its length on a flimsy raft. Their journey, at times rollickingly funny but always deadly serious in its potential consequences, takes them ever deeper into the slave-holding South, and our appreciation of their shared humanity grows as we watch them travel physically farther from yet morally closer to the freedom they both passionately seek.
Tuesday, March 4 / 1 p.m. The Art Discussion Group will discuss Mary Cassatt: A Life by Nancy Mathews (Yale University Press, $22.50). One of few women Impressionists, Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) had a life of paradoxes: American born, she lived and worked in France; a classically trained artist, she preferred the company of radicals; never married, she painted exquisite and beloved portraits of mothers and children. This book provides new insight into the personal life and artistic endeavors of this extraordinary woman.
Wednesday, March 5 / Noon - 1 p.m. What Are You Reading? book chat. Join us to chat about favorite reads, books that changed your life, or the book you just couldn’t put down. No need to make reservations--just come and enjoy a little conversation about books. Carol Lynch facilitates the discussions.
Saturday, March 8 / 10:00 a.m. The Sherlock Holmes group will discuss "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier" from The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. These stories are included in Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, volume 2 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Bantam Classics, $6.95). All Sherlock Holmes fans are welcome.
Saturday, March 8 / 10:30 a.m. Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email and at Briget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Sunday, March 9 / 11 a.m. The book group Books and Bagels will discuss Me Before You by JoJo Moyes (Penguin, $16.00). Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life--steady boyfriend, close family--who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life--big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel--and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy--but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. Me Before You asks, "What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?"
Sunday, March 9 / 2 p.m. Elaine Jabenis will sign Georgia’s Secret (Collage Books, $9.95). Because of rejection and abuse when she was a teenager, Georgia Parker resolves to hide the truth about her heritage. At twenty-two, when the man she loves rejects her, she's sure it's because he learned her secret. To forget, she agrees to a temporary job as a fashion model at the famous upscale Emeralds Department Stores. Her talent and work ethic quickly propel her within reach of a high executive level. Georgia finds the man of her dreams but her future is threatened when two men, with different agendas - one bent on revenge and the other with unrelenting lust -- know her secret and plague her with brutal blackmail.
Tuesday, March 11 / 6:30 p.m. The Art at Night group will discuss What Are You Looking At?: The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art by Will Gompertz (Plume, $20.00). Every year, millions of museum and gallery visitors ponder the modern art on display and secretly ask themselves, "Is this art?" A former director at London's Tate Gallery and now the BBC arts editor, Will Gompertz made it his mission to bring modern art's exciting history alive for everyone, explaining why an unmade bed or a pickled shark can be art--and why a five-year-old couldn't really do it. Rich with extraordinary tales and anecdotes, What Are You Looking At? entertains as it arms readers with the knowledge to truly understand and enjoy what it is they're looking at.
Wednesday, March 12 / 6 p.m. Julene Bair will sign The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning (Viking, $26.95). Julene Bair has inherited part of a farming empire and fallen in love with a rancher from Kansas's beautiful Smoky Valley. She means to create a family, provide her son with the father he longs for, and preserve the Bair farm for the next generation, honoring her own father's wish and commandment, "Hang on to your land!" But part of her legacy is a share of the ecological harm the Bair Farm has done: each growing season her family--like other irrigators--pumps over two hundred million gallons out of the Ogallala aquifer. The rapidly disappearing aquifer is the sole source of water on the vast western plains, and her family's role in its depletion haunts her. As traditional ways of life collide with industrial realities, Bair must dramatically change course.
Wednesday, March 12 / 6:30 p.m. The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss Snow in August by Pete Hamill (Back Bay, $15.00). Brooklyn, 1947. The war veterans have come home. And in one close-knit working-class neighborhood, an eleven-year-old Irish Catholic boy named Michael Devlin has just made friends with a lonely rabbi from Prague. Snow in August is the story of that unlikely friendship -- and of how the neighborhood reacts to it. For Michael, the rabbi opens a window to ancient learning and lore that rival anything in Captain Marvel. For the rabbi, Michael illuminates the everyday mysteries of America, including the strange language of baseball. But like their hero Jackie Robinson, neither can entirely escape from the swirling prejudices of the time. Terrorized by a local gang of anti-Semitic Irish toughs, Michael and the rabbi are caught in an escalating spiral of hate for which there's only one way out -- a miracle....
Thursday, March 13 / 6 p.m. Kathy and Brendan Reichs will sign the Virals series for young adults. The latest in this series is Exposure (Penguin, $17.99), in which fifteen-year-old Tory and her "viral" friends, who contracted heightened, wolflike senses during an experiment gone wrong, investigate an abduction case and make some troubling new discoveries about their powers. Other books in the Virals series (all Penguin, $8.99) include Code (Tory and the Virals find a geocache containing an ornate puzzle box), Seizure (Tory and her friends rescue a kidnapped wolf pup with a rare strain of canine parvovirus), and Virals (Rescuing a dog caged for medical testing exposes Tory and her friends to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever). Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist and the bestselling author of the Temperance Brennan series of adult books and the producer of the TV series Bones, based on her books.
Thursday, March 13 / 6 p.m. Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber (Graphia, $8.99). It's prom night--and Perry just wants to stick to his own plan and finally play a much anticipated gig with his band in the Big Apple. But when his mother makes him take Gobija Zaksauskas--their quiet, geeky Lithuanian exchange student--to the prom, he never expects that his ordinary high school guy life will soon turn on its head. Perry finds that Gobi is on a mission, and Perry has no other choice but to go along for a reckless ride through Manhattan's concrete grid with a trained assassin in Dad's red Jag. Infused with capers, car chases, heists, hits, henchmen, and even a bear fight, this story mixes romance, comedy, and tragedy in a true teen coming-of-age adventure--and it's not over until it's "au revoir."
Saturday, March 15 / 10:30 a.m. Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance on posters at the Bookworm, via Brigit email, and at Briget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Saturday, March 15 / 1 p.m. Jeff Barnes will sign The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill: Forts, Fights & Other Sites (Stackpole, $19.95). Buffalo Bill was a product of the American West. He hunted buffalo, scouted for the Army, fought Indians, birthed his internationally successful Wild West show, and was buried on a hilltop overlooking his revered West. Today, the footprints and heritage of America's quintessential Plainsman loom large. In The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill, Jeff Barnes leads modern-day adventurers to every one of the way stations, battlefields, ranches, and arenas that shaped or figured in Cody's life. Plain enough, Buffalo Bill's legacy lives on, and chasing his shadows with this book will prove a wild but instantly pleasurable jaunt through a timeless Old West. Sites in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming are included. Each entry includes directions, amenities, contact information, and recommended reading.
Tuesday, March 18 / 6 p.m. Eric Shonkwiler will sign Above All Men (MG Press, $15.00). Years from now, America is slowly collapsing. Crops are drying up and oil is running out. People flee cities for the countryside, worsening the drought and opening the land to crime. Amid this decay and strife, war veteran David Parrish fights to keep his family and farm together. However, the murder of a local child opens old wounds, forcing him to confront his own nature on a hunt through dust storms and crumbling towns for the killer.
Tuesday, March 18 / 6:30 p.m. The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler (Picador, $16.00). In the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the murders. The killer is still at large, and there's only one surviving witness--the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes wanted this boy to die: he's suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. Desperate for information, Linna sees only one option: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes.
Thursday, March 20 / 6 p.m. The World War II At Night Group will continue discussion of The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War by Andrew Roberts (Harper, $19.99). The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. What were the factors that affected the war's outcome? Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won? In researching this history, Roberts drew on a number of never-before-published documents, such as a letter from Hitler's director of military operations explaining the reasoning behind the Führer's order to halt the Panzers outside Dunkirk—a delay that enabled British forces to evacuate. Roberts illuminates the principal actors on both sides and analyzes how they reached critical decisions. Discussion will be continued from the February 20 meeting.
Thursday, March 20 / 6:30 p.m. The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales from Great Fiction Writers, edited by Don George (Lonely Planet, $15.99). While the adage is that truth is stranger than fiction, readers may find this collection of true stories--as its title promises--not only stranger, but better than fiction. This fantastic collection of 32 travel stories comes from some of the best fiction writers publishing today. These true travel tales range from events in the writer's distant past to recent adventures. They cover the globe from India to Alaska to San Quentin to Ireland and include entries from an eclectic mix of international writers, including Isabel Allende, Pico Iyer, Alexander McCall Smith, Jan Morris, and Tea Obreht. Lovers of travel writing, as well as fans of fiction, will thoroughly enjoy this collection. Barry Combs will facilitate the discussion.
Friday, March 21 / 6:30 p.m. GET LIT with Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre! Friday evenings actors will give vivid voice to animate readings that traverse all the genres of literature. The readings will run less than an hour, and will be followed by some sprightly discussion for those in the mood. Designed as an informal but satisfying after-supper interlude, it will deliver a whimsical and unique wind-down from the work week/wind-up for the weekend. The selections will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email and at Briget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com.
Saturday, March 22 / 10 a.m. The Civil War Book Group will discuss Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara (Ballantine, $16.00). Shaara traces the lives, passions, and careers of the great military leaders from the first gathering clouds of the Civil War. Here is Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a hopelessly by-the-book military instructor and devout Christian who becomes the greatest commander of the Civil War; Winfield Scott Hancock, a captain of quartermasters who quickly establishes himself as one of the finest leaders of the Union army; Joshua Chamberlain, who gives up his promising academic career and goes on to become one of the most heroic soldiers in American history; and Robert E. Lee, never believing until too late that a civil war would ever truly come to pass. Profound in its insights into the minds and hearts of those who fought in the war, Gods and Generals creates a vivid portrait of the soldiers, the battlefields, and the tumultuous times that forever shaped the nation.
Saturday, March 22 / 10:30 a.m. Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance on posters at the Bookworm, via Brigit email, and at Briget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Saturday, March 22 / 1 p.m. Andy Myers will sign Flying Paint Rollers From Heaven: Messages of Hope, Humor and Love from Beyond (Writelife, $12.95). Andy addresses over 70 questions he most often answers as a psychic medium, including can people reincarnate as animals; can our loved ones in heaven see what we're doing all the time; which affects our lives more: free will or destiny; do I have a grand plan; how do I know who my spirit guide is; can one person really read the mind of another person; am I with my soul mate? If not, when will I be?
Monday, March 24 / 2 p.m. The World War II Book Group will discuss The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer (Potomac, $19.95). This book recounts the horror of World War II on the eastern front, as seen through the eyes of a teenaged German soldier. At first an exciting adventure, young Guy Sajer's war becomes, as the German invasion falters in the icy vastness of the Ukraine, a simple, desperate struggle for survival against cold, hunger, and above all the terrifying Soviet artillery. As a member of the elite Gross Deutschland Division, he fought in all the great battles from Kursk to Kharkov. His German footsoldier’s perspective makes The Forgotten Soldier a unique war memoir. The photos of troops battling through snow, mud, burned villages, and rubble-strewn cities depict the hardships and destructiveness of war. Many are originally from the private collections of German soldiers and have never been published before.
Tuesday, March 25/ 6:30 p.m. The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James (Vintage, $15.00). In their six years of marriage, Elizabeth and Darcy have forged a peaceful, happy life for their family at Pemberley, Darcy’s impressive estate. Her father is a regular visitor; her sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; the marriage prospects for Darcy’s sister, Georgiana, are favorable. And preparations for their annual autumn ball are proceeding apace. But on the eve of the ball, chaos descends. Lydia Wickham, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister who, with her husband, has been barred from the estate, arrives in a hysterical state—shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. Plunged into frightening mystery and a lurid murder trial, the lives of Pemberley’s owners and servants alike may never be the same.
Wednesday, March 26 The Bookworm will be at the Town Hall Lecture, selling Last Man Down by Richard Picciotto, the New York Fire Department battalion chief at the World Trade Center. See www.omahatownhall.org for more information.
Friday, March 28 / 6:30 p.m. GET LIT with Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre! Friday evenings actors will give vivid voice to animate readings that traverse all the genres of literature. The readings will run less than an hour, and will be followed by some sprightly discussion for those in the mood. Designed as an informal but satisfying after-supper interlude, it will deliver a whimsical and unique wind-down from the work week/wind-up for the weekend. The selections will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email and at Briget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com.
Friday, March 28 / 7 - 7:30 p.m. Momaha Night Time Story Time for preschoolers, ages 1 – 5. Put the kids in their pajamas, bring along thir favorite stuffed animal, and treat them to an early bedtime story. Expect a little singing, dancing and other fun activities. We’ll have the milk and cookies ready. See www.momaha.com for more information.
Saturday, March 29 / 10:30 a.m. Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance on posters at the Bookworm, via Brigit email, and at Briget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Saturday, March 29 / 1 p.m. Marcia Calhoun Forecki will sign Blood of the White Bear (Writelife, $12.99). Dr. Rachel Bisette is drawn to the Four Corners to lead the search for a vaccine against a lethal pandemic. One elusive indigenous woman, Eva Yellow Horn, carries the gift of immunity. In her search for Eva, Rachel discovers power beyond science, the secret of an environmental disaster, and the truth of her parents' death.