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The Bookworm offers in-house book clubs that you can attend when the featured books fit your interests and schedule. Readers receive a 20% book club discount on the books selected for discussion. The Bookworm provides facilitators to help lead the discussions for many of the in-house book clubs. If you have suggestions for groups, or are willing to facilitate discussions, please let us know.
Saturday, March 28 / 10 a.m. | The Civil War Book Group will discuss Mathew Brady: Portrait of a Nation by Robert Wilson (Bloomsbury, $18.00). Mathew Brady's attention to detail, flair for composition, and technical mastery helped establish the photograph as a thing of value. In the 1840s and '50s, he photographed such dignitaries as Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Dolley Madison, Horace Greeley, the Prince of Wales, and Jenny Lind. But it was during the Civil War that Brady's photography became an epochal part of American history. The Civil War was the first war in history to leave a detailed photographic record, and Brady knew better than anyone the dual power of the camera to record and excite, to stop a moment in time and preserve it. More than ten thousand war images are attributed to the Brady studio. But while Brady accompanied the Union army to the first major battle at Bull Run, he was so shaken by the experience that throughout the rest of the war he rarely visited battlefields except well before or after a major battle, instead sending teams of photographers to the front.
April is National Poetry Month, a month for sharing and enjoying poetry. See www.poets.org for more information.
Wednesday, April 1 / 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 April 4 / 10 a.m. | The U.S. Presidents group will discuss Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan by Del Quentin Wilber (Picador, $16.00). On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan walked out of a hotel in Washington, D.C., and was shot by a would-be assassin. Drawing on exclusive interviews, Del Quentin Wilber tells the electrifying story of a moment when the nation faced a terrifying crisis. With cinematic clarity, we see the Secret Service agent whose fast reflexes saved the president's life; the brilliant surgeons who operated on Reagan as he was losing half his blood; and the White House officials frantically trying to determine whether the country was under attack. Above all, we encounter the man code-named Rawhide, a leader of uncommon grace who inspired affection and awe in everyone who worked with him.
Monday, April 6 / 6:30 p.m. | The I Should Have Read That in School classics group will discuss Villette by Charlotte Bronte (Modern Library, $11.95). Having fled a harrowing past in England, Lucy Snowe begins a new life teaching at a boarding school in the great capital of a foreign country. There, as she tries to achieve independence from both outer necessity and inward grief, she finds that her feelings for a worldly doctor and a dictatorial professor threaten her hard-won self-possession. Published in 1853, Charlotte Bronte's last novel was written in the wake of her grief at the death of her siblings. It has a dramatic force comparable to that of her other masterpiece, Jane Eyre, as well as a striking modernity of psychological insight and a revolutionary understanding of human loneliness.
Tuesday, April 7 / 1 p.m. | The Art Discussion Group will discuss The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Provence by Martin Gayford (Mariner, $15.95). From October to December of 1888, Paul Gauguin shared a yellow house in the south of France with Vincent van Gogh. They were the odd couple of the art world -- one calm, the other volatile -- and the denouement of their living arrangement was explosive. Making use of new evidence and Van Gogh's voluminous correspondence, Gayford describes not only how these two hallowed artists painted and exchanged ideas, but also the texture of their everyday lives. Gayford also makes a persuasive analysis of Van Gogh's mental illness -- the probable bipolar affliction that led him to commit suicide at the age of thirty-seven.
Tuesday, April 7 / 6:30 p.m. | The Killing Time Book Group will discuss Lost by S. J. Bolton (Minotaur, $16.99). Like everyone reading the newspapers these days, 10-year-old Barney Roberts knows the killer will strike again soon. The victim will be another boy, just like him. The body will be drained of blood, and left somewhere on a Thames beach. There will be no clues for London detectives Dana Tulloch and Mark Joesbury to find. There will be no warning about who will be next. There will be no real reason for Barney’s friend and neighbor, Lacey Flint, on leave from her job as a London police detective, to become involved…and no chance that she can stay away. With the clock ticking, the violence escalating, and young lives at stake, Lacey and Barney both know they can’t afford a single wrong step if they hope to make it through alive.
Wednesday, April 8 | The Bookworm will sell books at the ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference at CenturyLink Center. See http://icanglobal.net/events/2015-womens-leadership-conference for more information.
Wednesday, April 8 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss South of Broad by Pat Conroy (Dial, $16.00). Leopold Bloom King has been raised in a family shattered--and shadowed--by tragedy. Lonely and adrift, he searches for something to sustain him and finds it among a tightly knit group of high school outsiders. Surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, as well as Charleston, South Carolina's dark legacy of racism and class divisions, these friends will endure until a final test forces them to face something none of them are prepared for.
Thursday, April 9 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor, $14.99). Startling, unusual, and yet irresistibly readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and science fiction, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment. It won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards.
Thursday, April 9 / 6 p.m. | J. Alexander Greenwood will sign Pilate’s Blood (Caroline Street Press, $14.99). John Pilate reluctantly returns to tiny Cross Township…a mutated Mayberry where he's forced to take a job imbued with more authority than the dogcatcher but less respect. There's criminality afoot and nobody to deal with it but Pilate. Sure, things could work out just fine...then again, it may come down to spilling Pilate's Blood...Thicker Than Water, Twice As Deadly.
April 11 – 18 | Give Literacy Week. Customers just need to tell the person at the register that they want to Give Literacy to have a percentage of designated purchases will go toward the Literacy Center's Give Literacy Campaign.
Saturday, April 11 / 11:30 a.m. | Lisa from the Literacy Center of the Midlands will talk about the literacy problem in Omaha and introduce Madeline who was inspired to learn to read by hearing the story of George Dawson and how he learned to read at the age of 98.
Wednesday, April 15 / 6:45 p.m. | Inaugural Bookworm Adult Spelling Bee -- Have you always considered yourself a pretty decent speller? Can you admit to not even knowing how to find spellcheck on your computer? Do spelling errors in print drive you crazy? Come to the first Bookworm Adult Spelling Bee in honor of Give Literacy Week at The Bookworm. We are hoping to field a team (or two?) for the Annual Adult Spelling Bee hosted by the Literacy Center of the Midlands in November.
Sunday, April 12 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group will discuss Cocaine Blues: A Phryne Fisher Mystery by Kerry Greenwood (Poisoned Pen Press, $14.95). The London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s, but the Honorable Phryne Fisher--she of the green-grey eyes, diamant garters and outfits that should not be sprung suddenly on those of nervous dispositions--is rapidly tiring of the tedium of arranging flowers, making polite conversations with retired colonels, and dancing with weak-chinned men. Instead, Phryne decides it might be rather amusing to try her hand at being a lady detective in Melbourne, Australia. Almost immediately from the time she books into the Windsor Hotel, Phryne is embroiled in mystery: poisoned wives, cocaine smuggling rings, corrupt cops and communism--not to mention erotic encounters with the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse--until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.
Wednesday, April 15 / 6 p.m. | Darlyn Finch Kuhn will sign and read from her new novel Sewing Holes (Twisted Road Publications, $13.95). A pained, and sometimes funny, love letter to friends, faith and family, Sewing Holes tells the story of Tupelo Honey Lee, a headstrong girl struggling to find her place in the world. Set in Jacksonville, Florida, against the backdrop of the national turmoil of the 1970s, Sewing Holes follows Honey through a devastating loss that threatens to tear her life apart, revealing the truth about what makes a family, and reminding us what love is all about.
Thursday, April 16 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy by Eri Hotta (Vintage, $16.95). When Japan launched hostilities against the United States in 1941, argues Eri Hotta, its leaders understood they were entering a war they were almost certain to lose. Hotta shows us a Japan eager to avoid war but fraught with tensions with the West, blinded by reckless militarism couched in traditional notions of pride and honor, tempted by the gambler's dream of scoring the biggest win against impossible odds and nearly escaping disaster before it finally proved inevitable. We see a dysfunctional political system in which military leaders reported to both the civilian government and the Emperor, creating a structure that facilitated intrigues and stoked a jingoistic rivalry between Japan's army and navy. Hotta peels back seventy years of historical mythologizing to expose Japanese leaders torn by doubt in the months preceding the attack, more concerned with saving face than saving lives, finally drawn into war as much by incompetence and lack of political will as by bellicosity.
Thursday, April 16 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson (Penguin, $15.00). After twenty-five years as sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire's hopes of finishing out his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody has been one of four high school boys given suspended sentences for raping a local Cheyenne girl. Somebody, it would seem, is seeking vengeance, and Longmire might be the only thing standing between the three remaining boys and a Sharps .45-70 rifle. With lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and a cast of characters both tragic and humorous enough to fill in the vast emptiness of the high plains, Walt Longmire attempts to see that revenge, a dish best served cold, is never served at all. Lee Myers will lead the discussion.
Saturday, April 18 / 1 p.m. | Elizabeth Evans will sign As Good As Dead (Bloomsbury, $26.00). At the high-octane Iowa Writers' Workshop, small-town Charlotte is thrilled and confounded by her relationship with charismatic and sophisticated Esme. One moment, Esme appears to be Charlotte's most intimate friend; the next, her rival. After a tumultuous weekend, Charlotte's insecurities and her resentment toward Esme reach a fever pitch. Blindly, Charlotte strikes out-in an act of betrayal that ultimately unleashes a cascade of calamities on her own head. Twenty years later, Charlotte is a successful novelist. A much-changed Esme appears, bringing the past that Charlotte grieved over, and believed buried, to the doorstep of Charlotte and her beloved husband. Charlotte finds herself both frightened and charmed. Though she yearns to redeem the old friendship and her transgression, she is wary-and rightly so. As Good As Dead performs an exquisitely tuned psychological high-wire act as it explores the dangers that lie in wait when trust is poisoned by secrets and fears.
Saturday, April 18 / 6 – 8:30 p.m. | The Bookworm will sell books at an Omaha Public Library Foundation event featuring Wally Lamb. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Omaha Public Library Foundation at 402-444-4589 or www.omahalibraryfoundation.org. The event will be held at the Millard Branch of the Omaha Public Library, 13214 Westwood Lane.
Sunday, April 19 / 1 p.m. | Milton Mendel Kleinberg will sign Bread or Death: Memories of My Childhood During and After the Holocaust (Fifth Generation, $16.95). The author relates how his family used bribery and darkness of night to flee as the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939 on a 4,500-mile journey from Poland through Russia and Siberia and eventually to Uzbekistan in Central Asia. He tells in vivid detail the wretched journey in cramped cattle cars through frigid Russia, the indignities of forced labor, the shame of begging for bread just to survive, and death of those closest to him. The family's plight includes abandonment, hunger, and separation (and later remarkable twists of fate and reunion) quite unlike other Holocaust stories. This coming-of-age, Holocaust memoir is the author's personal account of how through great sacrifices by his mother he managed to survive the worst atrocities in human history.
Monday, April 20 / 6 p.m. | Kent and Shannon Rollins will sign A Taste of Cowboy: Ranch Recipes and Tales from the Trail (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30.00). This gifted cook, TV contestant, and storyteller takes us into his frontier world with simple food anyone can do. A cowboy’s day starts early and ends late. Kent offers labor-saving breakfasts like Egg Bowls with Smoked Cream Sauce. For lunch or dinner, there’s 20-minute Green Pepper Frito Pie, hands-off, four-ingredient Sweet Heat Chopped Barbecue Sandwiches, or mild and smoky Roasted Bean-Stuffed Poblano Peppers. He even parts with his prized recipe for Bread Pudding with Whisky Cream Sauce. (The secret to its lightness? Hamburger buns.) Kent gets creative with ingredients on everyone’s shelves, using lime soda to caramelize Sparkling Taters and balsamic vinegar to coax the sweetness out of Strawberry Pie. With stunning photos of the American West and Kent’s lively tales and poetry, A Taste of Cowboy is a must-have for everyone who loves good, honest food and wants a glimpse of a vanishing way of life. Kent will have his chuck wagon with him and will serve samples of his famous chicken fried chicken.
Tuesday, April 21 / 1 p.m. | The Third Tuesday Art Group will discuss Van Gogh: A Power Seething by Julian Bell, (New Harvest, $20.00). “I believe in the absolute necessity of a new art of color, of drawing and--of the artistic life,” Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in 1888. “And if we work in that faith, it seems to me that there's a chance that our hopes won't be in vain.” His prediction would come true. In his brief and explosively creative life--he committed suicide a few years later at the age of thirty-seven--Van Gogh made us see the world in a new way. His shining landscapes of Provence and somber portraits of workers shattered the relationship between light and dark, and his hallucinatory visions were so bright they nearly blinded the world.
Tuesday, April 21 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo (Vintage, $14.95). Shots ring out at a Salvation Army Christmas concert in Oslo, leaving one of the singers dead in the street. The trail will lead Harry Hole, Oslo’s best investigator and worst civil servant, deep into the darkest corners of the city and, eventually, to Croatia. An assassin forged in the war-torn region has been brought to Oslo to settle an old debt. As the police circle in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate and the danger mounts for Harry and his colleagues.
Wednesday, April 22 | The Bookworm will sell books at a Town Hall Lecture featuring David Gergen, author of Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership Nixon to Clinton (Simon & Schuster, $17.00). See www.omahatownhall.org for information.
Wednesday, April 22 / 6 p.m. | The Louise Penny Discussion Group will continue with her novel Long Way Home (Minotaur, $15.99). Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds, his neighbor Clara Morrow tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. And then he gets up and joins her. Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence River. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it "the land God gave to Cain." And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.
Saturday, April 25 / 10 a.m. | The Civil War Book Group will discuss Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War by Elizabeth Varon (Oxford University Press, $19.95). Varon captures the events swirling around that well remembered-but not well understood-moment when the Civil War ended. She depicts the final battles in Virginia, when Grant's troops surrounded Lee's half-starved army, the meeting of the generals at the McLean House, and the shocked reaction as news of the surrender spread like an electric charge throughout the nation. But as Varon shows, the ink had hardly dried before both sides launched a bitter debate over the meaning of the war and the nation's future. For Grant, and for most in the North, the Union victory was one of right over wrong, a vindication of free society; Lee, in contrast, believed that the Union victory was one of might over right: the vast impersonal Northern war machine had worn down a valorous and unbowed South. Lee was committed to peace, but committed, too, to the restoration of the South's political power within the Union.
Saturday, April 25 / 1 p.m. | Jeff McArthur will sign Two Gun Heart: Lawman, Cowboy, and Long-Lost Brother of Al Capone (Bandwagon, $28.95). Born in Italy and raised in Brooklyn, Vincenzo Capone left home when he was a teenager. He traveled with a wild-west show and fought in Europe during the Great War where he earned a medal for sharp-shooting. Upon his return, he settled in Nebraska where he went by the name Richard Hart. He married, had children, and worked closely with the local Indian communities. He dressed like the type of cowboy he had seen in silent movies, rode a horse, and wielded two six-shooters at his side, which earned him the name "Two Gun" Hart. When the Volstead Act made alcohol production illegal, Richard joined the ranks of law enforcement and became one of the most successful Prohibition officers in the country. He chased down criminals, busted alcohol stills, and protected the Indian reservations he served, all under an assumed name. But his past caught up with him when his younger brother, Al Capone, became one of the most infamous criminals in the country. They were two siblings on opposite sides of the law, both ambitious and skillful, and both of the same family.
Sunday, April 26 / 1 p.m. | John Prescott and Tom Kerr will sign The Oracle’s Fables: Life Lessons for Children Inspired by Warren Buffett (Taylor, $19.95). Inside you’ll read life lessons based on quotes from the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett. Created in the spirit of Aesop’s Fables, each tale illustrates all-too-human behavior by animal characters who face potentially life-changing situations. Tom Kerr’s illustrations help bring the fables to life.
Monday, April 27 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will continue their discussion of Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 by Max Hastings (Vintage, $17.95). One of our finest military historians gives us a magnificent, single-volume history of the entire conflict. Through his strikingly detailed stories of everyday people--of soldiers, sailors and airmen; British housewives and Indian peasants; SS killers and the citizens of Leningrad--Hastings provides a singularly intimate portrait of the world at war. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, Inferno is both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the Twentieth Century.
Tuesday, April 28 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Bullet for a Star by Stuart Kaninsky (Open Road, $12.99). It's been four years since security guard Toby Peters got fired from the Warner Brothers lot for breaking a screen cowboy's arm. Since then he's scratched out a living as a private detective--missing persons and bodyguard work, mostly--but now his old friends, the Warners, have a job for him. Someone has mailed the studio a picture of Errol Flynn caught in a compromising position with a very young girl. Although Flynn insists it's a fake, the studio is taking no chances. Toby is to deliver the blackmailer $5,000 and return with the photo negative. It should be simple, but Flynn, a swashbuckler on and off the screen, has a way of making things complicated. Though he isn't impressed by movie stars, if Toby Peters isn't careful he may end up dying for one.
Friday, April 30 / 7 - 7:30 p.m. | Momaha Night Time Story Time for preschoolers, ages 1 – 5. Put the kids in their pajamas, bring along their 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.