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From Russia with Love: Food and Faberge

Faberge EggsPlease join us on Monday, March 18, 6 pm, as we celebrate the cultural contributions of the Russian people.  First we’ll sample some traditional and new Russian recipes, and then we’ll make a Faberge egg greeting card.  You need bring only your appetite and your creativity.  This program is for all ages.   Need inspiration?

These books illustrate the beauty of the Faberge eggs:

Quick! I Need a Mystery!

Political SuicideLooking for a new audio mystery that’s not on a long waiting list?  Here are some suggestions to satisfy your healthy addiction to sleuthing and suspense:

The Jewels of Paradise by Donna Leon

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

Collateral Damage by Stuart Woods

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

The Martian ChroniclesPlease join us on Monday, April 8, 6:30 pm, for a discussion of the science fiction classic, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.  Copies of the book are available at the branch.

Summary:  Mars is a place of hope, dreams and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization.  It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow.  The Earthman conquers Mars ... and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.

The Comfort of Food

Here are some good choices for those times when you just want a sweet diversion from life’s problems, or an inspiring story to make you want to keep on trying:

Thank You, Jamaica

Jerk from JamaicaIs sugar usually on your shopping list?  Does a trip to the grocery store involve a trip down the spice aisle?  Is vanilla extract a necessity in your kitchen?  Can’t face the world without your morning coffee?  These things we love so dearly are all products of Jamaica. Come celebrate this beautiful island country with us next Monday, February 18, at 6 pm, as we present some of the delicious culinary contributions of the Jamaican people, both sweet and savory. 

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

Fathers and SonsJoin us Monday, March 4, 6:30 pm, for a discussion of the Russian classic, Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev.  

Summary:  Bazarov--a gifted, impatient, and caustic young man--has journeyed from school to the home of his friend Arkady Kirsanov.  But soon Bazarov's outspoken rejection of authority and social conventions touches off quarrels, misunderstandings, and romantic entanglements that will utterly transform the Kirsanov household and reflect the changes taking place all across nineteenth-century Russia.

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

Annie JohnJoin us for a discussion of author Jamaica Kincaid and her novel, Annie John, on Monday, February 4, 2013, 6:30 pm.  Summary:  Annie John is a haunting and provocative story of a young girl growing up on the island of Antigua.  An adored only child, Annie has until recently lived an idyllic life.  She is inseparable from her beautiful mother, a powerful presence, who is the very center of the little girl's existence.  Loved and cherished, Annie grows and thrives within her mother's benign shadow. Looking back on her childhood, she reflects, "It was in such a paradise that I lived." 

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

Signet Classic Book of Southern Short StoriesTitle to be discussed: Selections from The Signet Classic Book of Southern Short Stories.  Time of meeting:  Monday, January 7, 6:30 pm.  About the book:  This collection includes thirty-three stories of the American South from such literary luminaries as Edgar Allan Poe, Alice Walker, Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Truman Capote,

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

A Christmas MemoryPlease join us to discuss the three stories by Truman Capote included in the book A Christmas Memory.  Time of meeting:  Monday, December 3, at 6:30 pm.  Summary:  Three short stories describe a boy's relationship with his elderly cousin and alcoholic father and the indelible holiday memories they provided him.

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

A Dish Taken ColdTitle to be discussed:  A Dish Taken Cold, by Anne Perry.  Time of meeting:  Monday, November 5, at 6:30 pm.  Summary:  Edgar Award-winning novelist Anne Perry turns her unerring historical eye to Paris 1792.  Revolution is yielding to the Terror, and the city is hungry--for justice, for vengeance, for bread.  So, too, is Celie Deleure, a servant in the household of the celebrated Madame de Stael, when her infant son suffers an inexplicable dea

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