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Thursday, February 11, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

21, Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich

Reviewer: Craig Hutchinson
Publisher's Summary:When M.I.T. student Kevin Lewis meets classmates Jason Fisher and Andre Martinez, he is intrigued. Although neither seems to have any real responsibilities, they always have plenty of cash. One evening, they tell Kevin why. Using card-tracking calculations, they have devised a way to beat blackjack. Once he learns the system, Kevin joins Jason and Andre at the casinos. There to the growing dismay of gambling kingpins, they make a fortune--all perfectly legal.

Thursday, March 10, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

'Salem's Lot by Stephen King

Reviewer: Dee Johnson
Publisher's Summary:The author's classic novel about vampires in in small-town America is offered in a new edition, with this terrifying novel now accompanied by previously unpublished material from the author's archive, two short stories and eerie photographs that bring his fictional darkness and evil to vivid life

Thursday, April 14, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Reviewer: Chris Wrona
Publisher's Summary:Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

Thursday, May 12, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Reviewer: Judy Chelte
Publisher's Summary: Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washingtons 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.

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