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Empire of the Sun book cover

Thursday, December 10, 2015 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard

Reviewer: Gerry Cove
Publisher's Summary:A young boy living in China at the outbreak of World War II is separated from his wealthy parents, forced to forage for survival in Shanghai's foreign quarter, interned in a Japanese prison camp, and, eventually, reunited with his family, in a new edition of the award-winning autobiographical novel.

Picture of Dorian Gray book Cover

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

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Reviewer: Barbara Pronovost
Publisher's Summary:The handsome appearance of dissolute young Dorian Gray remains unchanged while the features in his portrait become distorted as his degeneration progresses.

Friday, February 12, 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.

Salem's Lot book cover

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

'Salem's Lot by Stephen King

Reviewer: Dee Johnson
Publisher's Summary:When a writer returns to his Maine home town, he discovers that the peaceful hamlet is being overrun by vampires and sets out to curb this ancient evil before it can spread.

All the Light We Cannot See book cover

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.

The Boys in the Boat book cover

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

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel 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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