The Bookworm has moved!
90th & Center Streets
2501 South 90th Street, Suite 111
Omaha, NE 68124
The author signings, in-house book clubs and other events shown below are free and open to the public.
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, November 28 | Small Business Saturday! Thanks for being a big supporter of small business. As a consumer, you are a key part in helping small businesses thrive. By shopping and dining at local businesses throughout the year, you’re showing your support for all the small businesses in your neighborhood and reinvesting in the community you call home.
Saturday, November 28 / 11 a.m. | Storytime with Mr. Scott for both kids and adults.
Saturday, November 28 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will read Meriwether Lewis: The Assassination of an American Hero and the Silver Mines of Mexico ($24.95). This new full-length biography of Meriwether Lewis is presented within the context of the turbulent times of the early American Republic. After Thomas Jefferson’s election, Lewis lived in the White House as his confidential aide. In 1803, he left the White House as the leader of an elite army unit to reinforce America’s claim to the Pacific Northwest. When he returned, Jefferson appointed him governor of Louisiana Territory based in St. Louis with orders to remove followers of Aaron Burr from positions of power and influence. Within two years Meriwether Lewis was dead at the age of 35, killed by an assassin’s bullets in 1809. This biography of Lewis offers a very different interpretation of his character and achievements, supporting the idea that, if he had lived, Lewis was in line to become president of the United States. It presents a detailed account of his activities as a loyal Jefferson supporter, presidential aide, leader of a continental expedition, and governor of Louisiana Territory.
Saturday, November 28 / 1 p.m. | Julie Rowse will sign Lies Jane Austen Told Me ($12.00). In her memoir, Lies Jane Austen Told Me, Julie Rowse offers readers a glimpse of the tension that a single LDS woman tries to manage, as she chooses to continue living her faith despite being outside the norm of LDS culture. Relying on the works of Jane Austen, John Hughes, and Cameron Crowe, she draws parallels between the pantheon of romantic comedy writers and her own relationships.
Saturday, November 28 / 3 p.m. | Cynde Huebner will sign Come Home Cynderella ($20.00). Come Home Cynderella tells of a journey from homelessness to homecoming. It considers the difficulties and dreams of Cinderella and offers perspective, hope, and promise through the Beatitudes that all has been necessary and preparatory.
Sunday, November 29 / 1 p.m. | Joy Johnson will sign Boob Girls Number Number VII – Ten Little Puritans (Grief Illustrated, $14.95). The four friends, Marge Aaron - retired homicide detective, Robinson Leary - retired Creighton U professor, Hadley Joy Morris-Whitfield, socialite and Mary Rose McGill - sweet Catholic girl, are back in Salem's Crossing watching Puritans disappear mysteriously during a Puritan Decedent's Reunion. Even Mary Rose is kidnapped by the evil Finnegan Farquhar. Geoffrey the Mastiff becomes a hero in this take-off of Agatha Christie's Then There Were None. Ms. Christie would have laughed out loud, too.
Tuesday, December 1 / 1 p.m. | The Art Discussion Group will discuss The Masterpiece by Emile Zola (Oxford, $12.95). This is the tragic story of Claude Lantier, an ambitious and talented young artist who has come from the provinces to conquer Paris but is conquered instead by the flaws of his own genius. Set in the 1860s and 1870s, it is the most autobiographical of the twenty novels in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series. It provides a unique insight into Zola's career as a writer and his relationship with Cezanne, a friend since their schooldays in Aix-en-Provence. It also presents a well-documented account of the turbulent Bohemian world in which the Impressionists came to prominence despite the conservatism of the Academy and the ridicule of the general public.
Wednesday, December 2 / 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, December 5 | Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day! Bookstores hold a place in the hearts and times of our community. They are places to discover an author, a story, a life. Nothing affords the conversation and interaction among books and book lovers that a bookstore does. But in order for bookstores to flourish and thrive, we must expose future generations to the unique pleasures they offer. Take the child in your life to a bookstore. Watch his face light up as you give him free access, not just to a new book, but to tomorrow. See www.takeyourchildtoabookstore.org for more information.
Saturday, December 5 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer (St. Martin’s, $17.99). During the 1950s, when the Cold War was at its peak, two immensely powerful brothers led the United States into a series of foreign adventures whose effects are still shaking the world. John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Kinzer places their extraordinary lives against the background of American culture and history. He uses the framework of biography to ask: Why does the United States behave as it does in the world? Propelled by a quintessentially American set of fears and delusions, the Dulles brothers launched violent campaigns against foreign leaders they saw as threats to the United States. These campaigns helped push countries from Guatemala to the Congo into long spirals of violence, led the United States into the Vietnam War, and laid the foundation for decades of hostility between the United States and countries from Cuba to Iran.
Saturday, December 5 / 2 p.m. | Clayton Anderson returns to sign The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut (University of Nebraska Press, $29.95). The Ordinary Spaceman puts you in the flight suit of U.S. astronaut Clayton C. Anderson and takes you on the journey of this small-town boy from Nebraska who spent 167 days living and working on the International Space Station, including more than forty hours of space walks. Having applied to NASA fifteen times over fifteen years to become an astronaut before his ultimate selection, Anderson offers a unique perspective on his life as a veteran space flier, one characterized by humility and perseverance. From the application process to launch aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, from serving as a family escort for the ill-fated Columbia crew in 2003 to his own daily struggles—family separation, competitive battles to win coveted flight assignments, the stress of a highly visible job, and the ever-present risk of having to make the ultimate sacrifice—Anderson shares the full range of his experiences. With a mix of levity and gravitas, Anderson gives an authentic view of the highs and the lows, the triumphs and the tragedies of life as a NASA astronaut.
Sunday, December 6 / Noon – 3 p.m. | Santa Paws! Pet lovers are invited to bring their furry friends to get their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus – all for a worthy cause. The photos will cost $15 each, with proceeds going to the Hearts United for Animals animal shelter. Hearts United for Animals is a national no-kill shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization dedicated to the relief of suffering. Their major areas of effort are to end overpopulation of domestic animals and the suffering of dogs in large breeding establishments. Hearts United receives no government funding and exists solely on donations and the all-volunteer staff. This annual event is sponsored by MaverickPR, the University of Nebraska at Omaha Public Relations Student Society of America.
Monday, December 7 / 4 p.m. | Rosemary Wells, children’s author and illustrator, will sign. She is well known for the Max and Ruby series, which follows the everyday adventures of sibling bunnies, curious three-year-old Max and bossy seven-year-old Ruby. Her latest book is Max and Ruby’s Bedtime Book (Puffin, $8.99). It's time for bestselling bunnies Max and Ruby to go to bed but first, a story! Max and Ruby want to hear story after story before bed, so Grandma tells one more... And then another! She tells them their favorite stories the ones about the things they did when they were younger bunnies. Bursting with Wells's exuberant pictures, this large format book will delight fans of the beloved bunny siblings.
Monday, December 7 / 6:30 p.m. | The I Should Have Read That in School classics group will discuss The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (Signet, $4.95). A universal favorite, The Importance of Being Earnest displays Oscar Wilde's theatrical genius at its brilliant best. Subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People", this hilarious attack on Victorian manners and morals turns a pompous world on its head, lets duplicity lead to happiness, and makes riposte the highest form of art.
Wednesday, December 9 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (Vintage, $8.95). Wharton’s most widely read work is a tightly constructed and almost unbearably heartbreaking story of forbidden love in a snowbound New England village. This brilliantly wrought, tragic novella explores the repressed emotions and destructive passions of working-class people far removed from the elevated social milieu usually inhabited by Wharton’s characters. Ethan Frome is a poor farmer, trapped in a marriage to a demanding and controlling wife, Zeena. When Zeena’s young cousin Mattie enters their household she opens a window of hope in Ethan’s bleak life, but his wife’s reaction prompts a desperate attempt to escape fate that goes horribly wrong. Ethan Frome is an unforgettable story with the force of myth, featuring realistic and haunting characters as vivid as any Wharton ever conjured.
Thursday, December 10 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will select books for discussion in the 2016 meetings.
Friday, December 11 / 7:00 p.m. | Storytime with Mr. Scott for kids and adults!
Sunday, December 13 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group will discuss The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarity (Berkley, $16.00). At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that is not meant to be read…My darling Cecilia, If you’re reading this, then I’ve died… Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not only the life you have built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive…Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything—and not just for her. There are other women who barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.
Thursday, December 17 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss Shanghai 1937: Stalingrad on the Yangtze by Peter Harmsen (Casemate, $18.95). This deeply researched book describes one of the great forgotten battles of the 20th century. At its height it involved nearly a million Chinese and Japanese soldiers while sucking in three million civilians as unwilling spectators and victims. It turned what had been a Japanese adventure in China into a general war between the two oldest and proudest civilizations of the Far East. Ultimately, it led to Pearl Harbor and to seven decades of tumultuous history in Asia. The Battle of Shanghai was a pivotal event that helped define and shape the modern world. It has a treasure trove of rare photos of the battle and is exhaustively researched.
December 17 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss Mr. Ive’s Christmas by Oscar Hijuelos (Harper, $13.99). Mr. Ives was adopted from a foundling's home as a child. When we first meet him in the 1950s, Mr. Ives is very much a product of his time. He has a successful career in advertising, a wife and two children, and believes he is on his way to pursuing the typical American dream. But the dream is shattered when his son Robert, who is studying for the priesthood, is killed violently at Christmas. Overwhelmed by grief and threatened by a loss of faith in humankind, Mr. Ives begins to question the very foundations of his life. Part love story—of a man for his wife, for his children, for God—and part meditation on how a person can find spiritual peace in the midst of crisis, Mr. Ives' Christmas is a beautifully written, tender and passionate story of a man trying to put his life in perspective.
Thursday, December 24 | The Bookworm will close at 3:00 p.m. for Christmas Eve.
Friday, December 25 | The Bookworm will be closed for Christmas Day.
Saturday, December 26 / 11:00 a.m. | Storytime with Mr. Scott for kids and adults!
Thursday, December 31 | The Bookworm will close at 3:00 p.m. for New Year’s Eve.
Friday, January 1 | The Bookworm will be closed for New Year’s Day.