The Bookworm has moved!
90th & Center Streets
2501 South 90th Street, Suite 111
Omaha, NE 68124
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.
Thursday, November 27 | The Bookworm will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
Thursday, November 20 | The Enquiring Minds Group will break for the holidays.
Friday, November 28 / 7 - 7:30 p.m. | Momaha Night Time Story Time will break for Thanksgiving weekend.
Saturday, November 29 | 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. American Express Card Members can register any eligible American Express Card to get a $10 statement credit for spending $10+ in-store on that same Card on Small Business Saturday.
Saturday, November 29 / 10:30 a.m. | Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Saturday, November 29 / 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Eileen Wirth and Carol McCabe will sign Omaha’s Historic Houses of Worship (Arcadia, $21.99). From the towers of St. Cecilia's Cathedral to the Buddhist statuary garden visible from North Omaha's Sorensen Expressway, Omaha's physical expressions of worship represent the world's major faiths. Omahans since the 1850s have created religious buildings and landmarks all over the city as expressions of their beliefs and identities. Images in this book include buildings in the National Register of Historic Places and on local landmarks lists. Through historical religious photographs, readers will learn the colorful tales of the buildings' creations and see how today's Omahans are building the next chap
Saturday, November 29 / 12 - 2 p.m. | Nancy Gaarder will sign Nebraska Weather (Omaha World-Herald, $29.95). Nebraskans can't stop thinking about the weather for a simple reason: It’s impossible to ignore. Freezing cold can replace blistering heat in just a few days’ time. A single storm can unleash a blizzard, tornadoes and flooding as it crosses the state. World-Herald weather reporter Nancy Gaarder explains why Nebraskans can’t stop watching the skies. The newspaper’s photographers show how the state’s wide-open landscape provides the perfect stage for spectacular storms overhead and the sunset encores as the clouds pass.
Saturday, November 29 / 1 p.m. | Scott Lerette will sign The Unbreakable Boy: A Father's Fear, a Son's Courage, and a Story of Unconditional Love (Thomas Nelson, $24.99). Like any other teenage boy, Austin loves pizza, movies, dancing, and girls. But unlike most other eighteen-year-olds, he has a rare brittle-bone disease, was locked in a mental ward as a child, and is autistic. Yet Austin doesn't let any of that stop him. His is a world where suffering a broken back is a minor inconvenience and the quest for the ultimate strawberry shake just might be the best day of his life. Written with remarkable candor by Austin's father and Susy Flory, The Unbreakable Boy weaves the beautiful and often humorous tale of how Austin teaches his father--and everyone else he encounters--to have faith in God and trust that one day life's messes will all make sense. Austin's journey dares us all to believe that miracles "are "possible, that hope "does" spring eternal, and that we "can" find joyous moments to celebrate every day.
Saturday, November 29 / 2:30 p.m. | Tonya Kuper will sign Anomaly (Entangled, $9.99). What if the world isn't what we think? What if reality is really only an illusion? What if you were one of the few who could control it? Yeah, Josie Harper didn't believe it, either, until strange things started happening. When this hot guy tried to kidnap her, shouting about ultimate observers and pushing and consortiums hell-bent on controlling the world ... well, that's when things got real. Now Josie's got it bad for a boy who weakens her every time he's near and a world of enemies on her tail who want to control her gift, so yeah, she's going to need more than just her wits if she's to survive much longer.
Monday, December 1 / 6:30 p.m. | The I Should Have Read That in School classics group will continue their discussion of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (Vintage, $10.00). David Copperfield is the classic account of a boy growing up in a world that is by turns magical, fearful, and grimly realistic. In a book that is part fairy tale and part thinly veiled autobiography, Dickens transmutes his experiences into a brilliant series of comic and sentimental adventures in the spirit of the great eighteenth-century novelists he so much admired. Few readers can fail to be touched by David's fate, and fewer still to be delighted by his story. The cruel Murdstone, the feckless Micawber, the unctuous and sinister Uriah Heep, and David Copperfield himself, into whose portrait Dickens poured so much of his own early life, form an enduring part of our literary legacy.
Tuesday, December 2 / 1 p.m. | The Art Discussion Group will discuss American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon (Picador, $20.00). As the star illustrator of The Saturday Evening Post for nearly half a century, Norman Rockwell mingled fact and fiction to capture the ideals of American democracy. Freckled Boy Scouts and their mutts, sprightly grandmothers, a young man standing up to speak at a town hall meeting, a little black girl named Ruby Bridges walking into an all-white school—here was an America whose citizens seemed to believe in equality and gladness for all. Who was Norman Rockwell? Behind the folksy, pipe-smoking facade lay a surprisingly complex figure—a lonely man all too conscious of his inadequacies. He would eventually be treated by the influential psychotherapist Erik Erikson. In American Mirror, biographer and art critic Deborah Solomon draws on unpublished papers to explore the relationship between Rockwell’s anguished creativity and his genius for reflecting American innocence.
Wednesday, December 3 / 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 6 | 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 6 / 10 a.m. | The U.S. Presidents group will discuss Lyndon B. Johnson by Charles Peters (Times Books, $23.00). Few figures in American history are as compelling and complex as Lyndon Baines Johnson, who established himself as the master of the U.S. Senate in the 1950s and succeeded John F. Kennedy in the White House after Kennedy's assassination. Peters tells the story of Johnson's presidency as the tale of an immensely talented politician driven by ambition and desire. As part of the Kennedy-Johnson administration from 1961 to 1968, Peters knew key players, including Johnson's aides, giving him inside knowledge of the legislative wizardry that led to historic triumphs like the Voting Rights Act and the personal insecurities that led to the tragedy of Vietnam. Peters's experiences have given him unique insight into the poisonous rivalry between Johnson and Robert F. Kennedy, showing how their misunderstanding of each other exacerbated Johnson's self-doubt and led him into the morass of Vietnam, which crippled his presidency and finally drove this larger-than-life man from the office that was his lifelong ambition.
Saturday, December 6 / 10:30 a.m. | Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email, and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Saturday, December 6 / 1 p.m. | Kristine Gerber will sign The Ranch Bowl: A Party Every Night ($29.95). The book is a literary and pictorial toast; a raising of the glass and a shout out to a place that entertained Omaha from 1957 to 2005. Regardless of your generation, you will find a page that makes you want to smile, dance or rock out...hopefully all three.
Saturday, December 6 / 1 –3 p.m. | Meet Stormy, mascot of the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team. He will be out with Stormy and the Case of the Terrible Twister by David Green and Constantine Ladikos (Mascot, $13.95). Stormy learns a twister might spoil his special day at Werner Park so he goes on a search to find the threatening twister. Come read this book to find out what happens when Stormy and the Twister meet.
Sunday, December 7 / 1 – 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 $20 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. 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.
Wednesday, December 10 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss The Chosen by Chaim Potok (Ballantine, $15.00). The Chosen is the now-classic story of two fathers and two sons and the pressures on all of them to pursue the religion they share in the way that is best suited to each. And as the boys grow into young men, they discover in the other a lost spiritual brother, and a link to an unexplored world that neither had ever considered before. In effect, they exchange places, and find the peace that neither will ever retreat from again.
Thursday, December 11 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will break for the holidays
Friday, December 12 / 6:30 p.m. | GET LIT with Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre is back! On the second Friday of each month actors will give vivid voice to animate readings that traverse all the genres of literature. The readings will run less than an hour, and will be followed by some sprightly discussion for those in the mood. Designed as an informal but satisfying after-supper interlude, it will deliver a whimsical and unique wind-down from the work week/wind-up for the weekend. The selections will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email and at Brigit’s website www.bsbtheatre.com.
Saturday, December 13 / 10:00 a.m. | The Sherlock Holmes group will discuss “The Adventure of the Shoscombe Old Place” from The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. These stories are included in Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, volume 2 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Bantam Classics, $6.95). All Sherlock Holmes fans are welcome.
Saturday, December 13 / 10:30 a.m. | Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email, and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Sunday, December 14 / 11 a.m. | The book group Books and Bagels will discuss The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian (Morrow, $13.99). The Robinas have shared a wonderful life for more than sixty years. Now in their eighties, Ella suffers from cancer and John has Alzheimer's. Yearning for one last adventure, the self-proclaimed "down-on-their-luck geezers" kidnap themselves from the adult children and doctors who seem to run their lives and steal away from their home in suburban Detroit on a forbidden vacation of rediscovery. With Ella as his vigilant copilot, John steers their '78 Leisure Seeker RV along the forgotten roads of Route 66 toward Disneyland in search of a past they're having a damned hard time remembering. Yet Ella is determined to prove that, when it comes to life, you can go back for seconds--even when everyone says you can't.
Tuesday, December 16 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Terra-Cotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri (Penguin, $15.00). Inspector Montalbano has garnered millions of fans worldwide with his sardonic take on Sicilian life. Montalbano's latest case begins with a mysterious Mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and dying words that lead him to an illegal arms cache in a mountain cave. There, the inspector finds two young lovers, dead for fifty years and still embracing, watched over by a life-sized terra-cotta dog. Montalbano's passion to solve this old crime takes him on a journey through Sicily's past and into one family's darkest secrets. With sly wit and a keen understanding of human nature, Montalbano is a detective whose earthiness, compassion, and imagination make him totally irresistable.
Thursday, December 18 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss Omar Bradley by Steven Zaloga (Osprey, $17.95). Bradley was the quintessential US field commander of World War II. Bradley began World War II in creating the new 82nd Division which would go on to fame as one of the US Army's premier airborne divisions. Bradley spent most of the early years of the war as an assistant corps commander under Patton in Tunisia in early 1943, then as a corps commander under Patton on Sicily in July 1943. Bradley was at the center of nearly all the major US Army victories in 1944-45 from D-Day through the final push into Germany. After commanding the US First Army in Normandy, Bradley was elevated to the command of the 12th Army Group, which contained the three main American field armies in the autumn of 1944. Bradley's greatest blunder, failing to anticipate the German offensive in the Ardennes, was counter-balanced by a vigorous and skilled response which fatally injured the German army in the West.
Thursday, December 18 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness--and a Trove of Letters--Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression by Ted Gup (Penguin, $16.00). Inside a suitcase kept in his mother's attic, Gup discovered letters written to his grandfather in response to an ad placed in a Canton, Ohio, newspaper in 1933 that offered cash to seventy-five families facing a devastating Christmas. The author travels coast to coast to unveil the lives behind the letters, describing a range of hardships and recreating in his research the hopes and suffering of Depression-era Americans, even as he uncovers the secret life led by the grandfather he thought he knew. Barry Combs will facilitate the discussion.
Thursday, December 18 / 6:30 p.m. | The Enquiring Minds Group will break for the holidays.
Saturday, December 20 / 10:30 a.m. | Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email, and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Monday, December 22 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will break for the holidays
Tuesday, December 23/ 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will break for the holidays
Wednesday, December 24 | The Bookworm will close at 3:00 p.m. for Christmas Eve .
Thursday, December 25 | The Bookworm will be closed in observance of Christmas Day .
Friday, December 26 / 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.
Saturday, December 27 / 10 a.m.| The Civil War Book Group will break for the holidays.
Saturday, December 27 / 10:30 a.m. | Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Wednesday, December 31 | The Bookworm will close at 3:00 p.m. for New Year’s Eve .
Thursday, January 1 | The Bookworm will be closed for New Year’s Day .