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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.
Friday, October 21 | The Reel Reads program is a regular partnership between Film Streams and The Bookworm to share what we love best with the Omaha community: film and books. Opening Friday, October 21, Denial tells the true story of the 1993 courtroom battle to prove that one of largest genocides in European history occurred. Based on the acclaimed book Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, the film recounts Deborah Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. For more information and showtimes see www.filmstreams.org.
Saturday, October 22 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph Ellis (Vintage, $16.00). Ellis gives us the unexpected story of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men responsible-- some familiar, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, and some less so, such as Robert Morris and Governeur Morris. It was these men who shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force a calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement
Monday, October 24 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss They Dared Return: The True Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany by Patrick O’Donnell (Da Capo, $15.95). At the height of World War II, with the Third Reich's final solution in full operation, a small group of Jews who had barely escaped the Nazis did the unthinkable: They went back. Spies now, these men took on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. They Dared Return is their story--a tale of adventure, espionage, love, and revenge.
Monday, October 24 / 6:30 p.m. | The Books To Die For Pop-Up Group will read The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett (Vintage Crime, $15.00). Paul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward-heeler who aspired to something better: the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds. Did he want her badly enough to commit murder? And if Madvig was innocent, which of his dozens of enemies was doing an awfully good job of framing him? Dashiell Hammett's tour de force of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness.
Tuesday, October 25 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Flying Too High: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (Poisoned Pen, $15.95). Phryne Fisher takes on a fresh case at the pleading of a hysterical woman who fears her hot-headed son is about to murder his equally hot-headed father. Phryne, bold as we love her to be, first upstages the son in his own airplane at his Sky-High Flying School, then promptly confronts him about his mother s alarm. To her dismay, however, the father is soon killed and the son taken off to jail. Then a young girl is kidnapped, and Phryne goes off to the rescue. Engaging the help of Bert and Cec, the always cooperative Detective-Inspector Robinson, and her old flying chum Bunji Ross, Phryne in her typical fashion saves the day, with plenty of good food and hot tea all around.
Wednesday, October 26 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers Book Group will discuss A Demon Summer by G. M. Malliet (Minotaur, $15.99). Someone has been trying to poison the 15th Earl of Lislelivet. With his gift for making enemies, no one-particularly his wife-is too surprised until they discover the source of the poison: a fruitcake made and sold by the Handmaids of St. Lucy of Monkbury Abbey. Max Tudor, vicar of Nether Monkslip and former MI5 agent, is asked to investigate. But just as Max comes to believe the poisoning was accidental, a body is discovered in the cloister well. G.M. Malliet continues to delight readers in this standout mystery in her clever and engaging Max Tudor series.
Thursday, October 27 / 6:30 p.m. | Publisher Book Talk featuring reading selections for your personal enjoyment as well as gift ideas for the holidays. Are you interested in finding a title for book club but don’t know where to start? Maybe you’re interested in a good vacation read. Or just possibly you’d like to find a book that you really love. Join Penguin Random House representatives Bridget Piekarz, Jason Goble and Stefan Moorehead as they suggest a variety of titles for your consideration. Feel free to bring something to eat or drink …. and don’t forget your pen!
Saturday, October 29 / Local Author Day –
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | David Mike will sign Dishonor: One Soldiers Journey ($15.00). Mike swore allegiance to his country in 1987, only to be dishonorably discharged for desertion. One bad choice after another landed him at Fort Leavenworth, a military prison in Kansas. Follow his journey as he claws his way toward Christ and away from the past that yearns to destroy him. Dishonor: One Soldier’s Journey from Desertion to Redemption is a vulnerable and compelling look at a life gone wrong.
12:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | John Achor will sign One-Two, Kill a Few ($15.00). Casey Fremont is on her way to interview for a temp job when a falling body nearly lands on her. Three days later, a second man, this one from her own office, dies in a similar manner and Casey is drawn into the intrigue. She confirms her suspicions, but one of her friends ends up in the hands of kidnappers. Casey must solve the mystery before she becomes the third body to go over the railing.
1 to 2 p.m. | Featured author Leo Biga will sign Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film, Second Edition ($25.95). Leo Biga has reported on the career of filmmaker Alexander Payne for 20 years. In this updated collection of essays, Biga offers the only comprehensive look at Payne's career and creative process.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Kimberly Shirk will sign Remote Fears & Silver Linings ($14.95). 1997. Des Moines, Iowa. While setting up for a remote television broadcast a colleague of Kimberly Arms Shirk raised the mast of their live feed truck into electrical lines, grounding a path for 13,000 volts of electricity first to the colleague and through the body of Kimberly. Burned over 12 % of her body and face, and against all odds, she survived to tell the story of a devastating physical journey and spiritual healing through it all in this telling.
2 – 3 p.m. | Kent Sievers will sign Masks of Betrayal ($16.95). Eugene Fellig goes from reluctant hero to suspect overnight. After tackling, then photographing the arrest of a serial rapist with ties to a secretive group of child abusers, he becomes their target. Awakened by police after a night of celebrating his incredible front page photo, Eugene is arrested. He soon learns that the woman he left snuggled in bed just hours before has been murdered and marked to look like the work of the rapist he captured. To prove his innocence, Eugene will have come to terms with his own dark past and join forces with former enemies in an effort to end the evil that has touched them all.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | T. J. Dickson will sign Walking in Faith ($15.00). Walking in Faith comprises of 12 short stories of one woman’s journey of transformation over 12 years of her life. She experienced utter despair and disappointment, making her question her reason to live, to great love and joy that she is glad she lived to know. Her pain was not in vain. Instead, she learned from it and grew stronger in her faith as a result. This book encourages its readers to keep the faith through life’s ups and downs.
3 – 4 p.m. | Jon R. Minks will sign Cold Case Club ($12.95}. Omaha Police Detective O'Mally is surprised to learn what he left behind when he relocated from Boston. He solves the case with an outsider's help, takes a bullet, and changes his family as he confronts the killer.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | J. C. Christian will sign Reaching for the Light - An Incest Survivors Story ($15.99). With unflinching honesty, author J.C. Christian takes readers on a journey into the private world of the incest survivor. In a world rarely seen outside a therapist's office, J.C. shares her inspirational journey of recovery and healing.
4 – 5 p.m. | Terri Youmans Grimm will sign Becoming Lyla Dore (Red Hen Press, $11.95). In this collection of poems, Grimm weaves the public history of silent film with the personal history of a fictional silent film star. Becoming Lyla Dore recounts the provocative fall and rise of a young woman whose coming of age coincides with that of moving pictures. Lyla’s need to be desired becomes her downfall as well as the catalyst that drives her to success as a silent film actress. Through stunning imagery, a character’s vulnerabilities and strengths, her heartbreaks and triumphs are explored through the lens of history reimagined.
Sunday, October 30 / 1 p.m. | Ron Hansen will sign The Kid (Scribner, $26.00). Born Henry McCarty, Billy the Kid was a diminutive, charming, blond-haired young man who, growing up in New York, Kansas, and later New Mexico, demonstrated a precocious dexterity at firing six-shooters with either hand--a skill that both got him into and out of trouble and that turned him into an American legend of the Old West. He was smart, well-spoken, attractive to both white and Mexican women, a good dancer, and a man with a nose for money, horses, and trouble. His spree of crimes and murders has been immortalized in dime westerns, novels, and movies. But the whole story of his short, epically violent life has never been told as it has been here.
Tuesday, November 1 / 6:30 p.m.| The Killing Time Book Group will discuss Breaking Creed by Alex Kava (Putnam, $9.99). Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines with their successful drug searches and as his profile grows, so do the stakes in the cases he takes on. When Creed and his team are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel, they discover a hold containing human cargo instead of drugs. This is just latest in a series of shipments made by a Colombian drug cartel thwarted by Creed. Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell finds herself investigating a case of execution-style cartel murders and uncovers a hit list with Creed’s name on it. Maggie races to stop them but it may already be too late—they already have what they need to move against Creed…
Wednesday, November 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, November 5 / 1 to 4 p.m. | Concierge Marketing Local Book Expo! The following authors published by Concierge Marketing Book Publishing Services and the books they will be signing are
Steve Brennan - The Vatican Files
Marilyn Coffey - Thieves, Rascals & Sore Losers, Mail-Order Kid, and more
Becky Crofoot - Family/Medical History: Unknown/Adopted and Who Am I?
Claire Flatowicz - Seeing the World Through Rose-Colored Trifocals
Mark Guilliatt - Zora and the Greyhounds
Jimmie Johnson - Growing Up is Not an Option
Chris LeGrow - Senile Squad
Preston Love Jr. - Economic Cataracts
Kelsey Maxell - Lily Lynn and the Victory Dance
Dick Slady - Gigs, Guns, and Guilt
Makayla Townsell - Momma Do You Hear My Cry?
Paula Wallace - The Way It Feels Sometimes and Choose Your Days
Stattin Yates - Never Wear White to a Jungle Juice Party
Leon Weiland – Smell the Dirt
Saturday, November 5 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss Two Days In June: John F. Kennedy and the 48 Hours That Made History by Andrew Cohen (Signal, $18.00). In June 1963 Kennedy addressed two issues of his time: nuclear arms and civil rights. His speech on June 10 leads to the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963; his speech on June 11 eventually to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Two Days in June captures Kennedy at the high noon of his presidency.
Monday, November 7 / 6 p.m. | Michael Ward will sign The Sea is Quiet Tonight ($19.99). Ward returns to the early years of the AIDS epidemic, when so little was known and so few who were diagnosed survived. He chronicles in candid detail his partner Mark's decline and eventual death. By looking back on these tragic events, the author not only honors a generation lost to the illness but also opens a vital window onto the past, before medication helped save lives and HIV/AIDS was a life sentence.
Monday, November 7 / 6:30 p.m. | The Lit Wits group, formerly the What Makes a Classic? group, will discuss Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather (Vintage, $14.00). When missionary priest Father Jean Marie Latour arrives in 1851 in the territory of New Mexico, what he finds is a vast desert that is American by law but Mexican and Indian in custom and belief. Over the next four decades, Latour works gently and tirelessly to spread his faith and to build a soaring cathedral out of the local golden rock--while contending with unforgiving terrain, derelict and sometimes rebellious priests, and his own loneliness.
Wednesday, November 9 / 6 p.m. | Kate Klise will sign Loch Ness Punster (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.99 and $6.99). In the seventh installment of the popular 43 Old Cemetery Road series, twelve-year-old Seymour Hope has inherited a castle in Loch Ness, Scotland. It could be the perfect summer vacation spot for Seymour and his parents, Olive C. Spence and Ignatius B. Grumply. But Iggy wants nothing to do with the castle. Why? Because it was owned by his uncle Ian, a world-famous psychiatrist and the world’s worst punster. So Iggy stays home to write, and Seymour and Olive set off for Scotland each with a secret.
Wednesday, November 9 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss Sacred Clowns by Tony Hillerman ($9.99). During a kachina ceremony at the Tano Pueblo, the antics of a dancing koshare fill the air with tension. Moments later, the clown is found bludgeoned to death, in the same manner a reservation schoolteacher was killed only days before. Officer Jim Chee and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn believe that answers lie in the sacred clown's final cryptic message to the Tano people. But to decipher it, the two Navajo policemen may have to delve into closely guarded tribal secrets on a sinister trail of blood that links a runaway, a holy artifact, corrupt Indian traders, and a pair of dead bodies.
Thursday, November 10 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss Greenglass House by Kate Milford (Clarion, $17.99). It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House—and themselves.
Saturday, November 12 / 1 p.m. | Candice Millard will sign Hero of the Empire (Doubleday, $30.00). At age twenty-four, Winston Churchill was convinced it was his destiny to become prime minister of England, and believed that to achieve his goal he must do something spectacular on the battlefield. Despite deliberately putting himself in extreme danger as a British Army officer in colonial wars in India and Sudan, and as a journalist covering a Cuban uprising against the Spanish, glory and fame had eluded him. Churchill arrived in South Africa in 1899, valet and crates of vintage wine in tow, there to cover the brutal colonial war the British were fighting with Boer rebels. But just two weeks after his arrival, the soldiers he was accompanying on an armored train were ambushed, and Churchill was taken prisoner. Remarkably, he pulled off a daring escape—but then had to traverse hundreds of miles of enemy territory, alone, with nothing but a crumpled wad of cash, four slabs of chocolate, and his wits to guide him. The story of his escape is incredible enough, but then Churchill enlisted, returned to South Africa, fought in several battles, and ultimately liberated the men with whom he had been imprisoned. Churchill would later remark that this period, “could I have seen my future, was to lay the foundations of my later life,” for the lessons Churchill took from the Boer War would profoundly affect 20th century history.
Sunday, November 13 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group will discuss The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles (Back Bay, $16.00). This international bestseller and modern classic, made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons, is an intricate portrait of Victorian relationships and love. In the story, Charles Smithson is engaged to a wealthy woman, but breaks off the engagement over his secret affair with the beautiful, mysterious Sarah Woodruff, a woman known locally as the forsaken lover of a French lieutenant. The novel offers three different endings to encourage you to reach your own conclusions.
Sunday, November 13 / 1 p.m. | Heidi Andermack and Amy Lynn Brown will sign Chowgirls Killer Party Food: Righteous Bites & Cocktails for Every Season (Arsenal Pulp Press, $22.95). With an eye for style and appreciation for seasonal ingredients, the proprietors of Chowgirls Killer Catering, one of the Midwest's leading catering companies, share their inspired ideas for delicious appetizers, small plates, and cocktails that are perfect for home entertaining. Amy Lynn Brown and Heidi Andermack were early adopters of the local, organic, sustainable, and seasonal approach to cooking; their ethos is clearly reflected in this cookbook, which offers fun, elegant, and yet easy-to-prepare recipes arranged by season that will be the hit of your next social gathering. Their shared passion for cooking and entertaining shines throughout this beautiful and inspiring cookbook. Their "righteous bites" will impress your guests with dazzling, organic, locally sourced recipes that show you care.
Tuesday, November 15 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Cuba Straits by Randy Wayne White (Putnam, $9.99). Doc Ford’s old friend General Juan Rivera has gone into the business of high-profile collectibles, but when he manages to obtain a collection of letters written by Fidel Castro between 1960 and 1962 to a secret girlfriend, it’s not a matter of money anymore. Rivera has stumbled way out of his depth. Those letters contain a secret that someone cannot allow to be made public. A lot happened between Cuba and the United States in those years. Many men died. A few more will hardly be noticed.
Thursday, November 17 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War by John Dower (Pantheon, $18.95). Drawing on American and Japanese songs, slogans, cartoons, propaganda films, secret reports, and a wealth of other documents of the time, Dower opens up a whole new way of looking at that bitter struggle of four and a half decades ago and its ramifications in our lives today. As Edwin O. Reischauer, former ambassador to Japan, has pointed out, this book offers "a lesson that the postwar generations need most...with eloquence, crushing detail, and power."
Thursday, November 17 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse by Robin Hutton (Regnery, $16.99). A Mongolian mare was sold to Lieutenant Eric Pedersen who renamed her Reckless, for the Recoilless Rifles Platoon, Anti-Tank Division, of the 5th Marines she’d be joining. Then she braved minefields and shrapnel to deliver ammunition to her division on the frontlines. In one day alone, performing fifty-one trips up and down treacherous terrain, covering a distance of over thirty-five miles, and rescuing wounded comrades-in-arms, Reckless demonstrated her steadfast devotion to the Marines who had become her herd. Reckless was awarded two Purple Hearts for her valor and was officially promoted to staff sergeant twice, a distinction never bestowed upon an animal before or since.
Friday, November 18 / 6:30 p.m. | Allen Eskens will sign his latest novel, The Heavens May Fall, and his earlier books The Life We Bury and The Guise of Another (all Seventh Street Books, $15.95 each). In The Heavens May Fall, Detective Max Rupert and attorney Boady Sanden’s friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons. Max is still struggling with the death of his wife four years earlier, and the Pruitt case stirs up old memories. Boady hasn’t taken on a defense case since the death of an innocent client, a man Boady believes he could have saved but didn’t. Now he is back in court, with student Lila Nash at his side, and he’s determined to redeem himself for having failed in the past. Vividly told from two opposing perspectives, the truth about the stunning death of Jennavieve Pruitt remains a mystery until the very end.
Sunday, November 20 / 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Join us for the Bookworm Holiday Open House. The Bookworm offers free gift wrap and friendly, knowledgeable service. This year give gifts that can be opened again and again.
Tuesday, November 22 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will not meet in November.
Wednesday, November 23 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers Book Group will not meet in November.
Thursday, November 24 | The Bookworm will be closed for Thanksgiving Day.
Saturday, November 26 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club’s selection is The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard (Broadway, $ 16.00). After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever. Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.
Sunday, November 27 | Omaha World-Herald Author Day - Authors to be signing and their schedules to be announced.
Monday, November 28 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss The Dead and Those About to Die: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach by John McManus (New American Library, $16.00). 1st Division had fought from North Africa to Sicily, earning a reputation as stalwart warriors. Yet on D-Day, these veterans melded with fresh-faced replacements to accomplish one of the most challenging and deadly missions ever. As the men hit the beach, their equipment was destroyed or washed away, soldiers were cut down by the dozens, and heroes emerged: Sergeant Raymond Strojny, who grabbed a bazooka and engaged in a death duel with a fortified German antitank gun; T/5 Joe Pinder, who braved enemy fire to save a vital radio; Lieutenant John Spalding and Sergeant Phil Streczyk, who together demolished a German strong point overlooking Easy Red, where hundreds of Americans had landed. Along the way, McManus explores the Gap Assault Team engineers who dealt with the extensive mines and obstacles, suffering nearly a fifty percent casualty rate; highlights officers such as Brigadier General Willard Wyman and Colonel George Taylor, who led the way to victory; and punctures scores of myths surrounding this long-misunderstood battle.
Monday, November 28 / 6:30 p.m. | The Books To Die For Pop-Up Group will read The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain (Vintage Crime, $14.00). An amoral young tramp. A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem that has only one grisly solution--a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve. First published in 1934 and banned in Boston for its explosive mixture of violence and eroticism, The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic of the "roman noir." It established James M. Cain as a major novelist with an unsparing vision of America's bleak underside.