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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, 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.
Friday, December 19 / 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Season’s Readings from Father Christmas! Father Christmas, aka Jeff Koneck, will read a selection of Christmas stories for all ages.
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!
Sunday, December 21 / Noon to 2 p.m. | Henry Cordes will sign his two books on Nebraska football: Devaney: Birth of a Dynasty and Unbeatable: Tom Osborne and the Greatest Era of Nebraska Football (both $29.95, Omaha World-Herald).
Devaney: Birth of a Dynasty - Bob Devaney revived Nebraska football in 1962, but by 1968 his program was in trouble, reaching its low point in a 47-0 loss to Oklahoma. The World-Herald's Henry Cordes takes a look at how Devaney retooled his program and assembled what might have been the greatest college football team of all time — the foundation of the Big Red.
Unbeatable: Tom Osborne and the Greatest Era of Nebraska Football - Three national championships in four years. A five-year record of 60-3. As the Nebraska Huskers' coach in the 1990s, Tom Osborne enjoyed the best career-finishing run in college football history. These were nearly unbeatable teams, and for Nebraska’s fans, unbeatable times. But beyond names, games, scores and statistics, the story of these Husker teams is a human one, played out by genuine, flawed and exceptional people.
Sunday, December 21 / 1 p.m. | Author Carol Bicak and photographers Chris Machian and Kent Sievers will sign Be Brave Little Elephant and The Littlest Lion (both Omaha World-Herald, $14.95 each).
Be Brave Little Elephant tells the story of Emmett the elephant, a stuffed toy in need of repair. He's afraid of a trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo's teddy bear hospital, but the zoo's animals tell how doctors have helped them. Emmett learns that a visit to the doctor is nothing to fear.
The Littlest Lion relates when Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo celebrated the birth of five lion cubs, the first born at the zoo since 1994. But the smallest of the cubs, Zuri, faced challenges from the start. The World-Herald's Carol Bicak tells how the littlest lion in the litter survived and thrived in a special family.
Sunday, December 21 / 1 - 2 p.m. | Milk and Cookies with Santa! Bring your camera for photos with the big guy, and give him the last minute additions to your list.
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 .
Saturday January 3 / 10 a.m. | The U.S. Presidents group will discuss Richard M. Nixon by Elizabeth Drew (Times, $22.00) Drew explains how Richard M. Nixon’s troubled inner life offers the key to understanding his presidency. She shows how Nixon was surprisingly indecisive on domestic issues and often wasn’t interested in them. Turning to international affairs, she reveals the inner workings of Nixon’s complex relationship with Henry Kissinger, and their mutual rivalry and distrust. The Watergate scandal that ended his presidency was at once an overreach of executive power and the inevitable result of his paranoia and passion for vengeance. Even Nixon’s post-presidential rehabilitation was motivated by a consuming desire for respectability, and he succeeded through his remarkable resilience. While giving him credit for his achievements, Drew questions whether such a man -- beleaguered, suspicious, and motivated by resentment and paranoia -- was fit to hold America’s highest office.
Monday, January 5 / 6:30 p.m. | The I Should Have Read That in School classics group will discuss Song of the Lark by Willa Cather (Vintage, $13.95). Thea Kronborg's path to the world stage leads her ever farther from the humble town she can't forget and from the man she can't afford to love, Thea learns that her exceptional musical talent and fierce ambition are not enough. It is in the solitude of a tiny rock chamber high in the side of an Arizona cliff that Thea comes face to face with her own dreams and desires, stripped clean by the haunting purity of the ruined cliff dwellings and inspired by the whisperings of their ancient dust. Here she finds the courage to seize her future and to use her gifts to catch in prose as shimmering and piercingly true as the light in a desert canyon, Cather takes us into the heart of a woman coming to know her deepest self.
Tuesday, January 6 / 1 p.m. | The Art Discussion Group will discuss Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan (Houghton Mifflin, $28.00) At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan's book tells the remarkable untold story behind Edward Curtis's iconic photographs, following him throughout Indian country from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes. The undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. He would die penniless and unknown in Hollywood just a few years after publishing the last of his twenty volumes. But the charming rogue with the grade-school education had fulfilled his promise - his great adventure succeeded in creating one of America's most stunning cultural achievements.
Wednesday, January 7 / 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.
Thursday, January 8 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins, $5.99). "I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: t h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road." "Hullo," I said to myself. "That's not something you see every day. And then something odd happened." Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious New York Times bestselling story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.
Sunday, January 11 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group will discuss their favorite books for the past year and select books for discussion at future meetings.
Wednesday, January 14 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss the 2014 Omaha Reads selection, The Meaning of Names by Karen Gettert Shoemaker (Red Hen, $15.95). Stuart, Nebraska is a long way from the battlefields of Western Europe, but it is not immune to the horrors of the first Great War for Peace. Like all communities, it has lost sons and daughters to the fighting, with many more giving themselves over to the hatred only war can engender. Set in 1918 in the farm country at the heart of America, The Meaning of Names is the story of an ordinary woman trying to raise a family during extraordinary times. Estranged from her parents because she married against their will, confronted with violence and prejudice against her people, and caught up in the midst of the worst plague the world has ever seen, Gerda Vogel, an American of German descent, must find the strength to keep her family safe from the effects of a war that threatens to consume the whole world.
Thursday, January 15 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur by Mark Perry (Basic, $17.99). Imperious, headstrong, and vain, MacArthur matched an undeniable military genius with a massive ego and a rebellious streak that often seemed to destine him for the dustbin of history. Yet despite his flaws, MacArthur is remembered as a brilliant commander whose combined-arms operation in the Pacific--the first in the history of warfare--secured America's triumph in World War II and changed the course of history. Perry examines how this paradox of a man overcame personal and professional challenges to lead his countrymen in their darkest hour. As Perry shows, Franklin Roosevelt and a handful of MacArthur's subordinates made this feat possible, taming MacArthur, making him useful, and finally making him victorious.
Thursday, January 15 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss The Story of Charlotte’s Web: E.B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic by Michael Sims (Walker,$16.00). While composing what would become his most enduring and popular book, E. B. White obeyed that oft-repeated maxim: "Write what you know." Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats--White knew all of these characters in the barns and stables where he spent his favorite hours as a child and adult. Sims chronicles White's animal-rich childhood, his writing about urban nature for the New Yorker, his scientific research into how spiders spin webs and lay eggs, his friendship with his legendary editor, Ursula Nordstrom, the composition and publication of his masterpiece, and his ongoing quest to recapture an enchanted childhood. Carol Lynch will lead the discussion.
Tuesday, January 20 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie (Harper, $12.99). It is clear to Amy Leatheran that something sinister is going on at the Hassanieh dig in Iraq; something associated with the presence of "Lovely Louise," wife of celebrated archaeologist Dr. Leidner. In a few days' time Hercule Poirot is due to drop in at the excavation site. But with Louise suffering from terrifying hallucinations, and tension within the group becoming almost unbearable, Poirot might just be too late.
Saturday, January 24 / 10 a.m. | The Civil War Book Group will discuss Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man by Walter Stahr (Simon & Schuster, $19.99). As secretary of state and Lincoln's closest adviser during the Civil War, William Henry Seward not only managed foreign affairs but had a substantial role in military, political, and personnel matters. Through his purchase of Alaska and his groundwork for the purchase of other territory, Seward set America on course to become a world empire. Seward was also fascinating. Most nights this well-known raconteur with unruly hair and untidy clothes would gather diplomats, soldiers, politicians, or actors around his table to enjoy a cigar, a drink, and a good story. Stahr sheds new light on this complex and central figure, as well as on pivotal events of the Civil War and its aftermath.
Sunday, January 25 / 1 p.m. | Monya Nogg will sign Age is Just a Number and Mine is Unlisted. Nogg has worked in film, TV and stage for decades, but don't write her off as old.She's a world traveler - owned 23 horses - did makeup for Buzz Aldrin and Oprah Winfrey - was production coordinator on Superbowl commercials, films for Disney's Epcot and Hallmark to name a few.
Monday, January 26 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned The Tide in the Second World War by Paul Kennedy (Random House, $16.00). Engineers of Victory is a fascinating nuts-and-bolts account of the strategic factors that led to Allied victory. Kennedy reveals how the leaders' grand strategy was carried out by the ordinary soldiers, scientists, engineers, and businessmen responsible for realizing their commanders' visions of success. The story of World War II is often told as a grand narrative, as if it were fought by supermen or decided by fate. Here Kennedy uncovers the real heroes of the war, highlighting the creative strategies, tactics, and organizational decisions that made the lofty Allied objectives into a successful reality. In an even more significant way, Engineers of Victory has another claim to our attention, for it restores "the middle level of war" to its rightful place in history.
Tuesday, January 27 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Back Bay, $18.00). It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to stake his claim in New Zealand's booming gold rush. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: a wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous cache of gold has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky. Richly evoking a mid-nineteenth-century world of shipping, banking, and gold rush boom and bust, The Luminaries is at once a fiendishly clever ghost story and a gripping page-turner.
Wednesday, January 28 / 6 p.m. | The Louise Penny Discussion Group will continue with her novel, The Beautiful Mystery (Minotaur, $15.99). No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace, prayer, and singing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants. But when the renowned choir director is murdered, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between. The Beautiful Mystery is the winner of the 2012 Agatha Award for best novel, the 2013 Anthony Award for best novel and the 2013 Macavity Award for best novel.
Friday, January 30 / 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, January 31 / 1 p.m. | Alex Kava will sign Breaking Creed (Putnam, $26.95). | When Ryder Creed and one of his dogs are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel, they discover a secret compartment. But the Colombian cartels’ latest shipment isn’t drugs. This time, its cargo is human. To make matters worse, Creed helps one of the cartel’s drug mules escape—a fourteen-year-old girl who reminds him of his younger sister who disappeared fifteen years ago. Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell is investigating a series of murders—the victims tortured, killed, and dumped in the Potomac River. She suspects it’s the work of a cunning and brutal assassin, but her politically motivated boss has been putting up roadblocks. By the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed’s name on it, it might be too late. The cartel has already sent someone to destroy Creed and everyone close to him.