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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.
Tuesday, September 1 / 1 p.m. | The Art Discussion Group will discuss The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson (Palgrave, $17.00). Why would a smart New York investment banker pay $12 million for the decaying, stuffed carcass of a shark? By what alchemy does Jackson Pollock's drip painting "No. 5, 1948 "sell for $140 million. Don Thompson explores the money, lust, and self-aggrandizement of the art world in an attempt to determine what makes a particular work valuable while others are ignored. This book is the first to look at the economics and the marketing strategies that enable the modern art market to generate such astronomical prices. Drawing on interviews with past and present executives of auction houses and art dealerships, artists, and the buyers who move the market, Thompson launches the reader on a journey of discovery through the peculiar world of modern art. Surprising, passionate, gossipy, revelatory, The $12 Million Stuffed Shark reveals a great deal that even experienced auction purchasers do not know.
Tuesday, September 1 / 6:30 p.m. | The Killing Time Book Group will discuss Murder, She Wrote: Prescription for Murder by Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain (NAL, $7.99). Jessica’s latest book tour brings her to Tampa, Florida, where she meets up with an old friend, Cabot Cove’s Dr. Seth Hazlitt. Seth is in town visiting Alvaro Vasquez, a renowned physician who is developing a potentially groundbreaking cure for Alzheimer’s disease. If he’s successful, his American backers stand to make millions. But there’s a growing fear that the drug may fall into the wrong hands. Jessica attends a party at Vasquez’s lavish home, but the celebration ends abruptly when Vasquez seems to be struck by lightning. Jessica and Seth do some digging into the physician’s checkered past and learn that his death was no accident. As they work together to find a cure for the common killer, they become enmeshed in international intrigue involving the local police, the FBI, and the CIA—and begin to wonder whether they’ll ever see Cabot Cove again.
Wednesday, September 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.
Wednesday, September 2 . | Father Ken Vavrina's signing has been postponed.
Saturday, September 5 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster, $16.00). Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year is Goodwin's touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball. She re-creates the postwar era, when the corner store was a place to share stories and neighborhoods were equally divided between Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans. We meet the people who most influenced Goodwin's early life: her mother, who taught her the joy of books but whose debilitating illness left her housebound: and her father, who taught her the joy of baseball and to root for the Dodgers of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, and Gil Hodges. Most important, Goodwin describes with eloquence how the Dodgers' leaving Brooklyn in 1957, and the death of her mother soon after, marked both the end of an era and, for her, the end of childhood.
Monday, September 7 | The Bookworm will be closed in observance of Labor Day.
Tuesday, September 8 / 6:30 p.m. | The Bookworm will sell books at the 2015 Omaha Reads kickoff at the Omaha Public Library’s W. Dale Clark main library, 215 South 15th Street. The 2015 Omaha Reads book is Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.
Wednesday, September 9 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss Plainsong by Kent Haruf (Vintage, $15.00). "Ambitious, but never seeming so, Kent Haruf reveals a whole community as he interweaves the stories of a pregnant high school girl, a lonely teacher, a pair of boys abandoned by their mother, and a couple of crusty bachelor farmers. From simple elements, Haruf achieves a novel of wisdom and grace--a narrative that builds in strength and feeling until, as in a choral chant, the voices in the book surround, transport, and lift the reader off the ground." - FROM THE CITATION FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD.
Thursday, September 10 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt (Simon, $8.99). “IT'S STILL TRUE." That's the first thing James Tillerman says to his sister Dicey every morning. It's still true that their mother has abandoned the four Tillerman children somewhere in the middle of Connecticut. It's still true they have to find their way, somehow, to Great-aunt Cilla's house in Bridgeport, which may be their only hope of staying together as a family. But when they get to Bridgeport, they learn that Great-aunt Cilla has died, and the home they find with her daughter, Eunice, isn't the permanent haven they've been searching for. So their journey continues to its unexpected conclusion -- and some surprising discoveries about their history, and their future.
Friday, September 11 / 1 to 3 p.m. | Carol Tibbetts will have a “meet & greet” to celebrate her award winning book, Twelve Mindful Months: Cultivating a Balanced & Fit Body, Mind & Spirit ($26.95). The book offers a simple one-month-at-a-time approach to mindful living and moving that will help the reader tap into the wisdom of nature and stay with their healthy intentions. With this book as your guide, you will be able to achieve and maintain a fitter and healthier body, a more relaxed mind, and a happier spirit. Tibbetts has been in the fitness/wellness field for over 30 years and will be available for questions on mindfulness, fitness and healthy eating, and to sign books.
Sunday, September 13 / 11 a.m. | The book group Books and Bagels will discuss Clara and Mr. Tiffany (Random House, $16.00). It’s 1893, and at the Chicago World’s Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of innovative stained-glass windows that he hopes will earn him a place on the international artistic stage. But behind the scenes in his New York studio is the freethinking Clara Driscoll, head of his women’s division, who conceives of and designs nearly all of the iconic leaded-glass lamps for which Tiffany will long be remembered. Never publicly acknowledged, Clara struggles with her desire for artistic recognition and the seemingly insurmountable challenges that she faces as a professional woman. She also yearns for love and companionship, and is devoted in different ways to five men, including Tiffany, who enforces a strict policy: He does not employ married women. Ultimately, Clara must decide what makes her happiest—the professional world of her hands or the personal world of her heart.
Sunday, September 13 / 1 p.m. | Judith Fertig will sign her novel, The Cake Therapist (Berkley, $16.00) and her cookbook, Bake Happy: 100 Playful Desserts with Rainbow Layers, Hidden Fillings, Billowy Frostings, and More (Running Press, $27.50).
In The Cake Therapist, people and places can be made up of layers, stories with lingering consequences that give shape to lives, loves, and secrets. In the midst of a failing marriage, Claire “Neely” O’Neil comes home to Millcreek Valley, Ohio. Her talent as a pastry chef runs to the extraordinary, as she can “taste” feelings—cinnamon makes you remember, plum is pleased with itself, orange is a wake-up call. Then, she can customize her creations to help people mourn a loss, overcome fear, and celebrate love…. But even as Neely’s new bakery begins to succeed, the past is around each corner of her mind and hometown, springing out in unexpected moments and in unexpected ways…
A sweet baking book that will bring a smile to the dessert table, Bake Happy includes 100 recipes for cheerful cupcakes and cookies, bars and brownies, tarts and turnovers, and delicious cakes that are speckled, marbled, and striped. This cookbook can be used year-round and will satisfy your sweet tooth and your soul. Whether you’re in the mood for creamy chocolate, colorful cake layers, tasty cake batter, or special occasion desserts, you’ll find recipes for Citrus Glazed Sunset Cake, Rustic Cherry Pudding, Secret Filling Devil s Food Cupcakes, and more. There are also various options for color and flavor combinations, and full-color photos throughout.
Monday, September 14 / 6:30 p.m. | The I Should Have Read That in School classics group will discuss Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Vintage, $7.95), with the discussion continued in the October meeting. Great Expectations follows the orphan Pip as he leaves behind a childhood of misery and poverty after an anonymous benefactor offers him a chance at the life of a gentleman. From young Pip’s first terrifying encounter with the convict Magwitch in the gloom of a graveyard to the splendidly morbid set pieces in Miss Havisham’s mansion to the magnificently realized boat chase down the Thames, the novel is filled with the transcendent excitement that Dickens could so abundantly provide. Written in 1860 at the height of his maturity, it also reveals the novelist’s bittersweet understanding of the extent to which our deepest moral dilemmas are born of our own obsessions and illusions.
Monday, September 14/ 6:30 p.m. | A Mockingbird Pop-Up Discussion Group focusing on Harper Lee and her books will discuss the life of Harper Lee. Two biographies are suggested:
The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills (Penguin, $17.00). For the last fifty years, Harper Lee has said almost nothing on the record. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation—and a great friendship. In 2004, with the Lees’ blessing, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. She spent the next eighteen months there, sharing coffee at McDonalds and trips to the Laundromat with Nelle, feeding the ducks and going out for catfish supper with the sisters, and exploring all over lower Alabama with the Lees’ inner circle of friends. Nelle shared her love of history, literature, and the Southern way of life with Mills, as well as her keen sense of how journalism should be practiced. As the sisters decided to let Mills tell their story, Nelle helped make sure she was getting the story—and the South—right. Alice, the keeper of the Lee family history, shared the stories of their family. The Mockingbird Next Door is the story of Mills’s friendship with the Lee sisters.
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles Shields (Holt, $17.99). To Kill a Mockingbird has sold thirty million copies and still sells a million yearly. Yet despite her book's perennial popularity, its creator, Harper Lee, has become a somewhat mysterious figure. Now, after years of research, Charles Shields brings to life the warmhearted, high-spirited, and occasionally hardheaded woman who gave us two of American literature's most unforgettable characters--Atticus Finch and his daughter, Scout. At the center of Shields's evocative, lively book is the story of Lee's struggle to create her famous novel, but her colorful life contains many highlights--her girlhood as a tomboy in overalls in tiny Monroeville, Alabama; the murder trial that made her beloved father's reputation and inspired her great work; her journey to Kansas as Truman Capote's ally and research assistant to help report the story of In Cold Blood. Mockingbird--unique, highly entertaining, filled with humor and heart--is a wide-ranging, idiosyncratic portrait of a writer, her dream, and the place and people whom she made immortal.
Tuesday, September 15 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Fidali’s Way by George Mastras (Scribner, $24.99). Nicholas Sunder has spent months backpacking through South Asia, most recently in the company of a beautiful French woman he met in India. When the woman is found brutally murdered in the Tribal Areas of Pakistan, Nick is arrested and tortured by the Pakistani police, who are convinced he is the killer. Amazingly, Nick escapes their custody and heads off on foot through the steep mountains of Kashmir, the highest war zone on earth. Now a fugitive without papers, money, or a country that will welcome him, Nick is reduced to his most elemental human identity in an unforgiving mountainous landscape where his very survival is unlikely. Nick's fortune turns when he encounters an eccentric Kashmiri smuggler and his mysterious companion, Fidali.
September 17 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss Full Dark House: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery by Christopher Fowler (Bantam, $15.00). A bomb rips through present-day London, tragically ending the crime-fighting partnership of Arthur Bryant and John May begun more than a half-century ago during another infamous bombing: the Blitz of World War II. Desperately searching for clues to the saboteur’s identity, May finds the notes his old friend kept of their very first case and a past that may have returned…with murderous vengeance. It was an investigation that began with the grisly murder of a pretty young dancer. In a city shaken by war, a faceless killer stalked London’s theater row, creating his own sinister drama. And it would take Bryant’s unorthodox techniques and May’s dogged police work to catch a fiend whose ability to escape detection seemed almost supernatural—a murderer who decades later may have returned to kill one of them…and won’t stop until he kills the other. Sharon Larson will facilitate the discussion.
Sunday, September 20 / 1 p.m. | Dr. Bud Shaw will sign Last Night in the OR:A Transplant Surgeon's Odyssey (Plume, $16.00). The 1980s marked a revolution in the field of organ transplants, and Bud Shaw, M.D., was on the front lines. Now retired from active practice, Dr. Shaw relays gripping moments of anguish and elation, frustration and reward, despair and hope in his struggle to save patients. He reveals harshly intimate moments of his medical career: telling a patient’s husband that his wife has died during surgery; struggling to complete a twenty-hour operation as mental and physical exhaustion inch closer and closer; and flying to retrieve a donor organ while the patient waits in the operating room. Within these more emotionally charged vignettes are quieter ones, too, like growing up in rural Ohio, and being awakened late at night by footsteps in the hall as his father, also a surgeon, slipped out of the house to attend to a patient in the ER.
Thursday, September 17 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France by Caroline Moorehead (Harper, $15.99). They distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, printed subversive newspapers, hid resisters, secreted Jews to safety, transported weapons, and conveyed clandestine messages. Strangers to each other, these brave women were united in hatred and defiance of their Nazi occupiers. Eventually, the Gestapo hunted down 230 of these women and imprisoned them in a fort outside Paris. Separated from home and loved ones, these disparate individuals turned to one another, their common experience conquering divisions of age, education, profession, and class, as they found solace and strength in their deep affection and camaraderie. In January 1943, they were sent to their final destination: Auschwitz. Only forty-nine would return to France. A Train in Winter draws on interviews with these women and their families; German, French, and Polish archives; and documents held by World War II resistance organizations to uncover a dark chapter of history that offers an inspiring portrait of ordinary people, of bravery and survival-and of the remarkable, enduring power of female friendship.
Tuesday, September 22 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss The Opening Night Murder by Anne Rutherford (Berkley, $15.00). Suzanne Thornton is no longer a kept woman since her man has fled, and she sees an opportunity to reopen a theater and stage the classics--Shakespeare, Marlowe, and the like. And now, thanks to Royal decree, Juliet can be played by a woman. Suzanne secures financing from an old lover, assembles a troupe, and restores the venue--none other than the historic Globe Theater. Tragically, during the opening night performance, a dead body lands on the stage. After the curtain comes down, Suzanne finds herself a suspect. But she also finds that murder is good for business--the next night's performance is sold out. Wishing to live to enjoy her success, Suzanne undertakes her own investigation to find a killer who may try to close her down for good.
Wednesday, September 23 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers Group will discuss Donna Leon’s fifth novel, Acqua Alta (Grove, $15.00). The beating of renowned art historian Dotoressa Brett Lynch draws Commissario Guido Brunetti out of his warm and loving home and into the yearly onslaught of acqua alta, the torrential winter rains. Brett, an American who spearheaded a recent exhibition of Chinese pottery in Venice, lives with her lover, Flavia Petrelli, the reigning diva of La Scala. Brunetti's deliberate investigation to uncover a motive for Brett's beating takes him to dark, wet corners of Venice and into a sinister web of art theft, fakery and base human desires.
Thursday, September 24 / 6:30 p.m. | The Enquiring Minds Group will discuss Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Brown (Oxford University Press, $11.95). As the founder of Islam, a religion with over one billion followers, Muhammad is beyond all doubt one of the most influential figures in world history. But learning about his life and understanding his importance has always proven difficult, as our only source of knowledge comes from the biography of him written by his followers, the reliability of which has been questioned by Western scholars. This Very Short Introduction provides a superb introduction to the major aspects of Muhammad's life and its importance, providing both Muslim and Western historical perspectives. It explains the prominent roles that Muhammad's persona has played in the Islamic world throughout history, from the medieval to the modern period. The book also sheds light on modern controversies.
Saturday, September 26 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will read The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur, $16.99). Abraham Lincoln faced a clear and fully-matured threat of assassination as he traveled by train from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration. Over a period of thirteen days the legendary detective Allan Pinkerton worked feverishly to detect and thwart the plot, assisted by a captivating young widow named Kate Warne, America's first female private eye. As Lincoln's train rolled toward the seat of danger, Pinkerton struggled to unravel the ever-changing details of the murder plot, even as he contended with the intractability of Lincoln and his advisors, who refused to believe that the danger was real. Shrouded in secrecy--and, later, mired in controversy--the story of the "Baltimore Plot" is one of the great untold tales of the Civil War era, and Stashower has crafted this spellbinding historical narrative with the pace and urgency of a race-against-the-clock thriller.
Sunday, September 27 / 1 p.m. | Douglas V. Wesselmann, aka Otis Twelve, will sign Tales of the Master: The Book of Stone ($17.99). Every parent’s deepest, primal fear is the death of a child. Lives are forever changed by such a tragedy. Marriages crumble. The world spins out of control. And so it is for Cole Seatstone. He has lost everything; his child, his wife, his will to live. On the brink of suicide, his very survival pivots on the fulcrum of an old, dusty, worn, purple book full of parables, and a young refugee boy who is also teetering on his own deadly edge. Deeply moving, at times humorous, and always real. Miracles still happen. Stories still have power. Truth still speaks… These are the Tales of the Master
Monday, September 28 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss Samurai by Martin Caidin ($22.95). Samurai documents the chivalry and valor of the combat aviator, Saburo Sakai, who fought American fighter pilots and, with 64 kills, would survive World War II as Japan's greatest living ace. This book traces his experiences from fighter-pilot school to the early Japanese victories; from his 600 mile fight for life from Guadalcanal to his base in Rabaul, to the story of the now handicapped veteran's return to the air during the final months of World War II. This book has been written from Saburo Sakai's memoirs and journalist Fred Saito's interviews with the fighter pilot.
Saturday October 3 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution by Mark Puls (Palgrave MacMillan, $21.99). Samuel Adams is perhaps the most unheralded and overshadowed of the founding fathers, yet without him there would have been no American Revolution. A genius at devising civil protests and political maneuvers that became a trademark of American politics, Adams astutely forced Britain into coercive military measures that ultimately led to the irreversible split in the empire. His remarkable political career addresses all the major issues concerning America's decision to become a nation -- from the notion of taxation without representation to the Declaration of Independence. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams all acknowledged that they built our nation on Samuel Adams' foundations.
Monday, October 5 / 6:30 p.m. | The I Should Have Read That in School classics group will continue its discussion of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Vintage, $7.95). Great Expectations follows the orphan Pip as he leaves behind a childhood of misery and poverty after an anonymous benefactor offers him a chance at the life of a gentleman. From young Pip’s first terrifying encounter with the convict Magwitch in the gloom of a graveyard to the splendidly morbid set pieces in Miss Havisham’s mansion to the magnificently realized boat chase down the Thames, the novel is filled with the transcendent excitement that Dickens could so abundantly provide. Written in 1860 at the height of his maturity, it also reveals the novelist’s bittersweet understanding of the extent to which our deepest moral dilemmas are born of our own obsessions and illusions.
Tuesday, October 6 / 1 p.m. | The Art Discussion Group will discuss The Unknown Matisse: The Life of Henry Matisse: The Early Years, 1869-1908 by Hilary Spurling (Knopf, $37.50). "This book is extraordinary in revealing not only so much about Matisse that was previously unknown and unexpected, but also so much of real importance to an understanding of him and his art . . . Truly indispensable for anyone interested in Matisse, or in the milieu in which he lived and worked, or in the forces that shaped the art of this century--with a human dimension that is vividly drawn, utterly compelling, and profoundly moving."--John Elderfield, curator of the 1992 Matisse retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Tuesday, October 6 / 6:30 p.m. | The Killing Time Book Group will discuss Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman (Soho, $15.00). Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s during a drought season that’s pushing family farms to the brink, Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, and a pastor’s wife (and washed-out scholar of early Anglo-Saxon literature) who has returned to the town for mysterious reasons of her own. A penetrating look at small-town America from the award-winning author of The Night Birds, Little Wolves weaves together elements of folklore and Norse mythology while being driven by a powerful murder mystery; a page-turning literary triumph.
Wednesday, October 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, October 8 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss All the Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad, $9.99). How will Paul DuPree know who's on top of the social food chain? Or how people get ahead? Who makes the rules? Who needs to follow them? DuPree is working at a soup kitchen in Harlem the summer his father dies, just trying to get by. But Elijah, the soup man, won't stop talking about the social contract and asking Paul questions about heavy-duty things. As the talk of what-ifs turns into reality, Paul realizes the talk is about more than getting by - it's about taking charge of your life. In one of his most thought-provoking novels to date, Myers weaves together political philosophy, basketball, and making soup in Harlem with the depth that continues to define his writing career.
Sunday, October 11 / 11 a.m. | The book group Books and Bagels will discuss Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Vintage, $15.95). It is fifteen years after a flu pandemic wiped out most of the world’s population. Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony, a small troupe moving over the gutted landscape, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. But when they arrive in the outpost of St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave. Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the disaster brought everyone here, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty, telling a story about the relationships that sustain us.
Wednesday, October 14 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes (Penguin, $16.00). Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life--steady boyfriend, close family--who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life--big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel--and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy--but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. Me Before You asks, "What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?"
Thursday, October 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). At times, even his admirers seemed unsure of what to do with General Douglas MacArthur. 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. In The Most Dangerous Man in America, 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, October 15 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, $17.00). 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. 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 great uncle lives. 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.
Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17 | The Omaha Lit Fest will be held at the Omaha Public Library’s W. Dale Clark main library, 215 South 15th Street.
Sunday, October 18 / 1 p.m. (subject to Cardinal’s schedule in playoffs) | Bob Gibson will sign Pitch by Pitch: My View of One Unforgettable Game (Flatiron, $26.99). Pitch by Pitch gets inside Bob Gibson's head on the evening of October 2, 1968, when he took the mound in Game One of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers and struck out a record seventeen batters. Gibson, known as one of the most intimidating pitchers in baseball history, relives each inning and each pitch. Facing down batter after batter, Gibson shares his insights into every player that stepped into the batter's box against him that day-recounting in candid and in-depth detail the pitches he threw, his control over the ball, and his moments of synchronicity with catcher and friend Tim McCarver. This iconic game and all its players come to life on the page as Gibson gives a behind-the-scenes look at the way he played the game, his relationships with teammates, coaches, and opponents and their lives on and off the field. Pitch by Pitch is a detailed look at a single fascinating game, this one told from the unique viewpoint of the mound, in the words of a perceptive pitcher who is one of baseball's all-time greats.
Thursday, October 22 | The Bookworm will be selling books at an Omaha Public Library event featuring young adult author Lauren Oliver. The time and location is not yet determined.
Tuesday, October 20 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Plume, $16.00). In The Keeper of Lost Causes, American audiences were introduced to Copenhagen’s Detective Carl Mørck. Now, Mørck is settled into Department Q and is ready to take on another cold case. This time, it’s the brutal double-murder of a brother and sister two decades earlier. One of the suspects confessed and is serving time, but it’s clear to Mørck that all is not what it seems. Kimmie, a homeless woman with secrets involving certain powerful individuals, could hold the key—if Mørck can track her down before they do.
Thursday, October 22 / 2 p.m. | The Bookworm will be selling books at an Omaha Public Library event featuring bestselling young adult author T. A. Barron. The event will be at the N.P. Dodge Pavillion, 11001 John J. Pershing Drive.
Thursday, October 22 / 6:30 p.m. | The Enquiring Minds Group will discuss The First World War: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Howard (Oxford University Press, $11.95). By the time the First World War ended in 1918, eight million people had died in what had been perhaps the most apocalyptic episode the world had known. This Very Short Introduction provides a concise and insightful history of the Great War--from the state of Europe in 1914, to the role of the US, the collapse of Russia, and the eventual surrender of the Central Powers. Examining how and why the war was fought, as well as the historical controversies that still surround the war, Michael Howard also looks at how peace was ultimately made, and describes the potent legacy of resentment left to Germany.
Friday, October 23 / 6 p.m. | Dr. Ben Carson will sign A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties (Sentinel, $26.95). Dr. Ben Carson returns with his unique blend of insight, clarity, and common sense in A More Perfect Union. Dr. Carson proves that you don’t have to be a legal scholar to understand, appreciate, and defend the United States Constitution. In plain English, Dr. Carson explains the basic principles of the Constitution and the freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, and he shows how they relate to our everyday lives. He talks about the checks and balances that are critical to the effective functioning of our democracy and the challenges presented by recent Presidents, Congresses, and the Supreme Court. Dr. Carson then explains how we can get the government to stay true to the original intent of the Founders. Signing restrictions will apply.
Saturday, October 24 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will read The Return of George Washington: Uniting the States, 1783-1789 by Edward Larson (Morrow, $16.99). In December 1783, Washington stepped down as commander in chief and returned to private life as a farmer and landowner. Yet as Washington found happiness in successfully growing his Virginia estate, the fledgling American experiment foundered under the Articles of Confederation. Sectional bickering paralyzed government; debts went unpaid; the economy stagnated; national security was neglected; the union of states was in peril. When a Constitutional Convention was called to forge a new government, its chances of success were slim. Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and other leaders realized only one American—the retired hero George Washington—could unite the fractious states. Larson brilliantly uncovers Washington’s vital role in shaping the Constitution—and shows, as never before, how it was only with Washington’s spirited behind-the-scenes influence that the delegates passed, and the states later ratified, the founding document that has guided our government to this day.
Monday, October 26 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II by Lunne Olson (Vintage, $17.00). After Poland fell to the Nazis, thousands of Polish pilots, soldiers, and sailors escaped to England. Devoted to liberating their homeland, some would form the RAF’s 303 squadron, known as the Kosciuszko Squadron, after the elite unit in which many had flown back home. Their thrilling exploits and fearless flying made them celebrities in Britain, where they were “adopted” by socialites and seduced by countless women, even as they yearned for news from home. During the Battle of Britain, they downed more German aircraft than any other squadron, but in a stunning twist at the war’s end, the Allies rewarded their valor by abandoning Poland to Joseph Stalin. This moving, fascinating book uncovers a crucial forgotten chapter in World War II and Polish history.
Tuesday, October 27 | 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!
Tuesday, October 27 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers (Bourbon Street Books, $14.99). A corpse has been found in the bath of an architect's flat, wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez. A financier has seemingly vanished into thin air from his bedroom. The ever-curious Lord Peter Wimsey is intrigued by these odd events. Ignoring the clumsy efforts of the official investigator looking into the death, the aristocratic amateur sleuth, accompanied by his valet, Bunter, a skilled photographer, begins his own inquiry. The gentleman detective soon becomes convinced that the two cases are somehow linked. Now, he must uncover the connection--and the investigation quickly begins to bleed into his own life, stirring up dark memories of World War I that will have unexpected consequences for Wimsey and the faithful Bunter.
Wednesday, October 28 / 6 p.m. | Jane Smiley will sign Golden Age (Knopf, $26.95). 1987: the next generation of Langdons are facing economic, social, cultural, and political challenges unlike anything their ancestors have encountered. Michael and Richie, twin sons of World War II hero Frank, work in the high-stakes worlds of government and finance, in Washington and New York but their fiercest enemies may be closer to home. Charlie, the charmer, recently found, struggles to find his way; Guthrie is deployed to Iraq, leaving the Iowa farm the heart of this enthralling saga in the hands of his younger sister, Felicity, though Felicity as always, has her own ideas. Determined to help preserve the planet, she worries that her family farm's once rich, bountiful land is imperiled, and not only by the extremes of climate change. Moving seamlessly from the power-brokered 1980s and the scandal-ridden '90s to our own moment and beyond, Golden Age combines intimate drama, emotional suspense, and a full command of history, bringing to a magnificent conclusion the century-long portrait of one unforgettable family.
Thursday, October 29 / 6 p.m. | Rainbow Rowell will sign her latest book, Carry On (St. Martin’s, $19.99). Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here -- it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up. Carry On is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters.as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story.
Monday, November 2 / 6 p.m. | Craig Johnson will sign Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories (Penguin, $14.00). Ten years ago, Craig Johnson wrote his first short story, the Hillerman Award winning Old Indian Trick. This was one of the earliest appearances of the sheriff who would go on to star in Johnson's bestselling, award-winning novels and the hit television series Longmire. Each Christmas Eve thereafter, fans rejoiced when Johnson sent out a new short story featuring an episode in Walt's life that doesn’t appear in the novels; over the years, many have asked why they can’t buy the stories in book form. Wait for Signs gives Longmire fans a chance to own these beloved stories published for the first time in a single volume. With glimpses of Walt's past from the incident in Ministerial Aide, when the sheriff is mistaken for a deity, to the hilarious Messenger, where the majority of the action takes place in a Porta-Potty, Wait for Signs is a necessary addition to any Longmire fan's shelf and a wonderful way to introduce new readers to the fictional world of Absaroka County, Wyoming.