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Sunday, March 18 / 1 p.m. | Members of the Nebraska Writers Guild will read from their works and sign Voices from the Plains ($16.99). Voices from the Plains is a literary anthology containing the works of more than sixty contemporary authors from the Nebraska Writers Guild. The anthology shows the wide range of genres from mystery and thrillers, to short story, memoir, poetry and journalism in which Nebraska authors write. Authors in attendance will include Hugh Reilly, Tacheny Perry, Cort Fernald, Faith Colburn, Robert Klein Engler, Lila Rose, Margaret Kingrey, John Achor, Lynda Madison, Bobbie Jo Lang, Charlene Pierce, Susan Bristol and Connie Spittler. More information about the Nebraska Writers Guild and members can be found here.






Monday, March 19 / 6:30 | The Droids and Dragons Book Club will discuss The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit, $15.99). In a post-apocalyptic world plagued by natural disasters, Essun lives in a small community barricaded against the outside world. When her husband realizes that she and her children are orogenes with the ability to manipulate seismic energy, he kills their son and kidnaps their daughter. Against the backdrop of the end of the world, Essun follows, beginning an odyssey which will not end until her daughter is safe. 





Wednesday, March 21 / 3 p.m. | The Second Opinion Pop-Up group will discuss Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown (Owlet, $19.00) in March and for a second opinion, The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West by Peter Cozzens (Vintage, $20.00) in April.

In Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Brown used council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions to allow chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the series of battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them and their people demoralized and decimated. A unique and disturbing narrative told with force and clarity, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee changed forever our vision of how the West was won, and lost. It tells a story that should not be forgotten, and so must be retold from time to time.  

In The Earth Is Weeping, Cozzens explores the wars and negotiations that destroyed tribal ways of life even as they made possible the emergence of the modern United States, giving us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail. He illuminates the encroachment experienced by the tribes and the tribal conflicts over whether to fight or make peace and explores the lives of soldiers posted to the frontier and the ethical quandaries faced by generals who often sympathized with their native enemies. 



Thursday, March 22 / 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group will continue their discussion of The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience, Second Edition by Francisco Varela, Evan Thompson and Eleanor Rosch (MIT Press, $30.00). This classic book was one of the first to propose the "embodied cognition" approach in cognitive science. It pioneered the connections between phenomenology and science and between Buddhist practices and science -- claims that have since become highly influential. Through this cross-fertilization of disparate fields of study, The Embodied Mind introduced a new form of cognitive science called "enaction," in which both the environment and first person experience are aspects of embodiment. This revised edition clarifies central arguments of the work and discuss and evaluate subsequent research that has expanded on the themes of the book, including the renewed theoretical and practical interest in Buddhism and mindfulness. 





Saturday, March 24 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill by Mark Lee Gardner (Morrow, $16.99). The Rough Riders were a volunteer regiment recruited in 1898 to help drive the Spaniards out of Cuba. Drawn from America's southwestern territories and led by the irrepressible Theodore Roosevelt, these men included not only cowboys and other Westerners, but also several Ivy Leaguers and clubmen, many of them friends of "TR." Roosevelt and his men quickly came to symbolize American ruggedness, daring, and individualism. He led them to victory in the famed Battle of San Juan Hill, which made TR a national hero and cemented the Rough Riders' iconic place in history. 




Saturday, March 24 / 3 p.m. | The Literature by People of Color Group will discuss The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (Vintage, $13.95). At once a powerful evocation of his childhood in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, The Fire Next Time, which galvanized the nation in the early days of the Civil Rights movement, stands as one of the essential works of our literature. 






Monday, March 26 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss Year Zero: A History of 1945 by Ian Buruma (Penguin, $17.00). Year Zero is a landmark reckoning with the great drama that ensued after World War II came to an end in 1945. One world had ended and a new, uncertain one was beginning. Regime change had come on a global scale: across Asia and all of continental Europe. Out of the often vicious power struggles that ensued emerged the modern world as we know it.






Monday, March 26 / 6:30 p.m. | The Books To Die For  Group will discuss Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (Avon, $7.99). With a husband she barely knew, the young bride arrived at this immense estate, only to be inexorably drawn into the life of the first Mrs. de Winter, the beautiful Rebecca, dead but never forgotten...her suite of rooms never touched, her clothes ready to be worn, her servant -- the sinister Mrs. Danvers -- still loyal. And as an eerie presentiment of evil tightened around her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter began her search for the real fate of Rebecca for the secrets of Manderley. 






Tuesday, March 27 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Sacred Games by Gary Corby (Soho, $15.95). It is the Olympics of 460 BC. Nico's best friend, Timodemus, is a competitor in the pankration, the deadly martial art of ancient Greece. Timo is the favorite to win. His only serious rival is Arakos from Sparta. When Arakos is found beaten to death, it is obvious Timodemus must be the killer. Who else could have killed the second-best fighter in all Hellas but the very best? Nico and his partner in sleuthing, the annoyingly clever priestess Diotima, have four days to save their friend and avert a war that would tear their world apart. 





Wednesday, March 28 / 6 p.m. |The Mysterious Readers Book Group will discuss two Maisie Dobbs books by Jacqueline Winspear: Leaving Everything Most Loved and A Dangerous Place ($15.99 each).  

In Leaving Everything Most Loved Maisie is contacted by an Indian gentleman who has come to England in the hopes of finding out who killed his sister two months ago. Scotland Yard failed to make any arrest in the case, and there is reason to believe they failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The case becomes even more challenging when another Indian woman is murdered just hours before a scheduled interview.  

In A Dangerous Place, on a ship bound for England, Maisie realizes she isn't ready to return to England and disembarks in Gibraltar. In the British garrison town at the southern tip of Spain, she becomes enmeshed in the murder of Sebastian Babayoff, a photographer and member of Gibraltar's Sephardic Jewish community. Meanwhile, at a crossroads between her past and future, Maisie must choose a direction, knowing that England is, for her, an equally dangerous place, but in quite a different way. 




April 3 / 6:30 p.m. | The Killing Time Book Group will discuss Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid (Grove, $16.00). Psychologist Tony Hill and former police detective Carol Jordan investigate the mysterious deaths of several women who were the victims of vicious cyberbullying. They begin to silence themselves in a series of high-profile suicides. Splinter the Silence is a timely and disturbing look at the way the anonymity of the internet enables abuse and a story of two of crime s most formidable enemies, confronting not just a killer but demons of their own. 





Wednesday, April 4 / 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, April 5 / 6:30 p.m. | The Notable Novellas group will discuss The Stranger by Albert Camus (Vintage, $13.95). In the story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets drawn into a senseless murder on a sun-drenched Algerian beach, Camus was exploring what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd". Now in a new American translation, the classic has been given new life for generations to come.






Saturday, April 7 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy Tyson (Simon & Schuster, $17.00). In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. But what actually happened to Emmett Till--not the icon of injustice, but the flesh-and-blood boy? Part detective story, part political history, The Blood of Emmett draws on a wealth of new evidence, including a shocking admission of Till's innocence from the woman in whose name he was killed. 





Sunday, April 8 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group will discuss Commonwealth by Anne Patchett (Harper, $16.99). Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly--thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them. When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. They are ultimately forced to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another 



Monday. April 9 / 6 p.m. | Clayton Anderson will sign A is for Astronaut: Blasting Through the Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press, $16.99). Former astronaut Clayton Anderson takes readers on an A to Z flight through the alphabet from astronaut and blastoff to spacewalk and Zulu Time. Topics cover the history of NASA, science, and practical aspects of being an astronaut using fun poems for each letter paired with longer expository text in the sidebars. A is for Astronaut is perfect for science buffs, budding astronauts, and astronomy lovers of all ages. 





Monday. April 9 / 6 p.m. | Ally Carter will sign Not if I Save You First (Scholastic, $18.99). Six years ago Maddie lived in Washington, D.C. with her father, a Secret Service agent assigned to the President's family. Her best friend was Logan, the President's son. After her father was wounded in an attempted kidnapping the two of them moved to a remote cabin in Alaska. Logan never replied to her letters--but now he has suddenly turned up on her doorstep. While she has no attention of forgiving him for his silence, she soon realizes that first she has to save him from the winter wilderness and the men who are pursuing him.





Wednesday, April 11 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (Simon & Schuster, $16.00). When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she'd gotten there. In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family's inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn't happen. Brain on Fire is an unforgettable exploration of memory and identity, faith and love, and a profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic. 




Thursday, April 12 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick, $10.99). Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself--because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of--a woman with a future. Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz relates Joan's journey, taking readers on an exploration of feminism and housework; religion and literature; love and loyalty; cats, hats, and bunions. 



Thursday, April 12/ 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group's selection is pending.



Monday, April 16 / 6:30 | The Droids and Dragons Book Club will discuss Borne by Jeff VanderMeer (MCD, $15.00). A young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half destroyed by drought and conflict. Rachel finds Borne and takes him home. Borne as salvage is little more than a green lump--plant or animal?--but exudes a strange charisma. Borne reminds Rachel of the marine life from the island nation of her birth, now lost to rising seas.  As Borne grows, he begins to threaten the balance of power in the city and to put her security at risk. What Borne will lay bare to Rachel as he changes is how precarious her existence has been, and how dependent on subterfuge and secrets. In the aftermath, nothing may ever be the same. 




Wednesday, April 18 / 3 p.m. | The Second Opinion Pop-Up group will discuss The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West by Peter Cozzens (Vintage, $20.00). In The Earth Is Weeping, Cozzens explores the wars and negotiations that destroyed tribal ways of life even as they made possible the emergence of the modern United States, giving us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail. He illuminates the encroachment experienced by the tribes and the tribal conflicts over whether to fight or make peace and explores the lives of soldiers posted to the frontier and the ethical quandaries faced by generals who often sympathized with their native enemies. 




Thursday, April 19 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss The Battle for Hell's Island: How a Small Band of Carrier Dive-Bombers Helped Save Guadalcanal by Stephen Moore (Dutton, $17.00). November 1942: Japanese and American forces fight for control of Guadalcanal, a small but pivotal island in the South Pacific.  A small group of U.S. Navy dive-bombers is called upon to help determine the island's fate. When their carriers are lost, they are forced to operate from Henderson Field, a small dirt-and-gravel airstrip on Guadalcanal. They hold the line against Japanese air assaults, warship bombardments, and sniper attacks from the jungle. When the Japanese launch a final offensive to take the island, these dive-bombers answer the call of duty--turning back an enemy warship armada, fighter planes, and a convoy of troop transports.




Thursday, April 19 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss Girl In Disguise by Greer Macallister (Sourcebooks, $15.99). With no money and no husband, Kate Warne finds herself with few choices. The streets of 1856 Chicago offer a desperate widow mostly trouble and ruin--unless that widow has a knack for manipulation and an unusually quick mind. In a bold move that no other woman has tried, Kate convinces the legendary Allan Pinkerton to hire her as a detective. Descending into undercover operations, Kate is able to infiltrate the seedy side of the city in ways her fellow detectives can't. Janet Grojean will facilitate the discussion. 





Saturday, April 21 / 3 p.m. | The Literature by People of Color Group will discuss Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes (Penguin, $16.00). In telling the story of Sandy Rogers, a young African American boy in small-town Kansas, and of his family--his mother, Annjee, a housekeeper for a wealthy white family; his irresponsible father, Jimboy, who plays the guitar and travels the country in search of employment; his strong-willed grandmother Hager, who clings to her faith; his Aunt Tempy, who marries a rich man; and his Aunt Harriet, who struggles to make it as a blues singer--Hughes gives the longings and lineaments of black life in the early twentieth century an important place in the history of racially divided America. 




Monday, April 23 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II by Evelyn Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee (Anchor, $18.00). In World War II, 59,000 women voluntarily risked their lives for their country as U.S. Army nurses. When the war began, the reality of service quickly caught up with them, whether they waded through the water in the historic landings on North African and Normandy beaches, or worked around the clock in hospital tents on the Italian front as bombs fell all around them. The authors have created a dramatic narrative that at last brings to light the critical role that women played throughout the war. From the North African and Italian Campaigns to the Liberation of France and the Conquest of Germany, U.S. Army nurses rose to the demands of war on the frontlines with grit, humor, and great heroism. 




Monday, April 23 / 6:30 p.m. | The Books To Die For  Group will discuss The Moonstone by WIlkie Collins (Oxford, $8.95). A fabulous yellow diamond becomes the dangerous inheritance of Rachel Verinder. Outside her Yorkshire country house watch the Hindu priests who have waited for many years to reclaim their ancient talisman, looted from the holy city of Somnauth. When the Moonstone disappears the case looks simple, but in mid-Victorian England no one is what they seem, and nothing can be taken for granted. Witnesses, suspects, and detectives each narrate the story in turn. The bemused butler, the love-stricken housemaid, the enigmatic detective Sergeant Cuff, the drug-addicted scientist--each speculate on the mystery as Collins weaves their narratives together. 




Tuesday, April 24 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Tabula Rosa by Ruth Downie (Bloomsbury, $18.00). The medicus Ruso and his wife, Tilla, are back in the borderlands of Britannia, where he is tending the builders of Hadrian's Great Wall. Having been forced to move off their land, the Britons are distinctly on edge and are still smarting from the failure of a recent rebellion that claimed many lives. The tension grows when Ruso's recently arrived clerk goes missing and things go from bad to worse when the young son of a local family also vanishes. While struggling to keep the peace between the Britons and the Romans, Ruso and Tilla uncover an intricate deception involving slavery and fur trappers, and it becomes imperative that they solve the mystery of the two disappearances before it's too late. 



Wednesday, April 25 / 6 p.m. |The Mysterious Readers Book Group will discuss two Maisie Dobbs books by Jacqueline Winspear: In This Grave Hour and Journey to Munich (Harper, $15.99 each).

In This Grave Hour begins on September 3rd, 1939. At the moment Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcasts to the nation Britain's declaration of war with Germany, a senior Secret Service agent breaks into Maisie Dobbs's flat to await her return. Dr. Francesca Thomas has an urgent assignment for Maisie: to find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium as a boy, some twenty-three years earlier during the Great War. While Maisie's search for the killer escalates, Britain is approaching its gravest hour--and Maisie could be nearing a crossroads of her own.

In Journey to Munich, it's early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is intercepted by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service. The German government has agreed to release a British subject from prison, but only if he is handed over to a family member. Because the man's wife is bedridden and his daughter has been killed in an accident, the Secret Service wants Maisie--who bears a striking resemblance to the daughter--to retrieve the man from Dachau, on the outskirts of Munich.



Thursday, April 26 / 2 p.m. | Cather and Friends reads and discusses the work of Willa Cather, her contemporaries, and fellow Nebraskans.  Tea will be served, so bring your favorite cup. Please call 402-392-2877 to register or sign up at the store. The book for April discussion will be The book for April discussion will be Shadows on the Rock (Vintage, $15.00). In 1697, Quebec is an island of French civilization perched on a bare gray rock amid a wilderness of trackless forests. For many of its settlers, Quebec is a place of exile, so remote that an entire winter passes without a word from home. But to twelve-year-old Cecile Auclair, the rock is home, where even the formidable Governor Frontenac entertains children in his palace and beavers lie beside the lambs in a Christmas creche. As Cather follows this devout and resourceful child over the course of a year, she re-creates the continent as it must have appeared to its first European inhabitants. And she gives us a spellbinding work of historical fiction in which great events occur first as rumors and then as legends--and in which even the most intimate domestic scenes are suffused with a sense of wonder.



Thursday, April 26 / 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group will continue their discussion.



Saturday, April 28 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History by Paul Hutton (Broadway, $17.00). They called him Mickey Free. His kidnapping started the longest war in American history, and both sides--the Apaches and the white invaders--blamed him for it. A mixed-blood warrior who moved uneasily between the worlds of the Apaches and the American soldiers, he was never trusted by either but desperately needed by both. He was the only man Geronimo ever feared. He played a pivotal role in this long war for the desert Southwest from its beginning in 1861 until its end in 1890 with his pursuit of the renegade scout, Apache Kid.





Saturday, April 28 / 1 p.m. | Tim and Lisa Trudell will sign 100 Things to Do in Omaha Before You Die ($16.00). Omaha is often called the best-kept secret in the United States. Omaha has much to offer, from history, hiking, and an exciting local beer scene to great food. We take you on a tour of the city's unique and interesting sites and include some fun facts and helpful tips. During our travels, we'll share where to take on the challenge of eating a six-patty burger with all the toppings, where to find the home of blown glass art, and where to see some of the fastest planes in the world. 100 Things to Do in Omaha Before You Die travels around Omaha to reveal the beauty and diversity of a growing city. Whether you grew up in Omaha or are just passing through, this book will make you stop and say, "I didn't realize that was in Omaha." 




Saturday, April 28 / 2 p.m. | T. E. Furby will sign Life with a Twist: Poems Worth Smiling About ($15.00). When was the last time you read poetry that made you smile or laugh? Tom Furby displays a knack for presenting what might be normal everyday occurrences in a way that catches you off-guard and makes you smile. He is disarmingly honest and a keen observer of life. The themes vary and include, travel, aging, time on his uncle's farm with his brothers, and everything life may throw your way. Pick up this book and add a little sunshine to your day.





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