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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.
Tuesday, January 17 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Expats by Chris Pavone (Broadway, $16.00). In the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, Kate Moore's days are filled with playdates and coffee mornings, her weekends spent in Paris and skiing in the Alps. But Kate is also guarding a tremendous, life-defining secret one that's become so unbearable that it begins to unravel her newly established expat life. She suspects that another American couple are not who they claim to be; her husband is acting suspiciously; and as she travels around Europe, she finds herself looking over her shoulder, increasingly terrified that her own past is catching up with her. As Kate begins to dig, to uncover the secrets of the people around her, she finds herself buried in layers of deceit so thick they threaten her family, her marriage, and her life.
Thursday, January 19 / 6 p.m. | The World War II at Night Group will discuss The Rise of Germany: 1939-1941 by James Holland (Grove, $20.00). Our understanding of the World War II has remained mostly fixed, framed by the accounts of participants and an early generation of historians. James Holland, one of the leading young historians of World War II, has spent over a decade conducting new research, interviewing survivors, and exploring archives that have never before been so accessible to unearth forgotten memoirs, letters, and official records. In The Rise of Germany, Holland draws on this research to reconsider the strategy, tactics, and economic, political, and social aspects of the war. The Rise of Germany redefines our understanding of the opening years of World War II. Beginning with the lead-up to the outbreak of war in 1939 and ending in the middle of 1941 on the eve of Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of Russia, The Rise of Germany is a landmark history of the war on land, in the air, and at sea.
Thursday, January 19 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (Sourcebooks, $16.99). Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy's funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor--there's not much else to do in a dying small town that's almost beyond repair. You certainly wouldn't open a bookstore. You'd need a vacant storefront (Main Street is full of them), books (Amy's house is full of them), and...customers. The bookstore might be a little quirky. Then again, so is Sara. But Broken Wheel's own story might be more eccentric and surprising than she thought.
Saturday, January 21 / 1 p.m. | Dan Kenney will sign Dad Genius: Blitherings of a Stay-At-Home Dad ($9.99). Kenney offers a glimpse into how he, the most disorganized man on earth, ended up with the sweetest gig on earth....raising eight loud and obnoxious children. This endearingly honest collection of essays and stories is at times wickedly funny, at times incredibly touching, at times really weird, and is certain to make women all over the world say, "Thank God I'm not married to that guy."
Monday, January 23 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949 by Ian Kershaw (Penguin, $25.00). Beginning with the outbreak of World War I through the rise of Hitler and the aftermath of the Second World War, Kershaw profiles the key decision makers and the violent shocks of war as they affected the entire European continent and radically altered the course of European history. Kershaw identifies four major causes for this catastrophe: an explosion of ethnic-racist nationalism, bitter and irreconcilable demands for territorial revisionism, acute class conflict given concrete focus through the Bolshevik Revolution, and a protracted crisis of capitalism.
Monday, January 23 / 6:30 p.m. | The Books To Die For Pop-Up Group will read Have His Carcase: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane by Dorothy Sayers (Harper, $14.99). Sayers is considered by many to be the premier detective novelist of the Golden Age, and her dashing sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, one of mystery fiction’s most enduring and endearing protagonists. Have His Carcase is now back in print with an introduction by Elizabeth George. Harriet’s discovery of a murdered body on the beach before it is swept out to sea unites her once more with the indomitable Lord Peter, as together they attempt to solve a most lethal mystery, and find themselves become much closer than mere sleuthing partners in the process.
Tuesday, January 24 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss The Yard by Alex Grecian (Putnam, $16.00). 1889, Victorian London. Twelve detectives--The Murder Squad--are expected to solve the thousands of crimes committed here each month. Formed after the Metropolitan Police's spectacular failure in capturing Jack the Ripper, the Murder Squad suffers the brunt of public contempt. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own. A Scotland Yard Inspector has been found stuffed in a black steamer trunk, his eyes and mouth sewn shut. When Walter Day is assigned to the case, he finds a strange ally in Dr. Bernard Kingsley, the Yard s first forensic pathologist. Their grim conclusion: this was not just a random, bizarre murder but in all probability, the first of twelve.
Wednesday, January 25 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers Book Group will discuss A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny (Minotaur, $28.99). When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. There he finds four young cadets in the Surete academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map. Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets who is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines. For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning.
Saturday, January 28 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss Founders’ Son: A life of Abraham Lincoln by Richard Brookhiser (Basic Books, $17.99). Following Lincoln from his humble origins in Kentucky to his assassination in Washington, D.C., Brookhiser shows us every side of the man: laborer, lawyer, congressman, president; storyteller, wit, lover of ribald jokes; depressive, poet, friend, visionary. He shows that despite his many roles and his varied life, Lincoln returned time and time again to the Founding Fathers and their great documents. They were rhetorical and political touchstones, the basis of his interest in politics, and the lodestars guiding him as he navigated first Illinois politics and then the national scene.
Saturday, January 28 / 11 a.m. | Brandon Bauer will sign his two books. In Heroes of Light: The Hidden Myth (Tate, $16.99). Kronos (the lord of time) is raising an army of minotaurs, hellhounds, and hydras to wipe out humanity, and he has gained powerful allies like Poseidon and Hades. They are out to destroy anyone---demigods and gods alike---who gets in their way. Only Hercules and his friends can stop them. Will they stand a chance? In Heroes of Light: New Threat (Tate, $15.99) Kuros, Haiku, and Sadie are brought together---the three Heroes of Light---for the Third Dark Prophecy. Kuros and his friends now have to prepare. They have many places to go and challenges to overcome."
Saturday, January 28 / 1 to 3 p.m. | Meet and greet Steven Joseph, author of The Soul of My Son: A Grieving Father's Journey from Skeptic to Psychic Medium ($12.95). The Soul of My Son is a unique and inspirational true story about a father's emotional journey after the loss of his youngest son to suicide. This story follows a former skeptic of spirit communication from the birth and passing of his son, through discovering his own spiritual abilities, becoming a psychic medium and giving back to other parents of loss. This true story of his emotional journey will take you from teary-eyed to spiritually-uplifted and inspired. This book has just the right balance of personal experiences and emotion, offering insightful guidance for anyone who is struggling with loss and grief.
Sunday, January 29 / 1 p.m. | Andrew Hilleman will sign World, Chase Me Down (Penguin, $16.00). Resurrecting a forgotten American folk hero who captivated the nation as an outlaw for economic justice, World, Chase Me Down is based on the first great crime of the last century: the revenge kidnapping by out-of-work former butcher Pat Crowe of the sixteen-year-old son of Omaha’s wealthiest meatpacking tycoon—the man who forced him out of business—for a ransom of $25,000 in gold. What follows is a manhunt that was dubbed “the thrill of the nation,” as Crowe burgles, safe-cracks, and bond-jumps his way around the world and ultimately back to Omaha, where he turns himself in, reunites with the woman he never stopped loving, and rallies public sentiment behind him in a triumphant circus trial. Once the most wanted man in America, Pat Crowe is beset by vices yet unyielding in his sense of right and wrong —an anti-hero you can’t help rooting for.
Wednesday, February 1 / 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, February 4 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln by Richard Brookhiser (Basic, $17.99). Following Lincoln from his humble origins in Kentucky to his assassination in Washington, D.C., Brookhiser shows us every side of the man: laborer, lawyer, congressman, president; storyteller, wit, lover of ribald jokes; depressive, poet, friend, visionary. He shows that despite his many roles and his varied life, Lincoln returned time and time again to the Founding Fathers and their great documents. They were rhetorical and political touchstones, the basis of his interest in politics, and the lodestars guiding him as he navigated first Illinois politics and then the national scene.
Monday, February 6 / 6:30 p.m. | The Lit Wits group will discuss The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (Atria, $16.00). The House of the Spirits brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife, Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world. When their daughter Blanca embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban: his adored granddaughter Alba, a beautiful and strong-willed child who will lead her family and her country into a revolutionary future. One of the most important novels of the twentieth century, The House of the Spirits is an enthralling epic that spans decades and lives, weaving the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.
Tuesday, February 7 / 6:30 p.m.| The Killing Time Book Group will discuss Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie (Bloomsbury, $16.00). It is 1953, the coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II. Sidney Chambers, vicar of Grantchester, is a thirty-two-year-old bachelor and an unconventional clerical detective who can go where the police cannot. Together with his friend inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney inquires into the suspect suicide of a Cambridge solicitor, a scandalous jewelry theft at a New Year's Eve dinner party, the unexplained death of a jazz promoter's daughter, and a shocking art forgery that puts a close friend in danger. Sidney discovers that being a detective, like being a clergyman, means that you are never off duty.
Wednesday, February 8 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley (Ballantine, $16.00). Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. In this riveting account, he in collaboration with Alex Haley tells of his journey from a prison cell to Mecca, describing his transition from hoodlum to Muslim minister. Here, the man who called himself "the angriest Black man in America" relates how his conversion to true Islam helped him confront his rage and recognize the brotherhood of all mankind.
Thursday, February 9 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (HarperCollins, $9.99). But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado taking you with it you have no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. But I never expected Oz to look like this. A place where Good Witches can't be trusted and Wicked Witches just might be the good guys. A place where even the yellow brick road is crumbling. What happened? Dorothy. My name is Amy Gumm and I'm the other girl from Kansas. I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and I've been given a mission: Remove the Tin Woodman's heart, Steal the Scarecrow's brain, Take the Lion's courage, And then Dorothy must die.
Sunday, February 12 / 11 a.m.| The Books and Bagels book group will discuss Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (Broadway, $17.00) for their February and March meetings. On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was the fastest liner then in service and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, a British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history. Larson tells the story thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the time
Thursday, February 16 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully (Potomac, $26.95). Many consider the Battle of Midway to have turned the tide of the Pacific War. It is without question one of the most famous battles in history. Now Parshall and Tully offer a new interpretation of this great naval engagement. Unlike previous accounts, Shattered Sword makes extensive use of Japanese primary sources. It also corrects the many errors of Mitsuo Fuchida’s Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan, an uncritical reliance upon which has tainted every previous Western account. It thus forces a major, potentially controversial reevaluation of the great battle. The authors examine the battle in detail and effortlessly place it within the context of the Imperial Navy’s doctrine and technology.
Thursday, February 16 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Sheterly (Morrow, $15.99). Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of female mathematicians known as human computers used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women. Called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, they helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens. Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of four African American women who participated in some of NASA's greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades as they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future. Julie Sigmon will facilitate the discussion.
Saturday, February 18 | Local Author Day featuring
12 p.m. to 1 p.m. – Ben Wassinger will sign Follow the Blood Trail ($15.95). Horribly bloody deaths are occurring. Sam Washington, an FBI agent, is assigned the case, and must also deal with a new partner, jealous boss, and psychotic ex-con who threatens his family. Sam’s friend James, a pharmacist, helps investigate and finds a key clue while on a bear hunt. The suspense escalates when the hunter becomes the prey. Suspense-filled, it keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – David Reinarz will sign Story City: Ten Short Stories and One Long Story in the Middle ($12.95). A collection of original short stories with character driven fiction and a wry view of the human condition. Character names inspired by the exit signs where Interstate highway crosses roads to small towns in Iowa. Quirky, engaging, sometimes funny, sometimes challenging and disturbing.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Mary Angela will sign An Act of Murder ($14.95). In the sleepy college town of Copper Bluff, South Dakota, English professor Emmeline Prather is enjoying the start of a new semester. But when one of her students dies unexpectedly, it disrupts life on campus. Although the police rule the death accidental, Prof. Prather suspects foul play.
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Philipe Bruce will sign Not Just Talent: The Millennials Redefining Talent & Human Capital Management ($20.00). There is a war out there. A war in which organizations are fighting for talent acquisition and retention. The millennials; are “not just talent”! They are redefining talent and human capital management. Not Just Talent evaluates new employment trends, and provides management and engagement solutions that allow organizations to harness a multigenerational workforces’ actual potential, and encourage the millennials to stick around.
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Gina Olivieri will sign My Car as a Cab ($5.99). Omaha Uber Driver reveals real-life comedy about unthinkable things passengers do behind closed doors; some include celebrities on rides. A series of rides you don't want to miss! Also includes tips on how to be a successful Uber driver. Uber exciting!
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Evelyn Moseley will sign Spotlight on the Art of Grace ($19.95). Through this book, you will be moved by powerful stories of personal loss and triumph. You will learn important tips on how to learn, how to mend fences, how to make the world better, and all the while do it with energy and with a smile.
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Maureen Borden will sign Hear I Go: A Tale of Life, Death, Bar-B-Que & the Tango ($7.99). Malka is Jewish and does not expect to sing "Drop kick me, Jesus, through the goalposts of life" to a dying patient,nor meet a hospice nurse who checks a temperature with an alabaster angel. In Maureen Borden's debut novelHear I Go, there are lessons to learn -- poignant and funny -- about living, dying, and what comes next.
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Michael Catherwood will sign If You Turn Around Quickly ($14.00). If You Turned Around Quickly is a volume of sharp observations in well-crafted poems, where time is a major player, moving them both physically and emotionally, and where head-and tail-lights are “Always/ the traffic to remind/ us we breathe.” Catherwood makes imaginative use of form, repetition and rhyme, transforming cars, trash cans, shopping malls, bars, box cars, gravel roads and gritty asphalt into engaging poems that “…bluff/ my bones until they’re stunned/ into the dance.“ --Twyla M. Hansen, Nebraska State Poet Laureate
Tuesday, February 21 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Slow Horses by Mick Herron (Soho, $9.99). Slough House is a dumping ground for British intelligence agents who have screwed up a case. River Cartwright, one such slow horse, is bitter about his failure and about his tedious assignment transcribing cell phone conversations. When a young man is abducted and his kidnappers threaten to broadcast his beheading live on the Internet, River sees an opportunity to redeem himself. Is the victim who he first appears to be? And what’s the kidnappers connection with a disgraced journalist? As the clock ticks on the execution, River finds that everyone has his own agenda.
Wednesday, February 22 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers Book Group will discuss Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart (Mariner, $14.95). Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.
Saturday, February 25 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany’s Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America by Howard Blum (Harper, $16.99). When a neutral United States becomes a trading partner for the Allies early in World War I, the Germans implement a secret plan to strike back. A team of saboteurs including an expert on germ warfare, a Harvard professor, and a brilliant, debonair spymaster devise a series of mysterious accidents using explosives and biological weapons, to bring down vital targets such as ships, factories, livestock, and even captains of industry like J. P. Morgan. New York Police Inspector Tom Tunney, head of the department’s Bomb Squad, is assigned the difficult mission of stopping them. Assembling a team of loyal operatives, the cunning Irish cop hunts for the conspirators among a population of more than eight million Germans. But the deeper he finds himself in this labyrinth of deception, the more Tunney realizes that the enemy’s plan is far more complex and more dangerous than he suspected.
Monday, February 27 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss The Summit: Bretton Woods, 1944: J. M. Keynes and the Reshaping of the Global Economy by Ed Conway (Pegasus, $17.95). The idea of world leaders gathering is now familiar. But 1944's meeting at Bretton Woods was the only time the leading countries in the world agreed to overhaul the structure of the international monetary system. Their resulting system presided over the longest period of growth in history. But what everyone has assumed to be a dry economic conference was in fact replete with drama. The delegates spent half the time at each other's throats and the other half drinking in the bar. All the while, war in Europe raged on. The heart of the conference was the love-hate relationship between John Maynard Keynes the greatest economist of his day, who suffered a heart attack at the conference and his American counterpart Harry Dexter White (later revealed to be passing information to Russian spies).
Tuesday, February 28 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss The Alienist by Caleb Carr (Random House, $17.00). On a cold March night in 1896, New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels. The newly appointed police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt enlists the two men in the murder investigation, counting on the reserved Kreizler's intellect and Moore's knowledge of New York's vast criminal underworld. They are joined by Sara Howard, a brave and determined woman who works as a secretary in the police department. The unlikely team embarks on what is a revolutionary effort in criminology-- amassing a psychological profile of the man they're looking for based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who has killed before. and will kill again before the hunt is over.