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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.
Saturday, February 6 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss Lincoln and the Power of the Press by Harold Holzer (Simon & Schuster, $20.00). Lincoln devoured newspapers. As he started out in politics he wrote editorials and letters to argue his case. He spoke to the public directly through the press. Lincoln alternately pampered, battled, and manipulated the most powerful publishers of the day. When war broke out, Lincoln authorized the most widespread censorship in the nation’s history, closing down papers that were “disloyal” and even jailing or exiling editors who opposed enlistment or sympathized with secession. The telegraph, the new invention that made instant reporting possible, was moved to the office of Secretary of War Stanton to deny it to unfriendly newsmen. In a wholly original way, Holzer shows us politicized newspaper editors battling for power, and a masterly president using the press to speak directly to the people and shape the nation.
Saturday, February 6 / 1 p.m. | Tommy Nocerino will sign Greycourt ($19.95). In the last days of the Civil War, Allan Pinkerton, chief of the Secret Service, is questioning a supposed Confederate spy about to be hanged for trying to blow up both President Lincoln and General Grant. Colt Greycourt spins out a tale that begins with his heroic service battling the Yankee invader but soon turns murky. This is a well-told tale, filled with fully drawn characters who confront a believable series of crises. The historical aspects are woven into the narrative with skill and ring true to life. But what finally makes the plot both suspenseful and engaging is what we as readers know and what the characters do not: The interrogation in the basement of the President's House takes place just scant hours before the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Wednesday, February 10 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin’s, $18.99). Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under. "Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it's like to be young and in love with a book."-John Green, The New York Times Book Review.
Thursday, February 11 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (Square Fish, $6.99). Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli--all of whom have become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain. Lloyd Alexander's beautifully written tales not only captured children's imaginations but also garnered the highest critical praise.
Friday, February 12 / 7 p.m. | Storytime with Mr. Scott for kids and adults!
Saturday, February 13, 1 p.m. | Robin Donovan will sign I Didn’t Kill Her But That May Have Been Shortsighted ($15.00). When you learn that a former colleague, one from very early on in your career and from a whole different part of the country is dead, it stuns you. But when you learn that she was murdered in the very city where you now reside - stunned doesn't even begin to describe it. And that means Donna Leigh, a menopausal ad exec, will be forced to jump into the fray in order to keep herself off the suspect list once again! Join Donna for some laughs, as she once again employs her effective but unorthodox sleuthing to keep herself one step ahead of the handcuffs.
Sunday, February 14 | Valentine’s Day - The Bookworm has just the right cards and gifts for your sweetheart
Sunday, February 14 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group will discuss A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Washington Square, $16.00). Ove’s a curmudgeon. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
Tuesday, February 16 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Alone in the Crowd by Luiz Garcia-Roza (Picador, $18.00). An elderly lady approaches the front desk at the Twelfth Precinct in Copacabana and demands to speak with the chief. Tired after a long day, she leaves without further explanation, promising to return. Two hours later, Dona Laureta is dead, and witnesses' accounts vary as to whether she was pushed or fell in front of the bus that killed her on one of the busiest avenues in the city. Veteran police chief inspector Espinosa quickly pinpoints a suspect in Hugo Breno, an unassuming bank teller whose solitary existence takes on a sinister cast as he shadows the inspector's movements across the city. Meanwhile Espinosa discovers an unsettling connection from the past between himself and Breno and must turn his trademark psychological inquiry inward to determine how murky memories of a murder from long ago might play into Dona Laureta's untimely passing.
Wednesday February 17 / 6 p.m. | Carri Lyons will sign Along Came Hope ($19.95). Carri Lyons chronicles her journey of healing that will resonate with readers everywhere. This is an honest and candid portrayal of her most challenging years, and by sharing her story, Lyons is reaching out to inspire others facing devastating loss, life-threatening illness, and the despair that follows. This is a story of a great love, gut-wrenching loss and two people who have the courage to hold on, reach out, dream big and involve everyone around them in a grand adventure leading to their biggest dream yet. It is a wonderful reminder that with love, spirit, community and imagination, great things can be accomplished.
Thursday, February 18 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss The Arsenal of Democracy: FGR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War by A. J. Baime (Mariner, $14.95). As the United States entered World War II, the military was in desperate need of tanks, jeeps, and, most important, airplanes. Germany had been amassing weaponry and airplanes for five years—the United States for only months. So President Roosevelt turned to the American auto industry, specifically the Ford Motor Company, where Edsel Ford made the outrageous claim that he would construct the largest airplane factory in the world, a plant that could build a “bomber an hour.” And so began one of the most fascinating and overlooked chapters in American history.
February 18 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss Mrs. Palfry at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor (Virago, $13.95). On a rainy Sunday in January, the recently widowed Mrs. Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel, where she will spend the rest of her days. She encounters the handsome young writer, Ludo, and learns that even the old can fall in love. Jackie Byers will facilitate the discussion.
Saturday, February 20 | Local Author Day – details to follow
Monday, February 22 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss Playing with the Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, World War II, and the Long Journey Home by Gary Moore (Penguin, $16.00). Gary Moore’s book about his father, a baseball phenom whose future in the majors was cut short by World War II and a fateful occurrence during a top secret mission for the U.S. Navy, is a warm-hearted memoir of faded dreams and new hope. Filled with memorable characters from an extraordinary time in our country’s history, it is a truly redemptive story that will be read and reread for generations to come.
Tuesday, February 23 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell (Mulholland, $16.00). Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier. The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey's essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts”. Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives. Fogbound streets become a battleground between a literary star and a brilliant murderer, whose lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.
Wednesday, February 24 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers group will discuss The Cold Dish: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson (Penguin, $15.00). Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, and full of memorable characters. After twenty-five years as sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire’s hopes of finishing out his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody has been one of four high school boys given suspended sentences for raping a local Cheyenne girl. Somebody, it would seem, is seeking vengeance, and Longmire might be the only thing standing between the three remaining boys and a Sharps .45-70 rifle. With lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and a cast of characters both tragic and humorous enough to fill in the vast emptiness of the high plains, Walt Longmire attempts to see that revenge, a dish best served cold, is never served at all.
Saturday, February 27 / 10 a.m. |The American History Book Club will discuss A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico by Amy Greenberg (Vintage, $16.95). While our 1846 war with Mexico secured the Southwest and California for the United States, it also exacerbated regional tensions over slavery, created the first significant antiwar movement in America, and helped lead the nation into civil war. A Wicked War is the definitive history of this conflict that turned America into a continental power. Greenberg describes the battles between American and Mexican armies, but also delineates the political battles between Democrats and Whigs—the former led by President James Polk, the latter by the charismatic Henry Clay, and a young representative from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln, who initially drew national attention as a critic of the war.
Saturday, February 27 / 11 a.m. | Storytime with Mr. Scott for kids and adults!
Sunday, February 28 / 2 p.m. | April Henry will sign Blood Will Tell (Henry Holt, $17.99). When a woman's body is found in a Portland park, suspicion falls on an awkward kid who lives only a few blocks away, a teen who collects knives, loves first-person shooter video games, and obsessively doodles violent scenes in his school notebooks. Nick Walker goes from being a member of Portland's Search and Rescue team to the prime suspect in a murder, his very interest in SAR seen as proof of his fascination with violence. How is this even possible? And can Alexis and Ruby find a way to help clear Nick's name before it's too late? April Henry weaves another page-turning, high stakes mystery in Blood Will Tell, Book 2 of the Point Last Seen series.
Tuesday, March 1 / 1 p.m. | The Art Discussion Group will discuss Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis by Robert Edsel (Norton, $16.95). When Hitler’s armies occupied Italy in 1943, they also seized control of mankind’s greatest cultural treasures. In May 1944 two unlikely American heroes—artist Deane Keller and scholar Fred Hartt—embarked from Naples on the treasure hunt of a lifetime, tracking billions of dollars of missing art, including works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio, and Botticelli. With the German army retreating up the Italian peninsula, orders came from the highest levels of the Nazi government to transport truckloads of art north across the border into the Reich. Standing in the way was General Karl Wolff, a top-level Nazi officer. As German forces blew up the magnificent bridges of Florence, General Wolff commandeered the great collections of the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace, later risking his life to negotiate a secret Nazi surrender with American spymaster Allen Dulles.
Tuesday, March 1 / 6:30 p.m. | The Killing Time Book Group will discuss two books to make up the missed meeting in February:
Murder on a Midsummer Night: A Phryne Fisher Mystery by Kerry Greenwood (Poisoned Pen, $22.95). The Hon. Phryne Fisher, languid and slightly bored at the start of 1929, has been engaged to find out if the antique-shop-owning son of a Pre-Raphaelite model has died by homicide or suicide. He had some strange friends—a Balkan adventuress, a dilettante with a penchant for antiquities, a Classics professor, a medium, and a mysterious supplier who arrives after dark on a motorbike. Simultaneously, she is asked to discover the fate of the lost illegitimate child of a rich old lady, to the evident dislike of the remaining relatives. With the help of her sister Beth, the cab drivers Bert and Cec, and even her two adoptive daughters, Phryne follows eerie leads that bring her face-to-face with the conquest of Jerusalem by General Allenby and the Australian Light Horse, kif smokers, spirit guides, pirate treasure maps, and ghosts.
The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel by Mark Pryor (Seventh Street, $15.95). Max—an elderly Paris bookstall owner—is abducted at gunpoint. His friend, Hugo Marston, head of security at the U.S. embassy, launches a search, enlisting the help of semiretired CIA agent Tom Green. Their investigation reveals that Max was a Holocaust survivor and later became a Nazi hunter. Is his disappearance somehow tied to his grim history, or even to the mysterious old books he sold? On the streets of Paris, tensions are rising as rival drug gangs engage in violent turf wars. Before long, other booksellers start to disappear, their bodies found floating in the Seine. Though the police are not interested in his opinion, Marston is convinced the hostilities have something to do with these murders With Tom by his side, Marston finally puts the pieces of the puzzle together, connecting the past with the present and leading the two men, quite literally, to the enemy's lair. Just as the killer intended.
Wednesday, March 2 / Noon - 1 p.m. | What Are You Reading? book chat. Join us to chat about favorite reads, books that changed your life, or the book you just couldn’t put down. No need to make reservations--just come and enjoy a little conversation about books. Carol Lynch facilitates the discussions.
Saturday, March 5 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss Ronald Reagan: The American Presidents Series: The 40th President, 1981-1989 by Jacob Weisberg (Times, $25.00). Ronald Reagan ushered in an age that extolled smaller government, tax cuts, and strong defense, and to this day politicians of both political parties operate within the parameters of the world he made. His eight years in office were a time of economic crisis and recovery, a new American assertiveness abroad, and an engagement with the Soviet Union that began in conflict but moved in surprising new directions. Weisberg offers a fresh psychological interpretation and shows that there was more to Reagan than the usual stereotypes. Reagan was a staunch conservative but was also unafraid to compromise and cut deals where necessary. And Reagan espoused a firm belief, just as firm as his belief in small government and strong defense, that nuclear weapons were immoral and ought to be eliminated. Weisberg argues that these facets of Reagan were too often ignored in his time but reveal why his presidency turned out to be so consequential.
Monday, March 7 / 6:30 p.m. | The I Should Have Read That in School classics group’s selection is pending.
Wednesday, March 9 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (Random House, $16.00). Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the state soon recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
Thursday, March 10 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak, $9.99). For the past five years, Hayley and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in his hometown for Hayley’s senior year of high school. Hayley hopes that perhaps, for the first time, she can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, and even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but has secrets of his own. Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories be too much for him to handle?
Friday, March 11 / 7 p.m. | Storytime with Mr. Scott for kids and adults!
Sunday, March 13 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group will discuss Gray Mountain by John Grisham (Bantam, $16.00). The Great Recession of 2008 left many young professionals out of work. Promising careers were suddenly ended as banks, hedge funds, and law firms engaged in mass lay-offs and brutal belt tightening. Samantha Kofer was a third year associate at Scully & Pershing, New York City’s largest law firm. Two weeks after Lehman Brothers collapsed, she lost her job, her security, and her future. A week later she was working as an unpaid intern in a legal aid clinic deep in small town Appalachia. There, for the first time in her career, she was confronted with real clients with real problems. She also stumbled across secrets that should have remained buried deep in the mountains forever.
Sunday, March 13 / 2 p.m. | Dr. Melissa Cady will sign Paindemic: A Practical and Holistic Look at Chronic Pain, the Medical System, and the Antipain Lifestyle (Morgan James, $19.95). In the current medical system, there are over 100 million Americans experiencing pain of varying degrees. Paindemic offers a perspective from Dr. Melissa Cady, a physician who is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine yet taught with osteopathic and allopathic approaches. Dr. Cady has suffered from chronic pain, which she has managed conservatively despite the opportunity to do more risky interventions. Paindemic offers the rational approach of the anti-PAIN Lifestyle as a solution to addressing chronic pain effectively with less risk.
Monday, March 14 / 6 p.m. | Brian Freeman will sign Goodbye to the Dead (Quercus, $26.99). Detective Jonathan Stride's wife Cindy died eight years ago, but her ghost hangs over Stride's relationship with current lover and fellow detective Serena Dial. When Serena witnesses a brutal murder outside a Duluth bar, she stumbles onto a case with roots that go all the way back to the last year of Cindy's life. At the time, Cindy and Stride were on opposite sides of a domestic murder investigation. Janine Snow was the prime suspect in the shooting death of her husband. Cindy believed her friend Janine was innocent, but Stride thought all the evidence pointed to the surgeon--even though the gun was never found. In a high-profile murder trial Janine was convicted and sent to prison. During the current investigation, Serena finds a gun used in the murder of a woman connected to an organized crime syndicate--a gun that turns out to be the same weapon used to kill Janine's husband. Two unrelated cases years apart suddenly have a mysterious connection. As Stride investigates, he begins to question whether he made a terrible mistake eight years ago by putting an innocent woman in prison.
Tuesday, March 15 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Autumn, All Cats Return by Philippe Georget (Europa, $18.00). Inspector Sebag is a policeman in the South of France with an unparalleled sixth sense, who excels at slipping into the skin of killers and hunting them down. However, when a retired French Algerian cop is discovered in his apartment with the symbol OAS left near his body and few indications who killed him or why, Sebag’s skills are put to the test. Days later, when a controversial monument is destroyed and another French Algerian is shot down, Sebag begins to put the pieces together. Bringing to light the horrors, hopes, and treasons committed during the war in Algeria fifteen years ago, Lieutenant Gilles Sebag discovers more than just a killer, but an entire secret history that not everyone wants revealed.
Wednesday, March 16 | The Bookworm will sell books at a Town Hall Lecture featuring Robert Edsel, author of The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History and Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis. See www.omahatownhall.org for more information.
Thursday, March 17 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss To Hell and Back by Audie Murphy (Holt McDougal, $16.00). Desperate to see action but rejected by both the marines and paratroopers because he was too short, Murphy eventually found a home with the infantry. He fought through campaigns in Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany. Although still under twenty-one years old on V-E Day, he was credited with having killed, captured, or wounded 240 Germans. He emerged from the war as America's most decorated soldier, having received twenty-one medals, including our highest military decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor. To Hell and Back is a powerfully real portrayal of American GI's at war.
Thursday, March 17 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather (Vintage, $15.00). In this haunting 1935 novel, Willa Cather performs a series of crystalline variations on the themes that preoccupy her greatest fiction: the impermanence of innocence, the opposition between prairie and city, provincial American values and world culture, and the grandeur, elation, and heartache that await a gifted young woman who leaves her small Nebraska town to pursue a life in art. At the age of eighteen, Lucy Gayheart heads for Chicago to study music. She is beautiful and impressionable and ardent, and these qualities attract the attention of Clement Sebastian, an aging but charismatic singer who exercises all the tragic, sinister fascination of a man who has renounced life only to turn back to seize it one last time. Out of their doomed love affair and Lucy's fatal estrangement from her origins Willa Cather creates a novel that is as achingly lovely as a Schubert sonata. Ellen Scott will facilitate the discussion.
Tuesday, March 22 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (Atria, $16.00). New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder. When tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years. Told from Frank s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.
Wednesday, March 23 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers Book Group’s selection is pending.
Saturday, March 26 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candace Millard (Anchor, $16.95). James A. Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what happened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in turmoil. The unhinged assassin’s half-delivered strike shattered the fragile national mood of a country so recently fractured by civil war, and left the wounded president as the object of a bitter behind-the-scenes struggle for power—over his administration, over the nation’s future, and, hauntingly, over his medical care. A team of physicians administered shockingly archaic treatments, to disastrous effect.
Saturday, March 26 / 11 a.m. | Storytime with Mr. Scott for kids and adults!
Sunday, March 27 | The Bookworm will be closed for Easter.
Monday, March 28 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany by Donald Miller (Simon & Schuster, $21.00). Fighting at 25,000 feet in thin, freezing air that no warriors had ever encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear. Bomber boys had a much greater chance of dying than ground soldiers. The Anglo-American bombing campaign against Nazi Germany was the longest military campaign of World War II, a war within a war. Masters of the Air is a story of life in wartime England and in the German prison camps, where tens of thousands of airmen spent part of the war. It ends with a vivid description of the grisly hunger marches captured airmen were forced to make near the end of the war through the country their bombs destroyed.