Upcoming Events at The Bookworm
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90th & Center Streets
2501 South 90th Street, Suite 111
Omaha, NE 68124
The Bookworm offers in-house book clubs that you can attend when the featured books fit your interests and schedule. Readers receive a 20% book club discount on the books selected for discussion. The Bookworm provides facilitators to help lead the discussions for many of the in-house book clubs. If you have suggestions for groups, or are willing to facilitate discussions, please let us know.
Thursday, May 21 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan (Touchstone, $16.00). In 1943 the United States government recruited thousands of young women from across the country to work at “Site X,” a city that, as far as the rest of the world knew, didn’t exist. Told only what they were required to know to perform their individual jobs, and working in ignorance of their ultimate purpose, they had a front-row seat to history. The Girls of Atomic City weaves interviews with the last surviving members of this unique sisterhood into a full portrait of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Drawing on a wealth of original research, this extraordinary bestseller recounts the incredible true story about a city not found on any map and the women who lived and worked there in complete secrecy to help create the weapon designed to end World War II. Kiernan takes readers to an extraordinary community whose mission was world-changing and whose residents, many of them away from home for the first time, struggled to live normal lives in a place that was anything but.
Thursday, May 21 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss Paris at the End of the World: The City of Light During the Great War, 1914-1918 by John Baxter (Harper, $15.99). For four years, Paris lived under constant threat of destruction. And yet in its darkest hour, the City of Light blazed more brightly than ever. It's taxis shuttled troops to the front; its great railway stations received reinforcements from across the world; the grandest museums and cathedrals housed the wounded, and the Eiffel Tower hummed at all hours relaying messages to and from the front. At night, Parisians lived with urgency and without inhibition. Artists like Pablo Picasso achieved new creative heights. And the war brought a wave of foreigners to the city for the first time, including Ernest Hemingway and Baxter's grandfather, Archie, whose diaries he used to reconstruct a soldier's-eye view of the war years. Andy Ketterson will lead the discussion.
Friday, May 22 / 6 p.m. | David Levithan and Rainbow Rowell will be signing together! David will sign Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story (Dutton, $17.99). Filled with honesty, humor, and musical numbers, Hold Me Closer is the no-holds-barred (and many-bars-held) entirety of the beloved musical first introduced in Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Rainbow will sign Fangirl, The Collector’s Edition (St, Martin’s, $18.99). Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more. Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realising that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible . This special edition includes fan art, a ribbon bookmark, a Q&A with the author, and an excerpt from her new book Carry On.
Saturday, May 23 / 10 a.m. | The Civil War Book Group will broaden its scope to become the American History Book Club, focusing on the 1760 to 1900 time period. The May book is Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War by Elizabeth Varom (Oxford University Press, $19.95). Varon captures the events swirling around that well remembered-but not well understood-moment when the Civil War ended. She depicts the final battles in Virginia, when Grant's troops surrounded Lee's half-starved army, the meeting of the generals at the McLean House, and the shocked reaction as news of the surrender spread like an electric charge throughout the nation. But as Varon shows, the ink had hardly dried before both sides launched a bitter debate over the meaning of the war and the nation's future. For Grant, and for most in the North, the Union victory was one of right over wrong, a vindication of free society; Lee, in contrast, believed that the Union victory was one of might over right: the vast impersonal Northern war machine had worn down a valorous and unbowed South. Lee was committed to peace, but committed, too, to the restoration of the South's political power within the Union.
Saturday, May 23 / 1 p.m. | Camille Metoyer Moten will sign Nothing Is Everything ($20.00). Seriously funny with a near-lethal dose of witty, spiritual inspiration. That pretty much sums up Camille Metoyer Moten’s account of her recent journey with a not-so-funny companion —cancer. A resident of Omaha, where she has been singing and acting for more than 30 years, Camille was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. Faced with a sobering new realty, she entered this phase of her life with no fear, knowing that Jesus was her ultimate Great Physician. Camille decided the best way to chronicle her experiences with cancer and its treatments, was to reach out every day to her 2,000 Facebook friends. Doing so, ended up being an inspiration to many. Camille’s hope is that this book will be an inspiration to anyone going through sickness or distress, and will remind them to whom they can go to in times of trouble.
Monday, May 25 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book 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.
Tuesday, May 26 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Cape Cod Mystery by Phoebe Atwood (Countryman, $10.95). Dale Sanborn has made a lot of enemies in his career as a muckraking author, philanderer and occasional blackmailer. When he vacations at a cabin in Cape Cod, any of his many visitors—an old girl friend, his fiancee, an outraged husband, a long-lost brother and a few more—the night he died could have killed him, and all of them wanted to. When a respectable Boston matron is involved in the crime, local character Asey Mayo takes a hand and brings the case to a successful, if unexpected, conclusion.
Wednesday, May 27 / 6 p.m. | After reading all Louise Penny’s books to date, the Louise Penny Group will become the Mysterious Readers Group and next read the works of Donna Leon. The May book will be Death at La Fenice (Harper, $14.99). There is little violent crime in Venice, a serenely beautiful floating city of mystery and magic, history and decay. But the evil that does occasionally rear its head is the jurisdiction of Guido Brunetti, the suave, urbane vice-commissario of police and a genius at detection. Now all of his admirable abilities must come into play in the deadly affair of Maestro Helmut Wellauer, a world-renowned conductor who died painfully from cyanide poisoning during an intermission at La Fenice. But as the investigation unfolds, a chilling picture slowly begins to take shape--a detailed portrait of revenge painted with vivid strokes of hatred and shocking depravity. And the dilemma for Guido Brunetti will not be finding a murder suspect, but rather narrowing the choices down to one.
Thursday, May 28 / 6:30 p.m. | The Enquiring Minds Group will discuss Evolution: A Very Short Introduction by Brian & Deborah Charlesworth (Oxford University Press, $11.95). This book illuminates the crucial role of evolutionary biology in transforming our view of human origins and our relation to the universe, highlighting the impact of this theory on traditional philosophy and religion. The authors introduce the general reader to some of the most important basic findings, concepts, and procedures of evolutionary biology, as it has developed since the first publications of Darwin and Wallace on the subject, over 140 years ago. They show how evolution provides a unifying set of principles for the whole of biology and sheds light on the relation of human beings to the universe and each other.
Friday, May 29 / 7 - 7:30 p.m. | Momaha Night Time Story Time will take a summer break for May, June and July.