Upcoming Events at The Bookworm

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

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Saturday, July 21 | Local Arthur Day features the following authors and their works:

 

12:30-1:30 | Sue Bristol and Jeanie Jacobson will sign Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Amazing Mom: 101 Stories of Love and Appreciation ($14.95). This new collection is filled with heartwarming and entertaining anecdotes by grateful children, all in praise of the amazing woman who encourages them, supports them, and most importantly, loves them. Mom will laugh, cry and nod in recognition as she reads these heartwarming stories. Sue Bristol wrote “Heavenly Connections”, and Jeannie Jacobson wrote “At First Sight”. 

 

 

 

 

1:00-2:00 | Tom Baker will sign That’s Close Enough: A Tribute to the Quick Wit, Sharp Humor and Generous Generosity of Joe Henry Baker ($30.00). Tom Baker illustrates his father’s many accomplishments as a husband, father, son, businessman, entrepreneur, and creative mastermind. It is his tribute to his father who was a great and giving man who never sought the spotlight but relished every opportunity to enrich the lives of those around him with wit, humor, generosity, loyalty, and humility. It will give you a renewed appreciation for your own family and will encourage you to thank the many people in your own live who mean so much to you.

 

 

 

 

1:30-2:30 | Kurt Luchs will sign It's Funny Until Someone Loses an Eye (Then It's Really Funny) ($25.00). This collection of stories by Kurt Luchs pursues its comedic quarry with the ruthlessness of a pussycat trying to get out of a cardboard box. Luchs is an inspired comic writer for whom not only the world but language itself is a source of constant delight. 

 

 

 

 

 

2:00-3:00 | Pierce Koslosky will sign The Beach Week ($11.95). Pierce Koslosky Jr. has crafted fourteen poignant short stories that paint a vivid portrait of the South Carolina coast’s diverse, temporary inhabitants; those people attracted to a landscape both beautiful and overwhelming in its ability to force introspection and change. Set over the course of a single rental season, the book's unrelated characters are united by a cohesive theme; yet each story has a distinct message at its core. 

 

 

 

 

2:30-3:30 | Jon Minks will sign Crimes in our Wake ($15.99). Four thousand people at sea with a killer – What would you do? Honeymoon couple, Fiona and Joseph Fitzgerald, cruise to Hawaii and risk their lives confronting a killer.  The deadly spree begins in California and continues on the high seas.  The ship’s officers need help finding the killer before the next victim is attacked.  

 

 

 

 

3:00-4:00 | Cynthia Coleman and Mark Fegan of the Alternative Book Club will sign Spotlight on the Art of Fear ($19.99).  How does fear work through our personal, social, and professional lives? What are the effective ways to handle fear? Properly understood, fear can become a tremendous driver of personal growth and success. The powerful stories in this book will enable you to build a healthy relationship with fear. 

 

 

 

 

3:30-4:30 | Lisa Neu will sign The Fingers of God (paperback $19.95, hardcover $35.95). The poems in this book reflect a life-time of writing Christian Poetry to inspire, teach, and lead others to the grace and mercy of our Heavenly Father, and to share that God's love does reach down and touch the lives of each one of us in our journey here on earth....with all the good, bad, happy, uplifting, depressing, and sometimes lonely situations we each experience in our walk through life.  

 

 

 

 

Saturday, July 21 / 3 p.m. | The Literature by People of Color Group will discuss The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Mariner, $8.95). Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister's letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.  

 

 

 

 

Saturday, July 21 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss The Einstein File: The FBI’s Secret War Against the World's Most Famous Scientist by Fred Jerome (Independent Publishers Group, $29.95). Einstein arrived in the United States in 1933, the year the Nazis rose to power in Germany. From that moment until he died in 1955, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI--with other agencies-- collected information about him.  Jerome reveals the depth of, and the reasons for, this Einstein campaign. He also uncovers Einstein's strong political commitments that have been conveniently buried under the image of the absent-minded icon genius. Whereas Einstein said on several occasions, "My life is divided between equations and politics," Jerome delves into his little-known political half-life.  

 

 

 

 

Monday, July 23 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 by Ian Toll (Norton, $19.95). This history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War--the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944--when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a "conquering tide," concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas. It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history, and it fostered bitter interservice rivalries, leaving wounds that even victory could not heal.Toll also takes the reader into the wartime councils in Washington and Tokyo where politics and strategy often collided, and into the struggle to mobilize wartime production, which was the secret of Allied victory. 

 

 

 

Monday, July 23 / 6:30 p.m. | The Books To Die For  Group will discuss Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson (Mulholland, $15.00). Nick Corey is a terrible sheriff on purpose. He doesn't solve problems, enforce rules or arrest criminals. He knows that nobody in tiny Potts County actually wants to follow the law and he is perfectly content lazing about, eating five meals a day, and sleeping with all the eligible women. Still, Nick has some very complex problems to deal with. Two local pimps have been sassing him, ruining his already tattered reputation. His girlfriend Rose is being terrorized by her husband. And then, there's his wife and her brother Lenny who won't stop troubling Nick's already stressed mind. Are they a little too close for a brother and a sister? With an election coming up, Nick needs to fix his problems and fast. Because the one thing Nick does know is that he will do anything to stay sheriff. Because, as it turns out, Sheriff Nick Corey is not nearly as dumb as he seems. 

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 24 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Billy Boyle by James Benn (Soho, $9.99). Billy Boyle, a young Irish-American cop from Boston, has just made detective when World War II breaks out. His "Uncle Ike" is Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of Army forces in Europe, and he wants Billy to be his personal investigator. Accompanied by an aristocratic Polish officer in exile and a beautiful British WREN, his mission is to catch a spy who may have been planted in Beardsley Hall, where the Norwegian government in exile is in residence.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 25 / 6 p.m. |The Mysterious Readers Book Group will discuss Silent Creed by Alex Kava (Putnam, $9.99). When Ryder Creed responds to a devastating mudslide in North Carolina, he knows that the difference between finding survivors and the dead is time. But most perilous are the secrets hidden under the mud and sludge--secrets someone would kill to protect. Among the buildings consumed by the landslide was a top-secret government research facility, and Creed has been hired to find what's left of it. Then rescuers recover the body of a scientist from the facility who was obviously dead before the landslide--killed by a gunshot to the head. The FBI sends Agent Maggie O'Dell to investigate, and she and Creed are soon caught in a web of lies, secrets, and murder. 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, July 26 / 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group will continue their discussion of The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction by Terry Eagleton (Oxford University Press, $11.95). Eagleton examines how centuries of thinkers and writers have responded to the ultimate question of meaning. He suggests that it is only in modern times that the question has become problematic. Eagleton notes many educated people believe that life is an evolutionary accident that has no intrinsic meaning. If our lives have meaning, it is something with which we manage to invest them, not something with which they come ready made. Eagleton probes this view of meaning as a kind of private enterprise, and concludes that it fails to holds up. He argues instead that the meaning of life is not a solution to a problem, but a matter of living in a certain way. It is not metaphysical but ethical. It is not something separate from life, but what makes it worth living--that is, a certain quality, depth, abundance and intensity of life. 

 

 

 

Saturday, July 28 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution by John Oller (Da Capo, $16.99). Francis Marion--the "Swamp Fox"--and his men attacked from secret hideaways before melting back into the forest or swamp, confounding the British. Although Marion bore little resemblance to the fictionalized portrayals, his exploits were no less heroic, as he and his band of militia freedom fighters kept hopes alive for the patriot cause and helped win the American Revolution. In The Swamp Fox, John Oller compiles striking evidence and brings together much recent learning to provide a fresh look both at Marion, the man, and how he helped save the American Revolution.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, July 28 / 1 p.m. | David Atkinson will sign Roses Are Red, Violets Are Stealing Loose Change from My Pockets While I Sleep ($13.99). David Atkinson twists reality with small absurdities. Roses are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep leaves sanity completely behind, pondering modern life through surreal humorous flash fiction involving Margaret Thatcher, jam appearing in boxers overnight, Gene Roddenberry, and more.

 


 

 

 

 

Sunday, July 29 / 1 to 3 p.m. | Kenny Onatolu will have an open house to celebrate his new book, Two of a Kind ($10.95). Two of a Kind is Kenny Onatolu's personal story of growing up as a privileged African American in a non-diverse community where it was assumed he came from a disadvantaged home. He met his best friend playing football in the NFL. Together they learned that many judgments were made about them because of the different colors of their skin. In Two of a Kind he encourages children to ask questions and to be curious about the people around them. Never pass up the opportunity to learn more about others. It's the way to understand them, know them and care about them.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 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.

 

 

Thursday, August 2 / 6:30 p.m. | The Notable Novellas group will discuss To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (Harvest, $13.95). The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their children and assorted guests are on holiday on the Isle of Skye. From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse, Woolf constructs a remarkable, moving examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life and the conflict between men and women. 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 4 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss Dorothy Day: An Introduction to Her Life and Thought by Terrence Wright (Ignatius, $15.95). Dorothy Day was one of the most important lay Catholics of the twentieth century. After a period of darkness, which included an abortion and a suicide attempt, Day had a profound awakening after the birth of her daughter. She and Peter Maurin founded the Catholic Worker Movement in 1933. Dedicated to both the spiritual and the corporal works of mercy, they established Houses of Hospitality, Catholic Worker Farms, and the Catholic Worker newspaper. 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 4 / 1 p.m. | James Anderson O’Neal will sign Riley and the Great War ($19.95).  Small-town boys Riley and Cornelius romp through the early Twentieth Century, chasing Pancho Villa through the Mexican desert, fighting in the trenches of World War I, stopping a sadistic German secret agent from assassinating Winston Churchill, and sparking Berlin's Communist revolution. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 6 / 6:30 p.m. | The Lit Wits Group will discuss Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (Yearling, $7.99). Billy, Old Dan and Little Ann -- a Boy and His Two Dogs... A loving threesome, they ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country. Old Dan had the brawn, Little Ann had the brains -- and Billy had the will to train them to be the finest hunting team in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too. And close by was the strange and wonderful power that's only found.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, August 7 / 6:30 p.m.| The Killing Time Book Group will discuss two books:

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths (Mariner, $14.95). Forensic archeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is in her late thirties. She lives happily alone with her two cats in a bleak, remote area near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants--not quite earth, not quite sea. But her routine days of digging up bones and other ancient objects are harshly upended when a child's bones are found on a desolate beach. Detective Chief Inspector Nelson calls Galloway for help, believing they are the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing a decade ago and whose abductor continues to taunt him with bizarre letters containing references to ritual sacrifice, Shakespeare, and the Bible. Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives a new letter--exactly like the ones about Lucy. Is it the same killer? Or a copycat murderer, linked in some way to the site near Ruth's remote home? 

 

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal (Bantam, $16.00). London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in and war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. Maggie Hope graduated at the top of her college class, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined--and opportunities she will not let pass. Ensnared in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, Maggie must work quickly to balance her duty to King and Country with her chances for survival. And when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family's hidden secrets, she'll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin's murderous plan and Churchill himself.

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 8 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Anchor, $16.95). Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood--where greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop.

 

 

 

Thursday, August 9 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss Ocdaniel by Wesley King (Simon & Schuster, $ 8.99). Daniel spends most of his time hoping no one notices his strange habits. He hopes no one notices that he's crazy, especially his best friend Max, and Raya, the prettiest girl in school. His life gets weirder when another girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time. She doesn't just notice him: she seems to peer through him. Then Daniel gets a note: "I need your help," it says, signed, Fellow Star Child--whatever that means. And suddenly Daniel, a total no one at school, is swept up in a mystery that might change everything for him. 

 

 

 

Thursday, August 9 / 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group will discuss Aristotle: The Desire to Understand by Jonathan Lear (Cambridge University Press, $34.99). This is a philosophical introduction to Aristotle, and Professor Lear starts where Aristotle himself started. He introduces us to the essence of Aristotle's philosophy and guides us through all the central Aristotelian texts--selected from the Physics, Metaphysics, Ethics, Politics and the biological and logical works. The book is written in a direct, lucid style that engages the reader with the themes in an active and participatory manner. It will prove a stimulating introduction for all students of Greek philosophy and for a wide range of others interested in Aristotle as a giant figure in Western intellectual history.

 

 

 

Sunday, August 12 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group will discuss the first half of Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central, $15.99), with discussion continuing in September. In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant-and that her lover is married-she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 15 / 2 p.m. | A Read Around the World Pop Up Group will meet for three months. The August book for discussion is Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo (Vintage, $16.00). Nigeria. Ever since they first met and fell in love at university, Yejide and Akin have agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage--after consulting fertility doctors and healers, and trying strange teas and unlikely cures--Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time--until her in-laws arrive on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does--but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine. The unforgettable story of a marriage as seen through the eyes of both husband and wife, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.

 

 

 

Thursday, August 16 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss Patton: A Genius for War by Carlo d’Este (HarperCollins, $21.99). Based on exclusive access to his personal and public papers, and with the full cooperation of his family, Patton is an intimate look at the colorful, charismatic, and sometimes controversial man who became the one general the Germans respected and feared the most during World War II.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, August 16 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss The Bones of Paradise by Jonis Agee (Morrow, $15.99). Ten years after Wounded Knee, J. B. Bennett, a white rancher, and Star, a young Native woman, are murdered in a remote meadow on J.B.'s land. The deaths bring together the scattered members of J.B.'s family: his cunning and hard father, Drum; his estranged wife, Dulcinea; and teenage young sons, Cullen and Hayward. As the mystery of these deaths unfolds, the history of the dysfunctional Bennetts and their damning secrets is revealed--exposing the conflicted heart of a nation caught between past and future. This is a family saga set in the unforgiving Nebraska Sandhills - an ambitious tale of history, vengeance, race, guilt, betrayal, family, and belonging, filled with characters shaped by violence, love, and a desperate loyalty to the land. Jackie Byers will facilitate the discussion. 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 18 / 3 p.m. | The Literature by People of Color Group will discuss The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride (Riverhead, $16.00). The son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white, James McBride grew up in the poor, all-black projects of Brooklyn. "Mommy," a fiercely protective woman, herded her brood to free cultural events, sent them off on buses to the best schools, demanded good grades, and commanded respect. As a young man, McBride saw his mother as a source of embarrassment, worry, and confusion--and reached thirty before he began to discover the truth about her early life and long-buried pain. In The Color of Water, McBride retraces his mother's footsteps and, through her searing and spirited voice, recreates her remarkable story. 

 

 

 

Monday, August 20 / 6:30 | The Droids and Dragons Book Club will discuss Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Del Rey, $16.00). Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste. He works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. But he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds spread across the planet. Darrow--and Reds like him--are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. 

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 22 / 6 p.m. |The Mysterious Readers Book Group will discuss Reckless Creed by Alex Kava (Putnam, $9.99). In Chicago, a young man jumps from his thirtieth-story hotel room; along the Missouri river, a hunter and his son stumble upon a lake whose surface is littered with snow geese, all of them dead; and in southern Alabama, Ryder Creed and his search-and-rescue dog Grace find the body of a young woman who went missing in the Conecuh National Forest...and it appears she filled her pockets with rocks and walked into the river. Before long Ryder Creed and FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell will discover the ominous connection among these mysterious deaths. What they find may be the most prolific killer the United States has ever known. 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, August 23 / 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. Willa’s book for August discussion is Lucy Gayheart (Vintage, $15.00).   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. 

 

 

 

Thursday, August 23 / 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group will discuss Aristotle: The Desire to Understand by Jonathan Lear (Cambridge University Press, $34.99). This is a philosophical introduction to Aristotle, and Professor Lear starts where Aristotle himself started. He introduces us to the essence of Aristotle's philosophy and guides us through all the central Aristotelian texts--selected from the Physics, Metaphysics, Ethics, Politics and the biological and logical works. The book is written in a direct, lucid style that engages the reader with the themes in an active and participatory manner. It will prove a stimulating introduction for all students of Greek philosophy and for a wide range of others interested in Aristotle as a giant figure in Western intellectual history.

 

 

Saturday, August 25 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss Reconstruction: A Concise History by Allen Guelzo (Oxford University Press, $18.95). Guelzo delves into the constitutional, political, and social issues behind Reconstruction to provide a lucid and original account of a historical moment that left an indelible mark on American social fabric. He depicts Reconstruction as a "bourgeois revolution" -- as the attempted extension of the free-labor ideology embodied by Lincoln and the Republican Party to what was perceived as a Southern region gone awry from the Founders' intention in the pursuit of Romantic aristocracy. 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 26 / 1 p.m. | Amber Tambyln will sign Amy Man (Harper, $15.99). Amber Tamblyn's arresting novel offers a scathing portrait of American celebrity culture and the way in which it transmutes human tragedy into a vicious circus; victims are forgotten as likes and shares swirl, and 'news' becomes a squalid orgy, a lurid feast. Tamblyn takes every risk in this astonishing and innovative work, and succeeds, gloriously. 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 27 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler by Bruce Henderson (Morrow, $16.99). Sons and Soldiers begins during the rise of Hitler's Nazi party, as Jewish families choose to send their sons away to uncertain futures in America. Henderson describes how they were recruited into the U.S. Army and how their mastery of the German language and psychology was used to interrogate German prisoners of war. These young men knew what the Nazis would do to them if they were captured. Yet they leapt at the opportunity to be sent in small, elite teams to join every major combat unit in Europe, where they collected key tactical intelligence on enemy strength, troop and armored movements, and defensive positions that saved American lives and helped win the war. 

 

 

 

Monday, August 27 / 6:30 p.m. | The Books To Die For  Group will discuss The Outlander by Gil Adamson (Harper, $14.99). In 1903 Mary Boulton flees alone across the West, one heart-pounding step ahead of the law. At nineteen, she has just become a widow-and her husband's killer. As bloodhounds track her frantic race toward the mountains, she is tormented by mad visions and by the knowledge that her two ruthless brothers-in-law are in pursuit, determined to avenge their younger brother's death. Responding to little more than the primitive instinct for survival at any cost, she retreats ever deeper into the wilderness-and into the wilds of her own mind.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, August 28 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss The Falcon at the Portal by Elizabeth Peters (Morrow, $14.99). In Egypt for the 1911 archaeological season, Amelia Peabody and her family are not anticipating trouble, but it finds them nonetheless. Their young friend David is accused of selling ancient artifacts, and it's up to the Emersons to expose the real culprit. But the body of an American discovered at the bottom of their excavation shaft and a child of mysterious antecedents are sparking twin crises that threaten to tear the family apart. Amelia brings her estimable powers of deduction to bear, but she might not survive long enough to unravel more than one perplexing puzzle--because suddenly someone is shooting bullets in her direction . . . and coming too close for comfort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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