The Bookworm has moved!
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.
April is National Poetry Month, a month for sharing and enjoying poetry. See www.poets.org for more information.
April 11 – 18 | Give Literacy Week. Customers just need to tell the person at the register that they want to Give Literacy to have a percentage of designated purchases will go toward the Literacy Center's Give Literacy Campaign.
Saturday, April 18 / 1 p.m. | Elizabeth Evans will sign As Good As Dead (Bloomsbury, $26.00). At the high-octane Iowa Writers' Workshop, small-town Charlotte is thrilled and confounded by her relationship with charismatic and sophisticated Esme. One moment, Esme appears to be Charlotte's most intimate friend; the next, her rival. After a tumultuous weekend, Charlotte's insecurities and her resentment toward Esme reach a fever pitch. Blindly, Charlotte strikes out-in an act of betrayal that ultimately unleashes a cascade of calamities on her own head. Twenty years later, Charlotte is a successful novelist. A much-changed Esme appears, bringing the past that Charlotte grieved over, and believed buried, to the doorstep of Charlotte and her beloved husband. Charlotte finds herself both frightened and charmed. Though she yearns to redeem the old friendship and her transgression, she is wary-and rightly so. As Good As Dead performs an exquisitely tuned psychological high-wire act as it explores the dangers that lie in wait when trust is poisoned by secrets and fears.
Saturday, April 18 / 6 – 8:30 p.m. | The Bookworm will sell books at an Omaha Public Library Foundation event featuring Wally Lamb. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Omaha Public Library Foundation at 402-444-4589 or www.omahalibraryfoundation.org. The event will be held at the Millard Branch of the Omaha Public Library, 13214 Westwood Lane.
Sunday, April 19 / 1 p.m. | Milton Mendel Kleinberg will sign Bread or Death: Memories of My Childhood During and After the Holocaust (Fifth Generation, $16.95). The author relates how his family used bribery and darkness of night to flee as the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939 on a 4,500-mile journey from Poland through Russia and Siberia and eventually to Uzbekistan in Central Asia. He tells in vivid detail the wretched journey in cramped cattle cars through frigid Russia, the indignities of forced labor, the shame of begging for bread just to survive, and death of those closest to him. The family's plight includes abandonment, hunger, and separation (and later remarkable twists of fate and reunion) quite unlike other Holocaust stories. This coming-of-age, Holocaust memoir is the author's personal account of how through great sacrifices by his mother he managed to survive the worst atrocities in human history.
Monday, April 20 / 6 p.m. | Kent and Shannon Rollins will sign A Taste of Cowboy: Ranch Recipes and Tales from the Trail (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30.00). This gifted cook, TV contestant, and storyteller takes us into his frontier world with simple food anyone can do. A cowboy’s day starts early and ends late. Kent offers labor-saving breakfasts like Egg Bowls with Smoked Cream Sauce. For lunch or dinner, there’s 20-minute Green Pepper Frito Pie, hands-off, four-ingredient Sweet Heat Chopped Barbecue Sandwiches, or mild and smoky Roasted Bean-Stuffed Poblano Peppers. He even parts with his prized recipe for Bread Pudding with Whisky Cream Sauce. (The secret to its lightness? Hamburger buns.) Kent gets creative with ingredients on everyone’s shelves, using lime soda to caramelize Sparkling Taters and balsamic vinegar to coax the sweetness out of Strawberry Pie. With stunning photos of the American West and Kent’s lively tales and poetry, A Taste of Cowboy is a must-have for everyone who loves good, honest food and wants a glimpse of a vanishing way of life. Kent will have his chuck wagon with him and will serve samples of his famous chicken fried chicken.
Tuesday, April 21 / 1 p.m. | The Third Tuesday Art Group will discuss Van Gogh: A Power Seething by Julian Bell, (New Harvest, $20.00). “I believe in the absolute necessity of a new art of color, of drawing and--of the artistic life,” Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in 1888. “And if we work in that faith, it seems to me that there's a chance that our hopes won't be in vain.” His prediction would come true. In his brief and explosively creative life--he committed suicide a few years later at the age of thirty-seven--Van Gogh made us see the world in a new way. His shining landscapes of Provence and somber portraits of workers shattered the relationship between light and dark, and his hallucinatory visions were so bright they nearly blinded the world.
Tuesday, April 21 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo (Vintage, $14.95). Shots ring out at a Salvation Army Christmas concert in Oslo, leaving one of the singers dead in the street. The trail will lead Harry Hole, Oslo’s best investigator and worst civil servant, deep into the darkest corners of the city and, eventually, to Croatia. An assassin forged in the war-torn region has been brought to Oslo to settle an old debt. As the police circle in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate and the danger mounts for Harry and his colleagues.
Wednesday, April 22 | The Bookworm will sell books at a Town Hall Lecture featuring David Gergen, author of Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership Nixon to Clinton (Simon & Schuster, $17.00). See www.omahatownhall.org for information.
Wednesday, April 22 / 6 p.m. | The Louise Penny Discussion Group will continue with her novel Long Way Home (Minotaur, $15.99). Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds, his neighbor Clara Morrow tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. And then he gets up and joins her. Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence River. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it "the land God gave to Cain." And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.
Friday, April 24 / 7 - 7:30 p.m. | Momaha Night Time Story Time for preschoolers, ages 1 – 5. Put the kids in their pajamas, bring along their favorite stuffed animal, and treat them to an early bedtime story. Expect a little singing, dancing and other fun activities. We’ll have the milk and cookies ready. See www.momaha.com for more information.
Saturday, April 25 / 10 a.m. | The Civil War Book Group will discuss The Day Lincoln Was Shot by Jim Bishop (Harper, $14.99). At seven o'clock on the morning of April 14, 1865, President Lincoln came out of his bedroom, nodded to the night guard, and started down the hall to his office. At 7:22 the following morning Surgeon General Barnes pressed silver coins to his eyelids. The president's day was, as usual, crammed with meetings and appointments, but he was probably no busier than John Wilkes Booth, the man who would stand behind him at Ford's Theatre that evening. Although the plan had been long in the making, the time and place were not set until eleven that morning. The Day Lincoln Was Shot chronicles the movements of these two men minute by minute until the almost unbearable suspense is shattered with a single gunshot and a leap to the stage. From a thousand bits and scraps of information, Bishop has fashioned an unforgettable tale of tragedy, more gripping than fiction, more alive than any newspaper account.
Saturday, April 25 / 1 p.m. | Jeff McArthur will sign Two Gun Heart: Lawman, Cowboy, and Long-Lost Brother of Al Capone (Bandwagon, $28.95). Born in Italy and raised in Brooklyn, Vincenzo Capone left home when he was a teenager. He traveled with a wild-west show and fought in Europe during the Great War where he earned a medal for sharp-shooting. Upon his return, he settled in Nebraska where he went by the name Richard Hart. He married, had children, and worked closely with the local Indian communities. He dressed like the type of cowboy he had seen in silent movies, rode a horse, and wielded two six-shooters at his side, which earned him the name "Two Gun" Hart. When the Volstead Act made alcohol production illegal, Richard joined the ranks of law enforcement and became one of the most successful Prohibition officers in the country. He chased down criminals, busted alcohol stills, and protected the Indian reservations he served, all under an assumed name. But his past caught up with him when his younger brother, Al Capone, became one of the most infamous criminals in the country. They were two siblings on opposite sides of the law, both ambitious and skillful, and both of the same family.
Sunday, April 26 / 1 p.m. | John Prescott and Tom Kerr will sign The Oracle’s Fables: Life Lessons for Children Inspired by Warren Buffett (Taylor, $19.95). Inside you’ll read life lessons based on quotes from the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett. Created in the spirit of Aesop’s Fables, each tale illustrates all-too-human behavior by animal characters who face potentially life-changing situations. Tom Kerr’s illustrations help bring the fables to life.
Monday, April 27 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will continue their discussion of Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 by Max Hastings (Vintage, $17.95). One of our finest military historians gives us a magnificent, single-volume history of the entire conflict. Through his strikingly detailed stories of everyday people--of soldiers, sailors and airmen; British housewives and Indian peasants; SS killers and the citizens of Leningrad--Hastings provides a singularly intimate portrait of the world at war. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, Inferno is both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the Twentieth Century.
Tuesday, April 28 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Bullet for a Star by Stuart Kaninsky (Open Road, $12.99). It's been four years since security guard Toby Peters got fired from the Warner Brothers lot for breaking a screen cowboy's arm. Since then he's scratched out a living as a private detective--missing persons and bodyguard work, mostly--but now his old friends, the Warners, have a job for him. Someone has mailed the studio a picture of Errol Flynn caught in a compromising position with a very young girl. Although Flynn insists it's a fake, the studio is taking no chances. Toby is to deliver the blackmailer $5,000 and return with the photo negative. It should be simple, but Flynn, a swashbuckler on and off the screen, has a way of making things complicated. Though he isn't impressed by movie stars, if Toby Peters isn't careful he may end up dying for one.
Friday, May 1 – Monday, May 4 | Berkshire Hathaway Weekend. The Bookworm will be at the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting on Friday and Saturday selling selected books. Many of the Berkshire authors will be at an open house at The Bookworm on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Because of everyone’s varying schedule there are no set times – just stop by and enjoy meeting the authors and other shareholders. Go to our website www.bookwormomaha.com for a full listing of books that will be sold at the annual meeting. We will of course have the full selection of Berkshire books in the store. Don’t forget your shareholder credentials.
Saturday, May 2 / 10 a.m. | The U.S. Presidents group will discuss George H. W. Bush by Timothy Naftali (Times Books, $25.00). A patrician figure not known for eloquence, George Bush dismissed ideology as "the vision thing." Yet Naftali argues no one of his generation was better prepared for the challenges facing the United States as the Cold War ended. Bush wisely encouraged the liberalization of the Soviet system and skillfully orchestrated the reunification of Germany. And following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, he united the global community to defeat Saddam Hussein. At home, Bush reasserted fiscal discipline after the excesses of the Reagan years. It was ultimately his political awkwardness that cost Bush a second term. His toughest decisions widened fractures in the Republican Party, and with his party divided, Bush lost his bid for reelection in 1992. In a final irony, the conservatives who scorned him would return to power eight years later, under his son and namesake, with the result that the elder George Bush would see his reputation soar.
Monday, May 4 / 6:30 p.m. | The I Should Have Read That in School classics group will discuss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty White (Harper, $10.00). Named as one of the books of the twentieth century by the New York Public Library, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was first published in 1943. Seventy years later, readers are still fascinated by Betty Smith's moving portrayal of the Nolans, a poor family living in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn. A poignant tale of childhood and the ties of family, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn will transport the reader to the early 1900s where a little girl named Francie dreamily looks out her window at a tree struggling to reach the sky.
May 3 – 9 | Screen-Free Week. Children, families, and communities around the world will rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Unplug from digital entertainment and spend your free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends. See www.screenfree.org for more information. The Bookworm’s events to celebrate Screen-Free Week include:
Sunday, May 3 / 3 p.m. | Author Mac Barnett will sign The Terrible Two (Amulet, $13.95). When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks, but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen.
Monday, May 4 / 6 p.m. | Author Brit Cardarelli will sign Naturehood (Sticks and Stripes, $27.00). This beautifully illustrated book brings children and adults back to the wonder and beauty of nature.
Tuesday, May 5 / 6 p.m. | Join us for a performance by R. E. S. P. E. C. T. of Natalie the Net Nanny! This short play helps children and their parents understand how to protect themselves and their computers, tablets and smartphones while enjoying the benefits of the web and our connected society. Screen Free Week knows you'll be on screens and wants you to be safe.
Thursday, May 7 / 6-8 p.m. | The monthly meeting of the Legends Comic and Coffee Creator Workshop will convene at The Bookworm to discuss comic books, graphic novels and their importance to readers of all ages. This is open to the public and will include a Q&A session. Come and learn how the genre of comic books has developed and how the new genre of graphic novels has matured.
Saturday, May 9 / 10:30 a.m. | Storytime with Mr. Scott followed by Character Costume and Parade Contest-- Come dressed as your favorite hero (super or otherwise), book character (comic or otherwise). Prizes will be given for 12 and under entrants and 12 and over (teens and adults welcome).
May 4 – 10 | 96th Annual Children’s Book Week – Make a point to read to a child this week! Comic books and graphic novels will be the special focus for this week at The Bookworm. See www.bookweekonline,com for more information.
Tuesday, May 5 / 1 p.m. | The Art Discussion Group will discuss Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger by Ken Perenyi (Pegasus, $16.95). For over thirty years, Ken Perenyi raked in riches by forging masterpieces, convincing even the most discerning experts that his works were authentic. Growing up as a working-class kid in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Perenyi never dreamed of becoming an art forger. However, when he stumbled upon The Castle, a large crumbling estate in his neighborhood, he found himself in the middle of the New York avant-garde art scene. Under their mentorship, he discovered he possessed a preternatural ability to imitate the works of old masters, an ability that confounded even the most qualified experts and catapulted him to a life of riches. Honest, gripping, and astounding, Caveat Emptor reveals the ironies latent to the art world, while telling the dramatic story of how Perenyi managed to pull it off.
Tuesday, May 5 / 1 p.m. | The Killing Time Book Group will discuss The Enigma of China by Qui Xialong (Minotaur, $15.99). Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is brought in by the Party to sign off on the investigation into the death of Zhou Keng. Zhou Keng—a trusted princeling, son of a major party member—was head of the Shanghai Housing Development Committee when a number of his corrupt practices were exposed on the internet. Removed from his position and placed into extra-legal detention, Zhou apparently hanged himself while under guard. While the Party is anxious to have Zhou’s death declared a suicide, and for the renowned Chief Inspector Chen to sign off on that conclusion, the sequence of events don’t quite add up. Now Chen will have to decide what to do – investigate the death as a possible homicide and risk angering unseen powerful people, or seek the justice that his position requires him to strive for.
Wednesday, May 6 / 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, May 9 / 1 p.m. | Summer Miller will sign New Prairie Kitchen: Stories and Seasonal Recipes from Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans of the Great Plains (Agate Midway, $29.95). Organized by season, New Prairie Kitchen will transport readers to a revitalized Midwestern heartland where traditional favorites interweave with inspiring new flavors and techniques. Miller introduces readers to the phenomenal talent emerging from America's breadbasket: farms that grow asparagus thick as your thumb and tender as a strawberry; dairies that produce fresh, natural milks and cheeses; and nationally recognized restaurants that make these mouthwatering ingredients into edible art. Pioneering chefs across the prairie have taken an old-meets-new approach to their cuisine, sourcing traditional staples from local sustainable farms, and incorporating them into recipes in new and thrilling ways. Beautiful full-color photography and terrific storytelling will lead readers through a wonderful diversity of cooking styles and recipes sure to appeal to any palate. New Prairie Kitchen will reveal a fresh take on farm-to-table cooking and inspire Americans from coast to coast to try everything the prairie has to offer.
Sunday, May 10 / 11 a.m. | The book group Books and Bagels will discuss Ahab’s Wife: Or, the Star-Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund (Harper, $17.99). A magnificent, vast, and enthralling saga, Ahab's Wife is a remarkable epic spanning a rich, eventful, and dramatic life. Inspired by a brief passage in Moby Dick, it is the story of Una, exiled as a child to live in a lighthouse, removed from the physical and emotional abuse of a religion-mad father. It is the romantic adventure of a young woman setting sail in a cabin boy's disguise to encounter darkness, wonder, and catastrophe; the story of a devoted wife who witnesses her husband's destruction by obsession and madness. Ultimately it is the powerful and moving story of a woman's triumph over tragedy and loss through her courage, creativity, and intelligence.
Wednesday, May 13 / 1 p.m. | The Spring Pop-Up Discussion Group focusing on plants and flowers will discuss The Language of Flowers, a novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Ballantine, $16.00). The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what's been missing in her life. And when she's forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it's worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
Wednesday, May 13 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss Very Old Bones by William Kennedy (Penguin, $17.00). The Phelan clan has gathered for a most unusual event: the reading of Peter Phelan's will - by Peter himself. But the Phelans have always been a bit eccentric, larger-than-life in both their sins and their salvations. Kennedy chronicles the complex, moving, and sometimes hilarious saga of a hard-pressed, hard-drinking Irish-American family. From Malachi, the nineteenth-century patriarch whose religious fervor drove him to the ultimate sin; to Francis, Peter's self-exiled brother (and hero of Ironweed); to Orson - half insider, half outsider, teetering on the brink of madness - the Phelans come vibrantly to life. Weaving together the separate but interlocking threads that make up the Phelan tapestry, Kennedy captures in lyrical language the boundaries of love and redemption, of art, and of life itself.
Thursday, May 14 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss El Deafo by CeCe Bell (Abrams, $10.95). Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear--sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for.
Saturday, May 16 / 1 p.m. | Connie Spittler will sign The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies (River Junction, $15.95). Lily, a librarian with a bookmobile, arrives in the small California town of Nolan to help start a book club. Across the ocean in an Alsatian chateau, an ancient Book of Cures is stolen and surreptitiously travels to a California coast library, then on to Nolan. Suspicion swirls around the three lonely club members. Unaware of the theft, they secretly pursue their curiosity about classical erotica, while sipping a strange tea infused with herbs grown in a gypsy garden. Mysterious events collide. A crime wave and a murder shake up the town, as the women are entangled deeper and deeper into a baffling puzzle of danger and death.
Sunday, May 17 / 1 p.m. | Nebraska Nonfiction Book of the Year Award Winner Stew Magnuson will take readers on a trip down U.S. Highway 83 in Nebraska. In this multi-media presentation, he will reveal some forgotten stories of the Sand Hills he found along the border-to-border highway. In addition, he will talk about how Nebraska “got out of the mud” and developed its network of highways. He will sign copies of his latest work, The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83: Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma ($19.99).
Tuesday, May 19 / 1 p.m. | The Third Tuesday Art Group will discuss Monet and American Impressionism by Dulce Roman and Nancy Matthews (Samuel P, Harm Museum of Art, $34.95). Published in conjunction with the exhibition Monet and American Impressionism, organized by the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, in partnership with Telfair Museums and Hunter Museum of American Art.
Tuesday, May 19 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews (Scribner, $17.00). State intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence. Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow," a trained seductress in the service, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and, inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's most valuable mole in Moscow. Seeking revenge against her soulless masters, Dominika begins a fateful double life, recruited by the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington; hunt down a Russian illegal buried deep in the US military and, against all odds, to return to Moscow as the new-generation penetration of Putin's intelligence service.
Wednesday, May 20 | R. E. S. P. E. C. T. will be at The Bookworm all day to perform and talk about their mission in Omaha. See www.respect2all.org for more information.
10 - 10:30 a.m. | Puppy Pals (for preschool age children)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Between the Lines (most appropriate for grades 4-6, but definitely okay for 7th & 8th as well)
6 - 7 p.m. | Parent Training on the issue of bullying and the consequences.
Wednesday, May 20 / 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 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.
Friday, May 29 / 7 - 7:30 p.m. | Momaha Night Time Story Time for preschoolers, ages 1 – 5. Put the kids in their pajamas, bring along their favorite stuffed animal, and treat them to an early bedtime story. Expect a little singing, dancing and other fun activities. We’ll have the milk and cookies ready. See www.momaha.com for more information.