Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Upcoming Book Clubs

On Tuesday, October 18th at 12:00 noon, the BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB will meet at the Central Library to discuss Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larson.

On May 1, 1915, with World War I entering its tenth month, a richly appointed luxury ocean liner sailed out of New York bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the fastest liners then in service, and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger's U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and small--hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more--all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history. Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era.

--from publisher description

On Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m., the SCENE OF THE CRIME MYSTERY BOOK CLUB will meet at the Buena Vista Branch to discuss The Picture Kills, by Ian Bull.

Steven Quintana was once a top Army Ranger reconnaissance photographer until he made a fatal mistake on a mission. A boy was killed, and Steven’s military career was cut short—all because of a photo he took. Now he works as a paparazzo in Hollywood where his photos can’t hurt anybody, the money is easy, and he can forget the past. But when mega movie star Julia Travers is kidnapped, Steven discovers the kidnappers used photos he took to cover up the crime. Realizing that he’s still harming people with his camera, he swears to fix his mistake, Rambo-style. But—life or death situation or not—the last person Julia wants coming to her rescue is the paparazzo whose photos got her into trouble in the first place. 

--from publisher description

Both clubs are open to all--feel free to read the book(s) and join the discussion(s)!

On Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m., the GENRE-X BOOK CLUB (not your mother's book club) will meet at the Central Library to discuss Patience, by Daniel Clowes, described on Goodreads as "sci fi psychedelia, in a comics crime novel setting."

Genre-X is a book club for Millennials and Gen-Xers to hang out, drink coffee, and read short, interesting books. If that description fits you, then contact Jeff or Laura at 818 238-5580!

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