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The Icepick Surgeon

By Sam Kean

Science is a force for good in the world--at least usually. But sometimes, when obsession gets the better of scientists, they twist a noble pursuit into something sinister. Under this spell, knowledge isn't everything, it's the only thing--no matter the cost. Bestselling author Sam Kean tells the true story of what happens when unfettered ambition pushes otherwise rational men and women to cross the line in the name of science, trampling ethical boundaries and often committing crimes in the process.

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The Night Watchman

By Louise Erdrich

In 1953, Chippewa Council member Thomas Wazhushk, night watchman at a factory near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota, is angered by a bill floating through Congress that will effectively deprive Native Americans of their land, their rights, and their identity. Meanwhile, high school valedictorian Patrice Paranteau resists the idea of staying on the reservation and marrying, instead doing mind-numbing work at the factory to save money for a move to Minneapolis to find older sister Vera. Thomas is inspired by the multi-award-winning Erdrich's own grandfather.

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Learning to Speak Southern

By Lindsey Rogers Cook

A searing Southern story about confronting the difference between the family you're born into and the family you choose, from the acclaimed author of How to Bury Your Brother. Lex fled Memphis years ago, making ends meet with odd jobs teaching English around the world. She only returns when she has no choice, when her godmother presents her with a bargain she can't refuse. Lex has never understood her mother, who died tragically right before Lex's college graduation, but now she's got a chance to read her journals, to try and figure out what sent her mother spiraling all those years ago. The Memphis that Lex inhabits is more bourbon and BBQ joint than sweet tea on front porches, and as she pieces together the Memphis her mother knew, seeing the lure of the world through her mother's lush writing, she must confront more of her own past and the people she left behind. Once all is laid bare, Lex must decide for herself: What is the true meaning of family?

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The Midnight Library

By Matt Haig

Nora, in her mid-30s and living in the small English town of Bedford, suffers from "situational depression"--though, as she wryly observes, "It's just that I keep on having new... situations." After she gets fired from her job and her cat dies, she attempts suicide, only to wake up in a book-lined liminal zone, where she is guided by a librarian: "Between life and death there is a library... Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived." There, Nora discovers what would have happened had she not abandoned her promising swimming career, called off her engagement, or left the rock band she started with her brother. Each time an alternate life disappoints or doesn't feel quite right, Nora exits, reappearing in the library to continue browsing for the perfect story.

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Theme: Women in Sports

Join us one Saturday each month as we explore several titles from our nonfiction collection. No reading required - come to the meeting with suggestions on the topic or simply listen and collect titles to add to your "to read" list!

This month's theme is Women in Sports.

10:30 am in the Fitzgerald Room

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The Babysitter

By Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan

A chilling true story-part memoir, part crime investigation-reminiscent of Ann Rule's classic The Stranger Beside Me, about a little girl longing for love and how she found friendship with her charismatic babysitter-who was also a vicious serial killer. Growing up on Cape Cod in the 1960s, Liza Rodman was a lonely little girl. During the summers, while her mother worked days in a local motel and danced most nights in the Provincetown bars, her babysitter-the kind, handsome handyman at the motel where her mother worked-took her and her sister on adventures in his truck. He bought them popsicles and together, they visited his "secret garden" in the Truro woods. To Liza, he was one of the few kind and understanding adults in her life. Everyone thought he was just a "great guy." But there was one thing she didn't know; their babysitter was a serial killer. Some of his victims were buried-in pieces-right there, in his garden in the woods. Though Tony Costa's gruesome case made screaming headlines in 1969 and beyond, Liza never made the connection between her friendly babysitter and the infamous killer of numerous women, including four in Massachusetts, until decades later. Haunted by nightmares and horrified by what she learned, Liza became obsessed with the case. Now, she and cowriter Jennifer Jordan reveal the chilling and unforgettable true story of a charming but brutal psychopath through the eyes of a young girl who once called him her friend.

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Midnight at the Blackbird Café

By Heather Webber

Nestled in the mountain shadows of Alabama lies the little town of Wicklow. It is here that Anna Kate has returned to bury her beloved Granny Zee, owner of the Blackbird Café.

It was supposed to be a quick trip to close the café and settle her grandmother’s estate, but despite her best intentions to avoid forming ties or even getting to know her father’s side of the family, Anna Kate finds herself inexplicably drawn to the quirky Southern town her mother ran away from so many years ago, and the mysterious blackbird pie everybody can’t stop talking about.

As the truth about her past slowly becomes clear, Anna Kate will need to decide if this lone blackbird will finally be able to take her broken wings and fly.

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Digging to America

By Anne Tyler

In her richest, most deeply searching novel yet, Tyler pens a story about what it is to be an American, and about Iranian-born Maryam Yazdan, who, after 35 years in this country, must finally come to terms with her outsiderness.

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Theme: Oceans of Possibilities

Join us one Saturday each month as we explore several titles from our nonfiction collection. No reading required - come to the meeting with suggestions on the topic or simply listen and collect titles to add to your "to read" list!

This month's theme is Oceans of Possibilities.

10:30 am in the Fitzgerald Room

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The Night Watchman

By Louise Erdrich

In 1953, Chippewa Council member Thomas Wazhushk, night watchman at a factory near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota, is angered by a bill floating through Congress that will effectively deprive Native Americans of their land, their rights, and their identity. Meanwhile, high school valedictorian Patrice Paranteau resists the idea of staying on the reservation and marrying, instead doing mind-numbing work at the factory to save money for a move to Minneapolis to find older sister Vera. Thomas is inspired by the multi-award-winning Erdrich's own grandfather.

The Night Watchman book jacket