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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Coming Now and Later

STORY TIMES: Thursday, 1/24, 10:00 a.m. & Wednesday, 1/30, 3:00 p.m. ... Tina's Favorites! Thursday, 2/7, 10:00 a.m. & Wednesday, 2/13, 3:00 p.m. ... Transportation. And great news ... we have guest reader Karen Grace Kassy coming in March. She'll read a story about Lewis & Clark and will bring her sweet and gentle Newfoundland, the type of dog that is at the center of our story. Mark your calendars for March 12 at 3:00 p.m. for that story time.

BOOK SUGGESTIONS: We've had some great special orders and book club picks recently. One book club is reading Ursula K. LeGuin's translation of Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching. It's one of the best selections yet, as it's unique and filled with simple & beautiful wisdom . . . and I was completely surprised to find this version from LeGuin. Another unique selection is Persepholis: The Story of a Childhood. This graphic novel tells the story of a young girl's life under the Islamic Revolution. If you've never looked through a graphic novel, we highly recommend you take a few minutes to browse a few. These are kids' comic books ... many graphic novels are sophisticated tales accompanied by amazing art. They certainly warrant a look.

The Devil and Miss Prym: A Novel of Temptation, by Paulo Coehlo, is another pick from a local book club. Coehlo's book is a parable of a community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear—as it struggles with the choice between good and evil. Another club is reading Coehlo's Veronika Decides to Die.

If you're looking for a classic for your club pick, consider Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary. One of my personal favorites, this tale of adultery in the provinces certainly deserves another look following any requisite high school reading. The "Madame" here is Emma Bovary, the wife of a doctor who is less than satisfied with the banalities of her provincial life. She embarks on adulterous affairs and comes to a tragic end. She would be the most desperate of the desperate housewives. Other classics to look at again: The Scarlett Letter, Fahrenheit 451, Invisible Man, Atlas Shrugged, Lolita, Under the Volcano . . . so many!

BOOK CLUB: Camalli Book Co.'s next book club selection is SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY PHYSICS by Marisha Pessl. Don't let the title scare you! This mesmerizing debut novel centers on the clever, deadpan Blue van Meer, who has a head full of literary, philosophical, scientific, and cinematic knowledge. But she could use some friends. Upon entering the elite St. Gallway school she finds some--a clique of eccentrics known as the Bluebloods. One drowning and one hanging later, Blue finds herself puzzling out a byzantine murder mystery. Nabokov meets Donna Tartt in this novel--with "visual aids" drawn by the author--that has won over readers of all ages. Paperback. We will meet to discuss the novel on Wednesday, February 27, at 6:00 p.m. We had a great book-focused discussion for The World to Come, so we hope you can join us on the 27th! Everyone is welcome. Our March pick discussion will be held on Monday, March 31, at 6:00 p.m.

WHAT'S UP: Join us on January 31 as Bend author Jim Owen discusses his new book, Powerless: Our Children's Future. Owen explores the world’s need for a massive new energy economy in this powerful new book. Written by a grandfather to his three young grandchildren to read in ten years, it’s also a call to action, for anyone concerned about the world’s future. Powerless is a wake-up call based on the scientific research and ideas of great thinkers from Adam Smith, E.O. Wilson and Thomas L. Friedman. The book shows how four key elements create our coming environmental disaster: world population, distribution of power and wealth, natural resources and humans’ natural hesitation to act on long-term problems, even when they pose a threat to our children.
WOMEN ... HOT FLASHES GOT YOU DOWN?: On 2/21 Dr. Azure Karli of Bend Naturopathic Clinic will discuss the variety of menopause treatments available. Questions are welcomed, and you'll also find a range of books available to help you navigate your way through the change. :)

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