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*Armchair Traveler Book Group *Biography & Memoirs at Katy Geissert Library *The Book Group at the El Retiro Library
*Creative Spirit Book Group at the Southeast Library *Mayhem In the A.M. at Henderson Library *Mystery at North Torrance Library
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Creative Spirit Book Group at the Southeast Library



All discussions are free - no registration is required.
Just read the book prior to the meeting!



The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life.  His job is repairing rides at  seaside amusement park.  On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart.  He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination.  It's a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some whom you knew, others who may have been strangers.  One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age.  Eddie's five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: "Why was I here?"



The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim

Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm

In early 20th century Korea, Najin Han, the privileged daughter of a calligrapher, longs to chose her own destiny, though her country -- newly occupied Japan -- is crumbling and her family, led by her stern father, is facing difficulties that seem insurmountable.  Narrowly escaping an arranged marriage, Najin takes up a new role as a companion to a young princess.  But the king is soon assassinated, and the centuries-old dynastic culture comes to its end.  Najin pursues a coveted education and is surprised to find love.  After one day of marriage, denied passport separates her from her new husband who continues alone to America.  As a decade passes the world descends into war, Najin loses touch with her husband.  Will the love they share be enough to sustain her?


The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum

Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm

In the Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.




The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm


Hig lives in the hanger of a small abandoned airport after he survived flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, he risks everything to follow the trail of the static-broken voice.





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