August 20, 2015 - "The Sherlockian" by Graham Moore
Third Thursday Book Group - 1pm
The Third Thursday Book Group at the Library will be discussing The Sherlockian by Graham Moore.
When literary researcher Harold White is inducted into the preeminent Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, The Baker Street Irregulars, he expects good sherry and stimulating conversation. He receives a bonus: the world's leading expert on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle announces that he's found the author's fabled "missing diary." But when the man is found murdered in his hotel room - it is Harold who must take up the search: both for the killer, and for the invaluable missing diary. With only his immense knowledge of the Doylean canon-and the help of a beautiful young journalist-Harold embarks on a dangerous transatlantic investigation, making deductions worthy of his literary idol.
At the same time, author Graham Moore tells the story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself, a story which his remained hidden in Conan Doyle's missing diary for a hundred years. In an attempt to prove himself the better of his most famous character, Conan Doyle hunts a serial killer through the streets of 1890's London. But what he finds is that in a world of real crime, and real evil, the world does not need Arthur Conan Doyle - the world needs Sherlock Holmes.
Newcomers are always welcome, and people who wish to read the book can pick up a copy at the Library's main desk.
NON-FICTION Book Group
On vacation until Tuesday, September 8th at 1PM
This book group will take a break during July and August. The September meeting with be Tuesday the 8th, due to the Labor Day holiday.
Starting in OCTOBER, the group will meet at 1PM on the first TUESDAY of the month.
For September's meeting, the group will discuss Ponzi's Scheme by Mitchell Zuckoff.
In Mitchell Zuckoff's exhilarating book, the first nonfiction account of Charles Ponzi, we meet the charismatic rogue who launched the most famous and extraordinary scam in the annals of American finance. It was a time when anything seemed possible-instant wealth, glittering fame, fabulous luxury-and for a run of magical weeks in the spring and summer of 1920, Charles Ponzi made it all come true. Promising to double investors' money in three months, the dapper, charming Ponzi raised the "rob Peter to pay Paul" scam to an art form and raked in millions at his office in downtown Boston.
In Zuckoff's hands, Ponzi is no mere swindler; instead he is appealing and magnetic, a colorful and poignant figure, someone who struggled his whole life to attain great wealth and who sincerely believed-to the very end-that he could have made good on his investment promises if only he'd had enough time. Ponzi is a classic American tale of immigrant life and the dream of success, and the unexpectedly moving story of a man who-for a fleeting, illusory moment-attained it all.
Join the group at any time; newcomers are always welcome. Bring ideas for books you'd like to discuss to the meetings.
Upcoming Book group selections
Here's the list of the upcoming titles for our Third Thursday Book Group:
September - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
October - Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
November - Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
December - Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
January - And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
The Non-Fiction Book Group meets the first Tuesday of the month, at 1PM.
Here are future titles:
July and August - No meetings
September - Ponzi's Scheme by Mitchell Zuckoff
October - Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
November -The Brothers by Stephen Kinzer
December - Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux