Book Club Kit: State of the Onion

State of the OnionState of the Onion (#1)
by Julie Hyzy
First Published: 2008
6 Copies & Reading Guide

Never let them see you sweat-that’s White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras’s motto, which is pretty hard to honor in the most important kitchen in the world. She’s hell-bent on earning her dream job, Executive Chef. There’s just one thing: her nemesis is vying for it, too. Well, that and the fact that an elusive assassin wants to see her fry.

No Reading Guide?
ReadingGroupGuides – General Questions for Mysteries & Thrillers
LitLovers – General Questions for Fiction

Review:
Mysterious Reviews – “Review” by Hidden Staircase Mystery Books
Devourer of Books – “Book Review” by Jen

Around the Web:

Series Order:

  1. State of the Onion 
  2. Hail to the Chef
  3. Eggsecutive Orders
  4. Buffalo West Wing

Book Club Kit: Flyaway

FlyawayFlyaway
by Suzie Gilbert
First Published: 2009
5 Copies & Reading Guide

A bird rehabilitation specialist describes her experiences with assisting injured animals and the impact of her work on her family life, in an account that remembers the special birds she has helped and the life lessons she learned throughout the course of her career.

Reading Guide:
ReadingGroupGuides – Includes a Book Description and Discussion Questions

Reviews:
10,000 Birds – “Review” by Corey
Kirkus Reviews – “Book Review” from 03/01/2009

Author’s Website: http://suziegilbert.com

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Book Club Kit: Sins of the Assassin

Sins of the Assassin (Book #2)
by Robert Ferrigno
First Published: 2008
6 Copies & Reading Guide

The year is 2043. Rakkim Epps battles radical fundamentalist forces in a futuristic America, now a divided blood-soaked dystopia. New York and Washington, D.C., have been leveled by nuclear bombs. New Orleans is submerged beneath fifty feet of water and treasure hunters scavenge its watery ruins. The United States no longer exists, and in its place two new nations maintain an uneasy coexistence. Will Rakkim survive? Can America ever be unified again?

No Reading Guide?
ReadingGroupGuides – General Questions for Mysteries & Thrillers
BookBrowse – Can’t Find a Reading Guide? Create Your Own!

Reviews:

Author’s Website: www.robertferrigno.com

Series Order:

  1. Prayers for the Assassin
  2. Sins of the Assassin
  3. Heart of the Assassin (not available in Pinal County — ask your librarian about requesting an ILL.)

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Book Club Kit: The Devil in the White City

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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
by Erik Larson
First Published: 2003
5 Copies & Reading Guide

The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 was one of the most spectacular exhibitions the world has ever seen. This is the story of its realization, and of the two men whose fates it linked – an architect and a serial killer. The architect as Daniel H. Burnham, who created the White City, a magical landscape of white buildings set in a wonderland of canals and gardens. The killer was H.H. Holmes, a handsome young doctor with striking blue eyes, who used the attraction of the great fair – and his own devilish charms – to lure scores of young women to their death. Holmes would stroll through the fair at night, when an electric dynamo transformed it into an incandescent fairyland, with an unsuspecting victim on each arm. This is the story of the men and women whose lives were irrevocably changed by the Chicago World Fair, and of Burnham and Holmes.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Author Info, Book Summary, Brief Reviews, and Discussion Questions
Licking County Library Book Blog – Includes Discussion Questions

Reviews:

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Book Club Kit: Emotional Intelligence

Emotional IntelligenceEmotional Intelligence
by Daniel Goleman
First Published: 1995
5 Copies & Reading Guide

Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why. Daniel Goleman’s brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our “two minds”—the rational and the emotional—and how they together shape our destiny.

Reading Guide:
ReadingGroupGuides – Includes a Book Description and Discussion Questions

Reviews:

Around the Web:

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Book Club Kit: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Battle Hymn of the Tiger MotherBattle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
by Amy Chua
First Published: 2011
6 Copies & Reading Guide

Traces the rewards and pitfalls of a Chinese mother’s exercise in extreme parenting, describing the exacting standards applied to grades, music lessons, and avoidance of Western cultural practices.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Book Summary, Brief Reviews, and Discussion Questions

Reviews:

Author’s Website: amychua.com

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Book Club Kit: Easy Innocence

Easy InnocenceEasy Innocence
by Libby Fischer Hellmann
First Published: 2008
5 Copies & Reading Guide

When pretty, smart Sara is found bludgeoned to death, it’s easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia finds a much different darker answer on Chicago’s North Shore- privileged schoolgirls have learned just how much their innocence is worth to hot-under-the-collar businessmen.

No Reading Guide?
ReadingGroupGuides – General Questions for Mysteries & Thrillers
BookBrowse – Can’t Find a Reading Guide? Create Your Own!

Reviews:

Author’s Website: www.libbyhellmann.com

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Book Club Kit: The Children’s Blizzard

The Children's BlizzardThe Children’s Blizzard
by David Laskin
First Published: 2004
6 Copies & Reading Guide

Thousands of impoverished Northern European immigrants were promised that the prairie offered “land, freedom, and hope.” The disastrous blizzard of 1888 revealed that their free homestead was not a paradise but a hard, unforgiving place governed by natural forces they neither understood nor controlled, and America’s heartland would never be the same.

Reading Guide:
HarperCollins – Includes Book Description and Discussion Questions

Reviews:

Around the Web:

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Book Club Kit: The Water is Wide

The Water is Wide

The Water is Wide
by Pat Conroy
First Published: 1972
6 Copies & Reading Guide

Yamacraw Island was haunting, nearly deserted, and beautiful. Separated from the mainland of South Carolina by a wide tidal river, it was accessible only by boat. But for the handful of families that lived on Yamacraw, America was a world away. For years these families lived proudly from the sea until waste from industry destroyed the oyster beds essential to their very existence. Already poor, they knew they would have to face an uncertain future unless, somehow, they learned a new life. But they needed someone to teach them, and their run down schoolhouse had no teacher. The Water is Wide is Conroy’s experience as the only teacher in a two-room schoolhouse, working with children the world had pretty much forgotten.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Brief Reviews, Author Info, and Discussion Questions.

Reviews:

On the Web:
Author’s Website – http://www.patconroy.com
Moon Travel Guides – “Pat Conroy’s Lowcountry
Wikipedia – More about Daufuskie Island (aka “Yamacraw”) 

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Book Club Kit: Reading Lolita in Tehran

Reading Lolita in TehranReading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
by Azar Nafisi
First Published: 2003
5 Copies & Reading Guide

From 1995-97 in Iran, Azar Nafisi gathered with seven of her former students, all young women, to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. Reserved at first, the women soon learned to speak their minds and share their repressed dreams.

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