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bb_social-scienceMain Library’s Louis Stokes Wing, 5th floor

All The Single Ladies:  Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
by Rebecca Traister
Today, only twenty percent of Americans are wed by age twenty-nine, compared to nearly sixty percent in 1960. The Population Reference Bureau calls it a “dramatic reversal.” All the Single Ladies is a remarkable portrait of contemporary American life and how we got here, through the lens of the single American woman. Covering class, race, sexual orientation, and filled with vivid anecdotes from fascinating contemporary and historical figures, All the Single Ladies is destined to be a classic work of social history and journalism.
Thursday, March 9 • 12:00 p.m.

Badge 387:  The Story of Jim Simone, America’s Most Decorated Cop
by Robert Sberna

For 38 years, Jim Simone patrolled Cleveland’s Second Police District, a drug-plagued area with one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation. Called “Supercop” by the media (a nickname he dislikes), Simone generated headlines and public interest on a scale not seen since Eliot Ness searched for Cleveland’s Torso Murderer in the 1930s. Simone worked primarily in traffic enforcement-the riskiest assignment for a cop-and never shied from danger. He was stabbed, clubbed, run over, and shot. He traded gunfire a dozen times, killing five people in the line of duty. All of his shootings were ruled justifiable. Driven by a ferocious work ethic, Simone’s arrest rates were 500 to 600 percent higher than the department average. Despite Simone’s numerous shoot-outs, he is an advocate of police restraint. GUEST DISCUSSION LEADER: Robert Sberna, Cleveland-based journalist.  He worked for daily newspapers in the Midwest as a reporter covering police and court beats.
Thursday, April 13 • 12:00 p.m.

Comeback:  LeBron, the Cavs and Cleveland
by Terry Pluto

This epic homecoming tale recounts one of the greatest Cleveland sports stories ever — how LeBron James and the Cavaliers took fans on a roller coaster ride from despair to hope and, finally, to glory as the 2016 NBA champions.  Pluto tells it all with insightful analysis, extensive front-office details, and a deep empathy for the fans. GUEST DISCUSSION LEADER:  Ron English, Library Assistant, Langston Hughes Branch, Cleveland Public Library.
Thursday, May 11 • 12:00 p.m.

Everybody Wins:  The Chapman Guide to Solving Conflicts Without Arguing
by Gary Chapman
Every couple has disagreements. All too often, though, when we engage in arguments, our goal is not to resolve the conflict at hand, but rather, to win the fight. Unfortunately, when you win an argument, your spouse is the loser, and nobody wants to be or live with a loser. When you resolve a conflict, your spouse becomes your friend. Good marriages are based on friendship, not on winning arguments. Now, Gary Chapman provides couples with a simple blueprint for achieving win-win solutions to everyday conflicts and disagreements. By learning how to listen empathetically, respecting each other’s ideas and feelings, and understanding why particular issues are so important to their spouse, couples can find solutions that result not only in resolving the conflict at hand, but also leave both partners feeling loved, listened to, and appreciated.
Thursday, June 8 • 12:00 p.m.

bb_historyMain Library’s Louis Stokes Wing, 6th floor

russian-tattooRussian Tattoo: a Memoir
by Elena Gorokhova
Russian Tattoo : a Memoir by Elena Gorokhova.  An exquisite portrait of mothers and daughters that reaches from Cold War Russia to modern-day New Jersey.
Monday, January 23, 2017 • 12:00 p.m.


fireballThe Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice
by Patricia Bell-Scott
This is a story of the unlikely friendship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Pauli Murray, a granddaughter of a mixed race slave and a lesbian, who became a lawyer and civil rights pioneer.
Monday, February 27, 2017 • 12:00 p.m.

Negroland: A Memoir
by Patricia Bell-Scott
This work speaks to the experiences of its author, Margo Jefferson, and her upbringing in the black aristocracy of Chicago. Jefferson offers a unique look at the upper echelon of black society, describing the titular “Negroland” as a group of black people who were separate from the white elite and the common black folks, but were constantly compared to both.  Jefferson dives into important racial milestones in United States history such as the civil rights era and the so-called “post-racial” America while speaking from a position of rarefied privilege as a black elite.
Monday, March 20 • 12:00 p.m.

Mr. Pyke: Inventor, Fugitive, Spy
by Henry Hemming
This is the extraordinary story of Geoffrey Pyke, an inventor, war reporter, escaped prisoner, campaigner, father, educator–and all-around misunderstood genius.  Pyke was an unlikely hero of both world wars.  He changed the landscape of British pre-school education, and earned a fortune on the stock market.  The full scope of his story remained secret even after his death: in 2009, MI5 released a mass of material suggesting that Pyke was in fact a senior official in the Soviet Comintern.
Monday, April 10 • 12:00 p.m.

The Huntress:  The Adventures, Escapades, and Triumphs of Alicia Patterson: Aviatrix, Sportswoman, Journalist, Publisher
by Alice Arlen
is the fascinating biography of the maverick newspaperwoman, equestrian, aviatrix and intrepid adventurer Alicia Patterson, which follows her exceptional exploits through the first half of the 20th century, from her trouble making days as the middle child of complicated parents to her successes as publisher of the Pulitzer Prize winning Newsday.
Monday, February 27, 2017 • 12:00 p.m.

bb_law-libCuyahoga County Courthouse
1 West Lakeside Avenue, 4th floor

evictedEvicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond
Wednesday, December 7 • 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Join Cleveland Public Library and the Cleveland Law Library with guest discussion leader, the Hon. Raymond L. Pianka, Cleveland Municipal Housing Court.


lit-friday-frolics-headerHistoric Main Library, 2nd floor

gatsbyF. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Join us for a discussion of The Great Gatsby, followed by a screening of Paramount’s 1974 version of the film.
Friday, December 9 • 12:00 p.m.

ava_gardner_1949Ava Gardner Birthday Bash: Pandora & The Flying Dutchman and Mogambo
Join us for a discussion of Pandora & The Flying Dutchman and Mogambo followed by a screening of these two MGM films created in 1951 and 1953.
Friday, December 16 • 12:00 p.m.

tiffanysTruman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Join us for a discussion of Breakfast at Tiffany’s followed by a screening of the 1961 film.
Friday, December 23 • 12:00 p.m.

phantomGaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera
Join us for a discussion of Phantom of the Opera followed by a screening of the 1929 Lon Chaney film, with musical score by Carl Davis.
Friday, January 13, 2017 • 12:00 p.m.

call-of-deadJohn Le Carre’s Call for the Dead
Join us for a discussion of Call for the Dead followed by a screening of the 1966 film version of Deadly Affair by Sidney Lumet.
Friday, January 27, 2017

bridgesRobert James Waller’s Bridges of Madison County
Join us for a discussion of Bridges of Madison County followed by a screening of Clint Eastwood’s 1995 version of the film.
Friday, February 10, 2017

pearl-earringTracy Chevalier’s Girl with the Pearl Earring
Join us for a discussion of Girl with the Pearl Earring followed by a screening of Peter Webber’s 2003 version of the film.
Friday, February 24, 2017


get-graphic-headerHistoric Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor

Archives and Autobiography

In this year of Wonder Woman we will explore the lives of real life Wonder Women from around the world whose stories are told in comics and offer insight into the daily lives of women and girls—each a superhero in their own right! With Ohio Center for the Book Scholar-In-Residence Valentino Zullo.

Rosalie Lightning hart
by Tom Hart
Thursday, December 1 • 4:00 p.m.

This One Summer tamaki
by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Thursday, December 15 • 4:00 p.m.

Femme Fatales

In this series we will explore the lives of heroines who are challenging what it means to be a superhero! These women have class schedules and babies to raise; they are battling deadly disease, and going to chemotherapy – all while trying to save the day! With Ohio Center for the Book guest reader Valentino Zullo.

thor1Mighty Thor, Volume 1: Thunder in Her Veins
by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman
Thursday, January 12, 2017 • 4:00 p.m.

spider-womanSpider-Woman, Volume 1: Baby Talk
by Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez
Thursday, January 26, 2017 • 4:00 p.m.

squirrelThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 1: Squirrel Power
by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Thursday, February 9, 2017 • 4:00 p.m.

mockingbirdMockingbird, Volume 1: I Can Explain
by Chelsea Cain & Kate Niemczyk
Thursday, February 23, 2017 • 4:00 p.m.



think-and-drink-headerJoin us this fall for engaging book discussions while enjoying your favorite beverage,
as Jefferson Branch teams up with The Spotted Owl.
Book discussions are held on the second Monday of each month.

modern-romanceModern Romance
by Aziz Ansari
Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated? In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.
Monday, February 13, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
by the Dalai Lama

Two leading spiritual masters share their wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity, sharing personal stories and teachings about the science of profound happiness and the daily practices that anchor their emotional and spiritual lives.
Monday, March 13, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
 by Angela Duckworth

Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur genius Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying passions and following through on commitments.
Monday, April 10, 2017 7:00 PM