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Brown Bag Book Clubs begin at 12:00 p.m.   Bring your lunch

Center for Local and Global History

American HeiressMonday, September 18
American Heiress
by Jeffrey Toobin
On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst Family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbonese Liberation Army. The weird turns that followed in this already sensational take are truly astonishing; the Hearst family tried to secure Patty’s release by feeding the people of Oakland and San Francisco for free; the LAPD engaged in the largest police shoot-out in American history; and then there was Patty’s circuslike trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations, after which the term “Stockholm syndrome” entered the lexicon. 

Monday, October 16
Killers of the Flower Moon
by David Grann
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances. David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. 

Monday, November 20
The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers
by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman
This is the story of how America’s first women soldiers helped win World War I, earned the vote, and fought the U.S. Army. In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France. They were masters of the latest technology: the telephone switchboard. General John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces, demanded female “wire experts” when he discovered that inexperienced doughboys were unable to keep him connected with troops under fire.

Social Sciences Department 

Thursday, September 14
Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
by Erik Larson 

lit-friday-frolics-headerLiterature Department, Main Library, 2nd floor
Fridays, 12:00 p.m. • 4:00 p.m.

AUGUST 25 • 4:00 p.m.
Discuss Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth, followed by a screening of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1972 film adaptation starring Sir Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. (MPAA: PG – 138 minutes) Rotten Tomatoes: 96% Fresh

Discussion of Ira Levin’s The Boys From Brazil followed by a screening of Franklin J. Shaffer’s 1978 20th Century Fox version starring Gregory Peck, James Mason, and Sir Laurence Olivier (MPAA: R – 125 minutes) Rotten Tomatoes: 70% Fresh

SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
Discussion of Vera Caspary’s Laura followed by a screening of Otto Preminger’s 1944 20th Century Fox version starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Clifton Webb. (MPAA: NR – 88 minutes) Rotten Tomatoes: 100% Fresh

OCTOBER 13,, 2017
Discussion of Bram Stoker’s Dracula followed by a screening of Philip Saville’s 1977 BBC miniseries starring Louis Jourdan, Frank Finlay, and Judi Bowker.  (MPAA: NR – 150 minutes) IMDB: 7.7/10 (940 votes)

OCTOBER 20, 2017
Screening of Werner Herzog’s 1979 film Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht starring Klaus Kinksi, Isabelle Adjani, and Bruno Ganz.  (MPAA: PG – 107 minutes) Rotten Tomatoes: 94% Fresh

OCTOBER 27, 2017
Discussion of Joseph Sheridan le Fanu’s Uncle Silas followed by a screening of Peter Hammond’s 1987 BBC miniseries The Dark Angel starring Peter O’Toole, Beatie Edney, and Jane Lapotaire. (MPAA: NR – 180 minutes) IMDB: 7.2/10 (128 votes)

NOVEMBER 10, 2017
Discussion of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw followed by a screening of Jack Clayton’s 1961 20th Century Fox adaptation The Innocents starring Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, and Pamela Franklin.  (MPAA: NR – 100 minutes) Rotten Tomatoes: 96% Fresh

NOVEMBER 24, 2017
Discussion of Henry James’ Washington Square followed by a screening of William Wyler’s 1949 MGM film adaptation The Heiress with Sir Ralph Richardson, Olivia de Havilland, and Montgomery Clift. (MPAA: NR – 115 minutes) Rotten Tomatoes: 100% Fresh



Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor
With Guest Reader Valentino Zullo

Memoirs of the Middle East

In this series we will explore Middle East history through the stories and cartoons of those who witnessed the changing landscapes.   

September 7, 2017
Footnotes in Gaza
by Joe Sacco

September 21, 2017
Chicken with Plums
by Marjane Satrapi

October 5, 2017
Arab of the Future
by Riad Sattouf

October 19, 2017
Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq
by Sarah Glidden

November 2, 2017
by Leila Abdelrazaq 

November 16, 2017
Dare to Disappoint
by Ozge Samanci 



Award Winning Books

First Tuesday of Every Month at 4pm
Main Library, 2nd Floor, Literature Department & Ohio Center for the Book

September 5th, 2017
The Association of Small Bombs: A Novel

by Karan Mahajan, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Fiction


October 3rd, 2017
Everything I Never Told You

by Celeste Ng, winner of the winner of the Alex Award and the APALA Award for Fiction.


November 7th, 2017
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.



Think & Drink

Join us for engaging book discussions as the Jefferson Branch Library
teams up with neighborhood watering holes.

Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy
by Anne Lamott
An engaging exploration of mercy, its elusive presence, and why people ignore or embrace it. Lamott shares advice for forging deeper self-understanding and how to pursue an honest, meaningful life that involves kindness to others.
Monday September 11, 2017 • 7:00 pm. at the Spotted Owl 710 Jefferson Avenue

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit 
by Michael Finkel
The true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods for twenty-seven years – a riveting account of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life.
Monday, October 9, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.  Location TBA

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: The Journey of Doaa Al Zamel: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival 
by Melissa Fleming
The story of a young Syrian refugee’s attempt to reach Sweden, focusing on her ordeal in icy waters after the dilapidated fishing vessel in which she was traveling–along with 500 others–sinks.
Monday, November 13, 2017 • 7:00 p.m. Location TBA