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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2010
When Pamela Griffith flipped open the book in her prison cell and began to read, she felt an immediate, visceral connection in an environment where personal bonds of any type are in notoriously short supply. "It's funny. You feel a kinship in a certain way," Griffith, 53, told the other inmates participating in an unusual book club that's been running for nearly five years at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women in Jessup. She leaned forward, and the words flew out of her: "Because her cells did what they did and the researchers did what they did, I'm sitting here today.
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By Julie Scharper and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
For two years, the crew of the USS Jeannette was trapped in ice north of the Bering Sea. The sailors staged musicals, played football, ate seal meat (which they dubbed "arctic turkey") and even performed surgery on the eye of a crew member afflicted with syphilis. Then, in June 1881, the real adventure began: The Jeannette sank. The men loaded their provisions onto dog sleds and began the trek to Siberia, some 1,000 miles away. Journalist Hampton Sides tells the story of the Jeannette's star-crossed expedition in his latest book, "In the Kingdom of Ice. " Sides spent more than three years poring over thousands of pages of records kept by the ship's captain, letters, diary entries and testimony from the 13 men who survived the brutal journey.
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August 17, 2008
The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., will hold a meeting of its Elks Parent-Teen Book Club for youngsters ages 11 to 17 and their parents from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The book to be discussed is Cheaper by the Dozen, by Frank B. Gilbreth. The 1950 movie based on the book will be shown at 6 p.m. Registration is not needed. Information: 410-313-5077. The Miller branch library's Tween Book Club, for middle-schoolers ages 11-13, will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 27. The book is American Born Chinese, by Gene Yang.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
Marlo Thomas is an actress, an activist, an author and most recognizable as the face of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., founded by her father, comedian Danny Thomas. She is also the editor of a new collection of women's stories, "It Ain't Over … Reinventing Your Life and Realizing Your Dreams — Anytime, at Any Age. " Thomas, who lives in New York and Connecticut with her husband of more than 30 years, pioneering talk-show host Phil Donahue, will be at The Baltimore Sun Book Club on Wednesday to talk to readers about her new book.
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March 8, 2001
An interview with Charles Fleming, co-founder of Tehuti Book Club. How did your club get started? A friend of mine who worked with me, whose name is Bobbe Frasier - we started the club. ... We wanted to have a men's book club. We just felt like men have their own perspective on things, and we wanted to deal with that perspective. What book are members reading this month? For March, we're having a joint book club meeting [with a women's book club], and [the women's club] selected the book, and the name of that book is "Men Cry in the Dark" by Michael Baisden.
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June 29, 2000
An interview with Ruth Bland, president of the Twelve in Twelve Book Club. What book are members reading this month? This month, we're reading "The Millionaire Next Door," by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko. This is subtitled "The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy," and that gives you some idea of what it's about. [It's] nonfiction. We read primarily fiction, but we also read biographies, nonfiction, self-improvement. Which books have members liked? It's interesting that [members did like]
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April 11, 2002
An interview with Suzanne Bourg, founding member of Read 'Em and Eat book club. How did your group get started? I believe it was in 1984. A few of us were interested in reading books, and I think there were five or six of us. We didn't really have any place to meet, so we started to have dinner at each other's houses. And then we got tired of cooking and bringing food, so we started meeting at restaurants. How many members do you have now? We have approximately 10 people right now. Usually we can only get eight books from the library, but sometimes someone is out of town or something, so, so far we seem to have had enough [books]
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December 28, 2000
An interview with Jane Martello, founder of BLIPS (Book Lovers in Paradise), a mother/daughter book club. What book are members reading this month? "The Secret of Platform 13" by Eva Ibbotson. It's about creatures living under the London subway. Is there a book that members have especially liked? The first book that we did, "The BFG" by Roald Dahl. The giant, the main character in the story, talked in a really funny way, and it really got their attention. How did the mothers like the book?
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November 8, 2001
An interview with Jenny Leopold, facilitator of the book club at Florence Bain Senior Center in Columbia. What is your role as the book club's facilitator? I'm a [former] English teacher, and I taught high school and college English, and now I'm at home with [my own] kids. ... I absolutely love working with this population. Seniors are just the best students ... and I think that they think of me as their teacher [even though] they are a group of women who have been active readers their whole life.
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January 25, 2001
An interview with Mary Axenfeld, coordinator of the Year 2000 Book Club. How did the club get started? Another woman and I - she had been in a book club, and she didn't like the books they were reading. I guess they were reading mostly classics. So we just decided to start our own club and read the books we wanted. We had decided that we wanted to read more of the best-sellers. What book are members reading this month? "She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb. And the new Glenwood library was really good, and they got seven of them for us, so most of us could get them from the library.
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By Catherine Mallette, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2013
As the author of 14 best-selling novels - with a new book coming out in March - Jane Green is one of the country's most popular chick-lit writers. And yet she has this to say about her life as an author: "Every now and then, my 13-year-old son looks at me and starts laughing - he can't reconcile that some of his teachers or the moms of his friends get excited about me or my books when I'm just his regular, old mom. " Green is known for her character-driven stories filled with emotional appeal.
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By Jill Zarend-Kubatko, For The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
Two Arundel High School graduates who are headed off to college this fall have an unusual achievement to add to their resumes. In order to raise money for an online book club for students in Kenya, they held a school-wide Quidditch match, complete with broomsticks. Quidditch, of the "Harry Potter" book series, may be fictional, but the computers and Internet access that the Kenyan students received as part of the Kenya Venture are very real. The project came about when Aashi Parikh, 18, attended an Ashoka Youth Venture global citizenship conference at the Kennedy Center in Washington in 2011 and a Vital Voices Global Partnership conference that same year.
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June 28, 2013
Calendar These activities will be offered at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Information: 410-222-1818. Food drive The center will be accepting donations for the Lighthouse Shelter and Food Link during July. Suggested are grape jelly, cans of chicken, tuna, beef stew, fruit, ham, rice, crackers and jars of spaghetti sauce. Movie "Oz the Great and Powerful," will be screened at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 16. Free popcorn. Oldies concert The Retro Rockets will play rock 'n' roll from the 1940s, '50s, '60s and '70s at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. Tribute concert Jed Duvall pays a tribute to singer-songwriter Paul McCartney at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. Party Members can don their Western duds and come to a Hot Dog Hoedown beginning at noon Wednesday, July 31. Country music provided by J&J Duo. Tickets are $4. The following activities will be offered at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road.
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By Catherine Mallette, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2013
On paper, Lisa Scottoline is a little intimidating. She's got more than 30 million copies in print of her books, including 20 best-selling novels. She writes a weekly column, with her daughter, for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She's a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and taught a class at the latter called "Justice and Fiction. " But ask her about any connections she might have to Baltimore, where she'll be visiting May 20 as a featured author in the Baltimore Sun Book Club, and you'll quickly discover her self-deprecating sense of humor.
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By L'Oreal Thompson | April 9, 2013
For romance writer Suzie Carr, inspiration comes from everyday life. Through her lesbian romance novels, she tackles topics such as adultery, temptation, bullying and coming of age. She says she hopes those themes resonate with her readers and bring awareness to social issues. “Through my books, I feel like I'm touching lives. There's a positive message behind it,” says Carr, who lives in Elkridge. “It's more than just a love story. This literature could be mainstream because it deals with real-life issues.” Carr's first novel, “The Fiche Room” -- which is currently being adapted into a short film -- was published in 2007 by LavenderDoor.com, a website that sells e-books.
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By Catherine Mallette, For The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2013
Chris Bohjalian's novel "The Sandcastle Girls" has many traditional elements of compelling fiction - people with secrets, shocking plot twists, compulsively likable characters and a rich love story. It also describes the 1915 mass killing of Armenians - "The Slaughter You Know Next to Nothing About," as one of the characters in his book calls it. Bohjalian, who is at work on his 17th book, was inspired to write this one by the story of his Armenian grandparents. The author will talk about the novel April 22 as part of the new Baltimore Sun Book Club (see details, Page 7)
NEWS
April 8, 2004
An interview with Kevin Clement, facilitator of the Home-school Book Club at the Savage library. What are the ages of the participants? They are middle and high school students. We meet every fourth Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. They bring a bag lunch, and the library provides drinks. Whose idea was it to have this club? The Savage library had a program for homeschoolers, both parents and children, in the fall of 2003 and I put out several ideas of activities that the library could do for homeschooled children.
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January 10, 2002
An interview with Peggy Moore, founding member of The Saturday Club book club. How did your club get started? I'm one of the original members. There are six members. ... We were friends, and we got together in September of 1992. It's called the Saturday Club, and we meet the last Saturday of each month from September to June. We do not meet during the summer. What book are members reading this month? Our latest is Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler. How did you chose that book?
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March 28, 2013
Activity Pals For single seniors. Get together with others to attend events, shop, go sightseeing, dine out and more. 301-596-6385. The Bain Center 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. 410-313-7213. •Acting Up! Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. A theater club. Call center to confirm attendance. Free. •AcuDetox. Thursdays, 10 a.m. $20. •American Indian Experience. Second Mondays, 1 p.m. •Another Way to See It Laughter Club. Mondays, 9 a.m. $2 instructor fee at class each week.
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