VB Reads... General Lit

Join Cindi and discuss books from a variety of genres
at 7 pm, the first Monday of each month.


ISBN: 9780544102767
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Published: Mariner Books - August 6th, 2013

Monday, April 6, 7:00pm
In 1900, Edward Curtis gave it all up to pursue his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent's original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared. Curtis spent the next three decades documenting the stories and rituals of more than eighty North American tribes.

ISBN: 9781451645613
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 17th, 2014

Monday, May 4, 7:00pm
Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, Amanda Lindhout backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia--"the most dangerous place on earth." On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.

ISBN: 9781423152880
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 7th, 2013

Monday, June 1, 7:00pm
Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun. When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

ISBN: 9781400033539
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Published: Vintage Books USA - September 23rd, 2008

Monday, July 6, 7:00pm
In Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. He shows us a variety of what he calls "musical misalignments." Among them? A man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two. People with "amusia," to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans, and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds-for everything but music. Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable, Musicophilia is Oliver Sacks' latest masterpiece.

ISBN: 9781451617535
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Published: Touchstone Books - March 11th, 2014

Monday, August 3, 7:00pm
At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, and consumed more electricity than New York City, yet it was shrouded in such secrecy that it did not appear on any map. Thousands of civilians, many of them young women from small towns across the U.S., were recruited to this secret city, enticed by the promise of solid wages and war-ending work. What were they actually "doing" there? Very few knew.
Monday, September 14, 7:00pm
Please Note: meeting is delayed a week due to Labor Day
Bring your suggestions. Everyone welcome.

ISBN: 9780316322423
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 2nd, 2015

Monday, October 5, 7:00pm
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, she was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

ISBN: 9780143121701
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Published: Penguin Books - May 5th, 2015

Monday, November 2, 7:00pm
Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

ISBN: 9781602861800
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Published: Weinstein Books - September 4th, 2012

Monday, December 7, 7:00pm
Malaya, 1951. Yun Ling Teoh, the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle-fringed tea plantations of Cameron Highlands. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo, exiled former gardener of the emperor of Japan.