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The Dickens Fellowship of Chicago Meeting

Topic: Great Expectations (Chapters 13-27) by Charles Dickens

One of Charles Dickens’s most fascinating novels, Great Expectations
follows the orphan Pip as he leaves behind a childhood of misery and
poverty after an anonymous benefactor offers him a chance at the life of
a gentleman. From the young Pip’s first terrifying encounter with the
convict Magwitch in the gloom of a graveyard to the splendidly morbid
set pieces in Miss Havisham’s mansion to the magnificently realized boat
chase down the Thames, Great Expectations is filled with the
transcendent excitement that Dickens could so abundantly provide.
Written in 1860, at the height of his maturity, it also reveals the
novelist’s bittersweet understanding of the extent to which our deepest
moral dilemmas are born of our own obsessions and illusions. 

If you need a copy order it now. March will be too late for your Great Expectations!

 

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$7.00
ISBN: 9780486415864
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Published: Dover Publications - August 1st, 2001

Grave Expectations Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781451617245
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Published: Gallery Books - August 30th, 2011

G. K. Chesterton Society Meeting

Title: The Elusive Father Brown: The Life of Monsignor John O'Connor

Author: Julia Smith

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Published: Gracewing - March 16th, 2010

Clio's Chroniclers: The History Discussion Group

Title: Partisans & Redcoats: The Southern Conflict That Turned the Tide of the American Revolution.

Author: Walter Edgar

From one of
the South′s foremost historians, this is the dramatic story of the
conflict in South Carolina that was one of the most pivotal
contributions to the American Revolution.

In 1779, Britain
strategised a war to finally subdue the rebellious American colonies
with a minimum of additional time, effort, and blood. Setting sail from
New York harbour with 8,500 ground troops, a powerful British fleet
swung south towards South Carolina. One year later, Charleston fell. And
as King George′s forces pushed inland and upward, it appeared the
six-year-old colonial rebellion was doomed to defeat. In a stunning work
on forgotten history, acclaimed historian Walter Edgar takes the
American Revolution far beyond Lexington and Concord to re-create the
pivotal months in a nation′s savage struggle for freedom. It is a story
of military brilliance and devastating human blunders - and the courage
of an impossibly outnumbered force of demoralised patriots who suffered
terribly at the hands of a merciless enemy, yet slowly gained confidence
through a series of small triumphs that convinced them their war could
be won. Alive with incident and colour.

About the Author

Walter Edgar has authored or edited nine books on the American South, including South Carolina: A History. He is the George Washington Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina.

 

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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 7th, 2003

Mystery Discussion Group

Title: The Ghosts of Belfast

Author: Stuart Neville

Fegan has been a “hard man,” an IRA killer in northern Ireland. Now
that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by twelve ghosts:
a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and
seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he’s
going to have to kill the men who gave him orders.

As he’s working his way down the list he encounters a woman who may
offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an
outsider too. Now he has given Fate—and his quarry—a hostage. Is this
Fegan’s ultimate mistake?

Stuart Neville is a partner in a multimedia design business based in Armagh, northern Ireland. This novel, also known as The Twelve in the UK and Ireland, is the first in a series.

 

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ISBN: 9781569478578
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Published: Soho Crime - October 1st, 2010

G.K. Chesterton Society

Appreciation & Criticism of Charles Dickens

By G. K. Chesterton

Collected Wk Gk Chesterton V15: Cover Image
By G. K. Chesterton, Alzina S. Dale (Designed by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780898702583
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Published: Ignatius Press - October 1st, 1989

Clio's Chroniclers: The History Discussion Group

Title: The Chocolate Wars: The 150 Year Rivalry Between the World's Greatest Chocolate Makers.

Author: Deborah Cadbury

“The inside story of the 150-year rivalry among Cadbury, Hershey,
Nestlé, and Mars is a fascinating and luscious tale. Deborah Cadbury,
great-great-great- granddaughter of 19th-century chocolate maker John
Cadbury, tells it eloquently in Chocolate Wars, drawing the reader into
her epic of family and industry with clear love for her subject.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

“This is a delicious book, seductive as a tray of bonbons, a Fancy Box in every way.”—Washington Post

“[Chocolate Wars] pits idealism against capitalism,
religious piety against the forces of greed and cutthroat competition.
Though, like great fiction, it defies belief, it’s the true story of our
favorite guilty pleasure. Cadbury’s book, like her namesake’s famous
sampler, is full of surprises and delights.” —Christian Science Monitor

“The reader of Chocolate Wars feels they are getting an insider’s view.”—Financial Times

 

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Published: PublicAffairs - October 25th, 2011

Mystery Discussion Group

Title: The Mermaids Singing

Author: Val Mc Dermid

This was the summer he discovered what he
wanted--at a gruesome museum of criminology far off the beaten track of
more timid tourists. Visions of torture inspired his fantasies like a
muse. It would prove so terribly fulfilling.

The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield.
Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a
seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike
anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not
beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend
the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim.

A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted. But as Hill confronts
his own hidden demons, he must also come face-to-face with an evil so
profound he may not have the courage--or the power--to stop it...

 

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ISBN: 9780312983604
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 17th, 2002

Clio's Chroniclers: The History Discussion Group

Title: The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal & the Darkest Hour of the Roman Empire.

Author: Robert L. O'Donnell

For millennia,
Carthage’s triumph over Rome at Cannae in 216 B.C. has inspired
reverence and awe. No general since has matched Hannibal’s most
unexpected, innovative, and brutal military victory. Now Robert L.
O’Connell, one of the most admired names in military history, tells the
whole story of Cannae for the first time, giving us a stirring account
of this apocalyptic battle, its causes and consequences.

O’Connell brilliantly conveys how Rome amassed a giant army to punish
Carthage’s masterful commander, how Hannibal outwitted enemies that
outnumbered him, and how this disastrous pivot point in Rome’s history
ultimately led to the republic’s resurgence and the creation of its
empire. Piecing together decayed shreds of ancient reportage, the author
paints powerful portraits of the leading players, from
Hannibal—resolutely sane and uncannily strategic—to Scipio Africanus,
the self-promoting Roman military tribune. Finally, O’Connell reveals
how Cannae’s legend has inspired and haunted military leaders ever
since, and the lessons it teaches for our own wars.

About the Author

Robert L. O’Connell has worked as a senior analyst at the
National Ground Intelligence Center, as a contributing editor to MHQ:
The Quarterly Journal of Military History, and most recently as a
visiting professor at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is the author of
Of Arms and Men: A History of War, Weapons, and Aggression; Sacred
Vessels: The Cult of the Battleship and the Rise of the U.S. Navy; Ride
of the Second Horseman: The Birth and Death of War; Soul of the Sword:
An Illustrated History of Weaponry and Warfare from Prehistory to the
Present; and the novel Fast Eddie.

 

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ISBN: 9780812978674
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Published: Random House Trade - September 13th, 2011

Author Discussion & Signing with Denese Neu

Local author, Denese Nue will discuss & sign Chicago by the Pint: A Craft Beer History of the Windy City. And what a great venue Beacon's Pub at 101 Circle Avenue, right here in Forest Park.

Chicago’s craft beer scene may be new, but it enthusiastically taps the rich history of its home city. Order yourself a pint of Piece’s Golden Arm Ale and meet its inspiration—Nelson Algren, poet of the Chicago slums and author of The Man with the Golden Arm. Or sample the fine flavors of Crown Brewing, made in the former boiler room of a jail that was the site of a John Dillinger prison break. Slip some rough-and-tumble stories into your drink at Mickey Finn’s or raise a glass of Honkers to Goose Island for bringing brewing back to the city. Through the pages of this amiable bar stool reader, experience some of Chicago’s most fascinating stories, from the Great Fire to Wrigley Field.

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ISBN: 9781609491253
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Published: History Press (SC) - November 18th, 2011

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