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History Discussion Group (Clio's Chroniclers) Meeting

History Discussion Group Meeting

Date; April 29, 2018

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00 PM

Title: Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s

Author: Fredreick Lewis Allen

Group Leader: Jim Cuca

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ISBN: 9780060956653
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 29th, 2010

Chicago Dickens Fellowship Meeting

Chicago Dickens Fellowship Meeting

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June 10, 2018

2:00 PM

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Reading: The first half of The Old Curiosity Shop


First published serially in 1840-41 in Dickens' own magazine, Master Humphrey's Clock, and in book form in 1841, The Old Curiosity Shop was an immediate popular success. The heart-wrenching story of Little Nell and her doting grandfather offered a rich amalgam of misery and malice, goodness and generosity, love and loyalty -- all with a pervading veneer of sentimentality that greatly appealed to Victorian readers.
As the story opens up, Nell and her grandfather are living behind his curiosity shop, which brings in barely a pittance. To improve Nell's prospects, her grandfather gambles at night and is soon in debt to the evil dwarf Quilp. When Quilp takes over the shop, Nell and her aged guardian abandon their home and roam the countryside, where they meet up with a diverse and vivid collection of wandering entertainers and traveling shows, jovial innkeepers, clerics, schoolmasters, and sharp-eyed con men. Relentlessly pursued by the avaricious Quilp, the two struggle to survive in a hostile world that often turns a cold shoulder, but nevertheless also includes people who treat them with kindness and compassion.
The book has much to recommend it--it features a wonderfully picturesque cast of characters drawn with typical Dickensian flair, while the mean streets of Victorian London and the rustic charms of the English countryside are recreated in loving detail. Above all, the book offers a rich human drama of courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. Generations of readers have applauded Nell and the other plucky underdogs of the story as they oppose the vile and miserable actions of the evil and uncaring.


About the Author

After a childhood blighted by poverty, commercial success came early to Charles Dickens (1812-70). By the age of 24, he was an international sensation whose new novels were eagerly anticipated. Two centuries later, Dickens' popularity endures as readers revel in the warm humanity and rollicking humor of his tales of self-discovery.

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ISBN: 9780486426792
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Published: Dover Publications - July 15th, 2003

G.K. Chesterton Society Meeting



APRIL 14, 2018

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

TITLE: Come Rack, Come Rope

Come Rack, Come Rope is a gripping historical novel which takes place during Queen Elizabeth I's persecution of English Catholics. Based on the real sufferings of a real Catholic family in particular, and Catholics across the country, Robert Hugh Benson's classic novel is one of tragedy and loss, but also heroism and human and divine love. The novel follows Robin and Margaret, a young couple in love who forgo their affection when Margaret realizes Robin is called to the priesthood. Both play a critical role in caring physically and spiritually for their fellow Catholics during this time of terror. 
Discover their heroism, love, and sacrifice, and be inspired to live it out in our own frightful times in Come Rack, Come Rope.

AUTHOR: R.H. Benson

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ISBN: 9781505109191
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Published: Tan Books - December 22nd, 2016

Sisters in Crime (Local Chapter) Meeting.




11:00 AM TO 1:00 PM

SPEAKER:  Edgar®  and Agatha Nominated author Victoria Thompson writes the Gaslight Mystery Series, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and featuring midwife Sarah Brandt. Her latest, Murder in the Bowery, was a May 2017 release. The 21st book in that series, Murder on UnionSquare, will be out in May 2018.  City of Lies is the first book in her new Counterfeit Lady series, a November 2017 release from Berkley.  She also contributed to the award winning writing textbook Many Genres/One Craft. Victoria teaches in the Seton Hill University master's program in writing popular fiction. She lives in Illinois with her husband and a very spoiled little dog.  

TOPIC: It’s Not a Mystery!  Victoria Thompson will show us an easy technique for creating a mystery plot that you can use for a true mystery novel or plug into a novel of any genre. We will actually use the technique to plot a mystery together from scratch.



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ISBN: 9781101987131
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Berkley Books - April 3rd, 2018

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ISBN: 9780399586576
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Published: Berkley Books - November 7th, 2017

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ISBN: 9780399586606
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Berkley Books - May 1st, 2018

Mystery Discussion Group


2:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 15, 2018

Title: Shakespeare's Champion

Author: Charlaine Harris

Group Leader Mary Beth Logas

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ISBN: 9781250107329
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Minotaur Books - July 24th, 2018

Mystery Discussion Group


2:00 PM

FEBRUARY 17, 2018

Title: The Drifter

Auhor: Nicholas Petrie

Group Leader" Madeline Moon

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ISBN: 9780735215207
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 7th, 2017

Mystery Discussion Group


2:00 PM

JUNE 16, 2018

Title: Sapphire Pavilion

Author: David Grogan

Group Leader: John Cline


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ISBN: 9781603816038
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Published: Camel Press - May 1st, 2017

Mystery Discussion Group


MAY 18, 2018

2:00 PM

Title: The Facts of Life & Death

Author: Belinda Bauer

Group Leader: Julie Jezuit


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ISBN: 9780802126849
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Published: Grove Press - April 11th, 2017

Mystery Discussion Group


2:00 PM

APRIL 21, 2018

Title: The Devotion of Suspect X

Author: Keigo Higashino

Group Leader: Carol Derbiak



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ISBN: 9781250002693
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 28th, 2012

Mystery Discussion Group


MARCH 17, 2018

2:00 PM

Title: Blood Trails

Author: Michael Black

Group Leader: John Cline

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ISBN: 9781940758565
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Published: Intrigue Publishing LLC - July 28th, 2017


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