Growing up, you might had seen your mother meet with her ladies group every Thursday afternoon reading appropriate literature. This instilled a love of reading in you, and due to this, you secretly bought Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the day it came out and read it into the wee hours of the morning. You yearn to create time to read classics like Fahrenheit 451 or Dostoyevsky. The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Hunger Games sit on your shelf. But this is not your mother's book club. Who are you? A secret bibliophile or book-worm. Join us as we geek out over literature. Both men and women are welcome, and you don't need to like knitting to come hang out with us. Whether it is sci-fi, young adult, classics, or that way too long Russian novel you've been dying to dive into, this is the group for you. (The group is at the 50 member max, so please only join if you plan to attend one of the upcoming meetups. As soon as another member has not logged in for 2+ months we will make room for you.)
"In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.
In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city’s rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna’s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love. "
"In the grand spy-tale tradition of John le Carré comes this shocking thriller written with insider detail known only to a veteran CIA officer.
In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole."