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We have a book club that meets over the conference line on the second Thursday of each month, except July, at 5:30 p.m. It has been on Wednesdays, but this is a permanent change for now. You can call in on our free telephone conferencing setup. There is no reason you cannot chime in no matter where you live; the choice is yours! If you would like to join in call the book club contact on the ABOUT US page and get filled in on the details or just dial in to 218-548-3992, code 632-05-47. You do not have to be an ACB member to join in on it, nor do you have to pay a penny or commit to anything other than reading the book! The descriptions below are by BARD.

We are eager to take suggestions for new selections. Although we plan our list a bit ahead we can change things if most of us agree. The one restriction we have agreed on is that each book must be available from the Arizona State Talking Book Library or for download on the BARD website. A phone number for Talking Books in Arizona is 1-800-255-5578

Scheduled book club discussions upcoming:

April 14
CELL by Robin Cook
Read by Gregory Gorton over 10 hours
Suspense Fiction, Medical Fiction
Los Angeles. Medical resident George Wilson attends his former lover and classmate Paula Stonebrenner's presentation on iDoc, a virtual physician accessed through cell phones. The technology thrills him--until he realizes his fiancée was beta testing iDoc when she mysteriously died. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Suggested by Sharon. BARD DB78241 or Bookshare 805614.

Historical Fiction, Bestsellers
In 1803 Charleston, eleven-year-old Sarah Grimké is given a ten-year-old slave girl named Handful as a gift. They become close friends and are both punished when Handful learns to read. Sarah grows up to become an abolitionist, and Handful retains her independent spirit. Some violence and some strong language. Suggested by April. BARD DB78079 or Bookshare 1040538

Book club choices suggested with tentative dates

May 12

Read by John Lee over 13 hours
Mystery and Detective Stories
As Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire and deceit surrounding a young man's leap from a Dorset cliff. Suggested by Barbara. BARD DB82757 or Bookshare 1144592.

THE DOOMSDAY BOOK by Connie Willis
Read by Robert Blumenfeld in 21 hours
Science Fiction
Kivrin, a young, twenty-first-century history student, travels back in time on assignment to fourteenth-century Oxford. But something goes wrong, and she is stranded in the Middle Ages right at the outbreak of the bubonic plague. As her modern mentor struggles to rescue her, Kivrin must come to terms with life and death in an age of superstition, fear, and suffering. Winner of the 1992 Nebula award. Suggested by Barbara. BARD DB36888 or Bookshare 1144560.

HOST by Robin Cook
Read by George Guidall in 12 hours
Suspense Fiction, Medical Fiction
Devastated when her boyfriend's routine surgery leads to brain death, fourth-year medical student Lynn Peirce is convinced there's more to the story than what the authorities are claiming. Using all of her hospital resources to hunt down evidence of medical error, Lynn uncovers something far more disturbing. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Suggested by Sharon. BARD DB83115 or Bookshare 1137751.

WHEN THE MUSIC STOPPED by Elisabeth Ogilvie.
Read by Gale Garnett in 16 hours
Romantic suspense fiction, Mystery and Detective Stories
When pianist Mary Ann Esmond returns to the Maine town of Job's Harbor with her sister Emma, a violinist, she has no idea their lives are in danger. But who would want to harm these talented, elderly ladies? Could it be connected with the scandal created six decades earlier when Guy Rigby deserted his wife to run off with Mary Ann and embezzled $250,000 from his own bank? Strong language. Suggested by Sharon. BARD DB32148 or Bookshare 38743.

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