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Literally Speaking 2013

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Literally Speaking - 2013 Selected Titles

Literally Speaking Titles Archive 2004-2011 | 2012 Titles | 2014 Titles

January 15

Telegraph Avenue 
by Michael Chabon
Fiction 2012

When ex-NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fourth-richest black man in America, announces plans to construct his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby neglected stretch of Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their vulnerable little enterprise, a used-record emporium and de facto town center.

     Sacré bleu : a comedy d'art July 16

Sacré Bleu : a Comedy D'art
by Christopher Moore
Fiction 2012

Baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec vow to discover the truth behind the untimely death of their friend Vincent van Gogh, which leads them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late-nineteenth-century Paris.


What is the WhatFebruary 19

What is the What
by Dave Eggers
Fiction 2007

Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee of the Sudanese civil war flees from his village in the mid-1980s. Deng becomes one of the so-called Lost Boys--children pursued by militaries, government soldiers, lions and hyenas and myriad diseases in their search for sanctuary, first in Ethiopia and then in Kenya. Eventually Deng is resettled in the United States with almost 4,000 other young Sudanese men, and a very different struggle begins.

The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry : a novel August 20

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry : a Novel
by Rachel Joyce
Fiction 2012

Recently retired, Harold lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who finds almost everything about him irritating.  After receiving a letter from a woman he hasn’t seen or heard from in twenty years, Harold is convinced that he must deliver a letter to his old love in order to save her, even if it mean walking 600 miles.


August: Osage County March 19

August: Osage County
by Tracy Letts
3-Act Tragicomedy 2008


When the patriarch of the Weston clan disappears one hot summer night, the family reunites at the Oklahoma homestead, where long-held secrets are unflinchingly and uproariously revealed.


Steve Jobs September 17

Steve Jobs
by Walter Isaacson
Nonfiction 2011

Jobs, an icon of ingenuity, inventiveness and applied imagination, knew the best way to create value in the 21st Century was to connect creativity and technology. Through the views of friends, foes, and colleagues, a portrait of Jobs is presented, a man who was always candid, sometimes brutally so, and of his obsessions, perfectionism, innovation, character, leadership, and values.

Mister Death's blue-eyed girls April 16

Mister Death’s Blue Eyed Girls
by Mary Downing Hahn
Y-Fiction 2012


Narrated from several different perspectives, the story is told of the 1956 murder of two teenaged girls in suburban Baltimore, Maryland. "Nothing is what it used to be. It will never be the same again."

DraculaOctober 15

by Bram Stoker
Fiction 1897

In this 1897 classic Gothic horror novel, after discovering the double identity of the wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, Count Dracula, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire.

The orchardist : a novel May 21

The Orchardist
by Amanda Coplin
Fiction 2012

In the late 19th century, William Talmadge grows and lovingly tends his orchards of apples and apricots. Settled into a single life, with his long-time friends, horse catcher Clee of the Nez Perce and herbalist/midwife Carline Middey, Talmadge’s solitary life is disrupted when two ragged, wild, and pregnant girls steal his apples at market and then follow him home, becoming inhabitants of his orchard. At turns tragic and gentle, epic and humble, life is changed forever when men searching for the runaways find them in the orchard.

Life of Pi : a novel November 19

Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
Fiction  2001

Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son, Pi Patel sets sail for America.  When the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.




     Quiet : the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking June 18

Quiet : the Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain
Nonfiction 2012

In a business culture that overlooks the positive characteristics of introverts Cain demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations.

December - No Program!