Book Club Titles for January

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Chevy Chase Book Club
Monday Jan. 7, 7 p.m.
By Tina Fey
From her humble roots growing up in Pennsylvania to her days doing amateur improv in Chicago to her early sketches on Saturday Night Live, Fey gives us a fascinating glimpse behind the curtain of modern comedy with equal doses of wit, candor and self-deprecation.

History Book Club
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1 p.m.
Finding George Orwell in Burma
by Emma Larkin
Orwell's mother was born in Burma, at the height of the British raj, and Orwell was fundamentally shaped by his experiences in Burma as a young man working for the British Imperial Police. When Orwell died, the novel-in-progress on his desk was set in Burma. It is the place George Orwell's work holds in Burma today, however, that most struck Emma Larkin. She was frequently told by Burmese acquaintances that Orwell did not write one book about their country -- his first novel, Burmese Days -- but in fact he wrote three, the "trilogy" that included Animal Farm and 1984.

Mystery Book Club
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
by Alexander McCall Smith
This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith's widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to "help people with problems in their lives." Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing 11-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witch doctors.