Pick Your Poison: Science Fiction vs. Science Fact

Chevy Chase Summer Reading Book Club

Read along with us this summer as we highlight our science collection and pick your poison, fact or fiction. Our science fiction selection is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and our non-fiction selection is The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum.  Attend one, the other, or both and log your activity on the summer reading website.  Attend both and you are guaranteed to win a prize!


 murder and the birth of forensic medicine in jazz age New York  Thursday
  July 31, 7 p.m
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  Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Deborah Blum follows New York City's first forensic scientists to discover a fascinating Jazz Age story of chemistry and detection, poison and    murder. Deborah Blum, writing with the high style and skill for suspense that is characteristic of the very best mystery fiction, shares the untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age  New York City. In The Poisoner's Handbook Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing  chemical  detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

 Join us to discuss the mysteries from the book and discover a few new dark and fascinating tales of forensic science.




 a novel Tuesday 
 August 12, 6:30 p.m.


 The love story of Henry and Claire whose lives are punctuated by Henry's disappearance to different points in time--sometimes even back to visit Claire as a young woman. When  Henry meets Claire, he is twenty-eight, and she is twenty. He's a hip, handsome librarian; she is an art student with Botticelli hair. Henry has never met Claire before; Claire has  known Henry since she was six...

 Read the book this summer and then join us for a screening of the film.  If you like, stay for a discussion on time, love, and if movies will ever be as good as their books. The first  seven customers to ask at the information desk get a free copy of the book!