Eclectic Book Club

Eclectic Book Club: A Girl Named Zippy

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2003 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

In this first book, Kimmel has written a love letter to her hometown of Mooreland, IN, a town with an unchanging population of 300 in America's heartland. Nicknamed "Zippy" for her energetic interpretation of a circus monkey, she could not be bothered to speak until she was three years old, and her first words involved bargaining with her father about whether or not a baby bottle was still appropriate. Her story is filled with good humor, fine storytelling, and acute observations of small town life.

Eclectic Book Club: The Poisonwood Bible

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

The novel follows an evangelical Baptist minister's family to the Congo in the late 1950s, entwining their fate with that of the country during three turbulent decades. Nathan Price's determination to convert the natives of the Congo to Christianity is, we gradually discover, both foolhardy and dangerous, unsanctioned by the church administration and doomed from the start by Nathan's self-righteousness. Fanatic and sanctimonious, Nathan is a domestic monster, too, a physically and emotionally abusive, misogynistic husband and father.

Eclectic Book Club: A Year in Provence

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2000 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

An amusing account of an English couple's first year as residents of rural Provence, from the unpleasantness of the winter mistral to the transgressions of summer tourists. Since the old farmhouse they purchased needed repairs, they were immediately beset with problems in dealing with the foibles of local craftspeople and officialdom, not to mention the neighbors--human and animal. Nowhere in France is the consumption of food and drink taken more seriously, and food preparation, dining, and wining anecdotes are prominent in virtually every chapter.

Eclectic Book Club: Ladder of Years

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

At 40, Delia Grinstead seems more likely to have an attack of anxiety, or of whimsy, than to become a runaway wife. Yet Delia's impulse to escape her disapproving physician husband and three surly children turns into an adventure that sweeps her from her staid Baltimore orbit into a new existence as Ms. Grinstead, spinster, in the Delaware community of Bay Borough.

Eclectic Book Club: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Winner of the 1977 Newbery Medal, this moving novel has remained in the hearts and minds of millions of readers. Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, it is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice.

Eclectic Book Club: Ender's Game

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

The alien Buggers threaten humanity with extinction, and Earth's ultimate savior may be one small boy. Andrew "Ender" Wiggins thinks he is only playing computer games, but he is really commanding Earth's last great fleet.

Eclectic Book Club: Life of Pi

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2003 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

In his 16th year, Pi sets sail with his family and some of their menagerie to start a new life in Canada. Halfway to Midway Island, the ship sinks into the Pacific, leaving Pi stranded on a life raft with a hyena, an orangutan, an injured zebra and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. After the beast dispatches the others, Pi is left to survive for 227 days with his large feline companion on the 26-foot-long raft, using all his knowledge, wits and faith to keep himself alive.

Eclectic Book Club: Holding On

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2001 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Holding On by David Isay & Harvey Wang
The 50 individuals profiled in this delightful collection all were interviewed by Isay on his National Public Radio series The American Folklife Radio Project. Most of his subjects are older people who are dreamers, devoting themselves to such pursuits as creating religious grottoes, castles, bells and centers for dinosaur sculptures; conducting businesses, such as opera houses or bars, in ghost towns; or following unusual careers, for example, marriage brokering and restoring mannequins. There are those whose lifework has not been exotic, such as a country doctor who still charges a dollar for an office visit, a hat blocker and a sheepherder. But Isay approaches them all open-mindedly and sympathetically, and his warm commentary is supplemented by Wang's superb photos.

Eclectic Book Club: God's Snake

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2000 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

God's Snake reveals the drama of an inventive, courageous young girl and her parents -- a tyrannical army officer and his beautiful, unyielding wife -- as it unfolds with the intensity of a classical myth, one that demonstrates both the power of love and the terrible inevitability of its betrayal.

Eclectic Book Club: The Book Thief

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich during World War II. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. An unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. 

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