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Eclectic Book Club: Out of America

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Tuesday, April 25, 2000 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Keith Richburg
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Out of America

In this powerful book, Keith B. Richburg takes the reader on an extraordinary journey that sweeps from Somalia to Rwanda to Zaire and finally to South Africa. He shows how he came to terms with the divide within himself: between his African racial heritage and his American cultural identity. (Continent of focus: Africa) Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Out of America

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Eclectic Book Club: God of Small Things

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Tuesday, March 28, 2000 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Arundhati Roy
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God of Small Things

Set in Kerala, India, in 1969, The God Of Small Things is the story of seven-year-old twins Rahel and Estha, born of a wealthy family and literally joined at the soul. Rahel and Estha are cared for by a host of compelling characters: their beautiful mother, Ammu, who has left a violent husband; their Marxist uncle, Chacko, still pining for his English wife and daughter who left him; their prickly grandaunt, Baby Kochamma, pickling in her virginity; and the volatile Veluth, a member of the Untouchable caste. When Chacko's ex-wife, Margaret, and lovely daughter, Sophie, unexpectedly return, the household is thrown into disarray. Tragedy strikes in the form of an accident (that may not have been accidental) and a terrifying murder. (Country of focus: India) Read more about Eclectic Book Club: God of Small Things

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Eclectic Book Club: One Hundred Years of Solitude

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Tuesday, February 29, 2000 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Gabriel García Márquez
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One Hundred Years of Solitude

The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America. (Country of focus: Columbia) Read more about Eclectic Book Club: One Hundred Years of Solitude

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Eclectic Book Club: Tara Road

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Tuesday, January 25, 2000 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Maeve Binchy
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Tara Road

Ria lived on Tara Road in Dublin with her dashing husband, Danny, and their two children. She fully believed she was happily married, right up until the day Danny told her he was leaving her to be with his young, pregnant girlfriend. By a chance phone call, Ria meets Marilyn, a woman from New England unable to come to terms with her only son's death and now separated from her husband. The two women exchange houses for the summer with extraordinary consequences, each learning that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. (Country of focus: Ireland) Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Tara Road

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Eclectic Book Club: Fahrenheit 451

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Tuesday, December 18, 2001 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Ray Bradbury
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Fahrenheit 451

Guy Montag is a book-burning fireman undergoing a crisis of faith. His wife spends all day with her television "family," imploring Montag to work harder so that they can afford a fourth TV wall. Their dull, empty life sharply contrasts with that of his next-door neighbor Clarisse, a young girl thrilled by the ideas in books, and more interested in what she can see in the world around her than in the mindless chatter of the tube. When Clarisse disappears mysteriously, Montag is moved to make some changes, and starts hiding books in his home. Eventually, his wife turns him in, and he must answer the call to burn his secret cache of books. After fleeing to avoid arrest, Montag winds up joining an outlaw band of scholars who keep the contents of books in their heads, waiting for the time society will once again need the wisdom of literature. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Fahrenheit 451

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Eclectic Book Club: All over But the Shoutin'

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Tuesday, November 27, 2001 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Rick Bragg
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All Over But The Shoutin'

This haunting, harrowing, and gloriously moving recollection of a life on the American margin tells the story of Rick Bragg, who grew up dirt poor in Alabama, and who became a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: All over But the Shoutin'

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Eclectic Book Club: In the Beauty of the Lilies

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Tuesday, October 30, 2001 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
John Updike
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In the Beauty of the Lilies

Updike's 17th novel opens in 1910, just as Theodore Wilmot's father, a Presbyterian minister, suddenly loses his faith. His loss is visceral, and no amount of intellectualizing can deter him from his realization that he must leave the pulpit if he is to remain true to himself. Eighty years later, Theodore's grandson, a lost soul in the post-Vietnam War era who has found strange comfort in a radical religious cult, experiences his own catharsis, as the flames literally rage around him. In the intervening years, we follow the lives of Theodore himself, a good man who has no outward faith and little ambition, and his daughter, Esther, who becomes a modern-day sort of goddess--a movie star. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: In the Beauty of the Lilies

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Eclectic Book Club: The Stranger

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Tuesday, September 25, 2001 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Author: 
Albert Camus
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The Stranger

Story of a man who commits a pointless murder, in which the author asks if there is a God or just a cold indifferent universe. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: The Stranger

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Eclectic Book Club: Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Author: 
Zora Neale Hurston
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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person -- no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Eclectic Book Club: Kaffir Boy

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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Author: 
Mark Mathabane
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Kaffir Boy

Mathabane describes his life growing up in a non-white ghetto outside Johannesburg--and how he escaped its horrors. Hard work and faith in education played key roles, and Mathabane eventually won a tennis scholarship to an American university. This is not, needless to say, an opportunity afforded to many of the poor blacks who make up most of South Africa's population. And yet Mathabane reveals their troubled world on these pages in a way that only someone who has lived this life can. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Kaffir Boy

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