Login to My Account

Eclectic Book Club

Eclectic Book Club: Chang & Eng

Date: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/0525945121/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Darin Strauss
Title: 
Chang & Eng

Born in the Kingdom of Siam in 1811, the twins are joined together at the chest by a seven-inch-long ligament that contains a part of their stomach, the only organ they share. Apart from this band of flesh, they are completely separate individuals with different personalities and needs. The author gracefully confronts the complicated issues of race, gender, infidelity, and identity, as well as the notion of what is normal. Strauss's vivid imagination, assiduous research and instinctive empathy find expression in a vigorous, witty prose style that seduces the reader and delivers gold in a provocative story of two extraordinary men who wish only to be seen as ordinary. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Chang & Eng

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Eclectic Book Club: All the King's Men

Date: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/0151006105/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Robert Penn Warren
Title: 
All the King's Men

A classic novel about American politics. Set in the 1930s, this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Stark, a fictional character based on the real-life Huey Long of Louisiana. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: All the King's Men

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Eclectic Book Club: Among Schoolchildren

Date: 
Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/0380710897/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Tracy Kidder
Title: 
Among Schoolchildren

Christine Zajac teaches fifth grade in a racially mixed school in a poor district of Holyoke, Mass. About half of her students are Hispanic; many come from broken homes. Through Kidder's calmly detailed re-creation of Zajac's daily round, we come to know her students' fears and inmost strivings; we also share this teacher's frustrations, loneliness and the rush of satisfaction that comes with helping students learn. It's a tough job: in one social studies class, half the pupils can't name the country they live in. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Among Schoolchildren

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Eclectic Book Club: In Cold Blood

Date: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2002 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/0375507906/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Truman Capote
Title: 
In Cold Blood

With the publication of this book, Capote permanently ripped through the barrier separating crime reportage from serious literature. As he reconstructs the 1959 murder of a Kansas farm family and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, Capote generates suspense and empathy. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: In Cold Blood

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Eclectic Book Club: Girl With a Pearl Earring

Date: 
Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/052594527X/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Tracy Chevalier
Title: 
Girl With a Pearl Earring

Chevalier transports readers to a bygone time and place in this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings. Girl with a Pearl Earring is the story of 16-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius, even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Girl With a Pearl Earring

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Eclectic Book Club: The Corrections

Date: 
Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/0374129983/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Jonathan Franzen
Title: 
The Corrections

The novel follows the delamination of the Lambert family. Alfred, once a rigid disciplinarian, flounders against Parkinson's-induced dementia; Enid, his loyal and embittered wife, lusts for the perfect Midwestern Christmas; Denise, their daughter, launches the hippest restaurant in Philly; and Gary, their oldest son, grapples with depression, while Chip, his brother, attempts to shore his eroding self-confidence by joining forces with a self-mocking, Eastern-Bloc politician. As in his other novels, Franzen blends these personal dramas with expert technical cartwheels and savage commentary on larger social issues, such as the imbecility of laissez-faire parenting and the farcical nature of U.S.-Third World relations. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: The Corrections

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Eclectic Book Club: Reading Lolita in Tehran

Date: 
Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/0375504907/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Azar Nafisi
Title: 
Reading Lolita in Tehran

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi's living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Reading Lolita in Tehran

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Eclectic Book Club: Uncle Tom's Cabin

Date: 
Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/0375756930/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Title: 
Uncle Tom's Cabin

Harriet Beecher Stowe was appalled by slavery, and she took one of the few options open to nineteenth century women who wanted to affect public opinion: she wrote a novel, a huge, enthralling narrative that claimed the heart, soul, and politics of pre-Civil War Americans. It is unabashed propaganda and overtly moralistic, an attempt to make whites - North and South - see slaves as mothers, fathers, and people with (Christian) souls. In a time when women might see the majority of their children die, Harriet Beecher Stowe portrays beautiful Eliza fleeing slavery to protect her son... Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Uncle Tom's Cabin

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Eclectic Book Club: White Teeth

Date: 
Tuesday, June 24, 2003 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/0375501851/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Zadie Smith
Title: 
White Teeth

Hapless Archibald Jones fights alongside Bengali Muslim Samad Iqbal in the English army during WWII, and the two develop an unlikely bond that intensifies when Samad relocates to Archie's native London. Smith traces the trajectory of their friendship through marriage, parenthood and the shared disappointments of poverty and deflated dreams, widening the scope of her novel to include a cast of vibrant characters: Archie's beautiful Jamaican bride, Clara; Archie and Clara's introspective daughter, Irie; Samad's embittered wife, Alsana; and Alsana and Samad's twin sons, Millat and Magid. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: White Teeth

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Eclectic Book Club: The Jew Store

Date: 
Tuesday, May 27, 2003 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Who to contact
Contact name: 
For book clubs only
Jacket image: 
http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/1565121988/COVER_GIF
Do not index: 
off
Author: 
Stella Suberman
Title: 
The Jew Store

In 1920, two years before the author was born, her family became the first Jews to live in the small town of Concordia, Tenn. Against the objections of his wife, Aaron Bronson, a Russian Jewish immigrant who had worked in dry goods stores in Savannah, Ga., and Nashville, started his own business by opening Bronson's Low-Priced Store in Concordia, which the locals called "the Jew store." In this richly detailed memoir, in which her father's optimism contrasts sharply with her mother's anxiety about their ability to provide their children with a Jewish education in their new surroundings, Suberman evokes early-20th-century life in the rural South and depicts her family's struggles to find a place in a town where African Americans suffered discrimination and poverty, the Ku Klux Klan was on the march and townspeople viewed Jews with suspicion... Read more about Eclectic Book Club: The Jew Store

Event type: 
Age: 
Staff Use Only: 
off

Pages