Eleanor Murphy Book Club

Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Twelve-year-old September's ordinary life in Omaha turns to adventure when a Green Wind takes her to Fairyland to retrieve a talisman the new and fickle Marquess wants from the enchanted woods.

Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: Persepolis (Vol 1-4) by Marjane Satrapi

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Persepolis is the story of Marjane Satrapi's childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

It’s summertime in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a blue-collar dockside neighborhood. June and Val, two fifteen-year-olds, take a raft out onto the bay at night to see what they can see.

And then they disappear. Only Val will survive, washed ashore; semi-conscious in the weeds.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Oprah Book Club selection about a vanished China and one family’s shifting fortunes.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can't solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father-a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse-named them after the Bard's heroines. It's a lot to live up to.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

What's happening in Acker's Gap, West Virginia? Three elderly men are gunned down over their coffee at a local diner, and seemingly half the town is there to witness the act. Still, it happened so fast, and no one seems to have gotten a good look at the shooter.  Was it random? Was it connected to the spate of drug violence plaguing poor areas of the country just like Acker's Gap? Or were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted somehow?

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and brutal serial killer. In the end, she was the one who caught him…and tortured him…and then let him go. Why did Gretchen spare Archie’s life and then turn herself in? This is the question that keeps him up all night—and the reason why he has visited Gretchen in prison every week since.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Documents the true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who in the aftermath of Germany's invasion of Poland saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa.

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