Eleanor Murphy Book Club

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.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

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

A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and a single-minded widow.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

'As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...' Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love—all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Recounts how the author and his mother read and discussed books during her chemotherapy treatments, describing how the activity involved a wide range of literary genres, furthered their appreciation for literature, and strengthened their bond.

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