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Eleanor Murphy Book Club

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

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Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Marjane Satrapi
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Persepolis

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

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

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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9780062249890
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Ivy Pochoda
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Visitation Street

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.

This shocking event will echo through the lives of a diverse cast of Red Hook residents. Fadi, the Lebanese bodega owner, hopes that his shop will be the place to share neighborhood news and troll for information about June’s disappearance. Cree, just beginning to pull it together after his father’s murder, unwittingly makes himself the chief suspect, but an enigmatic and elusive guardian is determined to keep him safe.

Val contends with the shadow of her missing friend and a truth she buries deep inside. Her teacher Jonathan, a Julliard School dropout and barfly, wrestles with dashed dreams and a past riddled with tragic sins. Read more about Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda

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

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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9780679410324
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Donna Tartt
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The Secret History

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

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

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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0671510126
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Pearl S. Buck
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The Good Earth

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.

Though more than seventy years have passed since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer Prize, it has retained its popularity and become one of the great modern classics. In The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck paints an indelible portrait of China in the 1920s, when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings. This moving, classic story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-Lan is must reading for those who would fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during the last century.

Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions, its ambitions and rewards. Her brilliant novel—beloved by millions of readers—is a universal tale of an ordinary family caught in the tide of history. Read more about Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

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

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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9780425244142
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Eleanor Brown
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The Weird Sisters

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.

The sisters have a hard time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the shy homebody eldest sister, the fast-living middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Only that none has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents' frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them... Read more about Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

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

Date: 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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9781250003485
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Julia Keller
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A Killing in the Hills

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?

One of the witnesses to the brutal incident was Carla Elkins, teenaged daughter of Bell Elkins, the prosecuting attorney for Raythune County, WV. Carla was shocked and horrified by what she saw, but after a few days, she begins to recover enough to believe that she might be uniquely placed to help her mother do her job.

After all, what better way to repair their fragile, damaged relationship? But could Carla also end up doing more harm than good—in fact, putting her own life in danger? Read more about Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller

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Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Date: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Chelsea Cain
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Heartsick

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.

Meanwhile, another series of murders is tearing up the Portland streets. Archie seems to be getting closer to solving this high-profile case…until he finds himself in a fatal collision course with the killer—one that inevitably leads him back to his former captor. Gretchen may be the only one who can help do justice. The only thing she can’t do, this time, is save Archie’s life. Read more about Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

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

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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M.L. Stedman
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Light Between Oceans

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

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

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Diane Ackerman
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Zookeeper's Wife

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

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

Date: 
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Amor Towles
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Rules of Civility

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

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