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Eleanor Murphy Book Club

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Shadows On The Wall

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Tuesday, September 6, 2005 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Sarah Huff Fisk
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Shadows On The Wall

Read this, or any other Howard Weeden book, and we'll discuss the books this month. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Shadows On The Wall

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Pope Joan

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Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Donna Woolfolk Cross
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Pope Joan

One of the most controversial women of history is brought to brilliant life in Donn Woolfolk Cross's tale of Pope Joan, a girl whose origins should have kept her in squalid domesticity. Instead, through her intelligence, indomitability and courage, she ascended to the throne of Rome as Pope John Anglicus. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Pope Joan

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Father Melancholy's Daughter

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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Gail Godwin
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Father Melancholy's Daughter

A bittersweet and ultimately transcendent story of a young girl's devotion to her father, the rector of a small Virginia church, and of the hope, dreams, and love that sustain them both in the wake of the betrayal and tragedy that diminished their family.  Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Father Melancholy's Daughter

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Salvation On Sand Mountain

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Tuesday, June 7, 2005 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Dennis Covington
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Salvation On Sand Mountain

After Dennis Covington covered the trial of a preacher convicted of attempting to murder his wife with rattlesnakes, he was invited to attend a snake-handling service in Scottsville, Alabama. He found the service exhilarating and unsettling; he felt a kinship with the people, for he was only two generations removed from the hill country of Appalachia. Of Scottish-Irish descent, the handlers are religious mystics who believe in demons, drink strychnine and drape rattlesnakes around their bodies. A captivating glimpse of an exotic religious sect. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Salvation On Sand Mountain

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Rebecca

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Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Daphne du Maurier
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Rebecca

Rebecca is a novel of mystery and passion, a dark psychological tale of secrets and betrayal, dead loves and an estate called Manderley that is as much a presence as the humans who inhabit it. Manderley is filled with memories of the elegant and flamboyant Rebecca, the first Mrs. DeWinter; with the obsessive love of her housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, who observes the young, timid second Mrs. DeWinter with sullen hostility; and with the oppressive silences of a secretive husband, Maxim. Rebecca may be physically dead, but she is a force to contend with, and the housekeeper's evil matches that of her former mistress as a purveyor of the emotional horror thrust on the innocent Mrs. DeWinter. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Rebecca

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The novels of Sue Grafton

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Tuesday, April 5, 2005 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Sue Grafton

Try any of Sue Grafton's crime-related 'alphabet' novels (like 'A' Is For Alibi) and we'll discuss them as a set.  Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The novels of Sue Grafton

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: To The Nines

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Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Janet Evanovich
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To the Nines

Stephanie Plum is a Jersey girl, a bounty hunter, and a resident of a part of Trenton where you can still go to Mom's for dinner and your cop boyfriend Morelli's grandmother has visions that include you in a coffin. Stephanie is on the trail of an Indian contract worker named Singh who disappeared when his visa was up. When she interviews a McDonald's employee who knew him, he's shot as she stands there. Then sinister notes start appearing in Stephanie's apartment, a few more bodies turn up with bullet holes, and mayhem ensues. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: To The Nines

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Under The Tuscan Sun

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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Frances Mayes
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Under The Tuscan Sun

Frances Mayes entered a wondrous new world when she began restoring an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. There were unexpected treasures at every turn: faded frescos beneath the whitewash in her dining room, a vineyard under wildly overgrown brambles in the garden, and, in the nearby hill towns, vibrant markets and delightful people. She brings the lyrical voice of a poet, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer to invite readers to explore the pleasures of Italian life and to feast at her table. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Under The Tuscan Sun

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Mrs. Dalloway

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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Virginia Woolf
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Mrs. Dalloway

As Clarissa Dalloway walks through London on a fine June morning, a sky-writing plane captures her attention. Crowds stare upwards to decipher the message while the plane turns and loops, leaving off one letter, picking up another. Like the airplane's swooping path, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway follows Clarissa and those whose lives brush hers--from Peter Walsh, whom she spurned years ago, to her daughter Elizabeth, the girl's angry teacher, Doris Kilman, and war-shocked Septimus Warren Smith, who is sinking into madness. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Mrs. Dalloway

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Jane Austen Book Club

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Tuesday, November 2, 2004 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Karen Joy Fowler
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The Jane Austen Book Club

Read this book with the Austen classic of your choice! The plot here is deceptively slim: five women and one enigmatic man meet on a monthly basis to discuss the novels of Jane Austen, one at a time. As they debate Marianne's marriage to Brandon and whether or not Charlotte Lucas is gay, they reveal nothing so much as their own "private Austen(s)." Like Austen, Fowler is a subversive wit and a wise observer of human interaction of all stripes.  Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Jane Austen Book Club

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