Eleanor Murphy Book Club

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Life of Pi

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

In his 16th year, Pi sets sail with his family and some of their menagerie to start a new life in Canada. Halfway to Midway Island, the ship sinks into the Pacific, leaving Pi stranded on a life raft with a hyena, an orangutan, an injured zebra and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. After the beast dispatches the others, Pi is left to survive for 227 days with his large feline companion on the 26-foot-long raft, using all his knowledge, wits and faith to keep himself alive.

Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Thief and the Dogs

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

After four years in prison, the skilled young thief Said Mahran emerges bent on revenge in a changed world. His wife has married a trusted friend; his native Egypt has undergone a revolution; and his mentor, who encouraged his Robin Hood-style crimes, has abandoned him. As Said's wild attempts to achieve his idea of justice badly misfire, he becomes a hunted man so driven by hatred that he can only recognize too late his last chance at redemption.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Jane Austen Book Club

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

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. 

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Kite Runner

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2006 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

"Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan nonetheless grow up in different worlds; Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara, member of a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Track of the Cat

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Anna Pigeon has fled New York City after the accidental death of her husband, and she now works as a law enforcement ranger at Guadaloupe Mountains National Park. There she finds the remains of fellow ranger Sheila Drury, who apparently was clawed to death by a mountain lion. Although an autopsy confirms this judgment, Anna becomes convinced that the claw marks have been faked. Her superiors discourage her from probing further, but another supposedly accidental death goads her into investigating Sheila's activities before her death.

Eleanor Murphy Book Group - Three Cups of Tea

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

One day in 1993, high up in the world's most inhospitable mountains, Greg Mortenson wandered lost and alone, broken in body and spirit, after a failed attempt to climb K2, the world's deadliest peak. When the people of an impoverished village in Pakistan took him in and nursed him back to health, Mortenson made an impulsive promise: He would return one day and build them a school.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Mrs. Dalloway

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

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.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Leap of Faith

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Leap of Faith is the dramatic and inspiring story of an American woman's remarkable journey into the heart of a man and his nation. Born into a distinguished Arab-American family and raised amid privilege, Lisa Halaby joined the first freshman class at Princeton to accept women, graduating in 1974 with a degree in architecture and urban planning. Two years later, while visiting her father in Jordan, she was casually introduced on the airport runway to King Hussein.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

The story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to "help people with problems in their lives." Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.

Eleanor Murphy Book Group - Murder on the Orient Express

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

While en route from Syria to Paris, in the middle of a freezing winter's night, the Orient Express is stopped dead in its tracks by a snowdrift. Passengers awake to find the train still stranded and to discover that a wealthy American has been brutally stabbed to death in his private compartment. Incredibly, that compartment is locked from the inside... 

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