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Eleanor Murphy Book Club

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Namesake

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Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Jhumpa Lahiri
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The Namesake

Ashoke Ganguli, a doctoral candidate at MIT, chose Gogol as a pet name for his and his wife's first-born because a volume of the Russian writer's work literally saved his life, but, in one of many confusions endured by the immigrant Bengali couple, Gogol ends up on the boy's birth certificate. Unaware of the dramatic story behind his unusual and, eventually, much hated name, Gogol refuses to read his namesake's work, and just before he leaves for Yale, he goes to court to change his name to Nikhil. Immensely relieved to escape his parents' stubbornly all-Bengali world, he does his best to shed his Indianness, losing himself in the study of architecture and passionate if rocky love affairs. But of course he will always be Gogol, just as he will always be Bengali, forever influenced by his parents' extreme caution and restraint. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Namesake

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Hunting Season

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Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Nevada Barr
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The Hunting Season

Park Ranger Anna Pigeon returns to face her most duplicitous foe-human nature-in Nevada Barr's New York Times bestseller, Hunting Season. The quiet beauty of autumn on Mississippi's Natchez Trace is swiftly shattered when Anna answers a call to Mt. Locust, once a working plantation and inn, now a tourist spot. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Hunting Season

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Secret Life of Bees

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Tuesday, January 3, 2006 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Sue Monk Kidd
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The Secret Life of Bees

Lily Owen is raised by the elderly African American Rosaleen after the accidental death of Lily's mother. Following a racial brawl in 1960s Tiburon, SC, Lily and Rosaleen find shelter in a distant town with three black bee-keeping sisters. The sisters and their close-knit community of women live within the confines of racial and gender bondage and yet have an unmistakable strength and serenity associated with the worship of a black Madonna and the healing power of honey. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Secret Life of Bees

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Absolute Power

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Tuesday, November 1, 2005 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
David Baldacci
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Absolute Power

A cat burglar gets trapped inside the bedroom closet of one of the world's richest men, only to witness, through a one-way mirror, two Secret Service agents kill the billionaire's trampy young wife as she tries to fight off the drunken sexual advances of the nation's chief executive. Running for his life, but not before he picks up a bloodstained letter opener that puts the president at the scene of the crime, the burglar becomes the target of a clandestine manhunt orchestrated by leading members of the executive branch. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Absolute Power

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Murder Runs In The Family

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Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Anne George
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Murder Runs In The Family

Mary Alice has spared nothing for her only daughter's wedding. Practical Patricia Anne has put away her aunt-of-the-bride blue chiffon and settled back into domesticity when fun-loving Mary Alice calls to say they have a post-wedding date with a genealogist from the groom's side of the family. Lunch is a fascinating lesson on the hazards of finding dirty linens in ancestral boudoirs that ends abruptly when their guest scurries off with the local judge, leaving the sisters with their mouths open -- and finishing their luncheon companion's cheesecake -- when the police arrive. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Murder Runs In The Family

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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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Author: 
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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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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Author: 
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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