Eleanor Murphy Book Club

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Wicked City

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Phenix City, Alabama, from its founding during the Civil War, has been the dirty, not-so-little secret of the South. It is a riverside no-man's land, a place where a blind eye has historically been turned to vice of every sort, including prostitution, gambling, and even murder. Atkins shows us Phenix City in its 1950s hey-day, where a battle is building between a handful of decent citizens and the underworld willing to do anything to maintain their control.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Julie and Julia

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Nearing 30 and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, Julie Powell reclaims her life by cooking every single recipe in Julia Child's legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking in the span of one year.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Plum Spooky

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Stephanie Plum is back in town, along with her sidekick Lula, her Grandma Mazur, and an ever-widening cast of freaks, criminals, deranged felons, and lunatics looking for love. And just when she thinks her life can't get any more complicated, in walks the mysterious Diesel.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Excellent Women

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

"Excellent Women" is one of Barbara Pyms richest and most amusing high comedies. Mildred Lathbury is a clergymans daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women, the smart, supportive, repressed women who men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighborsanthropologist Helena Napier and her handsome, dashing husband, Rocky, and Julian Malory, the vicar next doorthe novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived in a vanishing world of manners and repressed desires.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Cape Ann

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

The Cape Ann is the name on the plans of the house that Lark Ann Ehrhart and her mother plan to build some day. It is the place to which six-year-old Lark escapes in daydreams when her parents begin to argue, the home that her mother dreams offar from the rooms in the train depot where they live and Lark's father works. Ultimately it symbolizes escape from Harvester, Minn., and independence from the husband and father whose gambling repeatedly sabotages their dream. Lark narrates the adult events of Harvester's Catholic culture without always understanding them.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Neil White, a journalist and magazine publisher, wanted the best for those he loved-nice cars, beautiful homes, luxurious clothes. He loaned money to family and friends, gave generously to his church, and invested in his community-but his bank account couldn't keep up. Soon White began moving money from one account to another to avoid bouncing checks. His world fell apart when the FBI discovered his scheme and a judge sentenced him to serve eighteen months in a federal prison. But it was no ordinary prison.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Lace Reader

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

When her great-aunt dies, Towner Whitney returns to Salem, Massachusetts, to deal with ghosts, real and imagined, historical and current. With the first sentence, Towner announces herself as an unreliable narrator, and just how unreliable she is remains a mystery through most of the novel. Towner is mourning the death of her beloved twin sister, recovering from surgery, and recovering from shock treatments administered to help her cope with her depression. She belongs to a family of lace readers and is a reluctant seer who also has the ability to read other people's thoughts.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Help

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

In Kathryn Stockett's stunning fiction debut, The Help, Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone. Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Cold Sassy Tree

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

When Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee announces one July morning in 1906 that he's aiming to marry the young and freckledy milliner, Miss Love Simpson - a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward - the news is served up all over town with that afternoon's dinner. Boggled by the sheer audacity of it all, and not a little jealous of his grandpa's new wife, Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience.

Murphy Book Club: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

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