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Eleanor Murphy Book Club

Murphy Book Club: The Glass Castle

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Jeanette Walls
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The Glass Castle

Walls, who spent years trying to hide her childhood experiences, allows the story to spill out in this remarkable recollection of growing up. From her current perspective as a contributor to MSNBC online, she remembers the poverty, hunger, jokes, and bullying she and her siblings endured, and she looks back at her parents: her flighty, self-indulgent mother, a Pollyanna unwilling to assume the responsibilities of parenting, and her father, troubled, brilliant Rex, whose ability to turn his family's downward-spiraling circumstances into adventures allowed his children to excuse his imperfections until they grew old enough to understand what he had done to them--and to himself. His grand plans to build a home for the family never evolved: the hole for the foundation of the The Glass Castle, as the dream house was called, became the family garbage dump, and, of course, a metaphor for Rex Walls' life. Shocking, sad, and occasionally bitter, this gracefully written account speaks candidly, yet with surprising affection, about parents and about the strength of family ties--for both good and ill. Read more about Murphy Book Club: The Glass Castle

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Murphy Book Club: The Help

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Kathryn Stockett
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The Help

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another. Read more about Murphy Book Club: The Help

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Murphy Book Club: My Life in France

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Julia Child
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My Life in France

From the moment she and her husband Paul, who worked for the USIS, arrived in the fall of 1948, Julia had an awakening that changed her life. Soon this tall, outspoken gal from Pasadena, California, who didn't speak a word of French and knew nothing about the country, was steeped in the language, chatting with purveyors in the local markets, and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu. She teamed up with two fellow gourmettes, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, to help them with a book on French cooking for Americans. Filled with her husband's beautiful black-and-white photographs as well as family snapshots, this memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia embraced so wholeheartedly. Read more about Murphy Book Club: My Life in France

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Murphy Book Club: The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Garth Stein
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The Art of Racing in the Rain

Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver. Read more about Murphy Book Club: The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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9780385340991
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Mary Ann Shaffer
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into his world, his island, his friends' taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Eleanor Murphy Book Group - Cedar Cove Christmas

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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9780778325918
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Debbie Macomber
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Cedar Cove Christmas

After a comedy of errors on Christmas Eve, a very pregnant woman traveling to Cedar Cove to search for her child's father--who doesn't know she's pregnant--finds herself lodging in an apartment above a barn. The residents of Cedar Grove come to her rescue as an early labor begins. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Group - Cedar Cove Christmas

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Eleanor Murphy Book Group - Ghost Riders

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Sharyn McCrumb
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Ghost Riders

Tough, resilient Malinda Blalock is dismayed when her husband, Keith, leaves their Appalachian mountain farmstead to join up with the Confederate Army in hopes of earning money. Not content to wait out the war at home, spitfire Malinda cuts her hair and enlists herself as "Sam," Keith's younger brother. Their tour of duty is cut short by a deliberate scheme to get themselves discharged, and they move on to become do-gooder outlaws, known throughout the Appalachians. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Group - Ghost Riders

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Body In the Attic

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Katherine Hall Page
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The Body In the Attic

Faith packs up the kids and her catering business for a semester's stint in Cambridge, where her minister husband, Tom, will teach at Harvard and serve the homeless. In the rambling old house the family inhabits in Cambridge, Faith's children find an old wardrobe that contains . . . not Narnia but a diary from 1946. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Body In the Attic

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Body Farm

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Patricia Cornwell
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The Body Farm

In rural North Carolina, the brutal murder of eleven-year-old Emily Steiner has shaken a small town. But more disturbing are the details of the crimes, chillingly reminiscent of the handiwork of a serial killer who has eluded the unit for years. Into this volatile atmosphere comes Scarpetta's ingenious, rebellious niece Lucy, an FBI intern with a promising future in Quantico's computer engineering facility--until she is accused of a shocking security violation. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Body Farm

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Eleanor Murphy Book Group - Big Stone Gap

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Adriana Trigiani
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Big Stone Gap

Ave Maria Mulligan is the daughter of the late pharmacist of Bit Stone Gap, Va., and an immigrant Italian seamstress. She inherited the pharmacy when her father died, but it's only her mother's recent death that made Ave realize that, at 35, she's the town spinster. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Group - Big Stone Gap

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