Eleanor Murphy Book Club

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Lighthouse

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

A subtle and powerful work of contemporary fiction. Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered. Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in to solve the mystery quickly and discreetly, but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Memory Keeper's Daughter

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The novels of Sue Grafton

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2005 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Try any of Sue Grafton's crime-related 'alphabet' novels (like 'A' Is For Alibi) and we'll discuss them as a set. 

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: the Mrs. Pollifax novels

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2006 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Pick from any Dorothy Gilman's delightful "Mrs. Pollifax" books, which feature Emily Pollifax, a grandmother-turned-spy, an array of exotic locales and unlikely heroines.

Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Cherry Cheesecake Murder

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

A film crew in search of a quaint Minnesota location has landed in Hannah's 'hood, and filming goes smoothly until the director, a womanizing tyrant, accidentally shoots himself on the set. But was his death really an accident? Of course not. Someone nabbed the unloaded prop gun and left another revolver in its place. Between baking batches of Double Flake Cookies and Angel Kisses, Hannah figures out whodunit. This event is part of The Big Read 2008.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Rebecca

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Circle of Friends

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Best friends since childhood in a small Irish village, first-year college students Benny and Eve are thrilled by the excitement of university life in Dublin. Befriended by Nan, a beautiful classmate with secret ambitions, the three form the nucleus of an ever-widening circle of friends that provides them with a happy sense of belonging and introduces them to a world of carefree activity. However, this light-hearted existence is brought to an abrupt halt when Nan's selfish, callous plans backfire, victimizing Benny and creating within Eve an obsessive desire to avenge Benny. 

Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Maltese Falcon

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed while tailing a man. The woman who asked his partner to follow the man turns out to be someone who is not what she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the 'Maltese Falcon', a gold-encrusted life-sized statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind. This event is part of The Big Read 2008.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Salvation On Sand Mountain

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2005 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: My Sister's Keeper

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2006 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now.

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