Eleanor Murphy Book Club

Eleanor Murphy Book Group - Double Shot

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

The governor of Colorado has commuted the prison sentence of Goldy Schulz's ultra-handsome, ultra-charming, ultra-wealthy, ultra-venal ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman, otherwise known to Goldy as the Jerk. He's released, and soon afterward Goldy becomes the victim of threats, rumors, and violence. Then there's a murder and suspicion centers on Goldy.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Pretending The Bed Is A Raft

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2004 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

This finely tuned collection of stories features steamy nights and women dressed up in alluring garb who are on the lookout for men who'll make their dreams come true. In folksy Southern dialog, Kincaid's characters reflect on life and love in eight exquisite examples of great short story writing.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Namesake

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

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.

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: Murder Carries A Torch

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2004 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Petite Patricia Anne and hefty Mary Alice, series sister-sleuths in their sixties, hasten to the aid of their cousin Luke, whose wife has apparently run off with a painter. They search for the woman and discover a dead body in a "snake-handling" church; much-married Mary Alice meets and flirts with the investigating sheriff; police find the painter dead; and someone "hides" a rattlesnake in Mary Alice's car. Set in Alabama.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: At Home In Mitford

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2006 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Father Tim, a cherished small-town rector, is the steadfast soldier in this beloved slice of life story set in an American village where the grass is still green, the pickets are still white, and the air still smells sweet. The rector's forthright secretary, Emma Garret, worries about her employer, as she sees past his Christian cheerfulness into his aching loneliness. Slowly but surely, the empty places in Father Tim's heart do get filled.

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: 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. 

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