Eleanor Murphy Book Club

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.

Eleanor Murphy Book Group: Water for Elephants

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Life is good for Jacob Jankowski. He's about to graduate from veterinary school and about to bed the girl of his dreams. Then his parents are killed in a car crash, leaving him in the middle of the Great Depression with no home, no family, and no career. Almost by accident, Jacob joins the circus. There he falls in love with the beautiful performer Marlena, who is married to the circus' psychotic animal trainer. He also meets the other love of his life, Rosie the elephant.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Father Melancholy's Daughter

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

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. 

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Virgin's Lover

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 2, 2007 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen. One woman hears the tidings with utter dread. She is Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, and she knows that Elizabeth's ambitious leap to the throne will pull her husband back to the very center of the glamorous Tudor court and to power, intrigue, and a passionate love affair with the young queen. Can Amy's steadfast faith in him, her constant love, and the home she wants to make for them in the heart of the English countryside compete with the allure of the new queen?

Eleanor Murphy Book Group: Malpractice in Maggody

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

Maggody, Arkansas has been so quiet that even police chief Arly Hanks has found time for a vacation. But she returns to find trouble brewing. The local old-folks' home has been sold to a mysterious outsider, and overnight the place has been transformed into the Stonebridge Foundation, an exclusive rehab center complete with a stone-faced guard who doesn't speak English and an even nastier dog. Everyone is dying to know what goes on behind those inhospitable gates, with the exception of Arly, who has enough rural business to keep her satisfied.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Pope Joan

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Eleven On Top

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2007 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Trouble seems to find Stephanie Plum no matter where she goes, and once again she's struggling with her tangled love life, her chaotic family, and her God-given gift for destroying every car she drives. This time, Stephanie Plum has decided to quit her job as a bounty hunter. She wants something safe. She wants something normal. She's tired of creeps, weirdos, and stalkers. But just when she thinks she's out, they pull her back in! This latest novel is packed full of Janet Evanovich's trademark wit, adventure, and sly comedy. So fasten your seatbelt and hang on-Stephanie's back in town!

Eleanor Murphy Book Group: Blessed are the Cheesemakers

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lynch's debut novel is a tender love story told through cheese. Corrie and Fee are the aging Irish manufacturers of world-renowned Coolarney Blue. Their chief worry is a conspicuous lack of successors, and the narrative chronicles the solution to their quest in the unlikely but fated convergence of two characters.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Shadows On The Wall

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2005 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Read this, or any other Howard Weeden book, and we'll discuss the books this month.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Old Wine Shades

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

With time on his hands, Richard Jury is ensnared by the intriguing tale spun by Harry Johnson, a man who, apparently, just happens upon him in a London pub. Despite himself, Jury is drawn in by Johnson's account of the baffling disappearance of a mother, her autistic son and their dog and the more baffling reappearance of the pet nine months later. The detective diligently follows every lead to determine the fate of the missing people, even as Johnson's digressions into the paradoxes of quantum physics lead Jury to question the truth of the man's narrative. 

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