Eleanor Murphy Book Club

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.

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?

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