Eleanor Murphy Book Club

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: Mrs. Dalloway

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

As Clarissa Dalloway walks through London on a fine June morning, a sky-writing plane captures her attention. Crowds stare upwards to decipher the message while the plane turns and loops, leaving off one letter, picking up another. Like the airplane's swooping path, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway follows Clarissa and those whose lives brush hers--from Peter Walsh, whom she spurned years ago, to her daughter Elizabeth, the girl's angry teacher, Doris Kilman, and war-shocked Septimus Warren Smith, who is sinking into madness.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Leap of Faith

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Leap of Faith is the dramatic and inspiring story of an American woman's remarkable journey into the heart of a man and his nation. Born into a distinguished Arab-American family and raised amid privilege, Lisa Halaby joined the first freshman class at Princeton to accept women, graduating in 1974 with a degree in architecture and urban planning. Two years later, while visiting her father in Jordan, she was casually introduced on the airport runway to King Hussein.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

The story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to "help people with problems in their lives." Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.

Eleanor Murphy Book Group - Murder on the Orient Express

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

While en route from Syria to Paris, in the middle of a freezing winter's night, the Orient Express is stopped dead in its tracks by a snowdrift. Passengers awake to find the train still stranded and to discover that a wealthy American has been brutally stabbed to death in his private compartment. Incredibly, that compartment is locked from the inside... 

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Under The Tuscan Sun

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2005 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Frances Mayes entered a wondrous new world when she began restoring an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. There were unexpected treasures at every turn: faded frescos beneath the whitewash in her dining room, a vineyard under wildly overgrown brambles in the garden, and, in the nearby hill towns, vibrant markets and delightful people. She brings the lyrical voice of a poet, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer to invite readers to explore the pleasures of Italian life and to feast at her table.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Educating Alice

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

Steinbach had so much fun running off to Europe to find herself, as recounted in her first book, she decided to quit her job writing for the Baltimore Sun and devote herself to similar educational adventures. Following the advice of Japanese poet Basho ("To learn of the pine, go to the pine"), Steinbach takes off again and recounts eight endeavors, including studying French cooking in Paris, attending a Jane Austen convention in England and meeting geishas in Kyoto.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

When Miss Julia's husband passed away, he left his proper Southern wife two legacies. The first: his estate. The second: a bastard son. Suddenly, this longtime church member and pillar of her small community finds herself in the center of an unseemly scandal.

Eleanor Murphy Book Group - Big Stone Gap

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: To The Nines

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Stephanie Plum is a Jersey girl, a bounty hunter, and a resident of a part of Trenton where you can still go to Mom's for dinner and your cop boyfriend Morelli's grandmother has visions that include you in a coffin. Stephanie is on the trail of an Indian contract worker named Singh who disappeared when his visa was up. When she interviews a McDonald's employee who knew him, he's shot as she stands there. Then sinister notes start appearing in Stephanie's apartment, a few more bodies turn up with bullet holes, and mayhem ensues.

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