Eleanor Murphy Book Club

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Uniform Justice

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2007 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Neither Commissario Brunetti nor his wife Paola have ever had much sympathy for the Italian armed forces, so when a young cadet is found hanged, a presumed suicide, in Venice's elite military academy, Brunetti's emotions are complex: pity and sorrow for the death of a boy, close in age to his own son, and contempt and irritation for the arrogance and high-handedness of the boy's teachers and fellow-students.

Eleanor Murphy Book Group: All Over But the Shoutin'

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Bragg relates his own segregation-era Alabama rags-to-riches tale. Abandoned by her husband, Bragg's mother was left to raise three sons on her own. They were dirt poor, but Bragg remembers childhood as being "sweet and warm," thanks largely to his mother. Bragg never forgets what he owes her, and the book's climax is the Pulitzer Prize award ceremony, which his mother attended, having taken her first ride on an airplane and her first ride on an elevator to get there.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Accidental Tourist

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2004 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Scarred by grief after their 12-year-old son's senseless murder, Macon and Sarah Leary are losing their marriage too. Macon is unable to cope when she leaves him, so he settles down "safe among the people he'd started out with," moving back home with two divorced brothers and spinster sister Rose.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Secret Life of Bees

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2006 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Lily Owen is raised by the elderly African American Rosaleen after the accidental death of Lily's mother. Following a racial brawl in 1960s Tiburon, SC, Lily and Rosaleen find shelter in a distant town with three black bee-keeping sisters. The sisters and their close-knit community of women live within the confines of racial and gender bondage and yet have an unmistakable strength and serenity associated with the worship of a black Madonna and the healing power of honey.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: A Quiche Before Dying

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

With the kids packed off on their summer road trips, it's an ideal time for Jane Jeffry to pursue other interests, so the harried suburban mom enrolls in a writing course at the community college. But when an obnoxious aged classmate keels over dead after sampling a tasty treat from a pot luck student buffet, Jane realizes there's a culinary killer among the local would-be literati. 

Eleanor Murphy Book Group: the books of Fannie Flagg

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

Alabama-born writer Fannie Flagg got her start on Candid Camera and performed in movies and plays before returning to her first love: writing. Those new to her writing will know her best for "Fried Green Tomatoes," set in the slightly off-kilter South she clearly loves.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Kitchen God's Wife

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2004 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Pressured to reveal to the young woman her secret past in war-torn China in the 1940s, Winnie weaves an unbelievable account of a childhood of loneliness and abandonment and a young adulthood marred by a nightmarish arranged marriage. Winnie survives because of the friendship and strength of her female friends, the love of her second husband, and her own steadfast courage and endurance.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Hunting Season

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

Park Ranger Anna Pigeon returns to face her most duplicitous foe-human nature-in Nevada Barr's New York Times bestseller, Hunting Season. The quiet beauty of autumn on Mississippi's Natchez Trace is swiftly shattered when Anna answers a call to Mt. Locust, once a working plantation and inn, now a tourist spot.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Tenth Circle

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Trixie Stone is fourteen years old and in love for the first time. She's also the light of her father's life - a straight-A student; a freshman in high school who is pretty and popular; a girl who's always looked up to Daniel Stone as a hero. Until, that is, her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence ... and suddenly everything Trixie has believed about her family - and herself - seems to be a lie.

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.

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