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Eleanor Murphy Book Club

Eleanor Murphy Book Group: On Agate Hill

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Lee Smith
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On Agate Hill

Molly Petree, orphaned by the Civil War, is by her own definition "a spitfire and a burden. I do not care. My family is a dead family, and this is not my home, for I am a refugee girl." When a mysterious benefactor appears out of her father's past to rescue her, teenaged Molly Petree never looks back. Taking what she is offered, she saves herself and then risks everything to hold true to her nature and to true love.  Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Group: On Agate Hill

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Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Mitch Albom
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The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Eddie's job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination, but where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit his life and reveal the haunting secret behind the eternal question: Why was I here?  Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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Eleanor Murphy Book Group: Blessed are the Cheesemakers

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Sarah-Kate Lynch
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Blessed are the Cheesemakers

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. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Group: Blessed are the Cheesemakers

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Eleanor Murphy Book Group: Malpractice in Maggody

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Joan Hess
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Malpractice in Maggody

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. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Group: Malpractice in Maggody

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Eleanor Murphy Book Group: Water for Elephants

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Sara Gruen
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Water For Elephants

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. This lushly romantic novel travels back in forth in time between Jacob's present day in a nursing home and his adventures in the surprisingly harsh world of 1930s circuses.  Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Group: Water for Elephants

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Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Maltese Falcon

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Dashiell Hammett
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The Maltese Falcon

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. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Maltese Falcon

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Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Cherry Cheesecake Murder

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Joanne Fluke
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The Cherry Cheesecake Murder

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. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Cherry Cheesecake Murder

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Memory Keeper's Daughter

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Kim Edwards
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Memory Keeper's Daughter

On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Memory Keeper's Daughter

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Ann B. Ross
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Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

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. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

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

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Alexander McCall Smith
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

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

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