Eleanor Murphy Book Club

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: 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: 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: Memory Keeper's Daughter

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

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.

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.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Lighthouse

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

A subtle and powerful work of contemporary fiction. Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered. Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in to solve the mystery quickly and discreetly, but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team.

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: The novels of Sue Grafton

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

Try any of Sue Grafton's crime-related 'alphabet' novels (like 'A' Is For Alibi) and we'll discuss them as a set. 

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