Eleanor Murphy Book Club

Eleanor Murphy Book Group: Blessed are the Cheesemakers

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Shadows On The Wall

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2005 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Read this, or any other Howard Weeden book, and we'll discuss the books this month.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Old Wine Shades

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

With time on his hands, Richard Jury is ensnared by the intriguing tale spun by Harry Johnson, a man who, apparently, just happens upon him in a London pub. Despite himself, Jury is drawn in by Johnson's account of the baffling disappearance of a mother, her autistic son and their dog and the more baffling reappearance of the pet nine months later. The detective diligently follows every lead to determine the fate of the missing people, even as Johnson's digressions into the paradoxes of quantum physics lead Jury to question the truth of the man's narrative. 

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

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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? 

Eleanor Murphy Book Group: On Agate Hill

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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. 

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Murder Runs In The Family

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Mary Alice has spared nothing for her only daughter's wedding. Practical Patricia Anne has put away her aunt-of-the-bride blue chiffon and settled back into domesticity when fun-loving Mary Alice calls to say they have a post-wedding date with a genealogist from the groom's side of the family. Lunch is a fascinating lesson on the hazards of finding dirty linens in ancestral boudoirs that ends abruptly when their guest scurries off with the local judge, leaving the sisters with their mouths open -- and finishing their luncheon companion's cheesecake -- when the police arrive.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Celebrations at Thrush Green

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

One hundred years have passed in Thrush Green since its village school was founded, so the residents are keen to celebrate. Then local author Harold Shoosmith discovers that also in 1892 a mission school was founded in Africa by Nathaniel Patten from Thrush Green.

Eleanor Murphy Book Group: Holly, Jolly Murder

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

Bookstore owner Claire Malloy finds that her desire to be helpful (propelled by an insatiable nosiness) gets her deeply involved in a puzzling midwinter murder. Wealthy physician and landlord Nicholas Chunder has been shot, and evidence points to several of his tenants who are members of his very own cult, The Druids of the Sacred Grove of Keltria.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Absolute Power

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

A cat burglar gets trapped inside the bedroom closet of one of the world's richest men, only to witness, through a one-way mirror, two Secret Service agents kill the billionaire's trampy young wife as she tries to fight off the drunken sexual advances of the nation's chief executive. Running for his life, but not before he picks up a bloodstained letter opener that puts the president at the scene of the crime, the burglar becomes the target of a clandestine manhunt orchestrated by leading members of the executive branch.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: To Kill A Mockingbird

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

Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up. 

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