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Eleanor Murphy Book Club

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Eleven On Top

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Tuesday, February 6, 2007 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Janet Evanovich
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Eleven On Top

Trouble seems to find Stephanie Plum no matter where she goes, and once again she's struggling with her tangled love life, her chaotic family, and her God-given gift for destroying every car she drives. This time, Stephanie Plum has decided to quit her job as a bounty hunter. She wants something safe. She wants something normal. She's tired of creeps, weirdos, and stalkers. But just when she thinks she's out, they pull her back in! This latest novel is packed full of Janet Evanovich's trademark wit, adventure, and sly comedy. So fasten your seatbelt and hang on-Stephanie's back in town! Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Eleven On Top

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Virgin's Lover

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Tuesday, January 2, 2007 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Phillippa Gregory
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The Virgin's Lover

In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen. One woman hears the tidings with utter dread. She is Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, and she knows that Elizabeth's ambitious leap to the throne will pull her husband back to the very center of the glamorous Tudor court and to power, intrigue, and a passionate love affair with the young queen. Can Amy's steadfast faith in him, her constant love, and the home she wants to make for them in the heart of the English countryside compete with the allure of the new queen? Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Virgin's Lover

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: My Sister's Keeper

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Jodi Picoult
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My Sister's Keeper

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: My Sister's Keeper

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Circle of Friends

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Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Maeve Binchy
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Circle of Friends

Best friends since childhood in a small Irish village, first-year college students Benny and Eve are thrilled by the excitement of university life in Dublin. Befriended by Nan, a beautiful classmate with secret ambitions, the three form the nucleus of an ever-widening circle of friends that provides them with a happy sense of belonging and introduces them to a world of carefree activity. However, this light-hearted existence is brought to an abrupt halt when Nan's selfish, callous plans backfire, victimizing Benny and creating within Eve an obsessive desire to avenge Benny.  Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Circle of Friends

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: the Mrs. Pollifax novels

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Tuesday, September 5, 2006 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Dorothy Gilman

Pick from any Dorothy Gilman's delightful "Mrs. Pollifax" books, which feature Emily Pollifax, a grandmother-turned-spy, an array of exotic locales and unlikely heroines. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: the Mrs. Pollifax novels

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Lighthouse

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
P. D. James
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The Lighthouse

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. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Lighthouse

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Educating Alice

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Tuesday, July 4, 2006 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Alice Steinbach
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Educating Alice

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. She captures the uniqueness of each setting, aided by a sharply curious sensibility she claims stems as much from her childhood admiration for Nancy Drew as from her reportorial training. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Educating Alice

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Leap of Faith

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Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Queen Noor
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Leap of Faith

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. Widely admired in the Arab world as a voice of moderation, and for his direct lineage to the prophet Muhammad, Hussein would soon become the world's most eligible bachelor after the tragic death of his wife. The next time they met, Hussein would fall headlong in love with the athletic, outspoken daughter of his longtime friend. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Leap of Faith

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Kite Runner

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Tuesday, May 2, 2006 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Khaled Hosseini
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The Kite Runner

"Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan nonetheless grow up in different worlds; Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara, member of a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When the Soviets invade and Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him." "The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of fathers over sons - their love, their sacrifices, and their lies. Written against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, The Kite Runner describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. But with the devastation, Khaled Hosseini also gives us hope: through the novel's faith in the power of reading and storytelling, and in the possibilities he shows for redemption." Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Kite Runner

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: At Home In Mitford

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Tuesday, April 4, 2006 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Jan Karon
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At Home In Mitford

Father Tim, a cherished small-town rector, is the steadfast soldier in this beloved slice of life story set in an American village where the grass is still green, the pickets are still white, and the air still smells sweet. The rector's forthright secretary, Emma Garret, worries about her employer, as she sees past his Christian cheerfulness into his aching loneliness. Slowly but surely, the empty places in Father Tim's heart do get filled. First with a gangly stray dog, later with a seemingly stray boy, and finally with the realization that he is stumbling into love with his independent and Christian-wise next-door neighbor. Much more than a gentle love story, this is a homespun tale about a town of endearing characters. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: At Home In Mitford

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