Gurley Girls Book Club

Gurley Girls Book Club: The Maltese Falcon

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Monday, April 28, 2008 - 10:30am - 11:30am

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
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. [check the catalog]
This event is part of The Big Read 2008.

Gurley Girls: Geography of Bliss

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Monday, May 5, 2008 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, this book takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness." The book uses a mixture of travel, psychology, science and humor to investigate not what happiness is, but where it is.
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Gurley Girls: A Prisoner of Birth

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Monday, June 2, 2008 - 10:30am - 11:30am

A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer
A man framed for the murder of his best friend seeks revenge against the four men who put him in Belmarsh prison, the highest-security jail in the land, from where no inmate has ever escaped.
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Gurley Girls: Looking For Salvation at Dairy Queen

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Monday, July 7, 2008 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Looking For Salvation at Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore
Every Saturday, Catherine sits at the Dairy Queen, plotting her getaway to Atlanta. When the dream becomes a reality, she immediately leaves everything to claim the life she’s always imagined. But before things have even begun to get off the ground in Atlanta, tragedy brings Catherine Grace back home. As a series of extraordinary events alter her perspective–and sweeping changes come to Ringgold itself–she begins to wonder if her place in the world may actually be, against all odds, right where she began.
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Gurley Girls: The Third Jesus

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Monday, August 4, 2008 - 10:30am - 11:30am

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra provides an answer to this question that is both a challenge to current systems of belief and a fresh perspective on what Jesus can teach us all, regardless of our religious background. There is not one Jesus, Chopra writes, but three: the historical Jesus, the Son of God, and the cosmic Christ, the spiritual guide whose teaching embraces all humanity, not just the church built in his name. He speaks to the individual who wants to find God as a personal experience, to attain what some might call grace, or God-consciousness, or enlightenment.
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Gurley Girls: The Faith Club

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Monday, September 8, 2008 - 10:30am - 11:30am

The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby
Three women -- a Jew, a Christian, and a Muslim -- came together to write a book about their religious traditions, but realized they had differences to sort through first. Over time, the three women began to call their group a 'faith club,' and, as a result, each discovered stronger faith in their religions than they'd had before. An honest, unflinching look at stereotypes, misconceptions, and the power of faith.
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Gurley Girls: No books, just fun!

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Monday, October 13, 2008 - 10:30am - 11:30am

The Gurley Girls book club is banning books for October! This month we will expand our more creative selves: October 6: No meeting (fall break)
October 13: game day
October 20: bring your knitting or craft project
October 27: painting
For more info: call Sharon at 776-4279, or Marie at 776-9677

Gurley Girls Book Club: Harvesting The Heart

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Monday, September 10, 2007 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Harvesting The Heart by Jodi Picoult
Paige O'Toole Prescott, a gifted portraitist, sets aside her art to support her husband, Nicholas, during his medical training. His wealthy parents reject Paige, who already suffers from self-doubt after being abandoned by her mother. Despite Nicholas's success as a surgeon and the young couple's love for each other, the birth of their son catapults them into emotional crisis. Paige's resulting quest for courage and self-confidence forces Nicholas, her parents, and her in-laws to reevaluate their attitudes, standards, and behavior. [check the catalog]

Gurley Girls: A Fraction of the Whole

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Monday, November 3, 2008 - 9:30am - 10:30am

A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
For most of his life, Jasper Dean couldn't decide whether to pity, hate, love, or murder his certifiably paranoid father, Martin, a man who overanalyzed anything and everything and imparted his self-garnered wisdom to his only son. But now that Martin is dead, Jasper can fully reflect on the crackpot who raised him in intellectual captivity, and what he realizes is that, for all its lunacy, theirs was a grand adventure.
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