Gurley Girls Book Club

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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Gurley Girls Book Club: Run

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Monday, October 8, 2007 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Run by Ann Patchett
Boston lawyer and ex-politician Bernard Doyle has nurtured his three sons -- Sullivan and adopted brothers Tip and Teddy -- since the death of his wife 15 years ago. Then, one snowy evening, Tip is pushed out of the way of an oncoming vehicle by a woman, herself hit and badly injured, who turns out to be the boys' birth mother and who's been watching the boys for years, along with her 11-year-old daughter, Kenya. The drama of a single day is given an unreal quality by the snow that curtails normal activity, as these vividly portrayed characters struggle with their circumstances.
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Gurley Girls: Last American Man

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Monday, March 9, 2009 - 10:30am - 11:30am

The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
In 1977, at the age of 17, Eustace Conway left his family's comfortable suburban home to move to the Appalachian Mountains. For more than two decades he has lived there, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he has trapped, and trying to convince Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles and return with him back to nature. To author Gilbert, Conway's mythical character challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be a modern man in America; he is a symbol of much we feel how our men should be, but rarely are.
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Gurley Girls Book Club: Run

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Monday, October 15, 2007 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Run by Ann Patchett
Boston lawyer and ex-politician Bernard Doyle has nurtured his three sons -- Sullivan and adopted brothers Tip and Teddy -- since the death of his wife 15 years ago. Then, one snowy evening, Tip is pushed out of the way of an oncoming vehicle by a woman, herself hit and badly injured, who turns out to be the boys' birth mother and who's been watching the boys for years, along with her 11-year-old daughter, Kenya. The drama of a single day is given an unreal quality by the snow that curtails normal activity, as these vividly portrayed characters struggle with their circumstances.
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Gurley Girls: Last American Man

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Monday, March 23, 2009 - 10:30am - 11:30am

The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
In 1977, at the age of 17, Eustace Conway left his family's comfortable suburban home to move to the Appalachian Mountains. For more than two decades he has lived there, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he has trapped, and trying to convince Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles and return with him back to nature. To author Gilbert, Conway's mythical character challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be a modern man in America; he is a symbol of much we feel how our men should be, but rarely are.
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Gurley Girls Book Club: Run

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Monday, October 22, 2007 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Run by Ann Patchett
Boston lawyer and ex-politician Bernard Doyle has nurtured his three sons -- Sullivan and adopted brothers Tip and Teddy -- since the death of his wife 15 years ago. Then, one snowy evening, Tip is pushed out of the way of an oncoming vehicle by a woman, herself hit and badly injured, who turns out to be the boys' birth mother and who's been watching the boys for years, along with her 11-year-old daughter, Kenya. The drama of a single day is given an unreal quality by the snow that curtails normal activity, as these vividly portrayed characters struggle with their circumstances.
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Gurley Girls Book Club: Infidel

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Monday, January 7, 2008 - 9:30am - 10:30am

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
In this memoir from the internationally renowned author of The Caged Virgin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her astonishing life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, to her intellectual awakening and activism in the Netherlands, and her current life under armed guard in the West. She recounts the evolution of her beliefs, her ironclad will, and her extraordinary resolve to fight injustice done in the name of religion.
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Gurley Girls Book Club: Espresso Tales

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Monday, February 11, 2008 - 9:30am - 10:30am

Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith
The second installment in the bestselling 44 Scotland Street series. Will Bertie, the gifted five-year-old, get to be a normal boy? Why does Ramsey use his memoirs to read his wife to sleep? Full of McCall Smith's gentle humor and sympathy for his characters andt he city of Edinburgh. [check the catalog]

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