Book Club Meetings

Eclectic Book Club: Life of Pi

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2003 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

In his 16th year, Pi sets sail with his family and some of their menagerie to start a new life in Canada. Halfway to Midway Island, the ship sinks into the Pacific, leaving Pi stranded on a life raft with a hyena, an orangutan, an injured zebra and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. After the beast dispatches the others, Pi is left to survive for 227 days with his large feline companion on the 26-foot-long raft, using all his knowledge, wits and faith to keep himself alive.

Eclectic Book Club: The Wanting Seed

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2001 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

A lighthearted, quirky look at the often-dreary world of dystopic novels from the author of A Clockwork Orange.

Eclectic Book Club: God's Snake

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2000 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

God's Snake reveals the drama of an inventive, courageous young girl and her parents -- a tyrannical army officer and his beautiful, unyielding wife -- as it unfolds with the intensity of a classical myth, one that demonstrates both the power of love and the terrible inevitability of its betrayal.

Eclectic Book Club: The Book Thief

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich during World War II. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. An unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. 

Eclectic Book Club: Memoirs of a Geisha

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

The life of a famous Kyoto geisha--from her painful apprenticeship in the early 1930s through the years of her prime and her later career in Manhattan--is rendered with stunning clarity in this fully imagined first novel.

Eclectic Book Club: The Dogs of Babel

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Paul Iverson's life changes in an instant. He returns home one day to find that his wife, Lexy, has died under strange circumstances. The only witness was their dog, Lorelei, whose anguished barking brought help to the scene -- but too late. In the days and weeks that follow, Paul begins to notice strange "clues" in their home: books rearranged on their shelves, a mysterious phone call, and other suggestions that nothing about Lexy's last afternoon was quite what it seemed. Reeling from grief, Paul is determined to decipher this evidence and unlock the mystery of her death.

Eclectic Book Club: The Jew Store

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2003 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

In 1920, two years before the author was born, her family became the first Jews to live in the small town of Concordia, Tenn.

Eclectic Book Club: Ishmael

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2001 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

The unnamed narrator is a disillusioned modern writer who answers a personal ad ("Teacher seeks pupil. . . . Apply in person.") and thereby meets a wise, learned gorilla named Ishmael that can communicate telepathically. The bulk of the book consists entirely of philosophical dialogues between gorilla and man, on the model of Plato's Republic. Through Ishmael, Quinn offers a wide-ranging if highly general examination of the history of our civilization, illuminating the assumptions and philosophies at the heart of many global problems.

Eclectic Book Club: Bicycle Days

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2000 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

When Alec Stern arrives in Japan, he discovers a land of opportunity. For only in Tokyo could an impressionable young man fresh out of college find, in one stroke, a new job, a new family, and a society that lavishes attention on Japanese-speaking gaijin. Yet, even as Alec claims a place in this new world, he is haunted by memories of the one he left behind—a world once infinitely secure but which disintegrated with the breakup of his parents' marriage. (Country of focus: Japan)

Eclectic Book Club: The Well and the Mine

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

In 1931 Carbon Hill, a small Alabama coal-mining town, nine-year-old Tess Moore watches a woman shove the cover off the family well and toss in a baby without a word. For the Moore family, focused on helping anyone in need during the Great Depression, the apparent murder forces them to face the darker side of their community and question the motivations of family and friends. For parents, it's a time when a better life for the children means sacrificing health, time, and every penny that can be saved. For a miner, returning home after work is a possibility, not a certainty.

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