Book Club Meetings

Eclectic Book Club: The Stranger

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2001 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Story of a man who commits a pointless murder, in which the author asks if there is a God or just a cold indifferent universe.

Eclectic Book Club: Trial of True Love

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

The acclaimed author of The Society of Others returns with a beautifully crafted and intellectually stimulating novel about the nature of love, its elusiveness and, most of all, the universal human need to find it. Bron is a thirty-year-old writer living in London, a seemingly incurable heartbreaker and dodger of commitment. He is fascinated by the symbolist painter Paul Marotte and has made the artist the centre of a book he is writing about love at first sight.

Eclectic Book Club: The Kite Runner

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

"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.

Eclectic Book Club: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine, order, and predictability shelter him from the messy wider world.

Eclectic Book Club: In Cold Blood

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

With the publication of this book, Capote permanently ripped through the barrier separating crime reportage from serious literature. As he reconstructs the 1959 murder of a Kansas farm family and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, Capote generates suspense and empathy.

Eclectic Book Club: In the Beauty of the Lilies

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

Updike's 17th novel opens in 1910, just as Theodore Wilmot's father, a Presbyterian minister, suddenly loses his faith. His loss is visceral, and no amount of intellectualizing can deter him from his realization that he must leave the pulpit if he is to remain true to himself. Eighty years later, Theodore's grandson, a lost soul in the post-Vietnam War era who has found strange comfort in a radical religious cult, experiences his own catharsis, as the flames literally rage around him.

Eclectic Book Club: Thread of Grace

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

"It is September 8, 1943, and fourteen-year-old Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be safe at last, now that the Italians have broken with Germany and made a separate peace with the Allies. The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful, as seemingly overnight it becomes an open battleground among the Nazis, the Allies, resistance fighters, Jews in hiding, and ordinary Italian civilians trying to survive."

Eclectic Book Club: Save Me, Joe Louis

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

At its outset, Macrae, a Tennessee hillbilly with an artistic bent, goes AWOL from the army and is wandering the streets of Manhattan, broke and alone. A chance encounter with a streetwise, small-time mugger propels him into a life of crime and ever-increasing violence. Unlike his companion, however, Macrae retains a sense of guilt that ultimately enables him to secure a kind of redemption--with the help of a woman he has known since childhood and a final, necessary act of personal violence.

Eclectic Book Club: The Da Vinci Code

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Brown's latest thriller (after Angels and Demons) is an exhaustively researched page-turner about secret religious societies, ancient coverups and savage vengeance. The action kicks off in modern-day Paris with the murder of the Louvre's chief curator, whose body is found laid out in symbolic repose at the foot of the Mona Lisa. Seizing control of the case are Sophie Neveu, a lovely French police cryptologist, and Harvard symbol expert Robert Langdon, reprising his role from Brown's last book.

Eclectic Book Club: Among Schoolchildren

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Christine Zajac teaches fifth grade in a racially mixed school in a poor district of Holyoke, Mass. About half of her students are Hispanic; many come from broken homes. Through Kidder's calmly detailed re-creation of Zajac's daily round, we come to know her students' fears and inmost strivings; we also share this teacher's frustrations, loneliness and the rush of satisfaction that comes with helping students learn. It's a tough job: in one social studies class, half the pupils can't name the country they live in.

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