Book Club Meetings

Eclectic Book Club: Fight Club

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Palahniuk's darkly funny first novel tells the story of a godforsaken young man who discovers that his rage at living in a world filled with failure and lies cannot be pacified by an empty consumer culture. Relief for him and his disenfranchised peers comes in the form of secret after-hours boxing matches held in the basements of bars. Fight Club is the brainchild of Tyler Durden, who thinks he has found a way for himself and his friends to live beyond their confining and stultifying lives. But in Tyler's world there are no rules, no limits, no brakes.

Eclectic Book Club: Lying Awake

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

It's 1997, and Sister John of the Cross, a Carmelite nun in a monastery just outside Los Angeles, seeks treatment for epilepsy, although the remedy threatens to diminish her formidable spiritual powers. The Carmelites place heavy emphasis on prayer, and over the years this discipline has helped Sister John to develop miraculous visionary gifts. When severe headaches precipitate a collapse that requires medical intervention, Sister John finds the process starkly juxtaposed against her centuries-old traditions.

Eclectic Book Club: Bel Canto

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening—until a band of gun-wielding terrorists breaks in through the air-conditioning vents and takes the entire party hostage.

Eclectic Book Club: Gal

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2002 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Gal is the true story of a young black woman. The author, who writes pseudonymously in order to protect the privacy of her family and friends, was born in 1961 and raised in the South. Her early life was bleak and unpromising. After years of sadistic abuse from the twisted man she knew as 'Daddy,' she seemed to be headed along a bumpy path. Despite setbacks, Gal managed to complete high school. After further difficulties with drugs, alcohol, and men, she was finally able to turn her life around through the love and support of her second husband and his extended family.

Eclectic Book Club: Tara Road

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2000 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Ria lived on Tara Road in Dublin with her dashing husband, Danny, and their two children. She fully believed she was happily married, right up until the day Danny told her he was leaving her to be with his young, pregnant girlfriend. By a chance phone call, Ria meets Marilyn, a woman from New England unable to come to terms with her only son's death and now separated from her husband. The two women exchange houses for the summer with extraordinary consequences, each learning that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. (Country of focus: Ireland)

Eclectic Book Club: Fallen

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Their expulsion from the Garden is only the beginning: Eve and Adam have to find their way past recriminations and bitterness, to construct a new life together in a harsh land. But the challenges are many for the world’s first family. Soon they must discover how to be parents to one son who is everything they could hope for, and another who is sullen and difficult. In the background, always, is the incomprehensibility of God’s motives as He watches over their faltering attempts to build a life.

Eclectic Book Club: The Johnstown Flood

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

At the end of the 1800s, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity. Despite repeated warnings of possible danger, nothing was done about the dam.

Eclectic Book Club: The Invisible Man

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

An African-American man's search for success and the American dream leads him out of college to Harlem and a growing sense of personal rejection and social invisibility.

Eclectic Book Club: Dream Catcher

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

In her memoir Dream Catcher, Margaret Salinger, the daughter of writer and recluse J.D. Salinger, describes a childhood of unbelievable isolation and emotional stress, "lush with make-believe," "a world both terrible and beautiful ... that dangled between dream and nightmare on a gossamer thread." What she's describing, of course, is madness, first incipient and then in hothouse cultivation.

Eclectic Book Club: A Prayer for Owen Meany

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys - best friends - are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen, after that 1953 foul ball, is extraordinary and terrifying.

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