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: 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.

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: Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Sampath Chawla is born into a family slightly off kilter, to a mother not quite like her neighbors, in a town not quite like other towns. After years of failure at school, failure at work, it does not seem as if Sampath is going to amount to much. Then Sampath climbs up a guava tree in search of a life of peaceful contemplation -- and becomes famous as a hermit. Written with rich humor and an eye for the eccentric, this is a magical tale of a world gone slightly mad.

Urban Circle Book Club: The First Lady

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 7:30am - 8:30am

Charlene Wilson, First Lady of First Jamaica Ministries, has lived a good life with her beloved husband, Bishop T.K. Wilson. If the Lord is ready to call her home, she's ready to go--her only concern is finding T.K. a good woman to look after him when she's gone.

Urban Circle Book Club: Seen It All and Done the Rest

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 7:30am - 8:30am

Josephine Evans returns to Atlanta to spend time with her granddaughter Zora, recently undone by her peripheral role in a splashy murder case, and to check on her family house. Josephine is hoping to keep Zora's trust while steering her away from Zora's father's tragic bout with alcohol. After seeing the cracked-out wreckage of her stretch of Atlanta's West End, Josephine also embarks on a plan with four other women to fix up her vandalized house, a plan that includes the squatter she discovers there, Victor Causey.

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