Book Club Meetings

Eclectic Book Club: A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

The swimming pool of the Mille-Collines hotel is a magnet for a motley group of Kigali residents: aid workers, Rwandan bourgeoisie, expatriates and prostitutes. Among these patrons is the hotel waitress, Gentille, a beautiful Hutu often mistaken for a Tutsi, who has long been admired by Bernard Valcourt, a foreign journalist. As the two slide into a love affair and prepare for their wedding, we see the world around them coming apart as the Hutu-led genocide against the Tutsi people begins.

Eclectic Book Club: When the Emperor Was Divine

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2005 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

This heartbreaking, bracingly unsentimental debut describes in poetic detail the travails of a Japanese family living in an internment camp during World War II, raising the specter of wartime injustice in bone-chilling fashion. After a woman whose husband was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy sees notices posted around her neighborhood in Berkeley instructing Japanese residents to evacuate, she moves with her son and daughter to an internment camp, abruptly severing her ties with her community.

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: Holding On

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

Holding On by David Isay & Harvey Wang
The 50 individuals profiled in this delightful collection all were interviewed by Isay on his National Public Radio series The American Folklife Radio Project. Most of his subjects are older people who are dreamers, devoting themselves to such pursuits as creating religious grottoes, castles, bells and centers for dinosaur sculptures; conducting businesses, such as opera houses or bars, in ghost towns; or following unusual careers, for example, marriage brokering and restoring mannequins. There are those whose lifework has not been exotic, such as a country doctor who still charges a dollar for an office visit, a hat blocker and a sheepherder. But Isay approaches them all open-mindedly and sympathetically, and his warm commentary is supplemented by Wang's superb photos.

Eclectic Book Club: A Year in Provence

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2000 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

An amusing account of an English couple's first year as residents of rural Provence, from the unpleasantness of the winter mistral to the transgressions of summer tourists. Since the old farmhouse they purchased needed repairs, they were immediately beset with problems in dealing with the foibles of local craftspeople and officialdom, not to mention the neighbors--human and animal. Nowhere in France is the consumption of food and drink taken more seriously, and food preparation, dining, and wining anecdotes are prominent in virtually every chapter.

Eclectic Book Club: Ladder of Years

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

At 40, Delia Grinstead seems more likely to have an attack of anxiety, or of whimsy, than to become a runaway wife. Yet Delia's impulse to escape her disapproving physician husband and three surly children turns into an adventure that sweeps her from her staid Baltimore orbit into a new existence as Ms. Grinstead, spinster, in the Delaware community of Bay Borough.

Eclectic Book Club: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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

Winner of the 1977 Newbery Medal, this moving novel has remained in the hearts and minds of millions of readers. Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, it is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice.

Eclectic Book Club: Ender's Game

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

The alien Buggers threaten humanity with extinction, and Earth's ultimate savior may be one small boy. Andrew "Ender" Wiggins thinks he is only playing computer games, but he is really commanding Earth's last great fleet.

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: 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.

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