Book Club Meetings

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: Seabiscuit

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

One of the greatest legends of the 20th century, Seabiscuit was a discarded, bottom-level runner who became a champion with the help of three men: a trainer, an owner, and a jockey. This is the spellbinding tale of how they did it.

Eclectic Book Club: God of Small Things

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2000 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Set in Kerala, India, in 1969, The God Of Small Things is the story of seven-year-old twins Rahel and Estha, born of a wealthy family and literally joined at the soul. Rahel and Estha are cared for by a host of compelling characters: their beautiful mother, Ammu, who has left a violent husband; their Marxist uncle, Chacko, still pining for his English wife and daughter who left him; their prickly grandaunt, Baby Kochamma, pickling in her virginity; and the volatile Veluth, a member of the Untouchable caste.

Eclectic Book Club: The Year the Lights Came On

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Colin Wynn is 11. The year is 1947, and in Colin's hometown of Emery, Georgia, Route 17 divides the community into the haves and the have-nots—those with and without electricity. This boundary creates a common bond among Colin and the other members of the Our Side Gang in their frequent confrontations with their affluent neighbors, the Highway 17 Gang. But then the Rural Electrification Administration brings electricity to the homes of the less privileged and Colin boasts that the wires will "knit us into the fabric of the huge glittering costume, Earth."

Eclectic Book Club: How to Be Good

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

After more than 20 years of marriage and two children, Katie has had it: she's having an affair, feels intellectually dull and wishes her husband, David, would turn into a different person. Unfortunately for her, she gets her wish when David, a bitter, semi-employed intellectual who writes a column for a local newspaper subtitled "The Angriest Man in Holloway," becomes a secular saint. To spite her after an argument in which she suggests that they divorce, he goes to a dreadlocked faith-healer named DJ GoodNews.

Eclectic Book Club: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

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

The British-born Fuller grew up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), losing three siblings to disease as her father fought in the Rhodesian civil war and her mother managed the farm. She approaches her childhood with reserve, leaving many stories open to interpretation while also maintaining a remarkable clarity about what really transpired in her homeland, in her own home, and in her head.

Eclectic Book Club: The Sparrow

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Emilio Sandoz, a brilliant Jesuit priest, seems like the perfect leader for the first expedition to an extraterrestrial culture. However, when Sandoz returns to Earth 20 years later as the mission's sole survivor, he is accused of unspeakable violence and depravity. Why? An extraordinary fiction debut, by paleoanthropologist Mary Doria Russell.

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 - Keep the Faith

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 6:30am - 7:30am

The true story of the woman who stood by the side of one of rap's biggest stars, and her life in the aftermath of his death.

Urban Circle Book Club - God's Gift to Women

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 6:30am - 7:30am

In this exciting sexual thriller, the bestselling author of "Men Cry in the Dark" and "The Maintenance Man" weaves a tale about Julian Payne, a late-night radio personality who is stalked by a deranged woman.

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