Book Club Meetings

Eclectic Book Club: Girls at War & Other Stories

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2000 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Twelve stories by the internationally renowned novelist which recreate with energy and authenticity the major social and political issues that confront contemporary Africans on a daily basis. (Country of focus: Nigeria)

Eclectic Book Club: Tender At The Bone

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

At an early age, Ruth Reichl discovered that "food could be a way of making sense of the world. . . . If you watched people as they ate, you could find out who they were." Her deliciously crafted memoir, Tender at the Bone, is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by a passion for food, unforgettable people, and the love of tales well told.

Eclectic Book Club: The Bookseller of Kabul

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

After living for three months with the Kabul bookseller Sultan Khan in the spring of 2002, Norwegian journalist Seierstad penned this astounding portrait of a nation recovering from war, undergoing political flux and mired in misogyny and poverty. As a Westerner, she has the privilege of traveling between the worlds of men and women, and though the book is ostensibly a portrait of Khan, its real strength is the intimacy and brutal honesty with which it portrays the lives of Afghani living under fundamentalist Islam.

Eclectic Book Club: Uncle Tom's Cabin

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Harriet Beecher Stowe was appalled by slavery, and she took one of the few options open to nineteenth century women who wanted to affect public opinion: she wrote a novel, a huge, enthralling narrative that claimed the heart, soul, and politics of pre-Civil War Americans. It is unabashed propaganda and overtly moralistic, an attempt to make whites - North and South - see slaves as mothers, fathers, and people with (Christian) souls. In a time when women might see the majority of their children die, Harriet Beecher Stowe portrays beautiful Eliza fleeing slavery to protect her son...

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: Sleeping with Strangers

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - 6:30am - 7:30am

After a brutal hit in Tampa on high-profile rapper Big Bad Wolf, contract killer Gideon jets to London for his next assignment. On the plane, paranoia brewing just beneath his poker face keeps him wary of two mysterious passengers who could be either harmless squares or hired guns out to avenge Big Bad Wolf's murder.

Urban Circle Book Club - This Fire Down In My Soul

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 7:30am - 8:30am

The ladies of Hope Filled Christian Center spend more time serving other women's husbands than they do serving the Lord in Mason's fourth novel, a soap opera-like tale about the bad choices smart women make for love and companionship.

Urban Circle Book Club: Reposition Yourself

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 6:30am - 7:30am

This book offers reality-based plans for those seeking to make the years ahead even more productive. Jakes accepts the inevitability of change, teaching how to embrace and expect it rather than fear it. Mixing both sacred and secular insights, he shares a unique blend of practical and pragmatic steps coupled with the sage wisdom of Scripture for which he is noted.

Urban Circle Book Club - Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Steve Harvey can't count the number of impressive women he's met over the years. These are women who can run a small business, keep a household with three kids in tiptop shape, and chair a church group all at the same time. Yet when it comes to relationships, they can't figure out what makes men tick. Why? According to Steve it's because they're asking other women for advice when no one but another man can tell them how to find and keep a man.

Urban Circle Book Club: The Game is Deep

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 6:30am - 7:30am

Local author Antonio 'Tony' McGinnis wind-sprints us through his personal experiences, stopping only to explain or expound on topics that are rarely talked about when discussing the game of basketball.

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