Book Club Meetings

Eclectic Book Club: God's Snake

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2000 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

God's Snake reveals the drama of an inventive, courageous young girl and her parents -- a tyrannical army officer and his beautiful, unyielding wife -- as it unfolds with the intensity of a classical myth, one that demonstrates both the power of love and the terrible inevitability of its betrayal.

Eclectic Book Club: The Book Thief

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich during World War II. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. An unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. 

Eclectic Book Club: Memoirs of a Geisha

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

The life of a famous Kyoto geisha--from her painful apprenticeship in the early 1930s through the years of her prime and her later career in Manhattan--is rendered with stunning clarity in this fully imagined first novel.

Eclectic Book Club: The Dogs of Babel

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Paul Iverson's life changes in an instant. He returns home one day to find that his wife, Lexy, has died under strange circumstances. The only witness was their dog, Lorelei, whose anguished barking brought help to the scene -- but too late. In the days and weeks that follow, Paul begins to notice strange "clues" in their home: books rearranged on their shelves, a mysterious phone call, and other suggestions that nothing about Lexy's last afternoon was quite what it seemed. Reeling from grief, Paul is determined to decipher this evidence and unlock the mystery of her death.

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 - Midnight: Gangster Love Story

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 6:30am - 7:30am

Midnight enjoys a life of comfort in his Islamic African family, but his father never hides the truth about the fierce challenges of the world outside of his estate. So when Midnight's father's empire is attacked, he sends Midnight with his mother to the United States. In the streets of Brooklyn, Midnight learns to protect the ones he loves, build a business, reclaim his wealth and status, and remain true to his beliefs.

Urban Circle Book Club: Too Much of a Good Thing

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 6:30am - 7:30am

In this sequel, Curtis and Tanya Black have divorced and moved on to new relationships. Curtis continues to struggle with the pull between his commitment to serve and his desire for wealth. Four years after he was ousted from Faith Missionary Baptist Church, his old members ask him to pastor their new church. He marries the perfect pastor's wife, Mariah Johnson, who has no knowledge of his previous misfortunes. Then slowly but surely, Curtis begins to revert to the behavior that got him in trouble.

Urban Circle Book Club - Cruisin' on Desperation

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 7:30am - 8:30am

The members of the Oh-Lawd-Why-Am-I-Still-Single church group have gathered again to complain about the slim pickings in their little town. Lyon Lipps is a con artist who has seduced every member of their group . . . and it's time to get a little payback.

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.

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