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: 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 - She Had It Coming

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 7:30am - 8:30am

If there's one thing Dolores Reese knows, it's how to keep a secret. She makes a fateful decision to live a double life, devoting herself to two different husbands in two different cities. But into this risky situation comes another man, one Dolores can't resist. And if she isn't careful, Dolores just might find out what happens when love, dishonesty, and dangerous jealousy collide.

Urban Circle Book Club - Little Black Girl Lost

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 7:30am - 8:30am

When an old-school pimp is released from prison after ten years, he reconnects with his friends in the old neighborhood and teams up with a young, dynamic pimp in search of his missing daughter.

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.

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.

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