Book Club Meetings

Eclectic Book Club: The Color Purple

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Winner of the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, this unforgettable portrait of a young black girl, her friends, family, and lovers is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life. Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her.

Eclectic Book Club: The Corrections

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

The novel follows the delamination of the Lambert family. Alfred, once a rigid disciplinarian, flounders against Parkinson's-induced dementia; Enid, his loyal and embittered wife, lusts for the perfect Midwestern Christmas; Denise, their daughter, launches the hippest restaurant in Philly; and Gary, their oldest son, grapples with depression, while Chip, his brother, attempts to shore his eroding self-confidence by joining forces with a self-mocking, Eastern-Bloc politician.

Eclectic Book Club: Kaffir Boy

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Mathabane describes his life growing up in a non-white ghetto outside Johannesburg--and how he escaped its horrors. Hard work and faith in education played key roles, and Mathabane eventually won a tennis scholarship to an American university. This is not, needless to say, an opportunity afforded to many of the poor blacks who make up most of South Africa's population. And yet Mathabane reveals their troubled world on these pages in a way that only someone who has lived this life can.

Eclectic Book Club: The Handmaid's Tale

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

Highly respected Canadian poet and novelist Atwood presents here a fable of the near future. In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist's nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the "morally fit" Wives.

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: 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.

Urban Circle Book Club - What Doesn't Kill You

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 7:30am - 8:30am

Opinionated, straight-talking, and witty, Tee is a fly forty-something. Then she's outplaced from her longtime job and doesn't tell anyone. Then she gives her daughter the wedding of her dreams and, after overindulging in champagne, Tee wakes up in bed with the younger best man. For the first time in twenty-five years, Tee doesn't know who she is or what she's going to do every day, and she decides that it's time for her to wake up and face reality.

Urban Circle Book Club: Coldest Winter Ever

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 7:30am - 8:30am

A gritty coming-of-age novel from a popular rap star. Winter Santiaga is the pampered daughter of Brooklyn's largest drug dealer, but a move to Long Island unravels her charmed life. Her father is arrested, her mother is shot, her life falls apart, and Winter resorts to the skills she learned from her father to keep herself in the kind of life she believes she deserves.

Urban Circle Book Club - The Best of Everything

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

Accustomed to getting anything she wants, newly-married Alicia shops like Daddy still picks up the tab. This is a source of endless agitation for her new husband, young pastor Phillip Sullivan, a genuinely good man. Though he tries to set limits, Alicia stubbornly plows forward, and her self-centered ways result in deceit, infidelity and, finally, divorce.

Urban Circle Book Club Anniversary Party

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 7:30am - 8:30am

It's our 2nd anniversary! We'll cover all the books we read this year. Did you love them? Hate them? Have any suggestions for next year? Bring books you love; we'll talk about them, draw for door prizes, and make plans for 2009. It's our 2nd anniversary! We'll cover all the books we read this year. Did you love them? Hate them? Have any suggestions for next year? Bring book you love; we'll talk about them, draw for door prizes, and make plans for 2009.

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