Book Club Meetings

Eclectic Book Club: The Da Vinci Code

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Brown's latest thriller (after Angels and Demons) is an exhaustively researched page-turner about secret religious societies, ancient coverups and savage vengeance. The action kicks off in modern-day Paris with the murder of the Louvre's chief curator, whose body is found laid out in symbolic repose at the foot of the Mona Lisa. Seizing control of the case are Sophie Neveu, a lovely French police cryptologist, and Harvard symbol expert Robert Langdon, reprising his role from Brown's last book.

Eclectic Book Club: Among Schoolchildren

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Christine Zajac teaches fifth grade in a racially mixed school in a poor district of Holyoke, Mass. About half of her students are Hispanic; many come from broken homes. Through Kidder's calmly detailed re-creation of Zajac's daily round, we come to know her students' fears and inmost strivings; we also share this teacher's frustrations, loneliness and the rush of satisfaction that comes with helping students learn. It's a tough job: in one social studies class, half the pupils can't name the country they live in.

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 First Lady

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 7:30am - 8:30am

Charlene Wilson, First Lady of First Jamaica Ministries, has lived a good life with her beloved husband, Bishop T.K. Wilson. If the Lord is ready to call her home, she's ready to go--her only concern is finding T.K. a good woman to look after him when she's gone.

Urban Circle Book Club: Seen It All and Done the Rest

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 7:30am - 8:30am

Josephine Evans returns to Atlanta to spend time with her granddaughter Zora, recently undone by her peripheral role in a splashy murder case, and to check on her family house. Josephine is hoping to keep Zora's trust while steering her away from Zora's father's tragic bout with alcohol. After seeing the cracked-out wreckage of her stretch of Atlanta's West End, Josephine also embarks on a plan with four other women to fix up her vandalized house, a plan that includes the squatter she discovers there, Victor Causey.

Urban Circle Book Club: Pleasure

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 7:30am - 8:30am

How realistic is it to believe that one lover can satisify a woman's every fantasy? Nia has it all-- and is driven by the desire for more. Fantasies spiral out of control, and she discovers that pleasure does not come without pain.

Urban Circle Book Club: One in a Million

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 7:30am - 8:30am

Kennedi Mason thinks she's the luckiest woman on earth. She loves her job, she has a wonderful best friend, and she's been married for ten years to her soul mate. There's nothing she can think of that could make her life any better. Then one fateful day Kennedi receives a piece of news that will turn her world upside down. In an instant, her life and her marriage have changed, but not at all in the way that she had expected.

Urban Circle Book Club 1-Year Anniversary!

Location: Oscar Mason Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 7:30am - 8:30am

It's our one-year anniversary! We'll cover the books we talked about this year. Did you love them? Hate them? Do you have any suggestions for upcoming book club meetings? Bring the books you love, we'll talk about them, draw for door prizes, and make future plans.

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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