Book discussion

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Oprah Book Club selection about a vanished China and one family’s shifting fortunes.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can't solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father-a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse-named them after the Bard's heroines. It's a lot to live up to.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

What's happening in Acker's Gap, West Virginia? Three elderly men are gunned down over their coffee at a local diner, and seemingly half the town is there to witness the act. Still, it happened so fast, and no one seems to have gotten a good look at the shooter.  Was it random? Was it connected to the spate of drug violence plaguing poor areas of the country just like Acker's Gap? Or were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted somehow?

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and brutal serial killer. In the end, she was the one who caught him…and tortured him…and then let him go. Why did Gretchen spare Archie’s life and then turn herself in? This is the question that keeps him up all night—and the reason why he has visited Gretchen in prison every week since.

Lutishia Lovely & Zuri Day

Location: Showers Center Library
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Sister 2 Sister Brother 2 Brother Book Club with host an author event featuring bestselling author Lutishia Lovely along with her  alter-ego Zuri Day. This event will be at the Main Library on Saturday March 15, 2014 at 2:00pm in the auditorium.

Lovers of Lit Book Discussion-- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Lovers of Lit Book Discussion-- The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Alex Dumas, an extraordinary man whose sensational life had been largely lost to history solely because of his race, takes the spotlight in this dynamic tale. Thanks to Reiss’s excellent research, combined with the passionate memorial his son, Alexandre Dumas, consistently built in his own novels and memoir, Dumas’s life has been brought back to light.

Lovers of Lit Book Discussion-- The Alchemist

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come.

S2SB2B: Fortune & Fame

Location: Showers Center Library
Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Jasmine Cox Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams have been through a lot together—from fighting for their husbands to become the head of the American Baptist Coalition to getting mixed up in a terrible murder. Now the frenemies have found themselves the stars of First Ladies, a muchanticipated new reality television show.

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