Eleanor Murphy Branch meeting room

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: To Kill A Mockingbird

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2007 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up. 

Eleanor Murphy Book Group: Holly, Jolly Murder

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Bookstore owner Claire Malloy finds that her desire to be helpful (propelled by an insatiable nosiness) gets her deeply involved in a puzzling midwinter murder. Wealthy physician and landlord Nicholas Chunder has been shot, and evidence points to several of his tenants who are members of his very own cult, The Druids of the Sacred Grove of Keltria.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Absolute Power

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

A cat burglar gets trapped inside the bedroom closet of one of the world's richest men, only to witness, through a one-way mirror, two Secret Service agents kill the billionaire's trampy young wife as she tries to fight off the drunken sexual advances of the nation's chief executive. Running for his life, but not before he picks up a bloodstained letter opener that puts the president at the scene of the crime, the burglar becomes the target of a clandestine manhunt orchestrated by leading members of the executive branch.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Uniform Justice

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2007 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Neither Commissario Brunetti nor his wife Paola have ever had much sympathy for the Italian armed forces, so when a young cadet is found hanged, a presumed suicide, in Venice's elite military academy, Brunetti's emotions are complex: pity and sorrow for the death of a boy, close in age to his own son, and contempt and irritation for the arrogance and high-handedness of the boy's teachers and fellow-students.

Eleanor Murphy Book Group: All Over But the Shoutin'

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Bragg relates his own segregation-era Alabama rags-to-riches tale. Abandoned by her husband, Bragg's mother was left to raise three sons on her own. They were dirt poor, but Bragg remembers childhood as being "sweet and warm," thanks largely to his mother. Bragg never forgets what he owes her, and the book's climax is the Pulitzer Prize award ceremony, which his mother attended, having taken her first ride on an airplane and her first ride on an elevator to get there.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Accidental Tourist

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2004 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Scarred by grief after their 12-year-old son's senseless murder, Macon and Sarah Leary are losing their marriage too. Macon is unable to cope when she leaves him, so he settles down "safe among the people he'd started out with," moving back home with two divorced brothers and spinster sister Rose.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Secret Life of Bees

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2006 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Lily Owen is raised by the elderly African American Rosaleen after the accidental death of Lily's mother. Following a racial brawl in 1960s Tiburon, SC, Lily and Rosaleen find shelter in a distant town with three black bee-keeping sisters. The sisters and their close-knit community of women live within the confines of racial and gender bondage and yet have an unmistakable strength and serenity associated with the worship of a black Madonna and the healing power of honey.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: A Quiche Before Dying

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

With the kids packed off on their summer road trips, it's an ideal time for Jane Jeffry to pursue other interests, so the harried suburban mom enrolls in a writing course at the community college. But when an obnoxious aged classmate keels over dead after sampling a tasty treat from a pot luck student buffet, Jane realizes there's a culinary killer among the local would-be literati. 

Eleanor Murphy Book Group: the books of Fannie Flagg

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Alabama-born writer Fannie Flagg got her start on Candid Camera and performed in movies and plays before returning to her first love: writing. Those new to her writing will know her best for "Fried Green Tomatoes," set in the slightly off-kilter South she clearly loves.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Kitchen God's Wife

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2004 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Pressured to reveal to the young woman her secret past in war-torn China in the 1940s, Winnie weaves an unbelievable account of a childhood of loneliness and abandonment and a young adulthood marred by a nightmarish arranged marriage. Winnie survives because of the friendship and strength of her female friends, the love of her second husband, and her own steadfast courage and endurance.

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