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Eleanor Murphy Book Group: Water for Elephants

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Sara Gruen
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Water For Elephants

Life is good for Jacob Jankowski. He's about to graduate from veterinary school and about to bed the girl of his dreams. Then his parents are killed in a car crash, leaving him in the middle of the Great Depression with no home, no family, and no career. Almost by accident, Jacob joins the circus. There he falls in love with the beautiful performer Marlena, who is married to the circus' psychotic animal trainer. He also meets the other love of his life, Rosie the elephant. This lushly romantic novel travels back in forth in time between Jacob's present day in a nursing home and his adventures in the surprisingly harsh world of 1930s circuses.  Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Group: Water for Elephants

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Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Maltese Falcon

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Dashiell Hammett
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The Maltese Falcon

Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed while tailing a man. The woman who asked his partner to follow the man turns out to be someone who is not what she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the 'Maltese Falcon', a gold-encrusted life-sized statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind. This event is part of The Big Read 2008. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Maltese Falcon

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Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Cherry Cheesecake Murder

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Joanne Fluke
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The Cherry Cheesecake Murder

A film crew in search of a quaint Minnesota location has landed in Hannah's 'hood, and filming goes smoothly until the director, a womanizing tyrant, accidentally shoots himself on the set. But was his death really an accident? Of course not. Someone nabbed the unloaded prop gun and left another revolver in its place. Between baking batches of Double Flake Cookies and Angel Kisses, Hannah figures out whodunit. This event is part of The Big Read 2008. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Group: The Cherry Cheesecake Murder

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Memory Keeper's Daughter

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Kim Edwards
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Memory Keeper's Daughter

On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Memory Keeper's Daughter

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Ann B. Ross
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Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

When Miss Julia's husband passed away, he left his proper Southern wife two legacies. The first: his estate. The second: a bastard son. Suddenly, this longtime church member and pillar of her small community finds herself in the center of an unseemly scandal. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Alexander McCall Smith
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to "help people with problems in their lives." Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Track of the Cat

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Author: 
Nevada Barr
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Track of the Cat

Anna Pigeon has fled New York City after the accidental death of her husband, and she now works as a law enforcement ranger at Guadaloupe Mountains National Park. There she finds the remains of fellow ranger Sheila Drury, who apparently was clawed to death by a mountain lion. Although an autopsy confirms this judgment, Anna becomes convinced that the claw marks have been faked. Her superiors discourage her from probing further, but another supposedly accidental death goads her into investigating Sheila's activities before her death. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Track of the Cat

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Life of Pi

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Yann Martel
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Life of Pi

In his 16th year, Pi sets sail with his family and some of their menagerie to start a new life in Canada. Halfway to Midway Island, the ship sinks into the Pacific, leaving Pi stranded on a life raft with a hyena, an orangutan, an injured zebra and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. After the beast dispatches the others, Pi is left to survive for 227 days with his large feline companion on the 26-foot-long raft, using all his knowledge, wits and faith to keep himself alive. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Life of Pi

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Tenth Circle

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Jodi Picoult
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The Tenth Circle

Trixie Stone is fourteen years old and in love for the first time. She's also the light of her father's life - a straight-A student; a freshman in high school who is pretty and popular; a girl who's always looked up to Daniel Stone as a hero. Until, that is, her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence ... and suddenly everything Trixie has believed about her family - and herself - seems to be a lie. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Tenth Circle

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: A Quiche Before Dying

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Jill Churchill
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A Quiche Before Dying

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.  Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: A Quiche Before Dying

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