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Eclectic Book Club: The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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John Crawford
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The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell

John Crawford joined the Florida National Guard to pay for his college tuition, willingly exchanging one weekend a month and two weeks a year for a free education. But in autumn 2002, one semester short of graduating and newly married - in fact, on his honeymoon - he was called to active duty and sent to the front lines in Iraq. During the breaks between patrols, Crawford began writing nonfiction stories about what he and his fellow soldiers witnessed and experienced. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell

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Eclectic Book Club: How to Be Good

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Nick Hornby
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How to Be Good

After more than 20 years of marriage and two children, Katie has had it: she's having an affair, feels intellectually dull and wishes her husband, David, would turn into a different person. Unfortunately for her, she gets her wish when David, a bitter, semi-employed intellectual who writes a column for a local newspaper subtitled "The Angriest Man in Holloway," becomes a secular saint. To spite her after an argument in which she suggests that they divorce, he goes to a dreadlocked faith-healer named DJ GoodNews. When GoodNews lays his hands on David, he suddenly becomes loving, concerned and utterly humorless. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: How to Be Good

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Eclectic Book Club: The Johnstown Flood

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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David McCullough
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The Johnstown Flood

At the end of the 1800s, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity. Despite repeated warnings of possible danger, nothing was done about the dam. Then came May 31, 1889, when the dam burst, sending a wall of water thundering down the mountain, smashing through Johnstown, and killing more than 2,000 people. It was a tragedy that became a national scandal. Graced by David McCullough's remarkable gift for writing richly textured, sympathetic social history, The Johnstown Flood is an absorbing, classic portrait of life in nineteenth-century America, of overweening confidence, of energy, and of tragedy. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: The Johnstown Flood

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Eclectic Book Club: Fight Club

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Chuck Palahniuk
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Fight Club

Palahniuk's darkly funny first novel tells the story of a godforsaken young man who discovers that his rage at living in a world filled with failure and lies cannot be pacified by an empty consumer culture. Relief for him and his disenfranchised peers comes in the form of secret after-hours boxing matches held in the basements of bars. Fight Club is the brainchild of Tyler Durden, who thinks he has found a way for himself and his friends to live beyond their confining and stultifying lives. But in Tyler's world there are no rules, no limits, no brakes. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Fight Club

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Eclectic Book Club: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff...

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Christopher Moore
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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff...

The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years -- except Biff, the Messiah's best bud. Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more -- except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdala -- and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff...

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Eclectic Book Club: Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Kiran Desai
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Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

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. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

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New Book Group: Knit 1, Read Too! (2005)

Madison Public Library Adult Services Announces a New Book Group!
Do you like to read? Do you quilt, knit, or cross-stitch? Come join us for our first monthly Knit 1, Read Too!
All readers and crafters are welcome—not just knitters! This is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy the Madison community, learn something new, share what you know, and appreciate a good book all at the same time.
Our first book: Joshilyn Jackson's gods in AlabamaMadison Public LibraryWednesday, October 19, 200512:30-2:00 Read more about New Book Group: Knit 1, Read Too! (2005)

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