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Eclectic Book Club: Tender At The Bone

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Ruth Reichl
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Tender At The Bone

At an early age, Ruth Reichl discovered that "food could be a way of making sense of the world. . . . If you watched people as they ate, you could find out who they were." Her deliciously crafted memoir, Tender at the Bone, is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by a passion for food, unforgettable people, and the love of tales well told. Beginning with Reichl's mother, the notorious food-poisoner known as the Queen of Mold, Reichl introduces us to the fascinating characters who shaped her world and her tastes, from the gourmand Monsieur du Croix, who served Reichl her first soufflé, to those at her politically correct table in Berkeley who championed the organic food revolution in the 1970s. Spiced with Reichl's infectious humor and sprinkled with her favorite recipes, Tender at the Bone is a witty and compelling chronicle of a culinary sensualist's coming-of-age. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Tender At The Bone

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Eclectic Book Club: Continental Drift

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Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Russell Banks
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Continental Drift

Originally published by Harper in 1985 to great acclaim, Continental Drift is an American masterpiece about innocence and evil by one of the most important novelists writing today. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Continental Drift

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Eclectic Book Club: Memoirs of a Geisha

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Arthur Golden
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Memoirs of a Geisha

The life of a famous Kyoto geisha--from her painful apprenticeship in the early 1930s through the years of her prime and her later career in Manhattan--is rendered with stunning clarity in this fully imagined first novel. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Memoirs of a Geisha

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Eclectic Book Club: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Mildred Taylor
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Winner of the 1977 Newbery Medal, this moving novel has remained in the hearts and minds of millions of readers. Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, it is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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Eclectic Book Club: A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Gil Courtemanche
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A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

The swimming pool of the Mille-Collines hotel is a magnet for a motley group of Kigali residents: aid workers, Rwandan bourgeoisie, expatriates and prostitutes. Among these patrons is the hotel waitress, Gentille, a beautiful Hutu often mistaken for a Tutsi, who has long been admired by Bernard Valcourt, a foreign journalist. As the two slide into a love affair and prepare for their wedding, we see the world around them coming apart as the Hutu-led genocide against the Tutsi people begins. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

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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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