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Eclectic Book Club: In a Sunburned Country

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Tuesday, October 31, 2000 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Bill Bryson
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In a Sunburned Country

Bryson tackles Australia, basing his views of this unique continent on a tour he took of the entire country--something few people, including Australians, have ever done. It's all here: the convict history, the love/hate affair with England, the vastness, and Australia's most fascinating inhabitants (apart from koalas)--its colorful, quirky people. Bryson has a gift for making common things seem exceptional; everything from cricket to politics to place names is described in a manner that both educates and entertains. (Country of focus: Australia) Read more about Eclectic Book Club: In a Sunburned Country

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Eclectic Book Club: Girls at War & Other Stories

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Tuesday, September 26, 2000 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Chinua Achebe
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Girls at War & Other Stories

Twelve stories by the internationally renowned novelist which recreate with energy and authenticity the major social and political issues that confront contemporary Africans on a daily basis. (Country of focus: Nigeria) Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Girls at War & Other Stories

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Eclectic Book Club: Bicycle Days

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Tuesday, August 29, 2000 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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John Burnham Schwartz
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Bicycle Days

When Alec Stern arrives in Japan, he discovers a land of opportunity. For only in Tokyo could an impressionable young man fresh out of college find, in one stroke, a new job, a new family, and a society that lavishes attention on Japanese-speaking gaijin. Yet, even as Alec claims a place in this new world, he is haunted by memories of the one he left behind—a world once infinitely secure but which disintegrated with the breakup of his parents' marriage. (Country of focus: Japan) Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Bicycle Days

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Eclectic Book Club: God's Snake

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Tuesday, July 25, 2000 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Author: 
Irini Spanidou
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God's Snake

God's Snake reveals the drama of an inventive, courageous young girl and her parents -- a tyrannical army officer and his beautiful, unyielding wife -- as it unfolds with the intensity of a classical myth, one that demonstrates both the power of love and the terrible inevitability of its betrayal. As Anna indefatigably tries to claim her parents' affections, she encounters people and animals that suggest the figures of a revelatory dream: murdered snakes, a poetry-loving general, a beautiful girl with a tubercular mother, a loving dog that dies of cruelty and neglect, a frozen crow that comes back to life. Filled with passion, magic, and terror, God's Snake is a triumph by a writer of visionary authority. (Country of focus: Greece) Read more about Eclectic Book Club: God's Snake

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Eclectic Book Club: A Year in Provence

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Tuesday, June 27, 2000 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Peter Mayle
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A Year in Provence

An amusing account of an English couple's first year as residents of rural Provence, from the unpleasantness of the winter mistral to the transgressions of summer tourists. Since the old farmhouse they purchased needed repairs, they were immediately beset with problems in dealing with the foibles of local craftspeople and officialdom, not to mention the neighbors--human and animal. Nowhere in France is the consumption of food and drink taken more seriously, and food preparation, dining, and wining anecdotes are prominent in virtually every chapter. (Country of focus: France) Read more about Eclectic Book Club: A Year in Provence

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Eclectic Book Club: Under the Tuscan Sun

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Tuesday, May 30, 2000 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Frances Mayes
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Under the Tuscan Sun

Frances Mayes entered a wondrous new world when she began restoring an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. There were unexpected treasures at every turn: faded frescos beneath the whitewash in her dining room, a vineyard under wildly overgrown brambles in the garden, and, in the nearby hill towns, vibrant markets and delightful people. She brings the lyrical voice of a poet, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer to invite readers to explore the pleasures of Italian life and to feast at her table. (Country of focus: Italy) Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Under the Tuscan Sun

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Eclectic Book Club: Out of America

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Tuesday, April 25, 2000 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Keith Richburg
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Out of America

In this powerful book, Keith B. Richburg takes the reader on an extraordinary journey that sweeps from Somalia to Rwanda to Zaire and finally to South Africa. He shows how he came to terms with the divide within himself: between his African racial heritage and his American cultural identity. (Continent of focus: Africa) Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Out of America

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Eclectic Book Club: God of Small Things

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Tuesday, March 28, 2000 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Arundhati Roy
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God of Small Things

Set in Kerala, India, in 1969, The God Of Small Things is the story of seven-year-old twins Rahel and Estha, born of a wealthy family and literally joined at the soul. Rahel and Estha are cared for by a host of compelling characters: their beautiful mother, Ammu, who has left a violent husband; their Marxist uncle, Chacko, still pining for his English wife and daughter who left him; their prickly grandaunt, Baby Kochamma, pickling in her virginity; and the volatile Veluth, a member of the Untouchable caste. When Chacko's ex-wife, Margaret, and lovely daughter, Sophie, unexpectedly return, the household is thrown into disarray. Tragedy strikes in the form of an accident (that may not have been accidental) and a terrifying murder. (Country of focus: India) Read more about Eclectic Book Club: God of Small Things

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Eclectic Book Club: One Hundred Years of Solitude

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Tuesday, February 29, 2000 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Gabriel García Márquez
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One Hundred Years of Solitude

The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America. (Country of focus: Columbia) Read more about Eclectic Book Club: One Hundred Years of Solitude

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Eclectic Book Club: Tara Road

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Tuesday, January 25, 2000 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Maeve Binchy
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Tara Road

Ria lived on Tara Road in Dublin with her dashing husband, Danny, and their two children. She fully believed she was happily married, right up until the day Danny told her he was leaving her to be with his young, pregnant girlfriend. By a chance phone call, Ria meets Marilyn, a woman from New England unable to come to terms with her only son's death and now separated from her husband. The two women exchange houses for the summer with extraordinary consequences, each learning that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. (Country of focus: Ireland) Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Tara Road

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