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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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Author: 
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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Author: 
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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Urban Circle Book Club Anniversary Party

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 7:30am to 8:30am
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It's our 2nd anniversary! We'll cover all the books we read this year. Did you love them? Hate them? Have any suggestions for next year? Bring books you love; we'll talk about them, draw for door prizes, and make plans for 2009. It's our 2nd anniversary! We'll cover all the books we read this year. Did you love them? Hate them? Have any suggestions for next year? Bring book you love; we'll talk about them, draw for door prizes, and make plans for 2009. Read more about Urban Circle Book Club Anniversary Party

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Urban Circle Book Club - The Best of Everything

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 6:30am to 7:30am
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Kimberla Lawson Roby
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The Best of Everything

Accustomed to getting anything she wants, newly-married Alicia shops like Daddy still picks up the tab. This is a source of endless agitation for her new husband, young pastor Phillip Sullivan, a genuinely good man. Though he tries to set limits, Alicia stubbornly plows forward, and her self-centered ways result in deceit, infidelity and, finally, divorce. Read more about Urban Circle Book Club - The Best of Everything

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Urban Circle Book Club - What Doesn't Kill You

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 7:30am to 8:30am
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Virginia DeBerry
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What Doesn't Kill You

Opinionated, straight-talking, and witty, Tee is a fly forty-something. Then she's outplaced from her longtime job and doesn't tell anyone. Then she gives her daughter the wedding of her dreams and, after overindulging in champagne, Tee wakes up in bed with the younger best man. For the first time in twenty-five years, Tee doesn't know who she is or what she's going to do every day, and she decides that it's time for her to wake up and face reality. Read more about Urban Circle Book Club - What Doesn't Kill You

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Urban Circle Book Club - Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Author: 
Steve Harvey
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Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

Steve Harvey can't count the number of impressive women he's met over the years. These are women who can run a small business, keep a household with three kids in tiptop shape, and chair a church group all at the same time. Yet when it comes to relationships, they can't figure out what makes men tick. Why? According to Steve it's because they're asking other women for advice when no one but another man can tell them how to find and keep a man. Read more about Urban Circle Book Club - Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

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