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Eclectic Book Club: The Kite Runner

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Khaled Hosseini
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The Kite Runner

"Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan nonetheless grow up in different worlds; Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara, member of a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When the Soviets invade and Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him." "The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of fathers over sons - their love, their sacrifices, and their lies. Written against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, The Kite Runner describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. But with the devastation, Khaled Hosseini also gives us hope: through the novel's faith in the power of reading and storytelling, and in the possibilities he shows for redemption." Read more about Eclectic Book Club: The Kite Runner

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Eclectic Book Club: Gilead

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Author: 
Marilynne Robinson
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Gilead

Reverend John Ames of Gilead, Iowa, a grandson and son of preachers, now in his seventies, is afraid he hasn't much time left to tell his young son about his heritage. And so he takes up his pen, as he has for decades--he estimates that he's written more than 2,000 sermons--and vividly describes his prophetlike grandfather, who had a vision that inspired him to go to Kansas and make himself useful to the cause of abolition, and the epic conflict between his fiery grandfather and his pacifist father. He recounts the death of his first wife and child, marvels over the variegated splendors of earth and sky, and offers moving interpretations of the Gospel. And then, as he struggles with his disapproval and fear of his namesake and shadow son, Jack, the reprobate offspring of his closest friend, his letter evolves into a full-blown apologia punctuated by the disturbing revelation of Jack's wrenching predicament, one inexorably tied to the toxic legacy of slavery. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Gilead

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Eclectic Book Club: The Alchemist

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Author: 
Paulo Coelho
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The Alchemist

This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasures found within. Read more about Eclectic Book Club: The Alchemist

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Eclectic Book Club: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Barbara Kingsolver
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

When Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally produced diet, paying attention to the provenance of all they consume. "Our highest shopping goal was to ... know the person who grew it. Often that turned out to be ourselves as we learned to produce what we needed, starting with dirt, seeds, and enough knowledge to muddle through. Or starting with baby animals, and enough sense to refrain from naming them." Read more about Eclectic Book Club: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

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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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Author: 
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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Author: 
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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Author: 
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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Author: 
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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