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Gurley Girls Book Club ... The Light Between Oceans

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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M. L. Stedman
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The Light Between Oceans

Book discussion on The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman Read more about Gurley Girls Book Club ... The Light Between Oceans

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Middle School Book Club

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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Book discussion on Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card Read more about Middle School Book Club

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Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Donna Tartt
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The Secret History

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill. Read more about Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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0671510126
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Pearl S. Buck
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The Good Earth

Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Oprah Book Club selection about a vanished China and one family’s shifting fortunes.

Though more than seventy years have passed since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer Prize, it has retained its popularity and become one of the great modern classics. In The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck paints an indelible portrait of China in the 1920s, when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings. This moving, classic story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-Lan is must reading for those who would fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during the last century.

Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions, its ambitions and rewards. Her brilliant novel—beloved by millions of readers—is a universal tale of an ordinary family caught in the tide of history. Read more about Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

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Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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9780425244142
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Eleanor Brown
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The Weird Sisters

Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can't solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father-a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse-named them after the Bard's heroines. It's a lot to live up to.

The sisters have a hard time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the shy homebody eldest sister, the fast-living middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Only that none has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents' frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them... Read more about Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

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Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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9781250003485
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Julia Keller
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A Killing in the Hills

What's happening in Acker's Gap, West Virginia? Three elderly men are gunned down over their coffee at a local diner, and seemingly half the town is there to witness the act. Still, it happened so fast, and no one seems to have gotten a good look at the shooter.  Was it random? Was it connected to the spate of drug violence plaguing poor areas of the country just like Acker's Gap? Or were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted somehow?

One of the witnesses to the brutal incident was Carla Elkins, teenaged daughter of Bell Elkins, the prosecuting attorney for Raythune County, WV. Carla was shocked and horrified by what she saw, but after a few days, she begins to recover enough to believe that she might be uniquely placed to help her mother do her job.

After all, what better way to repair their fragile, damaged relationship? But could Carla also end up doing more harm than good—in fact, putting her own life in danger? Read more about Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller

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Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Chelsea Cain
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Heartsick

Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and brutal serial killer. In the end, she was the one who caught him…and tortured him…and then let him go. Why did Gretchen spare Archie’s life and then turn herself in? This is the question that keeps him up all night—and the reason why he has visited Gretchen in prison every week since.

Meanwhile, another series of murders is tearing up the Portland streets. Archie seems to be getting closer to solving this high-profile case…until he finds himself in a fatal collision course with the killer—one that inevitably leads him back to his former captor. Gretchen may be the only one who can help do justice. The only thing she can’t do, this time, is save Archie’s life. Read more about Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

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The X Factor Book Club

Are you a 3rd - 5th grader who's always looking for the next great read? Read more about The X Factor Book Club

YA Book Club at Madison

Madison's YA Book Club will meet Thursday, January 16th at 5:00 pm in the YA room to review and discuss its first book, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. Read more about YA Book Club at Madison

Lovers of Lit Book Discussion-- The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

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Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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Tom Reiss
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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

Alex Dumas, an extraordinary man whose sensational life had been largely lost to history solely because of his race, takes the spotlight in this dynamic tale. Thanks to Reiss’s excellent research, combined with the passionate memorial his son, Alexandre Dumas, consistently built in his own novels and memoir, Dumas’s life has been brought back to light. Father to the well-known novelist and clear inspiration for The Count of Monte Cristo, as well as the adventurous spirit of The Three Musketeers and other stories, Dumas (1762–1806) rose through the ranks of the French army from a lowly private in the dragoons to become a respected general who marched into Egypt at Napoleon’s side. (The rivalry and juxtaposition between these two leaders proves fascinating.) Born in what is now Haiti to a French nobleman father and a slave mother, the biracial Dumas chanced to come of age during the French Revolution, a brief period of equality in the French empire; he was thus granted numerous opportunities that the son of a slave 20 years before him (or even 20 years later) would not have enjoyed. Reiss capitalizes on his subject’s charged personality as well as the revolutionary times in which he lived to create an exciting narrative. Agent: Tina Bennett, Janklow & Nesbit. (Sept.) Read more about Lovers of Lit Book Discussion-- The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

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