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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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Lutishia Lovely & Zuri Day

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Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
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Sister 2 Sister Brother 2 Brother Book Club with host an author event featuring bestselling author Lutishia Lovely along with her  alter-ego Zuri Day. This event will be at the Main Library on Saturday March 15, 2014 at 2:00pm in the auditorium.

Mrs. Lovely will talk about her book she has coming out “Perfect Affair” which goes on sale May 27, 2014, and Mrs. Day  who has a book “Bad Boy Seduction” on sale April 1, 2014. Copies of her books will be available for purchase and book signing. Book signing and lite reception will be held after book discussion.

Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchase on-line or at Main Library Business Office, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) and Showers Center Library (Mon.- Fri.) Call 256-851-7492 for more information.

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Lovers of Lit Book Discussion-- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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Malala Yousafzai
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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world. Read more about Lovers of Lit Book Discussion-- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

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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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Lovers of Lit Book Discussion-- The Alchemist

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Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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Paulo Coelho
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The Alchemist

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come. The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams. Read more about Lovers of Lit Book Discussion-- The Alchemist

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S2SB2B: Fortune & Fame

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Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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Victoria Christopher Murray & ReShonda Tate Billingsley
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Fortune & Fame

Jasmine Cox Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams have been through a lot together—from fighting for their husbands to become the head of the American Baptist Coalition to getting mixed up in a terrible murder. Now the frenemies have found themselves the stars of First Ladies, a muchanticipated new reality television show.

Jasmine balks at the idea of airing her dirty laundry on national TV, but Rachel sees it as the perfect opportunity to take her brand to the next level. And if Rachel is in, so is Jasmine. All the cast members are women of God—how much drama can there be?

Rachel and Jasmine know their own pasts are murky, but they’ll seem like choir girls when the secrets and sins of the others come to light. The two will once again have to form an unholy alliance to go up against these so-called Godly women who see the show as their chance to take them down—at any cost. Read more about S2SB2B: Fortune & Fame

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