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Knit 1, Read Too! - The Amateur Marriage

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Author: 
Anne Tyler
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The Amateur Marriage

The attack on Pearl Harbor serves as the catalyst for Tyler's sixteenth novel by propelling Pauline, bleeding from a minor wound sustained in the fervor of a spontaneous patriotic parade, into the humble family grocery run by handsome and reserved young Michael and his embittered widow mother. An outsider to this tightly knit, Polish Catholic Baltimore neighborhood, Pauline is pretty, impulsive, and touchy, and although she and the far more deliberate and reticent Michael fall instantly in love, they are also immediately at odds. They marry precipitously, move into the cramped apartment above the store with his mother, rapidly produce three children, and consistently make each other miserable. (Club Rating: 3) Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - The Amateur Marriage

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Knit 1, Read Too! - The Secret Life of Bees

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Sue Monk Kidd
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The Secret Life of Bees

Lily Owens, 14, is an emotionally abused white girl living with her cold, uncaring father on a peach farm in rural South Carolina. The memory of her mother, who was accidentally killed in Lily's presence when she was four, haunts her constantly. She has one of her mother's few possessions, a picture of a black Madonna with the words, Tiburon, South Carolina, written on the back. Lily's companion during her sad childhood has been Rosaleen, the black woman hired to care for her. Rosaleen, in a euphoric mood after the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, goes to town to register to vote and insults one of the town's most racist residents. After she is beaten up and hospitalized, Lily decides to rescue her and they go to Tiburon to search for memories of her mother. (Club Rating: 8.1) Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - The Secret Life of Bees

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Knit 1, Read Too! - The Kite Runner

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Wednesday, February 22, 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. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - The Kite Runner

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Knit 1, Read Too! - My Sister's Keeper

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Jodi Picoult
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My Sister's Keeper

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now.  Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - My Sister's Keeper

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Knit 1, Read Too! - The Great Gatsby

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Great Gatsby

A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning--" Gatsby's rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - The Great Gatsby

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Knit 1, Read Too! - The Handmaid's Tale

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Margaret Atwood
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The Handmaid's Tale

In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist's nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the "morally fit" Wives. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - The Handmaid's Tale

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Knit 1, Read Too! - Excellent Women

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Barbara Pym
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Excellent Women

Mildred Lathbury, the narrator of Pym's excellent book is a never-married woman in her 30s--which in 1950s England makes her a nearly-confirmed spinster. Hers is a pretty unexciting life, centered around her small church, and part-time job. But Mildred is far more perceptive and witty than even she seems to think, and when Helena and Rockingham Napier move into the flat below her, there seems to be a chance for her life to take a new direction. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - Excellent Women

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Knit 1, Read Too! - Three Junes

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Julia Glass
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Three Junes

Scotsman Paul McLeod, the father of three grown sons, is newly widowed and on a group tour of the Greek islands as he reminisces about how he met and married his deceased wife and created their family. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - Three Junes

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Knit 1, Read Too! - Night

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Author: 
Elie Wiesel
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Night

How can the God he once so fervently believed in have allowed these monstrous events to occur? Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - Night

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Knit 1, Read Too! - A Thread of Grace

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Mary Doria Russell
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A Thread of Grace

In September 1943, Claudette Blum and her father flee across the Alps into Italy with other Jews seeking refuge, only to find an open battle ground among the Nazis, Allied forces, resistance fighters, and ordinary Italians struggling to survive. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - A Thread of Grace

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