Knit 1, Read Too!

Knit 1, Read Too!: Things Fall Apart

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries.

Knit 1, Read Too!: Ahab's Wife

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

"Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last." This is destined to be remembered as one of the most-recognized first sentences in literature--along with "Call me Ishmael." Sena Jeter Naslund has created an entirely new universe with a transcendent heroine at its center who will be every bit as memorable as Captain Ahab. Ahab's Wife is a novel on a grand scale that can legitimately be called a masterpiece: beautifully written, filled with humanity and wisdom, rich in historical detail, authentic and evocative.

Knit 1, Read Too!: Doomsday Book

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.

Knit 1, Read Too!: Picture of Dorian Gray

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

A remarkably handsome youth, Dorian Gray, meets Lord Henry Wotton and is corrupted into a life of terrible evil. Granted eternal youth, Dorian Gray lives a wild, dissipated life while his portrait grows old and haggard. Oscar Wilde's story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is one of his most popular works.

Knit1, Read Too!: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

This novel about a proud, independent black woman was first published in 1937 and generally dismissed by reviewers. It was out of print for nearly 30 years when the University of Illinois Press reissued it in 1978, at which time it was instantly embraced by the literary establishment as one of the greatest works in the canon of African-American fiction.

Knit 1, Read Too!: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

In nineteenth-century Russia, the wife of an important government official loses her family and social status when she chooses the love of Count Vronsky over a passionless marriage.

Knit 1, Read Too!: I Am Madame X by Gioia Diliberto

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

The fictionalized story of Virginie Gautreau's life, draws on the sketchy facts known about the subject of John Singer Sargent's famous painting, Madame X, recreating her tempestuous personality, the captivating milieu of Belle Epoch Paris, and the struggle between artist and model to control the painting that would change their lives.

Knit 1, Read Too!: Year of Wonders

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

This gripping historical novel is based on the true story of Eyam, the "Plague Village", in the rugged mountain spine of England. In 1666, a tainted bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to this isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly quarantine to prevent the spread of disease.

Knit 1, Read Too!: State of Wonder

Location: Madison Meeting Room
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Award-winning "New York Times"-bestselling author Patchett ("Bel Canto, The Magician's Assistant") returns with a provocative novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest--a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.


Knit 1, Read Too!

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Novella by Thomas Mann, published in German as Der Tod in Venedig in 1912. A symbol-laden story of aestheticism and decadence, Mann's best-known novella exemplifies the author's regard for Sigmund Freud's writings on the unconscious. Gustav von Aschenbach is a revered author whose work is known for its discipline and formal perfection. At his Venetian hotel he encounters the strikingly handsome young teenager Tadzio. Aschenbach is disturbed by his attraction to the boy, and although he watches Tadzio, he dare not speak to him.

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