Knit 1, Read Too!

Knit 1, Read Too! - Widow of the South

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Carrie McGavock witnessed the Battle of Franklin in Tennessee, on a day in 1864 when 9,000 soldiers were slaughtered, the vast majority of them Confederate. Carrie, the central character in this mesmerizing novel, was an actual historical figure. Her farm was near the scene of the battle, and her house was commandeered as a makeshift hospital. And what Carrie the fictional character does after the battle, the actual Carrie did in real life.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Pride and Prejudice

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Wealthy Mr. Darcy and spirited Elizabeth Bennett dislike each other at first sight, and each must contend with their pride and prejudices while Elizabeth's mother plots economically advantageous marriages for all her daughters.

Knit 1, Read Too: Bel Canto

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening—until a band of gun-wielding terrorists breaks in through the air-conditioning vents and takes the entire party hostage.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Hard Revolution

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Derek Strange is a rookie cop, the job he's dreamed of since he was a boy. His brother, Dennis, has not been as fortunate; home from the service with a disability pension and zero prospects, he is a man with good intentions but bad habits. Derek has always looked out for Dennis, but no amount of brotherly love can save him from the dangerous world of Alvin Jones, a local bottom-feeder, hustler, and stone killer who draws him into his web of violence. 

Knit 1, Read Too! - Crossing to Safety

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Beginning in the 1930s and finishing in the 1980s, this is a tale of a friendship of enormous beauty and power between two couples of widely different backgrounds. Called a "magnificently crafted story...brimming with wisdom" (Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington Post Book World), Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Midwives

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for 15 years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency Caesarean on its mother, who appears to have died in labor. But what if--as Sibyl's assistant later charges--the patient wasn't already dead, and it was Sibyl who inadvertently killed her? 

Knit 1, Read Too! - Gilead

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

As the Reverend John Ames approaches the hour of his own death, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets.

Knit 1, Read Too! - The Maltese Falcon

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed while tailing a man. The woman who asked his partner to follow the man turns out to be someone who is not what she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the 'Maltese Falcon', a gold-encrusted life-sized statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind.

Knit 1, Read Too! - A Thread of Grace

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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.

Knit 1, Read Too - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

In 19th-century China, seven-year-old Lily is paired with a laotong, "old same," in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she's painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. 

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