Book Club Meetings

Knit 1, Read Too! - gods in Alabama

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell," her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found. (Club Rating: 7)

Knit 1, Read Too! - Devil in the White City

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Before the turn of the 20th century, a shining city emerged out of the ash of old Chicago, a dirty, grimy, teeming place ravaged by urban problems. While the great city of the future was hastily being planned and built for the 1892 World's Fair, the specially equipped apartment building of one Herman Webster Mudgett was also being constructed. Mudgett was an early serial killer who preyed on the young female fairgoers pouring into Chicago.

Knit 1, Read Too! - We Are All Welcome Here

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

It is the summer of 1964. In Tupelo, Mississippi, the town of Elvis's birth, tensions are mounting over civil-rights demonstrations occurring ever more frequently--and violently--across the state. But in Paige Dunn's small, ramshackle house, there are more immediate concerns. Challenged by the effects of the polio she contracted during her last month of pregnancy, Paige is nonetheless determined to live as normal a life as possible and to raise her daughter, Diana, in the way she sees fit--with the support of her tough-talking black caregiver, Peacie.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Mrs. Dalloway

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Heralded as Virginia Woolf's greatest novel, this is a vivid portrait of a single day in a woman's life. When we meet her, Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last-minute details of party preparation while in her mind she is something much more than a perfect society hostess. As she readies her house, she is flooded with remembrances of faraway times. And, met with the realities of the present, Clarissa reexamines the choices that brought her there, hesitantly looking ahead to the unfamiliar work of growing old.

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! - 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: 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! - 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! - 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.

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