Book Club Meetings

Literary Giants: Saving Grace

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, April 26, 2004 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Florida Grace Shepard, named for the state in which she was born and for the grace of God, is the daughter of a charismatic serpent-handling preacher. She is content with her early life in Scrabble Creek, North Carolina -- no easy task when her family moves whenever her father is arrested for conducting services with live snakes. With Southern style, Smith takes Grace from a young girl struggling with her own identity, though marriage, motherhood, and an adulterous affair that changes her very way of life.

Literary Giants: The Children's Blizzard

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, October 29, 2007 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

The morning of January 12, 1888, dawned so unseasonably mild that many children in the Midwest walked to school without heavy coats or gloves. That afternoon, the quiet skies broke suddenly into a raging chaos of hurricane-force winds and blinding snows. Thousands of people, many of them schoolchildren returning home from class, were stranded in this bone-numbing blizzard. By the next morning, more than 500 people lay dead, many of them children caught just a few yards from shelter.

Literary Giants - Three Cups of Tea

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, June 29, 2009 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

One day in 1993, high up in the world's most inhospitable mountains, Greg Mortenson wandered lost and alone, broken in body and spirit, after a failed attempt to climb K2, the world's deadliest peak. When the people of an impoverished village in Pakistan took him in and nursed him back to health, Mortenson made an impulsive promise: He would return one day and build them a school.

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! - 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: 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 - 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. 

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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