Book Club Meetings

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! - 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! - Angle of Repose

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.

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.

CSI:Madison - Father and Son

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, February 8, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Convicted and sentenced on a vehicular homicide charge, Glen is the bad seed - the haunted, angry, drunken, and dangerous son of Virgil and Emma Davis. Bobby Blanchard is the sheriff, as different from Glen as can be imagined, but in love with the same woman - the mother of Glen's illegitimate son. Before he's been back in town thirty-six hours, Glen has robbed his war-crippled father, bullied and humiliated his younger brother, and rejected his son, David.

CSI:Madison - The Thin Man

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett's most enchanting creations, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.

CSI:Madison - Orange Crush

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Florida governor-by-default Marlon Conrad, the Republicans' "golden boy, " seems a shoo-in for re-election. That is, until he undergoes a radical personality shift during a bloody military action in the Balkans. Just three weeks before the election, Marlon suddenly starts talking about "reform." The governor's new-found conscience may cost him the election--and it appears that everybody from Pensacola to Miami Beach is trying to kill him.

CSI:Madison - The Fifth Child

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Harriet and David, both conservative, old-fashioned and out of step with the liberated '60s, meet in London and know immediately that they are meant to marry. They buy a white elephant of a house in the suburbs and begin to fill its many bedrooms with children. Smugly determined to create a happy family, they unashamedly sponge off David's father and exploit Harriet's mother as an unpaid nanny. The first four children are adorable, but when Harriet becomes pregnant for the fifth time, she realizes that this baby is different.

CSI:Madison - The Last Good Kiss

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

An unforgettable detective story starring C.W. Sughrue, a Montana investigator who kills time by working at a topless bar.

CSI:Madison - Crooked Little Vein

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Michael McGill needed a wake-up call to jump-start his dead career. Instead he gets an impossible assignment delivered directly from the president's heroin-addict chief of staff. It seems the Constitution has some skeletons in its closet: the Founding Fathers doubted that the document would be able to stave off human nature indefinitely, so they devised a backup Constitution to deploy at the first sign of crisis.

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