Book Club Meetings

Knit 1, Read Too! - Atonement

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

In this rich novel by the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel "Amsterdam, " a young girl unwittingly tells a tale that turns her family upside down. Brilliant and utterly enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war, England and class, "Atonement" is at its center a profound--and profoundly moving--exploration of shame and forgiveness, of atonement and the difficulty of absolution.

Knit 1, Read Too! - The Amateur Marriage

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The attack on Pearl Harbor serves as the catalyst for Tyler's sixteenth novel by propelling Pauline, bleeding from a minor wound sustained in the fervor of a spontaneous patriotic parade, into the humble family grocery run by handsome and reserved young Michael and his embittered widow mother. An outsider to this tightly knit, Polish Catholic Baltimore neighborhood, Pauline is pretty, impulsive, and touchy, and although she and the far more deliberate and reticent Michael fall instantly in love, they are also immediately at odds.

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! - 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! - 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! - 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! - 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! - 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 - 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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