Book Club Meetings

Knit 1, Read Too! - Early Bird

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Rothman has been a head writer for David Letterman and, at the age of 25, a retiree. Burned out after a few hectic years of work, he decided to quit and move into a retirement village in Florida. This exploration of the world of retirement forty years early provides a glimpse of a lifestyle known popularly only through stereotypes. Rothman becomes king of the shuffleboard court, arranges an uneasy détente with his condo mate's cats, and infiltrates the Pool Group. Rothman applies his reading on retirement to his personal situation with humorous and poignant results.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Night

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

How can the God he once so fervently believed in have allowed these monstrous events to occur?

Knit 1, Read Too! - The Sparrow

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Emilio Sandoz, a brilliant Jesuit priest, seems like the perfect leader for the first expedition to an extraterrestrial culture. However, when Sandoz returns to Earth 20 years later as the mission's sole survivor, he is accused of unspeakable violence and depravity. Why? An extraordinary fiction debut, by paleoanthropologist Mary Doria Russell.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Three Junes

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Scotsman Paul McLeod, the father of three grown sons, is newly widowed and on a group tour of the Greek islands as he reminisces about how he met and married his deceased wife and created their family.

Knit 1, Read Too! - The Alchemist

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasures found within.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Excellent Women

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Mildred Lathbury, the narrator of Pym's excellent book is a never-married woman in her 30s--which in 1950s England makes her a nearly-confirmed spinster. Hers is a pretty unexciting life, centered around her small church, and part-time job. But Mildred is far more perceptive and witty than even she seems to think, and when Helena and Rockingham Napier move into the flat below her, there seems to be a chance for her life to take a new direction.

Knit 1, Read Too! - The Thief and The Dogs

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

After four years in prison, the skilled young thief Said Mahran emerges bent on revenge in a changed world. His wife has married a trusted friend; his native Egypt has undergone a revolution; and his mentor, who encouraged his Robin Hood-style crimes, has abandoned him. As Said's wild attempts to achieve his idea of justice badly misfire, he becomes a hunted man so driven by hatred that he can only recognize too late his last chance at redemption.

Knit 1, Read Too! - The Handmaid's Tale

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist's nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the "morally fit" Wives.

Knit 1, Read Too! Book Club - Case Histories

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

As Private Detective Jackson Brodie investigates three murder cases, startling connections and discoveries emerge. Jackson finds himself inextricably caught up in his clients' lives; their grief, their job, their desire, and their unshakable need for resolution are very much like his own.

Knit 1, Read Too! - The Great Gatsby

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther....

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