Book Club Meetings

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! - Echo Maker

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Echo Maker by Richard Powers
On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma, Mark believes that this woman-who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister-is really an identical impostor. Shattered by her brother's refusal to recognize her, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case histories describing the infinitely bizarre worlds of brain disorder. Weber recognizes Mark as a rare case of Capgras Syndrome, a doubling delusion, and eagerly investigates. What he discovers in Mark slowly undermines even his own sense of being. [check the catalog]

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! - 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! - 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! - 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! - 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....

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.

CSI:Madison - The Postman Always Rings Twice

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

James M. Cain's first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, is the noir novel that paved the way for all the noir fiction that followed. Frank Chambers, a drifter, is dropped from the back of a truck at a rundown rural diner. When he spots Cora, the owner's wife, he instantly decides to stay. The sexy young woman, married to Nick, a violent and thuggish boor, is equally attracted to the younger man and sees him as her way out of her hopeless, boring life. They begin a clandestine affair and plot to kill Nick, beginning their own journey toward destruction.

CSI: Madison - Dirty White Boys

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

After killing a black inmate, the brutal Lamar Pye breaks out of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary along with his retarded cousin, Odell, and a hapless artist-turned-felon named Richard. They embark on a desperate run across Oklahoma and Texas, pursued by state troopers. The escapees hide out with a convict groupie who has lived alone since murdering her parents as an adolescent. In a parody of domesticity, Lamar embraces these losers as the family he never knew.

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