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Knit 1, Read Too! - Three Junes

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Julia Glass
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Three Junes

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. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - Three Junes

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Knit 1, Read Too! - Night

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Author: 
Elie Wiesel
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Night

How can the God he once so fervently believed in have allowed these monstrous events to occur? Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - Night

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Knit 1, Read Too! - A Thread of Grace

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Mary Doria Russell
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A Thread of Grace

In September 1943, Claudette Blum and her father flee across the Alps into Italy with other Jews seeking refuge, only to find an open battle ground among the Nazis, Allied forces, resistance fighters, and ordinary Italians struggling to survive. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - A Thread of Grace

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Knit 1, Read Too! - Gilead

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Marilynne Robinson
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Gilead

As the Reverend John Ames approaches the hour of his own death, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - Gilead

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Knit 1, Read Too! - Crossing to Safety

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Wallace Stegner
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Crossing to Safety

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. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - Crossing to Safety

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Knit 1, Read Too: Bel Canto

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Author: 
Ann Patchett
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Bel Canto

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. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different countries and continents become compatriots. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too: Bel Canto

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Knit 1, Read Too! - Widow of the South

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Robert Hicks
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Widow of the South

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. When more than 1,000 Confederate bodies buried in a neighboring field were threatened with desecration, she and her husband moved them to their own land and organized the only private Confederate cemetery. The brewing of the battle, its events, and the wound-healing time afterward are told by Hicks not only from Carrie's perspective but also from the points of view of Mariah, Carrie's slave-turned-friend; Carrie's plantation-owning husband; Union and Confederate soldiers and officers; and Carrie's neighbors. The author gracefully yet forcefully enters the psychology of these various individuals, each one representing a certain side in not only the battle at hand but also in the overarching context of nation rending. And, almost strangely yet certainly beautifully, from all this carnage emerges a love story that transcends time. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - Widow of the South

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Knit 1, Read Too! - Mrs. Dalloway

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Virginia Woolf
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Mrs. Dalloway

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. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - Mrs. Dalloway

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Knit 1, Read Too! - Devil in the White City

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Erik Larson
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Devil in the White City

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. Using the fair as a means of attracting guests to a sparsely furnished "castle" where they ultimately met their end, Holmes committed murder, fraud, and numerous other crimes seemingly without detection until his arrest in 1894. Both intimate and engrossing, Larson's elegant historical account unfolds with the painstaking calm of a Holmes murder. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - Devil in the White City

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Knit 1, Read Too! - Atonement

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Ian McEwan
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Atonement

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. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - Atonement

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