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Knit 1, Read Too!: The Magician's Assistant

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Ann Patchett
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The Magician's Assistant

A secretive magician's death becomes the catalyst for his partner's journey of self-discovery. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too!: The Magician's Assistant

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Knit 1, Read Too!: The Piano Teacher

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Janice Y.K. Lee
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The Piano Teacher

In 1942, Englishman Will Truesdale falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But their affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese as World War II overwhelms their part of the world. Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong to work as a piano teacher and also begins a fateful affair. As the threads of this spellbinding novel intertwine, impossible choices emerge-between love and safety, courage and survival, the present, and above all, the past. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too!: The Piano Teacher

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Knit 1, Read Too!: Cutting for Stone

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Abraham Verghese
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Cutting for Stone

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics—their passion for the same woman—that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him—nearly destroying him—Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too!: Cutting for Stone

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Knit 1, Read Too!: Elegance of the Hedgehog

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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9781933372600
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Muriel Barberry
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Elegance of the Hedgehog

In a bourgeois apartment building in Paris, we encounter Renée, an intelligent, philosophical, and cultured concierge who masks herself as the stereotypical uneducated "super" to avoid suspicion from the building's pretentious inhabitants. Also living in the building is Paloma, the adolescent daughter of a parliamentarian, who has decided to commit suicide on her thirteenth birthday because she cannot bear to live among the rich. Although they are passing strangers, it is through Renée's observations and Paloma's journal entries that The Elegance of the Hedgehog reveals the absurd lives of the wealthy. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too!: Elegance of the Hedgehog

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Knit 1, Read Too!: Children of God

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Mary Doria Russell
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Children of God

The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth, Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the Society of Jesus calls upon him for help in preparing for another mission to Alpha Centauri. Despite his objections and fear, he cannot escape his past or the future. Old friends, new discoveries and difficult questions await Emilio as he struggles for inner peace and understanding in a moral universe whose boundaries now extend beyond the solar system and whose future lies with children born in a faraway place. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too!: Children of God

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Knit 1, Read Too!: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Mark Twain
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Perhaps the best-loved nineteenth-century American novel, Mark Twain's tale of boyhood adventure overflows with comedy, warmth, and slapstick energy. It brings to life and array of irresistible characters—the awesomely self-confident Tom, his best buddy Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the lovely, beguiling Becky—as well as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting lost in a dark and labyrinthine cave. This novel is the 2010 selection for Alabama's state-wide The Big Read. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too!: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Knit 1, Read Too: The Help

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Kathryn Stockett
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The Help

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too: The Help

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PageTurners: Angela's Ashes

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 12:30am to 1:30pm
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0684874350
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Frank McCourt
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Angela's Ashes

The McCourts began their family in poverty in Brooklyn, yet when Angela slipped into depression after the death of her only daughter (four of eight children survived), the family reversed the tide of emigration and returned to Ireland, living on public assistance in Limerick. McCourt's story is laced with the pain of extreme poverty, aggravated by an alcoholic father who abandoned the family during World War II. Read more about PageTurners: Angela's Ashes

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Literary Giants: The Memory Keeper's Daughter

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Monday, February 22, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Kim Edwards
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The Memory Keeper's Daughter

 A snowstorm immobilizes Lexington, Ky., in 1964, and when young Norah Henry goes into labor, her husband, orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Henry, must deliver their babies himself, aided only by a nurse. Seeing his daughter's handicap, he instructs the nurse, Caroline Gill, to take her to a home and later tells Norah, who was drugged during labor, that their son Paul's twin died at birth. Instead of institutionalizing Phoebe, Caroline absconds with her to Pittsburgh. David's deception becomes the defining moment of the main characters' lives, and Phoebe's absence corrodes her birth family's core over the course of the next 25 years. David's undetected lie warps his marriage; he grapples with guilt; Norah mourns her lost child; and Paul not only deals with his parents' icy relationship but with his own yearnings for his sister as well. Read more about Literary Giants: The Memory Keeper's Daughter

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Literary Giants: The Glass Castle

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Monday, January 25, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Jeanette Walls
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The Glass Castle

In The Glass Castle, Walls chronicles her upbringing at the hands of eccentric, nomadic parents--Rose Mary, her frustrated-artist mother, and Rex, her brilliant, alcoholic father. To call the elder Walls's childrearing style laissez faire would be putting it mildly. As Rose Mary and Rex, motivated by whims and paranoia, uprooted their kids time and again, the youngsters (Walls, her brother and two sisters) were left largely to their own devices. But while Rex and Rose Mary firmly believed children learned best from their own mistakes, they themselves never seemed to do so, repeating the same disastrous patterns that eventually landed them on the streets.. Read more about Literary Giants: The Glass Castle

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