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Literary Giants: The March

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Monday, February 26, 2007 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Author: 
E. L. Doctorow
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The March

Sherman's march through Georgia and the Carolinas produced hundreds of thousands of deaths and untold collateral damage. In this powerful novel, Doctorow gets deep inside the pillage, cruelty and destruction as well as the care and burgeoning love that sprung up in their wake. William Tecumseh Sherman ("Uncle Billy" to his troops) is depicted as a man of complex moods and varying abilities, whose need for glory sometimes obscures his military acumen. Most of the many characters are equally well-drawn and psychologically deep, but the two most engaging are Pearl, a plantation owner's despised daughter who is passing as a drummer boy, and Arly, a cocksure Reb soldier whose belief that God dictates the events in his life is combined with the cunning of a wily opportunist. Their lives provide irony, humor and strange coincidences. Though his lyrical prose sometimes shades into sentimentality when it strays from what people are feeling or saying, Doctorow's gift for getting into the heads of a remarkable variety of characters, famous or ordinary, make this a kind of grim Civil War Canterbury Tales. On reaching the novel's last pages, the reader feels wonder that this nation was ever able to heal after so brutal, and personal, a conflict. Read more about Literary Giants: The March

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Literary Giants: The Kite Runner

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Monday, March 26, 2007 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Khaled Hosseini
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The Kite Runner

"Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan nonetheless grow up in different worlds; Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara, member of a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When the Soviets invade and Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him." "The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of fathers over sons - their love, their sacrifices, and their lies. Written against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, The Kite Runner describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. But with the devastation, Khaled Hosseini also gives us hope: through the novel's faith in the power of reading and storytelling, and in the possibilities he shows for redemption." Read more about Literary Giants: The Kite Runner

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Literary Giants: To Kill a Mockingbird

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Monday, April 30, 2007 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Harper Lee
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To Kill a Mockingbird

Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up. Read more about Literary Giants: To Kill a Mockingbird

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Literary Giants: God of Small Things

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Monday, July 30, 2007 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Arundhati Roy
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God of Small Things

Set in Kerala, India, in 1969, The God Of Small Things is the story of seven-year-old twins Rahel and Estha, born of a wealthy family and literally joined at the soul. Rahel and Estha are cared for by a host of compelling characters: their beautiful mother, Ammu, who has left a violent husband; their Marxist uncle, Chacko, still pining for his English wife and daughter who left him; their prickly grandaunt, Baby Kochamma, pickling in her virginity; and the volatile Veluth, a member of the Untouchable caste. When Chacko's ex-wife, Margaret, and lovely daughter, Sophie, unexpectedly return, the household is thrown into disarray. Tragedy strikes in the form of an accident (that may not have been accidental) and a terrifying murder. Read more about Literary Giants: God of Small Things

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Literary Giants: Flyboys

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Monday, June 25, 2007 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Author: 
James Bradley
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Flyboys

Over the remote Pacific island of Chichi Jima, nine American flyers -- Navy and Marine airmen sent to bomb Japanese communications towers there -- were shot down. One of those nine was miraculously rescued by a U.S. Navy submarine. The others were captured by Japanese soldiers on Chichi Jima and held prisoner. Then they disappeared. When the war was over, the American government, along with the Japanese, covered up everything that had happened on Chichi Jima. The records of a top-secret military tribunal were sealed, the lives of the eight Flyboys were erased, and the parents, brothers, sisters, and sweethearts they left behind were left to wonder. Read more about Literary Giants: Flyboys

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Knit 1, Read Too! Book Club - The Wife

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Meg Wolitzer
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The Wife

The moment Joan Castleman decides to leave her husband, they are thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean on a flight to Helsinki. Joan's husband, Joseph, is one of America's preeminent novelists, about to receive a prestigious international award, and Joan, who has spent forty years subjugating her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, has finally decided to stop. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! Book Club - The Wife

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Knit 1, Read Too! Book Club - Case Histories

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Kate Atkinson
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Case Histories

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. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! Book Club - Case Histories

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

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Naguib Mahfouz
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The Thief and the Dogs

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. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - The Thief and The Dogs

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Knit 1, Read Too! - The Alchemist

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Paulo Coelho
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The Alchemist

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. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - The Alchemist

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Knit 1, Read Too! - The Sparrow

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Mary Doria Russell
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The Sparrow

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. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - The Sparrow

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