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Knit 1, Read Too! - The Kite Runner

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
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. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - The Kite Runner

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Knit 1, Read Too! - My Sister's Keeper

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Jodi Picoult
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My Sister's Keeper

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now.  Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - My Sister's Keeper

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Knit 1, Read Too! - The Great Gatsby

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Great Gatsby

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.... And one fine morning--" Gatsby's rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - The Great Gatsby

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

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Margaret Atwood
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The Handmaid's Tale

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

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Knit 1, Read Too! - Excellent Women

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Barbara Pym
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Excellent Women

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. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - Excellent Women

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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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