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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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Knit 1, Read Too! - We Are All Welcome Here

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Elizabeth Berg
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We Are All Welcome Here

It is the summer of 1964. In Tupelo, Mississippi, the town of Elvis's birth, tensions are mounting over civil-rights demonstrations occurring ever more frequently-and violently-across the state. But in Paige Dunn's small, ramshackle house, there are more immediate concerns. Challenged by the effects of the polio she contracted during her last month of pregnancy, Paige is nonetheless determined to live as normal a life as possible and to raise her daughter, Diana, in the way she sees fit-with the support of her tough-talking black caregiver, Peacie. As the summer unfolds, hate and adversity will visit this modest home. Despite the difficulties thrust upon them, each of the women will find her own path to independence, understanding, and peace. And Diana's mother, so mightily compromised,will end up giving her daughter an extraordinary gift few parents could match. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - We Are All Welcome Here

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CSI:Madison - In the Woods

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Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Tana French
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In the Woods

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home from play. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent wood. When the police arrive, they find only one child, gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. Read more about CSI:Madison - In the Woods

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CSI:Madison - Beat the Reaper

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Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Josh Bazell
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Beat the Reaper

Dr. Peter Brown is an intern at Manhattan's worst hospital, with a talent for medicine, a shift from hell, and a past he'd prefer to keep hidden. "Pietro "Bearclaw" Brnwna is a hitman for the mob, with a genius for violence, a well-earned fear of sharks, and an overly close relationship with the Federal Witness Relocation Program. Dr. Brown's new patient has a very strange idea: that Peter Brown and Pietro Brnwna might - just might - be the same person ... Read more about CSI:Madison - Beat the Reaper

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CSI:Madison - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Stieg Larsson
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Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

About the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden ... and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. Read more about CSI:Madison - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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CSI:Madison - The Bullet Trick

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Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Louise Welsh
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The Bullet Trick

When down-at-heel conjurer William Wilson gets booked for a string of cabaret gigs in Berlin, he is hoping his luck is on the turn. There were certain spectators from his last show he'd rather forget." "Amongst the showgirls and tricksters of Berlin's scandalous underground William can abandon his heart, his head and, more importantly, his past. But secrets have a habit of catching up with him, and the line between the act and reality starts to blur. Read more about CSI:Madison - The Bullet Trick

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