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Knit 1, Read Too - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Lisa See
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

In 19th-century China, seven-year-old Lily is paired with a laotong, "old same," in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she's painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments.  Read more about Knit 1, Read Too - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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Knit 1, Read Too! - The Maltese Falcon

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Author: 
Dashiell Hammett
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The Maltese Falcon

Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed while tailing a man. The woman who asked his partner to follow the man turns out to be someone who is not what she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the 'Maltese Falcon', a gold-encrusted life-sized statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - The Maltese Falcon

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Knit 1, Read Too! - Midwives

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Chris Bohjalian
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Midwives

Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for 15 years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency Caesarean on its mother, who appears to have died in labor. But what if--as Sibyl's assistant later charges--the patient wasn't already dead, and it was Sibyl who inadvertently killed her?  Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - Midwives

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Knit 1, Read Too! - Hard Revolution

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
George Pelecanos
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Hard Revolution

Derek Strange is a rookie cop, the job he's dreamed of since he was a boy. His brother, Dennis, has not been as fortunate; home from the service with a disability pension and zero prospects, he is a man with good intentions but bad habits. Derek has always looked out for Dennis, but no amount of brotherly love can save him from the dangerous world of Alvin Jones, a local bottom-feeder, hustler, and stone killer who draws him into his web of violence.  Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - Hard Revolution

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Knit 1, Read Too! - Pride and Prejudice

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Jane Austen
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Pride and Prejudice

Wealthy Mr. Darcy and spirited Elizabeth Bennett dislike each other at first sight, and each must contend with their pride and prejudices while Elizabeth's mother plots economically advantageous marriages for all her daughters. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - Pride and Prejudice

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

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Wednesday, July 18, 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. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - We Are All Welcome Here

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Knit 1, Read Too! - gods in Alabama

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Joshilyn Jackson
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Gods in Alabama

When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell," her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found. (Club Rating: 7) Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - gods in Alabama

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Knit 1, Read Too! - The Amateur Marriage

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Author: 
Anne Tyler
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The Amateur Marriage

The attack on Pearl Harbor serves as the catalyst for Tyler's sixteenth novel by propelling Pauline, bleeding from a minor wound sustained in the fervor of a spontaneous patriotic parade, into the humble family grocery run by handsome and reserved young Michael and his embittered widow mother. An outsider to this tightly knit, Polish Catholic Baltimore neighborhood, Pauline is pretty, impulsive, and touchy, and although she and the far more deliberate and reticent Michael fall instantly in love, they are also immediately at odds. They marry precipitously, move into the cramped apartment above the store with his mother, rapidly produce three children, and consistently make each other miserable. (Club Rating: 3) Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - The Amateur Marriage

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Knit 1, Read Too! - The Secret Life of Bees

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Sue Monk Kidd
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The Secret Life of Bees

Lily Owens, 14, is an emotionally abused white girl living with her cold, uncaring father on a peach farm in rural South Carolina. The memory of her mother, who was accidentally killed in Lily's presence when she was four, haunts her constantly. She has one of her mother's few possessions, a picture of a black Madonna with the words, Tiburon, South Carolina, written on the back. Lily's companion during her sad childhood has been Rosaleen, the black woman hired to care for her. Rosaleen, in a euphoric mood after the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, goes to town to register to vote and insults one of the town's most racist residents. After she is beaten up and hospitalized, Lily decides to rescue her and they go to Tiburon to search for memories of her mother. (Club Rating: 8.1) Read more about Knit 1, Read Too! - The Secret Life of Bees

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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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