Madison Public Library

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

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

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. 

Knit 1, Read Too! Book Club - The Wife

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

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.

Knit 1, Read Too! - A Thread of Grace

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

The British-born Fuller grew up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), losing three siblings to disease as her father fought in the Rhodesian civil war and her mother managed the farm. She approaches her childhood with reserve, leaving many stories open to interpretation while also maintaining a remarkable clarity about what really transpired in her homeland, in her own home, and in her head.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Night

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

How can the God he once so fervently believed in have allowed these monstrous events to occur?

Knit 1, Read Too! - Three Junes

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

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.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Excellent Women

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

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.

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

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

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.

Knit 1, Read Too! - The Great Gatsby

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

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....

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

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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. 

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