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Knit 1, Read Too!: Elegance of the Hedgehog

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author: 
Muriel Barberry
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Elegance of the Hedgehog

In a bourgeois apartment building in Paris, we encounter Renée, an intelligent, philosophical, and cultured concierge who masks herself as the stereotypical uneducated "super" to avoid suspicion from the building's pretentious inhabitants. Also living in the building is Paloma, the adolescent daughter of a parliamentarian, who has decided to commit suicide on her thirteenth birthday because she cannot bear to live among the rich. Although they are passing strangers, it is through Renée's observations and Paloma's journal entries that The Elegance of the Hedgehog reveals the absurd lives of the wealthy. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too!: Elegance of the Hedgehog

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Knit 1, Read Too!: Children of God

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Mary Doria Russell
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Children of God

The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth, Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the Society of Jesus calls upon him for help in preparing for another mission to Alpha Centauri. Despite his objections and fear, he cannot escape his past or the future. Old friends, new discoveries and difficult questions await Emilio as he struggles for inner peace and understanding in a moral universe whose boundaries now extend beyond the solar system and whose future lies with children born in a faraway place. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too!: Children of God

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Knit 1, Read Too!: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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1588382478
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Mark Twain
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Perhaps the best-loved nineteenth-century American novel, Mark Twain's tale of boyhood adventure overflows with comedy, warmth, and slapstick energy. It brings to life and array of irresistible characters—the awesomely self-confident Tom, his best buddy Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the lovely, beguiling Becky—as well as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting lost in a dark and labyrinthine cave. This novel is the 2010 selection for Alabama's state-wide The Big Read. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too!: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Knit 1, Read Too: The Help

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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0399155341
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Kathryn Stockett
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The Help

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too: The Help

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PageTurners: Angela's Ashes

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 12:30am to 1:30pm
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Frank McCourt
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Angela's Ashes

The McCourts began their family in poverty in Brooklyn, yet when Angela slipped into depression after the death of her only daughter (four of eight children survived), the family reversed the tide of emigration and returned to Ireland, living on public assistance in Limerick. McCourt's story is laced with the pain of extreme poverty, aggravated by an alcoholic father who abandoned the family during World War II. Read more about PageTurners: Angela's Ashes

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Literary Giants: The Memory Keeper's Daughter

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Monday, February 22, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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0670034169
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Kim Edwards
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The Memory Keeper's Daughter

 A snowstorm immobilizes Lexington, Ky., in 1964, and when young Norah Henry goes into labor, her husband, orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Henry, must deliver their babies himself, aided only by a nurse. Seeing his daughter's handicap, he instructs the nurse, Caroline Gill, to take her to a home and later tells Norah, who was drugged during labor, that their son Paul's twin died at birth. Instead of institutionalizing Phoebe, Caroline absconds with her to Pittsburgh. David's deception becomes the defining moment of the main characters' lives, and Phoebe's absence corrodes her birth family's core over the course of the next 25 years. David's undetected lie warps his marriage; he grapples with guilt; Norah mourns her lost child; and Paul not only deals with his parents' icy relationship but with his own yearnings for his sister as well. Read more about Literary Giants: The Memory Keeper's Daughter

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Literary Giants: The Glass Castle

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Monday, January 25, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Jeanette Walls
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The Glass Castle

In The Glass Castle, Walls chronicles her upbringing at the hands of eccentric, nomadic parents--Rose Mary, her frustrated-artist mother, and Rex, her brilliant, alcoholic father. To call the elder Walls's childrearing style laissez faire would be putting it mildly. As Rose Mary and Rex, motivated by whims and paranoia, uprooted their kids time and again, the youngsters (Walls, her brother and two sisters) were left largely to their own devices. But while Rex and Rose Mary firmly believed children learned best from their own mistakes, they themselves never seemed to do so, repeating the same disastrous patterns that eventually landed them on the streets.. Read more about Literary Giants: The Glass Castle

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Madison Murder, Ink.: Case Histories: a novel

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Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Kate Atkinson
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Case Histories: a novel

Private detective Jackson Brodie—ex-cop, ex-husband and weekend dad—takes on three cases involving past crimes that occurred in and around London. The first case introduces two middle-aged sisters who, after the death of their vile, distant father, look again into the disappearance of their beloved sister Olivia, last seen at three years old, while they were camping under the stars during an oppressive heat wave. A retired lawyer who lives only on the fumes of possible justice next enlists Jackson's aid in solving the brutal killing of his grown daughter 10 years earlier. In the third dog-eared case file, the sibling of an infamous ax-bludgeoner seeks a reunion with her niece, who as a baby was a witness to murder. Jackson's reluctant persistence heats up these cold cases and by happenstance leads him to reassess his own painful history Read more about Madison Murder, Ink.: Case Histories: a novel

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Knit 1, Read Too!: The Grapes of Wrath

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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John Steinbeck
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The Grapes of Wrath

Set during the Great Depression, it traces the migration of an Oklahoma Dust Bowl family to California and their subsequent hardships as migrant farm workers. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too!: The Grapes of Wrath

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Knit 1, Read Too!: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Stieg Larsson
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

It is the story of a crusading reporter, Mikail Blomkvist, who has been convicted of libel for his exposé of crooked financier Wennerstrom. Then another Swedish financier, a rival of Wennerstrom, wants to hire Blomkvist to solve the decades-old disappearance of his niece from the family's island compound in the north of Sweden. If Blomkvist works on the project for a year, his employer will deliver the goods on Wennerstrom. Blomkvist takes the job and soon finds himself trying to unlock the grisly multigenerational secrets in a hideously dysfunctional family's many closets. Helping him dig through those closets is the novel's real star, the girl with the dragon tattoo, Lisbeth Salander, a ward of the state who happens to be Sweden's most formidable computer hacker and a fearless foe of women-hating men Read more about Knit 1, Read Too!: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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