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Seniors Book Discussion - Oct 22, 2008

suitefraSuite Française (Irène Némirovsky): An extraordinary novel of life under Nazi occupation - discovered and published 62 years after the author's tragic death at Auschwitz. Subtle, often fiercely ironic, and deeply compassionate, it is both a piercing record of its time and a brilliant, profoundly moving work of art.

October 2008 Lunch & a Book - Oct 9

The Good EarthThe Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck): A Chinese peasant overcomes the forces of nature and the frailties of human nature to become a wealthy landowner.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Oct 20, 2008

Jitterbug PerfumeJitterbug Perfume (Tom Robbins): This philosophical epic, with a large cast of characters, addresses the fervent desire of the human race to overcome the tyranny of aging and physical death.

Seniors Book Discussion - Sept 24, 2008

Ellen FosterEllen Foster (Kaye Gibbons): Ellen Foster is the often heart-wrenching tale of an 11-year-old girl who loses her dearly loved mother through suicide and is left to coexist with her alcoholic father. Gibbons has produced a warm and caring first novel about a backwoods child persevering through hard times to establish a new and satisfying identity. (Note: Beginning August 20, participants can pick up a copy of the book at the Canton Public Library's Adult Reference Desk).

September 2008 Lunch & a Book - September 11

Everybody was so youngEverybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, a Lost Generation Love Story (Amanda Vaill): A finely written biography brings to life the globe-trotting, high-living socialites who were models for works by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pablo Picasso until tragedy struck their children at the end of the Roaring Twenties.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Sep 15, 2008

Cannery RowCannery Row (John Steinbeck): Vividly depicts the colorful, sometimes disreputable, inhabitants of a run-down area in Monterey, California.

August 2008 Lunch & a Book - August 14

The Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald): This classic novel portrays the Jazz Age and all its decadence and excess as it follows the life of Jay Gatsby, a newly rich man obsessed with money, power and glamour.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Aug 18, 2008

A Thousand Splendid SunsA Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hesseini): Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in war-torn Kabul, losses incurred over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage. By the author of The Kite Runner.

Adult Contemporary Discussion Books Since 1988

Motor City blue by Loren D. Estleman — January 1988

The situation in Flushing by Edmund G. Love — February 1988

The prince of tides by Pat Conroy — March 1988

Rascal [sound recording] by Sterling North — April 1988

July 2008 Lunch & a Book

Montana 1948 by Larry Watson A series of events in a small western town changes the lives of David Hayden, his sheriff father, his mother, and their Sioux housekeeper, as they discover the truth about family loyalty.

June 2008 Lunch & a Book

Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett (Large Print) The author of Bel Canto describes her intimate 20-year friendship with the late Lucy Grealy, tracing their introduction at a writer's workshop, the integral part their friendship played in their writing careers, and her witness to Grealy's medical deterioration.

May 2008 Lunch & a Book

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Short Stories edited by David Sedaris (Kit) A collection of favorite contemporary and classical short fiction works, selected by the author of Barrel Fever and Me Talk Pretty One Day, includes pieces by such writers as Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff, and Joyce Carol Oates.

April 2008 Lunch & a Book

Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky (Large Print Kit) Published more than 60 years following the author's death at Auschwitz, a remarkable story of life under the Nazi occupation includes two parts - "A Storm in June," set amid the chaotic 1940 exodus from Paris on the eve of the Nazi invasion, and "Dolce," set in a German-occupied provincial village rife with jealousy, resentment, resistance and collaboration.

March 2008 Lunch & a Book

The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie King (Kit) In the early years of WW I, 15-year-old American Mary Russell encounters Sherlock Holmes, retired in Sussex Downs. Impressed with Mary, Holmes initiates her into the mysteries of detection. The collaboration is ignited by the kidnapping in Wales of Jessica Simpson, daughter of an American senator. The sleuthing duo find signs of the hand of a master criminal.

February 2008 Lunch & a Book

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert (Kit) Elizabeth Gilbert was a 30-year-old successful journalist with a perfect life when she realized she was miserable. After surviving an acrimonious divorce, Gilbert sold her remaining possessions to spend a year abroad in three countries with nothing in common except starting with the letter "I." She eats (in Italy), prays (in India), and finds love (in Indonesia).

January 2008

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Kit) When 23-year-old Jankowski learns that his parents have been killed in a car crash he drops out of veterinary school and parlays his expertise with animals into a job with the circus, where he falls in love with star performer Marlena, a romance complicated by Marlena's husband, the circus boss who beats both his wife and the animals Jankowski cares for.

2007 Titles

A Step From Heaven by An Na (Kit)

Arc of Justice by Kevin Boyle (Kit)

The Bean Trees: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver (Kit)

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Kit)

Year 2007 Top Movie Picks

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

(Sacha Baron Cohen)

Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev travels to America to make a documentary, and not only generates strong reactions regarding his extreme prejudices, but also tries to meet and marry Pamela Anderson. (DVD)

Breach

(Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney)