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Bread and jam for Frances by Russell Hoban — Russell Conwell Hogan (February 4, 1925-December 13, 2011), author of a series of children's books featuring Frances, a badger and her family and friends which Mr. Hoban wrote and his wife, Lillian Hoban illustrated died on Tuesday, December 13 at his home in England. In addition to his children's books, Mr. Hogan was a well-known author of science fiction, poetry, fantasy, and fiction.
Then Again by Diane Keaton
1861: the Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart
Fortunate Sons: the 120 Chinese Boys who came to America, Went to School, and Revolutionized an Ancient Civilization by Liel Leibovitz & Matthew Miller
If you have read Kevin Boyle's Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, the 2011-2012 Great Michigan Read try David Halberstram or Branch Taylor or one of the many documentaries about Civil Rights in America produced over the years.
Faith in the city: preaching radical social change in Detroit by Angela D. Dillard; with a foreword by Charles G. Adams
Race and remembrance: a memoir by Arthur L. Johnson
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith — Fans of Alexander McCall Smith, author of several series, including The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, 44 Scotland Street, and Isabel Dalhousie's novels will enjoy this recent interview by Connie Fletcher in BookList Online (12/01/2011).
The Mousetrap, & Other Plays by Agatha Christie — begins it's 60th consecutive year in performance in London's theaters. That's 24,587 performances to date. Written for the radio, the play debuted on November 25, 1952 at the Ambassador Theater starring Richard Attenborough as Detective-Sargent. In 1974 the play transferred to the Martin Beck Theater in London and has been playing there since. Theater goers are asked at every performance not to reveal the play's ending. Beginning in September 25, 2012, The Mousetrap will go on tour. Additional 'murderous' events are planned in celebration.
Fadeaway Girl: a novel by Martha Grimes — The Mystery Writers of America have named Martha Grimes, author of the Richard Jury series, 2012 Grand Master. Ms. Grimes will receive her award at The Edgar Awards Banquet to be held at the Grand Hyatt New York on Thursday, April 26, 2012. M is for Mystery in San Mateo and Molly Weston of Meritorious Mysteries will be honored with the 2012 Raven Awards.
Salvage the bones: a novel by Jesmyn Ward
The swerve: how the world became modern by Stephen Greenblatt
Inside out & back again by Thanhha Lai
In a recent interview with Mystery Fanfare, P.D. James talks about her latest book:
Death Comes to Pemberley by James, P.D — Elizabeth and Darcy are preparing for their annual autumn ball when Elizabeth's sister Lydia arrives, careening up Pemberley's drive and shouting hysterically that Wickham has been murdered.
The perfect book for a book discussion is one that's not too easy, not too hard, that will hold the interest of a diverse group of readers and will also inspire a lively discussion. For additional book club resources check out CPL's Book Club in a Bag kits.
The true memoirs of Little K by Adrienne Sharp
The tiger's wife: a novel by Téa Obreht