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If you like Tami Hoag...

with strong female characters and edge-of-your-seat suspense, try these titles and authors:    

More Summer Reading suggestions just waiting for you!

You may notice books on the shelf-end or "endcap" displays in the Adult area have a special "Master the Art of Reading" bookmarks.  These bookmarks are put in books as suggestions for the various Adult Summer Reading program levels, Student, Apprentice, and Master.   For example, if there is a book on the end display of the Romance area with a bookmark, it will fulfill the requirment for the Student level Romance catagory.  You are welcome to keep the bookmark with the book when you check out.

Lunch & a Book - November 12

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. With her tousled blond hair and upturned nose, dark glasses and chic black dresses, Holly Golightly is top notch in style and a sensation wherever she goes. Her brownstone apartment vibrates with martini-soaked parties as she plays hostess to millionaires and gangsters alike. Yet Holly never loses sight of her ultimate goal.

Lunch & a Book - October 8

Stealing Buddha's Dinner: a memoir by Bich Minh Nguyen. As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bich Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity. In the pre-PC era Midwest, where the devoutly Christian blond-haired, blue-eyed Jennifers and Tiffanys reign supreme, Nguyen's barely conscious desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food. This selection is part of The Great Michigan Read, a state-wide reading program sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council.

If you like Eric Jerome Dickey...

or Terry McMIllan, Kimberla Lawson Roby, ReShonda Tate Billingsley try these titles:

Stories to sweep you away...

We've had a request for stories that get you caught up from the first page, as do books by Diana Gabaldon, Dan Brown, Stephenie Meyer, and Jodi Picoult. If this sounds good to you, try these titles:

Amish fiction series

  • Wanda Brunstetter started a new series, Indiana Cousins with the title A Cousin's Promise
  • Brunstetter also writes the Sisters of Holmes County series, the first is A Sister's Secret
  • Paul Gaus writes the Ohio Amish Mystery series, the first title is Blood of the Prodigal
  • Cindy Woodsmall writes the Sisters of the Quilt series, the first title is When the Heart Cries
  • Beth Wiseman writes the Daughter's of the Promise series, beginning w

If you like James Patterson....

and can't get enough even with his many books coming out this year try some of these books that could grab you right from the first page:


Also look at the May We Suggest list for  Greg Iles fan? Have you read...

Lunch & a Book - September 10

White Tiger (Aravind Adiga)  When he relocates to New Delhi to take a new job, Balram Halwai is disillusioned by the city's materialism and technology-spawned violence, a circumstance that forces him to question his loyalties, ambitions, and past.

Lunch & a Book - August 13


The Pull of the Moon
 (Elizabeth Berg) Uncomfortable with the fit of her life, Nan gets in her car and drives across the country on back roads, following the moon.  Through conversations, letters, and her diary, Nan confronts topics long overdue for her attention. 

Lunch & a Book - July 9

Get Creative!  Celebrate Adult Summer Reading by bringing in a sample of a creative project (could be stitching, jewelry, gardening, cooking) along with a book you consider an indispensible resource.  Adult Summer Reading participants will receive and extra entry in the prize drawing. 

Suggestions with strong characters

This is an unusual request by someone who enjoys reading Jane Austen and J.R.R. Tolkien for the strong characters with principles portrayed in their works. 

Historical Fiction with a bit of Romance

If you like Historical Fiction, especially books by Diana Gabaldon, Geraldine Brooks, or Philippa Gregory, you might like these titles as well:

The Crimson Petal and the White
by Michael Faber
The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Gray by Alison Weir
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Business women meeting

The Canton Business & Professional Women (BPW) will hold their next monthly meeting Monday, May 11th, 6-8:30 at Palermo's  Pizzaria and Restaurant.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Connie Zielinski, author of It's In Your Hands.  Dinner will be served.  Please RSVP to June Nicholas at junenicholas@comcast.net or (313) 610-2561.