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Lunch & a Book — First Quarter 2011 Titles

Sarah's key by Tatiana de Rosnay — January 13 On the sixtieth anniversary of the 1942 roundup of Jews by the French police in the Vel d'Hiv section of Paris, American journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article on this dark episode during World War II and embarks on investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah, a young girl caught up in the raid.

May we suggest...

for a reader who likes fast-paced suspense or something engrossing, fun, and stress-relieving:

Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

Agnes and the hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

Size 12 is not fat by Meg Cabot

The secret life of bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The last Templar by Raymond Khoury

I was told there'd be cake: essays by Sloane Crosley

Author has a growing role in Afganistan

The author of the very popular Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson has had a growing role in advising the United States military personnel on cultural aspects of Afganistan, according to a recent article in The New York Times. This book has been a book club favorite, including the Canton Library's Lunch and a Book group, had a "young readers" edition for students produced, spawned a sequel Stones into Schools, and according to the NYTs article, has over 4 million copies in print.

Well-written, Character-driven Books

If you like well-written, character-driven books like the works by Jane Austen, Stephen King, and Anna Quindlen, you might like these titles:

Lunch & a Book Remaining 2010 Titles

The chosen; a novel by Potok, Chaim — (July 8, 2010) — A baseball game between two different Jewish schools becomes the catalyst that starts a bitter rivalry between two boys and their fathers.

The help by Kathryn Stockett — (August 12, 2010) — Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project against a backdrop of the budding civil rights era.

The road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway — (September 9, 2010) — A woman of intellect and ambition describes growing up on an Australian ranch, coping with her father's death and her mother's depression, her intellectual awakening at the university, and her path to becoming the first woman president of Smith College

Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr — (October 14, 2010) — Richard and Sara Everton move to Ibarra, Mexico to reopen Richard's grandfather's copper mine and learn that Richard is dying of leukemia.

Mennonite in a little black dress: a memoir of going home by Rhoda Janzen — (November 11, 2010) — A poet describes how, after her husband left her for a relationship with a man and she subsequently was seriously injured in a car crash, she returned home to her close-knit Mennonite family and came to terms with her failed marriage and her choices in life.

For readers who like mystery, romance and fantasy

The list below is for someone who likes reading Stephanie Meyer, Nicholas Sparks, Rebecca Wells, Dan Brown and Judy Blume:

May we suggest...

This list is for a patron who likes Susan Wittig Albert, Alice Hoffman, and Jennifer Weiner, among others.

Lunch & a Book - June 10

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. Traces how the author, having been rescued and resuscitated by Himalayan villagers after a failed attempt to climb K2, worked to build schools that would particularly benefit the young girls who were forbidden an education by Taliban restrictions, an endeavor for which his life has been repeatedly threatened.

Lunch & a Book - May 13

The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian. Recognizing that the final stage of their lives is upon them, John and Ella Robina, the former an Alzheimer's patient, the latter succumbing to cancer, sneak away from their over-protective children and doctors to embark on an RV vacation along Route 66.

Lunch & a Book - April 8

March by Geraldine Brooks. In a story inspired by the father character in "Little Women" and drawn from the journals and letters of Louisa May Alcott's father, a man leaves behind his family to serve in the Civil War and finds his beliefs challenged by his experiences.  See the Program Calendar for more details.

Strategies of Success - February

Marketing in Today's Economy Tuesday, February 16, 7:30-9:00AM, Summit on the Park Banquet Center. Speaker Robert Fish, CEO and Co-Founder of Biggy Coffee will discuss how Biggby Coffee maintains a successful business through viral marketing and social networking. Space is limited. Please register in advance by Tuesday, February 9th by calling the Canton Chamber of Commerce at (734) 453-4040.

Stategies of Success (SOS) is designed to give existing businesses a way to connect with valuable resources n the area, and provide information to help them stay successful.

Olympic Sendoff Pep Rally

The Canton community will gather together for a special ceremonial pep rally on Tuesday, February 2 to honor the American Ice-Dancing Team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White and the Canadian Team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir as they depart to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The public is invited to pay tribute to these Olympic athletes from 5:30–7:00PM at the Summit on the Park, located at 46000 Summit Parkway in Canton, MI 48188. This FREE event will celebrate the achievements of these two ice-dancing teams who have spent months training in their quest for Olympic gold at Canton’s Arctic Edge Ice Arena, located at 46615 Michigan Avenue. Maia and Alex Shibutani, U.S. Junior Gold Medalists who train as well at Arctic Edge Ice Arena will also be in attendance.

Help for small businesses is close at hand...

The Reference desk at the Canton Library gets a lot of requests for Business-related information and we have plenty of resources to get you started on your business research. One resource highlighted by Turkia Mullin, the Wayne County EDGE Chief Development Officer at the Strategies for Success workshop is the Business Development Center at Schoolcraft College. Wayne County maintains an active partnership with the Michigan Small Business Technology Center network. There are several locations that provide consultations to all types and sizes of businesses. Once you get the resources you need from the Canton Library, contact the MI-SBTDC at Schoolcraft to see if they can help you take it the next level.

James Patterson Inc.

According to the article in the New York Times Magazine yesterday, James Patterson is one of the most popular authors of all time. This very lengthy, but fascinating, portrait of a marketing-executive-turned-author, details the impact he has had on the Publishing industry. Patterson's latest title Worst Case is due to be published early February.