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Lunch and a Book — May, June, July and August 2011

The adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain — May 12. A young boy living in mid-nineteenth century Missouri relates the many adventures that he and his friend Jim, an escaped slave, experience as they travel down the Mississippi River on a raft.

Cutting for stone by Abraham Verghese — June 9. Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.

If you like P.G. Wodehouse and Charles Dickens

try these authors and books:

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton; with a foreword by Anita Shreve

A changed man: a novel by Francine Prose

About a boy by Nick Hornby

March by Geraldine Brooks

ELL Conversation Group Special Meeting Date and Time

Due to the Library closure on Friday, November 19th the English Language Learner Conversation Group meeting will be this Thursday, November 18, 10:15 to 11:45AM in the Purple Room.   

If you have any questions, please ask at any Reference Desk. 

30 Albums I've Worn Out Over 30 Years

Canton Public Library is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. To celebrate, we're making 30-item lists of interesting facts and links. For music lovers, here's a list of great albums:

  1. Fear of a Black Planet by Public Enemy
  2. Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair
  3. Renegades by Rage Against the Machine
  4. Nevermind by Nirvana
  5. London calling by The Clash
  6. Ten by Pearl Jam
  7. 1999 by Prince
  8. Born to run by Bruce Springsteen

May we suggest....

an eclectic list for someone who wants books with straightforward writing spanning a range of subjects that include homeschooling, cooking, and Americans who make a difference in foreign countries:

Kabul Beauty School: beneath the veil of Afghan women by Deborah Rodriguez

Women food and God: an unexpected path to almost everything by Geneen Roth

The other Boleyn girl: a novel by Philippa Gregory

Try a classic for your next book club

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte — Credited by some as the first true Romance novel, this classic tale of a young governess who falls in love with her employer is full of drama and passion. Evidence of the book's enduring appeal is over 600 Amazon.com reviewers have rated this book 5 stars.

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.