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And the mountains echoed [kit] by Khaled Hosseini — An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else. Khaled Hosseini has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe — from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos — the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

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The antidote: happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking [kit] by Oliver Burkeman — Burkeman introduces us to a group of people who share a surprising way of thinking about life. Whether experimental psychologists, terrorism experts, Buddhists, hardheaded business consultants, Greek philosophers, or modern-day gurus, they argue that it's our constant effort to be happy that is making us miserable. Their alternative path to happiness and success involves embracing failure, pessimism, and uncertainty--the very things we spend our lives trying to avoid.

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1984: a novel [kit] by George Orwell ; with an afterword by Erich Fromm — Written in 1948, George Orwell's classic novel created a chilling future where Big Brother and the Thought Police monitored every move. And while the year 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's haunting vision of the world remains timeless.

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The light between oceans: a novel [kit] by M.L. Stedman — After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and becomes the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings his young wife Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. Returning to the mainland when she is two, Tom and Isabel are reminded that there are other people in the world and discover that their choice has devastated one of them.

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore [kit] by Robin Sloan — A gleeful tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life--mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his job as a Web-design drone--and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests.

Game On Fiction

Calico Joe by John Grisham



For love of the game: a novel by Michael Shaara






Foul lines: a novel about the NBA by Jack MacCallum and Jon Wertheim



Miracle cure by Harlan Coben



Dream breakers by Elizabeth Gill



Hide & seek: a novel by James Patterson






Running the rift: a novel by Naomi Benaron

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The housekeeper and the professor [kit] by Yoko Ogawa ; translated by Stephen Snyder — A beautiful story about family, memory, and math. Yes, math. Ever since a traumatic head injury, a brilliant math professor has had only eighty minutes of short-term memory.  The housekeeper hired to care for the Professor returns to her job every morning to find that the Professor has forgotten her. Though he cannot create new memories, the Professor's mind is alive with elegant equations from his past. And the numbers, in all of their articulate order, reveal a new and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her young son.

Celebrating Canton LGBT Families and Friends

LGBT FlagIn honor of Motor City Pride (June 7 & 8) -- a volunteer-driven event celebrating the lives of Michigan's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) citizens, CPL would like to celebrate Canton LGBT families and friends in a library exhibit entitled “Celebrating Canton LGBT Families and Friends” from June 1 through June 15. Please send electronic photos (.jpeg, .png, etc.) of you and/or family and friends that you would like us to include in this public display to brandowk@cantonpl.org with the subject line "LGBT Family and Friends."

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The round house [kit] by Louise Erdrich — In the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. Joe tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. While his father, who is a tribal judge, tries to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.

 

Remember the Bees!

Bee on FlowerWhen planting your flowers this spring be sure to remember the bees! Bees pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops which constitute 1/3 of everything we eat. You can invite pollinators, like bees, to your neighborhood by planting a pollinator-friendly habitat in your garden, farm, school, park or just about anywhere! Find suggestions for pollinator-friendly flowers in your growing zone. Don't forget to plant flowers that bloom in early spring and late fall as well as throughout the summer.
[Bee on Flower by Steven Murray is licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0]

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The dog stars [kit] by Peter Heller — Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. He lives in the hangar of an abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope that a better life--something like his old life--exists beyond the airport. Knowing he will not have fuel to fly home, he follows the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio.

Earth Day Events at CPL!

Earth Day 2014We're celebrating Earth Day from April 21-24 and want you to join us! There will be events for everyone including: