Unusual Book Club Fare

Canton Public Library book-club-in-a-bag suggestions.

Crow Lake [kit] by Mary Lawson

Daughter of fortune : a novel [kit] by Isabel Allende ; translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden

Maisie Dobbs [kit] by Jacqueline Winspear

Plainsong [kit] by Kent Haruf

The shadow of the wind [kit] by Carlos Ruiz Zafón ; translated by Lucia Graves

Tough Guys

Fiction with strong male characters.

Storm front by Jim Butcher — A crime fighting wizard in modern day Chicago. (Book One in the Dresden Files Series)

Killing floor by Lee Child — Introducing Jack Reacher, an ex-military policeman accused of murder. (Book One in the Jack Reacher Series)

Brules : a novel by Harry Combs — A Western telling the story of mountain man Cat Brules.

Bringing out the dead by Joe Connelly — Frank Pierce is an EMS medic working in the harsh environment of Hell’s Kitchen.

Even More Chick Fic

The stand-in by Kate Clemens — Diva movie star Jayne Cooper needs to know how real people live to get a role. So when she stumbles across her look-alike Mary Lynn McLellan working as a cashier at the Food Barn, she convinces her to switch lives.

Undead and unwed by MaryJanice Davidson — Betsy Taylor’s birthday isn’t going well. She got laid off, her party was postponed, and she died. But when she wakes up in a coffin dressed in a cheap pink suit and knock-off shoes (where are her Manolo Blahniks?!?), she realizes her bad luck has just begun.

Diary of a provincial lady by E.M. Delafield ; with a preface by Mary Borden ; with illustrations by Arthur Watts — Published in 1931, the diarist’s (generally futile) attempts to balance her bank account, keep up with fashion and art, and deal with her husband and children make her Bridget Jones’ spiritual grandmother.

More Chic Fic

Savannah blues : a novel by Mary Kay Andrews — Antique “picker” “Weezie” Foley is still angry that ex-husband Talmadge got her painstakingly restored Savannah townhouse in the divorce. So finding the dead body of Talmadge’s new girlfriend casts suspicion on her.

Slave to fashion : a novel by Rebecca Campbell — Katie Castle has the perfect flat (her boyfriend’s place) and the perfect job working for a fashion designer (her boyfriend’s mother). But she can’t help wanting one last fling. If you liked Confessions Of A Shopaholic, try this one.

Talking to Addison by Jenny Colgan — When her bad luck with men and apartments runs true to form, Holly Livingstone talks one of her best friends into renting her a tiny room in his apartment. Once there, she becomes obsessed with another of the roommates, Addison, a reclusive but gorgeous computer geek.

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