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Memorable Books


Recommended by Margaret, a patron of the Canton Public Library.

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Life of Pi

by Yann Martel
1234883.jpg Yann Martel is great because it is a witty and engaging illustration of its own theme. I love a story when everything comes together.

Stay Fit and Healthy Until You're Dead

by Dave Barry
1112231.jpg This book is outrageously funny because Barry uses language to lead to unusual and unexpected (and perhaps false) conclusions which feel, nevertheless, familiar. This book got me through a divorce.

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

by Jane Wagner
1361661.jpg Jane Wagner uses language and a multitude of thoughtful sources to explore compelling inconsistencies in human behavior with disarming humor. "I always wanted to be somebody. I see now that I should have been more specific."

The Republic

by Plato
1115238.jpg The Republic is an instructive demonstration of the power of words to add clarity to life. You can't get there if you don't know where you're going.

An Alchemy of Mind

by Diane Ackerman
1320668.jpg This book is a fascinating (to me) discussion of the adaptive and protective qualities of the human brain that explains a lot about how and why people act the way that they do.