If your book group is looking for a reading challenge--each of these books has been challenged by a parent or a community. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of American Libraries Association's Banned Books Week, September 30 - October 6, 2012.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ; preface and notes by Matthew J. Bruccoli
Has your book group tried any short story collections? You could choose an author to concentrate on or assign a story to each member, or simply assign a collection and let your members report back to the group.
Among the missing by Dan Chaon
Don't tell anyone by Frederick Busch
If you are a fan of James Patterson's Alex Cross novels or enjoy the humor in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum stories you might like these...
Cinnamon roll murder [large print] by Joanne Fluke
Don't let your book group miss these:
The tenderness of wolves: a novel by Stef Penney
A three dog life by Abigail Thomas
Moral disorder: stories by Margaret Atwood
The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander
Mr. Churchill's secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
Sidney Chambers and the shadow of death by James Runcie
Boston cream by Howard Shrier
The cat, the wife and the weapon: a cats in trouble mystery by Leann Sweeney
The perfect book for a book discussion is one that's not too easy, not too hard, that will hold the interest of a diverse group of readers and will also inspire a lively discussion. For additional book club resources try the Canton Public Library's Book Club in a Bag kits:
City of dreams: a novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and early Manhattan by Beverly Swerling
Light on snow: a novel by Anita Shreve
The book thief [sound recording] by Markus Zusak
Criminal: a novel by Karin Slaughter — Award winning author, Karin Slaughter will talk about her new book on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00PM at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor. Copies of Criminal will be available for purchase and signing.
The great escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips — Susan Elizabeth Phillips, 4 time Romance Writers of America's Favorite Book of the Year will introduce her new book at Nicola's Books on Thursday, July 12 at 7:00PM
Are you a fan of A&E's Longmire and/or FX's Justified? These two popular television dramas are based on books by Craig Johnson and Leonard Chang
The cold dish by Craig Johnson — the first book in the Walt Longmire's series.
Over the shoulder: a novel of intrigue by Leonard Chang — Leonard Chang is a staff writer on FX's Justified and the author of several books including an award winning noir trilogy featuring Allen Choice, a Korean-American investigator.
Try something new, an author you haven't read or a genre you haven't tried.
Kill switch by Neal Baer, Jonathan Greene
50% off murder by Josie Belle
Death drops by Chrystle Fiedler
File M for murder by Miranda James
The Canton Seniors Book Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. We meet every month except December. Adult Librarians Elaine Skrzynski and Joyce Simowski alternate leading the discussion. Copies of the discussion book can be picked up at the monthly meeting or after the meeting at the Adult Desk.
Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet: a novel by Jamie Ford — July 26
One was a soldier: a Clare Fergusson/Russ van Alstyne mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming — August 23
Family affair by Debbie Macomber
Cupid Cats by Katie MacAlister, Vicki Lewis Thompson & Connie Brockway
Tails of wonder and imagination by edited by Ellen Datlow
The cat's meow by Emily Carmichael
Canton Seniors Book Group meets on Thursday, October 25 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. This month we are reading:
Snow flower and the Secret Fan: a novel by Lisa See
The burning edge by Rick Mofina
Cliff Walk by Bruce DeSilva
A dark anatomy: a mystery by Robin Blake
Death's door by Jim Kelly
Angelina's bachelors [Large print]: a novel, with food by Brian O'Reilly; recipes by Virginia O'Reilly
Gabby: [large print] a story of courage and hope by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly with Jeffrey Zaslow
How it all began [Large print] by Penelope Lively
Need you now [Large print]: a novel by James Grippando
A devil is waiting [large print] by Jack Higgins
Hidden summit [large print] by Robyn Carr
The sisters [large print] by Nancy Jensen
- Michigan Chillers — will be shelved as J Fiction Rand
- American Chillers — will be shelved as J Fiction Rand
- Hannah Montana — will be shelved as J Fiction Hannah
Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, June 27 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. This month we are discussing:
Old friends by Tracy Kidder — What is it like to grow old in America? Two men, strangers to each other, are assigned to share a room upon moving into a western Massachusetts nursing home. Kidder spotlights the friendship that blooms between Joe, an irascible 72-year-old stroke victim, and gentle Lou, 90 and almost blind, who grieves for his deceased wife, tells rambling stories about his past and worries about Joe. Author Tracy Kidder has won Pulitzer Prizes for both his fiction and non-fiction works.