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.
The road to grace [large print]: the third journal of the walk series by Richard Paul Evans
What doesn't kill you [large print] by Iris Johansen
The beginner's goodbye [large print] by Anne Tyler
The hunter [large print]: a novel by John Lescroart
Oscar Wilde and the Vatican murders by Gyles Brandreth
Kill my darling: a Bill Slider mystery by Cynthia Harrod -Eagles
Back in the habit: a Falcone & Driscoll investigation by Alice Loweecey
The last minute by Jeff Abbott
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 Services librarians, Elaine Skrzynski and Joyce Simowski, alternate leading the discussion. Copies of the discussion book are distributed at the monthly meeting or ask for a copy at the Adult Services Help Desk.
Our favorite reads this year from the Adult and Children/Tweens/Teens Librarians:
The age of miracles: a novel by Karen Thompson Walker
The art forger: a novel by B.A. Shapiro
The dog stars by Peter Heller
Before I go to sleep: a novel by S.J. Watson
City of thieves: a novel by David Benioff
Every day by David Levithan
The expats: a novel by Chris Pavone
If you like police procedurals…
Blood country: a Claire Watkins mystery by Mary Logue
Untraceable by Laura Griffin
A reason to kill by Jane Adams
A perfect evil by Alex Kava
How about discussing a book by a Michigan author and/or story-based in Michigan?
Shadow of a doubt by William J. Coughlin
The complete short stories of Ernest Hemingway by Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961
Legends of the fall by Jim Harrison
Lovers of dogs and/or dog stories will be delighted to know that a deluge of delights awaits them this publishing season. Here is but a sampling of some recent dog tales. Take your pick of the litter!
A dog called Homeless by Sarah Lean
The vanishing by Christopher Holt
The dogs of winter by Bobbie Pyron
The dogs of winter by Bobbie Pyron is an incredible, heart-pounding survival story based on fact. Ivan is but one of 80,000 to 2 million homeless children forced to fend for himself in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union. Most of these abandoned children form packs and live in vacant buildings and/or underground train stations. What distinguishes four year old Ivan Mishukov is his decision to depend on a pack of feral street dogs instead of other children for his survival. For two years they eek out an existence together, helping one another just as a family would. Enduring the brutal Russian winters with temperatures often twenty below zero is almost beyond belief. As Ivan is later quoted as saying, "I was better off with the dogs.
Thanksgiving Day kicks off a month of celebrations. May we suggest a movie, tips from Martha Stewart on Thanksgiving prepartions, a history, music to sooth, and a story about family.
Planes, trains and automobiles [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures
Martha's classic Thanksgiving [videodisc] by [presented by] Marth Stewart Living Omnimedia
Mayflower: a story of courage, community, and war by Nathaniel Philbrick
Thanksgiving night: a novel by Richard Bausch
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
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
Beyond suspicion [large print] by James Grippando
Capitol betrayal [Large print] by William Bernhardt
Capture [Large print] by Robert K. Tanenbaum
Three-day town [large print] by Margaret Maron
Limitations [Large print] by Scott Turow
Come home [large print] by Lisa Scottoline
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