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Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group

The Canton Seniors Book Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the every month (except December) from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. Librarians Elaine Skrzynski and Joyce Simowski alternately lead the discussion. No registration required.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion - November 18, 2009

This month, the Canton Seniors Book Discussion group which is held at The Summit, will meet on the third Wednesday of the month, November 18th. at 2:00PM to discuss The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg. Ms. Berg's novel looks at the consequences of one family member's revelations at an annual family reunion. Copies of Ms. Berg's book are available at Canton Public Library at the Adult Reference Desk.

An Online Treasure for Readers

Every Monday morning, my email contains a special book. The email book club sends out a few pages every day in email. By the end of the week, you have read two to three chapters of a new book. You can then decide whether you want to check it out at the library or purchase it. It's a great way to discover new authors and genres. There are twelve categories from which to choose - pick one or all of them, including fiction, audio, romance, teen, good news, thrillers, classics and more. Your only requirement is an email account. The next Monday, it starts all over again with new books. What a great idea! This service is sponsored by the Friends of the Canton Public Library and is free to our patrons. Just log onto our web site at www.cantonpl.org, go to the column on the left and click on services. Next, click on book clubs and scroll down to email book club.

75th Book & Author Luncheon

Metro Detroit Book and Author Society will present their 75th luncheon on Monday, October 19th at the Burton Manor in Livonia. Our guest authors include Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist; Rita Mae Brown, Animal Magnetism; Bruce Feiler, America's Prophet; David Alan Grier, Barack Like Me; and Jacquelyn Mitchard, No Time to Wave Goodbye.
Tickets are $30. each and are available by mail order only at Book & Author Luncheon, P.O. Box 82013, Rochester Hills, MI 48308. If you wish to sit together, please send your checks together made out to MDB&A Society.

Author Bich Minh Nguyen to speak in Plymouth

Author Bich Minh Nguyen, who wrote Stealing Buddha's Dinner will speak at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 17th at the Penn Theatre in Plymouth.

Nguyen and her family left Vietnam in 1975, and relocated to Michigan. Stealing Buddha's Dinner is a memoir of the author's childhood and experiences of assimilation into American culture. This is Nguyen's only appearance in the Detroit area; and her presentation is not to be missed.

An Invitation to Canton Seniors

The Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Wednesday, September 23, from 2:00-3:00PM at the Canton Seniors Center in The Summit. This month we're reading the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, March by Geraldine Brooks. It is the story of Rev. March, father of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, and March's year as a chaplain in the Union Army. Pick up a copy at the Canton Public Library Adult Reference Desk. To register, contact the Canton Seniors Center.

Canton Senior Book Discussion 2009 - November 18

The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg. Laura Bartone anticipates her annual family reunion in Minnesota with a mixture of excitement and wariness. Yet this year’s gathering will prove to be much more trying than either she or her siblings imagined. As soon as she arrives, Laura realizes that something is not right with her sister. Forever wrapped up in events of long ago, Caroline is the family’s restless black sheep. When Caroline confronts Laura and their brother, Steve, with devastating allegations about their mother, the three have a difficult time reconciling their varying experiences in the same house. But a sudden misfortune will lead them all to face the past, their own culpability, and their common need for love and forgiveness.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion - September 23, 2009

March by Geraldine Brooks. From Louisa May Alcotts beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, March, who has gone off to war, leaving his wife and daughters to make do in mean times. In her telling, March emerges as an idealistic chaplain in the little known backwaters of a war that will test his faith in himself and in the Union cause as he learns that his side, too, is capable of acts of barbarism and racism. As he recovers from a near mortal illness, he must reassemble his shattered mind and body and find a way to reconnect with a wife and daughters who have no idea of the ordeals he has been through. Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction (2006). Beginning August 26, you can pick up a copy of MARCH at the Adult Reference Desk.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion - October 18, 2009

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. In this best-seller, Malcolm Gladwell, a staff writer for The New Yorker, weighs the factors that determine good decision-making. Drawing on recent cognitive research, Gladwell concludes that those who quickly filter out extraneous information generally make better decisions than those who discount their first impressions.

See You In September

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion group has recessed for the summer.  Book discussions will resume on  the fourth Wednesday of the month in September (9/23), at a new time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  All Canton seniors are welcome,  but registration is required.  To register call the Summit's Senior Adult Department at (734) 394-5485.  Check the Canton Public Library website for future book discussion titles and dates.

Finding 'Our' Voices

Finding My Voice, by author and NPR host Diane Rehm, is the Everyone's Reading selection for 2009. Fans of her award-winning radio show are sure to enjoy her memoir, but others will also find it inspiring as she recounts numerous and often painful obstacles she's overcome in her personal and professional life.

Senior Book Discussion - June 24, 2009

An Unfinished Life (Mark Spragg)

An old rancher reluctantly takes in his estranged daughter-in-law, Jean, and granddaughter, Griff. Mark Spragg tells the story of a complex, prodigal homecoming.

Senior Book Discussion - May 27, 2009

Pope Joan (Donna Woolfolk Cross)

There are few historical heroines as fascinating and controversial as Pope Joan, a woman whose hunger for knowledge and independent nature led her to pass as a man and ultimately to attain the high seat in Rome. Pope Joan is a spellbinding tale of a woman who gave up everything, even her very name, for the sake of knowledge.

Senior Book Discussion - Apr 22, 2009

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night (Mark Haddon)

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. He has Asperger Syndrome. Christopher is on a quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog.

Senior Book Discussion - Mar 25, 2009

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)

In 1666, a young woman comes of age during an extraordinary year of love and death. Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a "plague village" in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history.

Senior Book Discussion - Feb 25, 2009

Everyone's Reading Finding My Voice (Diane Rehm)

For 25 years, Rehm has offered her listeners compelling conversations with the world's most interesting and important people. This year her autobiography, Finding My Voice, is the Metro Detroit’s Everyone’s Reading selection.

Senior Book Discussion - January 28, 2009

The Bean Trees (Barbara Kingsolver)

Taylor Greer grew up poor in Kentucky in the '60s and '70s, managed to avoid pregnancy through high school, and earned enough money to buy a Volkswagen that would take her west.

Senior Book Discussion - Nov 19, 2008

Lake of Dead LanguagesThe Lake of Dead Languages (Carol Goodman): Jane Hudson fled the Heart Lake School for Girls in the Adirondacks after a terrible tragedy. Now Jane has returned to the school as a Latin teacher, recently separated and hoping to make a fresh start with her young daughter. But ominous messages from the past dredge up forgotten memories. (Note: We meet the third Wednesday of November due to the Thanksgiving holiday.)

Seniors Book Discussion - Oct 22, 2008

suitefraSuite Française (Irène Némirovsky): An extraordinary novel of life under Nazi occupation - discovered and published 62 years after the author's tragic death at Auschwitz. Subtle, often fiercely ironic, and deeply compassionate, it is both a piercing record of its time and a brilliant, profoundly moving work of art.

Seniors Book Discussion - Sept 24, 2008

Ellen FosterEllen Foster (Kaye Gibbons): Ellen Foster is the often heart-wrenching tale of an 11-year-old girl who loses her dearly loved mother through suicide and is left to coexist with her alcoholic father. Gibbons has produced a warm and caring first novel about a backwoods child persevering through hard times to establish a new and satisfying identity. (Note: Beginning August 20, participants can pick up a copy of the book at the Canton Public Library's Adult Reference Desk).