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Contemporary Book Discussion Group

Meets the third Monday of the month at 7:00PM. This self-directed group is sponsored by the Friends of the Canton Public Library. No pre-registration is required.

The Christmas Wedding Book Discussion

Please join the Adult Cotemporary Book Group on Monday, November 19th at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

The Christmas wedding by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo — Since her husband's death three years ago, Gaby's four children have drifted apart and haven't celebrated Christmas together. When Gaby announces that she's getting married — and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day — she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays. But that's not Gaby's only surprise: she has one more gift for her children, and it could change all their lives forever.

Twilight Book Discussion

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion on Monday, October 15th at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer — When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. Will you be on Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Cutting for Stone Book Discussion

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Group on Monday, September 17th at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Cutting for stone: a novel by Abraham Verghese — Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa. Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.

A Stolen Life Book Discussion

Join the Adult Contemporary group on Monday, August 20 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

A stolen life: a memoir by Jaycee Lee Dugard — In the summer of June of 1991, Jaycee Dugard was a normal 11-year old kid. Until the day her life was stolen. For 18 years she was a prisoner. She was an object for someone to use and abuse. She became a mother and was forced to be a sister. She survived an impossible situation. It's her story — in her own words, in her own way, exactly as she remembered it.

Three Weeks with My Brother Book Discussion

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, June 18 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Three weeks with my brother by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks — Nicholas Sparks chronicles his life-affirming journey with his brother, Micah, on a three-week trip around the world in this memoir. Against the backdrop of the wonders of the world, the brothers recall their rambunctious childhoods and tragedies that tested their faith.

The Paris Wife Book Discussion May 21

Join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Paris Wifethe Purple Room for a discussion of The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. The story portrays the love affair and marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Mowrer from their Chicago meeting in 1920 to their lives during the Jazz Age in Paris. As Ernest struggles to find his literary voice, Hadley tries to define her role in their relationship as wife, friend, and muse. 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book Discussion

Join us on Monday, April 16 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room for a book discussion on:

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot — This book documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping.

Push by Sapphire Book Discussion

Join us on Monday, March 19 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room for a book discussion on:

Push: a novel by Sapphire — Precious Jones, an illiterate sixteen-year-old, has up until now been invisible to the father who rapes her and the mother who batters her and to the authorities who dismiss her as just one more of Harlem's casualties. But when Precious, pregnant with a second child by her father, meets a determined and radical teacher, we follow her on a journey of education and enlightenment as she learns not only how to write about her life, but how to make it truly her own for the first time.

Push by Sapphire Book Discussion

Join us on Monday, March 19 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room for a book discussion on:

Push: a novel by Sapphire — Precious Jones, an illiterate sixteen-year-old, has up until now been invisible to the father who rapes her and the mother who batters her and to the authorities who dismiss her as just one more of Harlem's casualties. But when Precious, pregnant with a second child by her father, meets a determined and radical teacher, we follow her on a journey of education and enlightenment as she learns not only how to write about her life, but how to make it truly her own for the first time.

Safe Haven Book Discussion February 20

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, February 20 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Safe haven by Nicholas Sparks — When an enigmatic stranger shows up out of the blue, the folks of sleepy Southport become suspicious of her past. Katie tries to keep herself from becoming involved with anybody in town, but as time goes on, she slowly falls in love with Alex, a widowed store owner and father of two. However, when her dark past finally catches up with her, Katie must make the painful choice between fleeing or facing her fears and fighting for her new found life.

Shanghai Girls Book Discussion on January 16

Shanghai girls: a novel by Lisa See — Join us on Monday, January 16 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss this historical thriller: Pearl and May are beautiful girls in Shanghai, "the Paris of Asia." Their carefree days are over when their father informs them that to pay off his debts, he must sell his daughters as wives. As bombs fall on Shanghai and the world goes to war, the sisters flee to America to start new lives with their husbands. Along the way, they have to make sacrifices and promise to keep a secret that threatens to tear them apart.

Shanghai Girls Book Discussion on January 16

Shanghai girls: a novel by Lisa See — Join us on Monday, January 16 at 7:00 PM to discuss this historical thriller. Pearl and May are beautiful girls in Shanghai, "the Paris of Asia." Their carefree days are over when their father informs them that to pay off his debts, he must sell his daughters as wives. As bombs fall on Shanghai and the world goes to war, the sisters flee to America to start new lives with their husbands. Along the way, they have to make sacrifices and promise to keep a secret that threatens to tear them apart.

December Adult Contemporary Book Discussion

The guardian by Nicholas Sparks — On Christmas Eve, a young widow receives an unexpected present from her late husband; a great dane puppy named Singer, who turns out to be a better judge of character than his pet-parent. After four years of mourning her husband's death, Julie begins dating again. Does she or Singer know what's best for her happiness and safety? Join us on Monday, December 19 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to find out.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion December 19

The guardian by Nicholas Sparks — Join us Monday, December 19 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room for this discussion. "On Christmas Eve, newly-widowed, 25 year-old Julie Berenson receives an unexpected present from her late husband, Jim: a Great Dane puppy. Julie names her new dog, Singer, who turns out to be a better judge of human character than she is."

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion November 21

The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson ; translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland — Join us Monday, November 21 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room a discussion. This, the first book in a trilogy, begins with a decades-old cold case of missing teen heiress and the unlikely coupling of a disgraced journalist and a misunderstood and maligned superhacker.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion October 17

Join us on Monday, October 17, in the Purple Room at 7:00 PM to discuss our book club selection, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. The story begins in Seattle where Henry Lee sees a crowd gathered outside a hotel that has been boarded up for decades. The new owner discovers the belongings of Japanese families left behind before they were sent to internment camps. The owner opens up a parasol and it takes Henry back to 1942 and his secret love.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion September 19

The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian is about a road trip. An elderly married couple from the Detroit area decide to take their RV on a nostalgic ride along Route 66 to Disneyland for one last vacation to remember and relive the past. It's not so much about the destination, as it is getting there. So take a journey with us and be a tourist on Monday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Purple Room.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion August 15

The British government transfers newly married couple Martin and Claire Pendleton to Hong Kong in 1952. While her husband works, Claire teaches piano to a wealthy Chinese family. Bored and intrigued by the exotic cultural surroundings, she begins an affair with the family’s chauffeur. As his past and her present collide, Claire's carefully orchestrated world unravels. Join us on Monday, August 15 at 7:00PM in the Purple Room to discuss, The Piano Teacher.

Join Us to Discuss "The Help" on June 20th

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion on Monday, June 20th, 7:00-8:00PM, in the Purple Room to discuss Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel, The Help. Set during the early Civil Rights era in Mississippi, the story focuses on three extraordinary women whose determination to change how things are in their town will also change how they view one another.