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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.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion May 20

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

In the presence of my enemies by Gracia Burnham, with Dean Merrill — A gripping true story of American missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham’s year as hostages in the Philippine jungle, was a New York Times best seller and has sold nearly 350,000 copies. Now releasing in trade softcover for the first time, this updated edition has a new look and contains never-before-published information on the capture and trial of the Burnhams’ captors; Gracia’s secret return trip to the Philippines; and updates on recent events in Gracia’s life, ministry, and family.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion April 15

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

The cat's table by Michael Ondaatje. The story follows 11-year-old Michael as he immerses himself in the hidden corners and relationships of a temporary floating world, overcoming its physical boundaries with the expanse of his imagination. The boy's companions at the so-called cat's table, where the ship’s unconnected strays dine together, become his friends and teachers, each leading him closer to the key that unlocks the Oronsay's mystery decades later.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion March 18

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss with the author via Skype:

Say Nice Things About Detroit by Scott Lasser. Twenty-five years after his high school graduation, David Halpert returns to a place that most people flee. But David is making his own escape—from his divorce and the death of his son. In Detroit, David learns about the double shooting of his high school girlfriend Natalie and her black half-brother, Dirk. As David becomes involved with Natalie’s sister, he will discover that both he and his hometown have reasons to hope.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion February 18

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

Killing Lincoln: the shocking assassination that changed America forever by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard — The host of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic events in American history, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president. On the night of Good Friday, April 14, 1865 just 5 days after General Robert E. Lee of the Confederate Army surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant of the Union Army, President Lincoln was assassinated at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. by John Wilkes Booth, an acclaimed stage actor of his time. First, read this book and feel like you're there.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion on January 21

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Group on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

Plainsong by Kent Haruf — In a small prairie town on the very edge of the Colorado plains, the lives of 8 lonely characters undergo a radical change during the course of one year in an unforgettable way.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion on December 17th

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

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë ; edited with an introduction and notes by Stevie Davies — An orphan girl's progress from the custody of cruel relatives to an oppressive boarding school culminates in a troubled career as a governess. Jane's first assignment at Thornfield, where the proud and cynical master harbors a scandalous secret, draws readers ever deeper into a compelling exploration of the mysteries of the human heart.

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.