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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 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.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion April 18

Please join us on Monday, April 18 in the Purple Room for a book discussion on Rhoda Janzen's laugh-out-loud memoir of life with her Mennonite family called, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. After going through a painful divorce and recovery from a debilitating car accident, Ms. Janzen returns to her parents' home to regroup. Hilarity ensues.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Feb 21

Death, the narrator of this World War II-era story, is overwhelmed collecting the souls from battlefields and bombings. He takes an interest of an orphan, Liesel, and her foster parents after she steals a book. After she learns to read, she starts stealing books from everywhere and then writes her own story. Join us on Monday, February 21, in the Children's Library Purple Room at 7:00PM for our discussion of The Book Thief.

Shadow of the Wind Book Discussion

Join the Adult Contemporary Book Group on Monday, January 17th, in the Purple Room for a book discussion on The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. In post-World War II Spain, Daniel is taken by his father to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, where books are guarded from oblivion. Told to choose one book to protect, he selects The Shadow of the Wind. He reads it, loves it, and soon learns it is both very valuable and very much in danger of being destroyed by someone burning every copy of the book.

City of Dreams Book Discussion

Please join our book group in Group Study Room A on Monday, November 15th, from 7:00-8:00PM for an interesting and lively discussion of this month's selection, City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling. The early history of Manhattan is chronicled through six generations of a remarkable clan of surgeons, physicians and apothecaries.

Pearl Diver Book Discussion

The novel begins in post-World War II in Japan when a nineteen-year old pearl diver discovers she has leprosy and she is exiled to a leprosarium on the island of Nagashima. She must forget her past and change her name now that her family and society have banished her. Join the Adult Contemporary Book Group for the discussion of The Pearl Diver, on Monday, July 19, at 7:00PM in Group Study Room A.

Light on Snow Book Discussion

A daughter and father join in on an after-school walk through the snow-covered woods near their New England farmhouse. They hear the cries of an abandoned newborn infant. As they rushed the baby to the hospital, the incident unleashing repressed anguish both father and daughter feel since they lost her mother and baby sister in a car accident. Please join our discussion of Anita Shreve's Light on Snow on Monday, June 21. See Program Calendar for more details.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group

The Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group meets the third Monday of each month in the library Conference Room. This self-directed group discusses contemporary fiction and non fiction at 7:00PM. There is no registration necessary. The 2010 book list was just published, so please join us for some fine reading:

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.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - June 15, 2009

Daughter of Fortune (Isabel Allende)

An orphan raised in Chile, by a Victorian spinster and her rigid brother, young, vivacious Eliza Sommers follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849—a danger-filled quest that will become a momentous journey of transformation.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - May 18, 2009

The Devil in the White City (Erik Larson)

A spellbinding bestseller that intertwines the true tale of two men—the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World's Fair, striving to secure America's place in the world; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Apr 20, 2009

March (Geraldine Brooks)

As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the Civil War, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Mar 16, 2009

Everyone's Reading Finding My Voice (Diane Rehm) and The Nick Adams Stories (Ernest Hemingway)

The first title is the Everyone's Reading selection for 2009, in which a leading radio personality describes her rise from an abusive childhood in an Arab-American household in Washington, D.C., to success in the field of radio and details her determined battle with spasmodic dysphonia, the rare neurological disorder that nearly destroyed her career.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Feb 16, 2009

To Keep the Waters Troubled: The Life of Ida B. Wells (Linda O. McMurry)

In the generation following Frederick Douglass, no African American was more prominent or outspoken than Ida B. Wells. Her fiery personality and uncompromising approach sometimes lost her friendships even as it won great victories.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Jan 19, 2009

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Lisa See)

Foot binding; nu shu, a 1000-year-old secret language used by women of Hunan Province, and laotong, the arranged friendship between little girls meant to last a lifetime, provide the framework for this look at a chapter in Chinese history.