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Lunch & a Book

The library's lunchtime book discussion group started in September 1998. We meet on the second Thursday of the month from Noon to 1:00PM, except for December. Books include works of fiction and nonfiction, classics and contemporary novels. The June meeting is used to share favorite titles and make suggestions for the coming year.

Lunch & a Book - January 14

Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. An English butler reflects — sometimes bitterly, sometimes humorously — on his service to a lord between the two world wars and discovers doubts about his master's character and about the ultimate value of his own service to humanity.

Lunch & a Book - March 11

Everyone's Reading Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow. The tables are turned when Rusty Sabich, a prosecuting attorney investigating the murder of Carolyn Polhemus, his former lover and a prominent member of his boss's staff, finds himself accused of the crime.

Lunch & a Book - February 11

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout — Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance... a former student who has lost the will to live... Olive's own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities... and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

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.

Lunch & a Book - November 12

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. With her tousled blond hair and upturned nose, dark glasses and chic black dresses, Holly Golightly is top notch in style and a sensation wherever she goes. Her brownstone apartment vibrates with martini-soaked parties as she plays hostess to millionaires and gangsters alike. Yet Holly never loses sight of her ultimate goal.

Lunch & a Book - October 8

Stealing Buddha's Dinner: a memoir by Bich Minh Nguyen. As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bich Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity. In the pre-PC era Midwest, where the devoutly Christian blond-haired, blue-eyed Jennifers and Tiffanys reign supreme, Nguyen's barely conscious desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food. This selection is part of The Great Michigan Read, a state-wide reading program sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council.

Lunch & a Book - September 10

White Tiger (Aravind Adiga)  When he relocates to New Delhi to take a new job, Balram Halwai is disillusioned by the city's materialism and technology-spawned violence, a circumstance that forces him to question his loyalties, ambitions, and past.

Lunch & a Book - August 13


The Pull of the Moon
 (Elizabeth Berg) Uncomfortable with the fit of her life, Nan gets in her car and drives across the country on back roads, following the moon.  Through conversations, letters, and her diary, Nan confronts topics long overdue for her attention. 

Lunch & a Book - July 9

Get Creative!  Celebrate Adult Summer Reading by bringing in a sample of a creative project (could be stitching, jewelry, gardening, cooking) along with a book you consider an indispensible resource.  Adult Summer Reading participants will receive and extra entry in the prize drawing. 

Lunch and a Book - June 11

Belong to Me
Belong to Me
(Marisa de los Santos) While Cornelia gains unexpected insight into her troubled marriage, Piper finds her carefully controlled life unraveling in the wake of a friend's crisis, and Lake tells a complex series of lies to gain her son's entry into a school for gifted students.

Lunch and a Book - May 14

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking (Malcolm Gladwell) How do we think without thinking, seem to make choices in an instant--in the blink of an eye--that actually aren't as simple as they seem? Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?

Lunch & a Book - April 9

Loving Frank (Nancy Horan): Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting in Oak Park, Illinois, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.

Lunch & a Book - March 12

Finding My VoiceFinding My Voice(Diane Rehm): 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.

Lunch & a Book - February 12

Out Stealing HorsesOut Stealing Horses (Per Petterson): After a meeting with his only neighbor, 67-year-old Trond is forced to reflect upon a long-ago incident that marks the beginning of a series of losses for Trond and his childhood friend, Jon.

January 2009 Lunch & a Book - Jan 8

Case HistoriesCase Histories (Kate Atkinson): Private detective Jackson Brodie finds his own need for resolution sparked by three investigations including those of two sisters who discover a shocking clue to the disappearance of their third sister 30 years earlier, a lawyer whose life is turned upside-down when his daughter joins the firm, and a woman whose past mistakes and demanding family life culminate in a violent escape.

November 2008 Lunch & a Book - Nov 13

Their Eyes Were Watching GodTheir Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston): When independent Janie Crawford returns home, her small African-American community begins to buzz with gossip about the outcome of her affair with a younger man, in a novel set in the 1930s South.

October 2008 Lunch & a Book - Oct 9

The Good EarthThe Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck): A Chinese peasant overcomes the forces of nature and the frailties of human nature to become a wealthy landowner.

September 2008 Lunch & a Book - September 11

Everybody was so youngEverybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, a Lost Generation Love Story (Amanda Vaill): A finely written biography brings to life the globe-trotting, high-living socialites who were models for works by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pablo Picasso until tragedy struck their children at the end of the Roaring Twenties.

August 2008 Lunch & a Book - August 14

The Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald): This classic novel portrays the Jazz Age and all its decadence and excess as it follows the life of Jay Gatsby, a newly rich man obsessed with money, power and glamour.