Staff Recommendations

Year 2013 Top Movie Picks

Argo [videodisc] by screenplay by Chris Terrio ; produced by Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney ; directed by Ben Affleck — On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. But there's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped - and a midlevel agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.

The conjuring [videodisc] by New Line Cinema presents a Safran Company/Evergreen Media Group ; writers, Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes ; produced by Tony DeRosa-Grund, Peter Safran, Rob Cowan ; director, James Wan — The true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.

Year 2013 Top Fiction Picks

Every year all of Canton Public Library's Information Services Librarians share their favorite 2013 fiction reads, a mixture of Adult, Teen, and Children's fiction books.

And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini

The goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The dinner: a novel by Herman Koch ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett

Sisterland: a novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

The quest by Nelson DeMille

Year 2013 Top Non-Fiction Picks

Canton Public Library's Information Services Librarians share their favorite 2013 non-fiction read(s), a mixture of Adult, Teen, and Children's fiction books.

Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis

The antidote: happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking by Oliver Burkeman

Going clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief by Lawrence Wright

Junius and Albert's adventures in the Confederacy: a Civil War odyssey by Peter Carlson

One summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

Year 2012 Top Movie Picks

The artist written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius — An actor famous for his roles in silent films forms a relationship with an actress who is headed for fame in the new era of sound films.

The avengers written and directed by Joss Whedon — Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America assemble together for the very first time ever in this epic, action-packed blockbuster.

The best exotic Marigold Hotel directed by John Madden — A group of British retirees decide to outsource their retirement to a newly renovated hotel in Jaipur, India, that is being marketed as a retirement residence - but when they arrive, they find it to be in less luxurious condition than they had imagined.

The big year directed by David Frankel — Three men put their lives and careers on hold in an attempt to set a new record for the number of bird species spotted during a year.

Year 2012 Top Audiobook Picks

Fiction

Broken Harbor by Tana French

Carry the one by Carol Anshaw

The dry grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew

The forgotten waltz by Anne Enright

The Gilly salt sisters by Tiffany Baker

Gone girl by Gillian Flynn

A grown-up kind of pretty by Joshilyn Jackson

A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller

Year 2012 Top Non-Fiction Books Picks

Our favorite reads this year from the Adult and Children/Tweens/Teens Librarians:

Behind the beautiful forevers by Katherine Boo

We've got a job: the 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson

The righteous mind: why good people are divided by politics and religion by Jonathan Haidt

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain

Paris: a love story: a memoir by Kati Marton

Year 2012 Top Fiction Picks

Our favorite reads this year from the Adult and Children/Tweens/Teens Librarians:

The age of miracles: a novel by Karen Thompson Walker

The art forger: a novel by B.A. Shapiro

The dog stars by Peter Heller

Before I go to sleep: a novel by S.J. Watson

City of thieves: a novel by David Benioff

Every day by David Levithan

Year 2010 Top Movie Picks

Adam — A romantic character study examining the obstacles to intimacy and the compromises we make in the name of love, Adam stars Hugh Dancy as a man living with Asperger's syndrome who does his best to reach out to his pretty new upstairs neighbor.

Avatar — Jake Sully is a former Marine who uses a wheelchair. But despite his broken body, Jake is still a warrior at heart. He is recruited to travel light years to the human outpost on Pandora, where a corporate consortium is mining a rare mineral that is the key to solving Earth's energy crisis.

The blind side — Taken in by a well-to-do family and offered a second chance at life, a homeless teen grows to become the star athlete projected to be the first pick at the NFL draft in this sports-themed comedy drama.

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