These historical fiction books span the centuries as well as the globe. Try them for an escape to another time and place.
The book thief by Markus Zusak
Girl in hyacinth blue by Susan Vreeland
City of dreams: a novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and early Manhattan by Beverly Swerling
Cold cereal by Adam Rex — If you are a cereal lover as I am, you may never be able to eat it again with impunity after reading this book. However, this zany, fast-paced, hilarious fantasy adventure by Rex is totally worth it. Scott Doe has the ability to see magical creatures that no one else can, but doesn't really realize it. Emily and Erno are super smart twins involved in an nefarious experiment, but do not know it. Goodco Cereal Company is capturing magical beings and draining the "glamour" from them to use as an addictive additive to their products, but consumers haven't a clue. A bigfoot butler, a snarky leprechaun, and a rabbit-headed man are some of the lucky few creatures who have managed to escape Goodco's ever-expanding power.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins — has lots of buzz right now. This article from sciencefiction.com compares the movie and the book and points out both the good and bad. How do you think the movie stacks up? Was it a hit or a miss?
Canton Seniors Book Discussion group will meet on Wednesday, May 23 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We are reading the Everyone's Reading 2012 choice:
Lethal by Sandra Brown — When her four year old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that "sick" man turns out to be Lee Coburn, a man accused of murdering seven people the night before.
While the world is watching The Hunger Games, you may be waiting to read a title in the series or wanting to read something similiar. Try these read-alikes, and may the odds be ever in your favor.
The running man by Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman ; with an introduction by the author
Among the hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Daylight runner by Oisin McGann
- Candy Apple — new location will be J Fiction Candy Apple
- Farley's Stallion — new location will be J Fiction Farley
- Flower Fairies — new location will be J Fiction Flower Fairies
Neurological challenges, such as Alzheimer's, stroke, and amnesia, are, in many ways, still a mystery to modern medicine. These books take a fictitious look at the ways that these disorders affect both the patient and their loved ones.
The art of forgetting by Camille Noe Pagán
Before I go to sleep: a novel by S.J. Watson
Left neglected: a novel by Lisa Genova
The book of wonders by Jasmine Richards is an exciting fantasy based loosely on the Arabian nights. When thirteen-year-old Zardi's sister and father are captured by the evil, saddistic sultan, Zardi knows the time has come for her to flee the realm and seek help in overthrowing this tyrant. Otherwise her sister will suffer the same horrific fate as countless other teenage girls. Along with Rhidan, who is her best friend, and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the notorious Captain Sinbad, Zardi embarks on a perilous quest in search of the lost magic of Arribitha. Only with the power of this force is there any hope of restoring peace and harmony to her homeland.
Wildcat wine by Claire Hamner Matturro — Just when attorney Lillian Belle Rosemay Cleary's hands are full with a psychic client and a Nazi-next-door neighbor, an obnoxious partner in her firm is murdered. Somehow Lilly is dragged into investigating and encounters a world-class assortment of weirdo suspects, all of whom had good reason to want to knock the guy off.
the classic novel by Zora Neal Hurston, you might also like to try some of these titles that have similar plot elements or characteristics:
Best kept secrets by Rochelle Alers
A dark and lonely place by Edna Buchanan
Southern discomfort by Rita Mae Brown
The widow's war by Sally Gunning
Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy thinking: a Toon book by Philippe Coudray — is a quick read with early reading level text. This short graphic novel is really great for kids in Kindergarten to Second grade. Each comic is a one page episode in Benjamin Bear's life with his animal friends and is sure to get some giggles out of the reader. Enjoy!
Looking for a funny and easy read? Try some of the books listed below next time you need a good laugh. They can all be found in the Readers section in the Children's Department. Happy reading!
Splat the cat sings flat by Rob Scotton
Itchy, itchy chicken pox by Grace Maccarone; illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Amelia Bedelia under construction by story by Herman Parish; pictures by Lynn Sweat
To foster a sense of community and provide an opportunity for calm conversation, the Canton Public Library will host a book discussion for two book titles whose inclusion in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools AP curriculum was recently challenged. The second discussion will be Tuesday, March 27th at 7:00 PM and we will be discussing:
Waterland by Graham Swift — Set in the bleak Fen Country of East Anglia, England and spanning some 240 years in the lives of its haunted narrator and his ancestors, Waterland is a book that takes in eels and incest, ale-making and madness, the heartless sweep of history and a family romance as tormented as any in Greek tragedy. According to the Los Angeles Times, "Waterland, like the Hardy novels, carries with all else a profound knowledge of a people, a place, and their interweaving… Swift tells his tale with wonderful contemporary verve and verbal felicity… A fine and original work."
On Friday, August 19th, 2011, while vacationing in Martha's Vineyard President Obama and his daughters made an impromptu stop at the island bookstore. Of the books purchased by the president were two new books: The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell and:
Rodin's debutante: a novel by Ward Just
The President also brought along three other books with him:
Thank you again for your patience and understanding during this Series Collection shift.
10th anniversary by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Afraid of the dark [large print] by James Grippando
Heartwood [Large print]: a novel by Belva Plain
Love me if you dare [Large print] by Carly Phillips
A good man is hard to find and other stories by Flannery O'Connor
The house of the seven gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne; edited with an introduction by Milton R. Stern
A prayer for Owen Meany: a novel by John Irving
To the lighthouse by Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Heaven awaits the bride by Anna Rountree
A monster calls: a novel by Patrick Ness ; inspired from an idea by Siobhan Dowd ; illustrations by Jim Kay
Are you looking for something new? Short Story collections are the perfect way for Mystery fans to try new authors.
A study in Sherlock: stories inspired by the Holmes Canon edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
The best American mystery stories 2011 edited and with an introduction by Harlan Coben
Hook, line & sinister edited by T. Jefferson Parker
Adopt a glurb! by Elise Gravel — is a quick, fun read. It outlines the basics for feeding, loving, and playing with your pet Glurb. Be careful though, they can be quite naughty! Be sure to ask your folks if it is okay for you to adopt one. Have fun!