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Book Club Choices: April 2012

April is National Poetry Month, if you haven’t already, maybe it’s time your group considered reading and discussing poetry. Choose a poet and let members select 2 or 3 poems from the poet’s collected worksto read. Members can discuss their reactions to the poems or maybe to poetry as a whole.

The complete poems by Walt Whitman ; edited with an introduction and notes by Francis Murphy

How to read a poem: and fall in love with poetry by Edward Hirsch

How to read a poem— and start a poetry circle by Molly Peacock

Migration: new & selected poems by W.S. Merwin

Swan: poems and prose poems by Mary Oliver

A World of Historical Fiction

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

The midwife's tale by Gretchen Moran Laskas

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet: a novel by Jamie Ford

Sarah's key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Do You Know What's in Your Cereal?

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 Book VS Movie

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: May 23, 2012

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.

The Hunger Games Read-Alikes

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

Three More Series Moving to J Fiction

The following series books will be temporarily unvailable while the spine labels are being changed:
  • 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
Thank you, again, for your patience and understanding.

Mind Over Matter: Neurological Challenges in Fiction

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

Book of Wonders

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.

Join us at Vintner's for Wildcat Wine

Register to join Vintner's Book Discussion on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 PM at Vintner's Canton Winery (Southwest corner of Joy and Lilley, in the Golden Gate Shopping Center). Our book is:

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.

If You Like "Their Eyes were Watching God"

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

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!

Funny Reads

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

Special Book Discussion of Waterland by Graham Swift

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."

President's Obama's Reading List

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:

Bailey School Kids and Arthur Chapter Books Series

These two series will soon be found in J Fiction. The Bailey School Kids will be shelved as J Fiction Dadey. Arthur Chapter Books will be shelved as J Fiction Brown. These books will be temporarily unavailable while new labels are made for the spines to reflect the cataloging changes.
Thank you again for your patience and understanding during this Series Collection shift.

Murder Will Out: March 2012

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