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Book Club Choices: May 2011

Has your book group tried our Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit has 8 books, a resource guide with book discussion questions, author information, and articles relating to the book. A complete list of kits is available at: Book Club in a Bag. To reserve a kit for your group, contact the Adult Reference Desk at (734) 397-0999.

An unfinished life [Large print kit] by Mark Spragg

Water for elephants: [kit] a novel by Sara Gruen

Romance in Uniform

Ah, the timeless appeal of a man in uniform! The following authors understand this and have written exciting books featuring top-notch alpha heroes.

The unsung hero by Suzanne Brockmann — The first book in Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter's series about Navy SEALs.

Trial by fire by Jo Davis — Suspense heats up Jo Davis' series on the Firefighters of Station Five — starting with this book.

Starkweather Book Club Just Can't Get Enough of Katniss.

I have the pleasure of working with a fantastic group of young adults at the Starkweather Alternative High School. The Canton Public Library in cooperation with Starkweather was awarded an ALA Great Stories Club Grant last year. The book club was such a success last year we decided to continue meeting. We are currently reading the second book in The Hunger Games Series, Catching Fire. As with any good series, the group just couldn't wait to read more!

Emerald Atlas — a Gem of a Fantasy

Ready for another fantastic fantasy series? The Books of Beginning is here, beginning with The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens. Meet Kate, Michael, and Emma — siblings who have been ousted from many orphanages ever since the disappearance of their parents 10 years ago. They finally wind up in a very strange home in Cambridge Falls run by a Dr. Pym that has no other children at all. While exploring this run-down mansion, they happen upon a mysterious emerald atlas that has the power to transport them in time. From this point on their lives are filled with fast-paced magical adventures in that age-old struggle between good and evil.

Murder Will Out: The 2011 Agatha Awards Announced

A complete list of the Agatha Christie Awards 2011 winners and nominees is available at Malice Domestic.

Best Novel: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
Best First Novel: The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
Best Non-fiction: Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: 50 Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran
Best Short Story: “So Much in Common,” by Mary Jane Maffini, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine — Sept./Oct. 2010
Best Children’s/Young Adult: The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith

Characters Count

This list is for someone who loves books with rich characters and twisting plots that keep you reading. A Tale of Two cities by Charles Dickens and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini are two of their favorite books. Try some of these titles if you like wonderful characters and plots.

Bel canto : a novel by Ann Patchett — The audio version is also phenomenal.

Montana 1948: a novel by Larry Watson

More Suggestions for the Urban Fantasy Reader

You're a special kind of reader. You can't get enough of vampires, wizards and things that go bump in the night. However, you like your books set in a city, preferably a big one like Chicago or New York. You also don't want to stop at just one book — more is more! You're an urban fantasy reader and here are some series for you to explore.

Greywalker by Kat Richardson

Marked: a house of night novel by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Creepy, Suspenseful and Mysterious

Some books don't fit neatly into genre descriptions. They're creepy, suspenseful and often include complex plots with lots of twists. Despite their lack of definite category, they're always riveting. Give these creepysuspensefulemysteries a try.

Await your reply: a novel by Dan Chaon

Darling Jim: a novel by Christian Moerk

The diviner's tale [sound recording] by Bradford Morrow

Murder Will Out: A Conversation with Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris, author of the popular Sookie Stackhouse series AKA True Blood on HBO, will speak at the Michigan Theater on Monday, May 16 at 7:30PM. Ms. Harris will sign copies of her latest Sookie Stackhouse book Dead Reckoning. Tickets can be purchased at TicketWeb.com or by calling (866) 468-3401.

Ms. Harris is brought to you courtesy of Michigan Theater and Nicola's Books.

Press Here

Kids, press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book will tell you to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and then discover what will happen next! Press Here is great for large groups like storytime, or fun for just one. It is a fantastic "interactive" book; as good, if not better than any new app you can download! We here at CPL give it two BIG thumbs up!

Murder Will Out: First Novels

New authors/debut mysteries to check out:

Dandy Gilver and the proper treatment of bloodstains by Catriona McPherson

Death on tour by Janice Hamrick

Back of beyond by C.J. Box

Missing persons: a Kate Conway mystery by Clare O'Donohue

British Royal Fiction

Just can't get enough of the pomp and pagentry of British royalty? Give these historical fiction novels a try.

Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell

The confession of Katherine Howard by Suzannah Dunn

Here be dragons by Sharon Kay Penman

Innocent traitor by Alison Weir

Romance in a Small Town

Romances set in small towns have a particular charm. The characters feel like sort of like family. Too bad these locations are fictional. I want to visit them, meet the quirky residents, and maybe have a cup of coffee at the local diner. Feel free to pull up a stool at the lunch counter and join us.

1022 Evergreen Place by Debbie Macomber

Ain't she sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

"A Game of Thrones" Hits the Big Screen

George R. R. Martin's medieval fantasy series Song of Ice and Fire is being made into an HBO television series. If you are a fan of this popular series, be sure watch the clips of the Making Game of Thrones.

A game of thrones by George R.R. Martin

A clash of kings: book two of A song of ice and fire by George R.R. Martin

Titanic

On April 15th, 1912, RMS Titanic sank after striking an iceberg during its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Curious about the history of Titanic? Check out some nonfiction titles like the following:

882 1/2 amazing answers to your questions about the Titanic by Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter

Story of the Titanic by Steve Noon; illustrated by Eric Kentley

The Titanic: an interactive history adventure by Bob Temple

The Hunger Games is the Latest Starkweather Pick!

I have the pleasure of working with a fantastic group of young adults at the Starkweather Alternative High School. The Canton Public Library in cooperation with Starkweather was awarded an ALA Great Stories Club Grant last year. The book club was such a success last year we decided to continue meeting. We are currently reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. We have just started, however, this is the second time reading this book for some of our members (they love it that much). This book is currently in the casting stage for a major feature film. If you haven't read it, you will probably wish you had!

Murder Will Out: International Thriller Writers Awards Nominations Announced

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) has announced the nominees for its 2011 Thriller Awards. Winners will be announced during ThrillerFest VI, to be held at New York City’s Grand Hyatt Hotel from July 6 to 9. For a complete list of the nominations go to ITW's website.

Best Hardcover Novel

The reversal: a novel by Michael Connelly

Edge: a novel by Jeffery Deaver

Book Club Choices: April 2011

The perfect book for a book discussion is one that's not too easy, not too hard, which will hold the interest of a diverse group of readers and will also inspire a lively discussion.