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
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.
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
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.
Montana 1948: a novel by Larry Watson
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
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
Ms. Harris is brought to you courtesy of Michigan Theater and Nicola's Books.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.
Blacklands: a novel by Belinda Bauer
Rock paper tiger by Lisa Brackmann
The poacher's son by Paul Doiron
The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
The reversal: a novel by Michael Connelly
Faithful Place: a novel by Tana French
The girl who kicked the hornet's nest by Stieg Larsson
Moonlight mile by Dennis Lehane