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Book Club Choices: March 2011

Is your book group looking for a good read?

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

The other Boleyn girl by Philippa Gregory

The piano tuner by Daniel Mason

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

The Lincoln Lawyer on the Big Screen

2011 Everyone's Reading The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly is now showing at a theater near you. Matthew McConaughey plays a believable 'Mick' Haller (shortened from Mickey in the books) and Marisa Tomei plays Maggie McPherson, Haller's first wife.

Michael Connelly at the Berman Theatre

Note: Tickets for this event are sold out as of Thursday, April 7, 2011.

Tickets for the 2011 Everyone's Reading author, Michael Connelly's talk are still available. He will be speaking on Thursday, April 14 at 7:30PM at The Berman Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (6600 West Maple Road West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322). The Lincoln Lawyer, a Mickey Haller book, was chosen as Metro Net Library Consortium's 2011 Everyone's Reading selection.

The Weight of Silence

One August morning two seven-year-old girls go missing — Calli Clark, a sweet, gentle girl suffering from selective mutism brought on by a tragedy when she was a toddler; Petra Gregory, Calli's best friend, and her voice. Gudenkauf deftly weaves the threads of suspense, and eventually reveals the answers lie trapped in the silence of unspoken secrets. You can find this book and Gudenkauf's new title These Things Hidden as well as other psychological fiction in the library's collection.

New Romance Short Stories

If you enjoy romances, don't overlook the romance short stories. These anthologies are shelved with the Short Stories, located on the wall opposite Science Fiction. This past month alone we received several great new romance short story collections.

The guy next door by Lori Foster, Susan Donovan, Victoria Dahl

The other side by J. D. Robb ... [et al.]

Saving Zasha

Are you in the mood for a simple, sweet dog story? Then Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow is just for you. It takes place in the Soviet Union right after World War II and is based on the real situation of canines in Russia at this time. Two brothers are determined to save a beautiful German Shepherd from certain death, since anything 'German' should be destroyed. Service in the military, starvation, abandonment, illness, and injury had all but eliminated the entire dog population in the Soviet Union. Finally realizing the value of dogs the Soviet government decided to create a new breed of dog — a "superdog" — to be used for work and military purposes. What few dogs remained were being kidnapped and sold for large sums of money.

Paranormalcy

Parnormalcy stands out from the rest of the paranormal romance books out there in that it's got something of an attitude. Yes, romance junkies, you can be sure there's plenty there to make your heart 'a flutter', but it's the tongue in cheek humor — a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer — and the very likable, kick-butt heroine, with her pink taser and sarcastic commentary, that makes this worth reading. This book isn't afraid to poke fun at itself while at the same time dishing out top notch suspense. Definitely worth checking out.

National Book Award Winner Announced

Jennifer Egan has won the National Book Critics Circle award for her book A Visit from the Goon Squad. For more information and the non-fiction award see this New York Times article.

Tickets Available for Michael Connelly's Author Talk

Note: Tickets for this event are sold out as of Thursday, April 7, 2011.

Everyone's Reading author, Michael Connelly will talk about his life and experience writing The Lincoln Lawyer, part of the Mickey Haller series. Mr. Connelly will speak on Thursday, April 14 at 2:00PM at The Community House in Birmingham and at 7:30PM at The Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield. Tickets are free and available to Canton Public Library cardholders at the library's Adult Reference Desk.

Copies of The Lincoln Lawyer will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of the Book Beat bookstore.

Mem Fox

March 5th is author Mem Fox's birthday. Here in the U.S. it's still March 4th, but right now in Adelaide, Australia where Mem Fox lives, it's already March 5th! If you aren't familiar with Mem's books, check out some of my favorites listed below.

Harriet, you'll drive me wild by Mem Fox; illustrated by Marla Frazee

Time for bed by Mem Fox; illustrated by Jane Dyer

Mysteries of the Magnificent Variety

Are you looking for a great mystery with some meat to it? Lewis Buzbee has written such awesome books. In Steinbeck's Ghost, 13-year-old Travis, unhappy about his family's recent move, finds he can still connect with his old life at the Salinas Library re-reading his favorite books. He enjoys Steinbeck — after all, Salinas is Steinbeck's hometown. But suddenly he begins seeing the characters spring to life. As he struggles to solve this mystery, budget cuts threaten his library. In looking for ways to save his haven, Travis uncovers many truths and stumbles into a story Steinbeck might be telling him to write.

Jane Eyre Revisited… Again

Jane Eyre is a classic I love to revisit. I don't think I am alone, considering the oodles of sequels, adaptations, and movies based on the book. And [rapturous sigh] a new movie version is being released on March 11, 2011. If you are a fellow Eyre-head, browse the Jane-related works at CPL to pass the time as you wait breathlessly for the latest movie to premiere.

Movies

Jane Eyre — I love Charlotte Gainsbourg as Jane, but, really, what were they thinking to cast William Hurt as Rochester?

Chocolate Fever Book Discussion

Kids, you are invited to join us in discussing Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith. Registration begins Tuesday, March 2. Register with your library card and come to the Children's Reference Desk to pick up your copy of the book. This book discussion will meet, Tuesday, March 15 from 5:00 to 5:45PM. See you all there!

Harriet The Spy Book Discussion Registration

Hi Everyone! Don't forget that registration for the March Book Discussion starts on Wednesday, March 2nd! We will be discussing Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Be sure to use your library card to register online and then stop at the Children's Reference Desk to pick up your copy of the book. The book group will meet on Wednesday, March 16th from 5:00 to 5:45PM. Enjoy!

Murder Will Out: 2011 Edgar Award Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the 2011 nominations for the Edgar Awards. A complete list of the nominees is available on the MWA website. The awards will be made on April 28, 2011 at the 65th Annual Mystery Writers of America Edgar syposium held in New York City at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Best Novel Nominees

Author Talk: Meg Waite Clayton

Meg Waite Clayton, author of the acclaimed bestseller The Wednesday Sisters, will talk about her latest novel, The Four Ms. Bradwells at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library on Thursday, March 24, 7:00-8:30PM in the Gallery, Room 100 (use Diag entrance). "The book is about four women who are University of Michigan Law School graduates; it explores the secrets we keep, even from those closest to us, and celebrates the enduring power of friendship. The book reading and chat will be followed by a book sale and signing, courtesy of Nicola's Books."

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Fiction

Call me by your name by Andre Aciman

The Fisher Boy by Stephen Anable

The sky below by Stacey D'Erasmo

Landing by Emma Donoghue

Everyone's Reading The Lincoln Lawyer

Note: Tickets for this event are sold out as of Thursday, April 7, 2011.