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For the love of books

Recently, I had the awesome opportunity to hear a lecture by world famous reading guru Nancy Pearl. Nancy expresses her love for reading in such a way you can't wait to discover your next book. Nancy has won numerous awards for her uncanny insight into books and the celebration of reading. If you're stumped on what to read next check out her books (ex. Book lust, More book lust, Book crush for kids and teens). You can also check out Pearl's picks on our website. They are witty lists that help you find the right book for the mood. You can learn more about Nancy and her books at www.nancypearl.com

Tough Chicks

Tough Chicks is a highly enjoyable tale of 3 baby chicks, Penny, Polly and Molly, who aren't like the other chicks in the farmyard. These 3 energetic gals are into everything and do a lot of things the other animals don't think chicks should do. "Make them be good!" the animals demand of Mama Hen. "They ARE good." she asserts. By the end of the book, the farmyard is in trouble when the Farmer's tractor goes haywire and ends up roaring straight for the hen house. While all the other animals run away in fear, the tough chicks quickly hatch a plan. Will the other animals realize that different isn't necessarily bad? You'll have to read this fun book to find out for yourself!

"2009-2010 Great Michigan Read" Author Pens Debut Novel

Following her successful memoir-in-essays, Stealing Buddha's Dinner, Bich Minh Nguyen's first novel, Short Girls, explores the relationship of two Vietnamese American sisters, Van and Linny. Straight-laced Van, an Immigrant lawyer, lives with her husband in Ann Arbor and college dropout Linny is a free-spirited cook in Chicago. The two estranged and strikingly different sisters return home when their inventor father announces his intentions to become an American citizen and forge a new relationship. Place a hold on it today.

Murder Will Out

His victims are young, beautiful and viciously mutilated. He calls himself the Beijing Ripper. Award-winning, Peter May's terrifying new addition to his China Thrillers series, Chinese Whispers pits Beijing detective Li Yan and American pathologist Margaret Campbell against an unscrupulous foe who could prove to be their deadliest enemy yet.

The Christmas List

The Christmas ListSo much to do so little time. Are you looking for a quick read? Check out The Christmas List by best-selling author Richard Paul Evans. It's sure to warm your heart and have you cheering for the scrooge-like James Kier who tries to turn his life around after an unfortunate incident has him trying to make amends with those he has wronged in the past.

Arm Yourself with Knowledge

It seems we can't go a day without hearing about the seasonal flu or the H1N1 virus. Check the flu.gov website for the frequently updated flu shot locator and myths and facts concerning the flu. Also included are guides for professionals on maintaining business continuity during an epidemic. The Library catalog offers books for the young and young-at-heart such as Chicken soup by heart by Esther Hershenhorn and for the more adventurous Dread: how fear and fantasy have fueled epidemics from the Black Death to avian flu by Philip Alcabes.

Whoops-a-daisy World

Doctor Meow's Big Emergency is an adorable story about a cat who works as a Dr. at the Kiss-It-Better Hospital and about Woof, the ambulance driving dog. When Tom Cat falls from a tree while chasing Mr. Bird, he calls on Dr. Meow to fix him up. The illustrations in the book are fantastic and have lots of humorous little details to keep you and your little one laughing from cover to cover.
This is the first book in a series called Whoops-a-Daisy World. Check the official website for more information.

Fae Blood and 80's Rock

I had pushed into my hands recently the book War for the Oaks, and I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it was. It's about a human rocker girl caught in a faerie war because her presence on the battlefield will turn faeries mortal long enough for them to kill each other...yeah, she's thrilled. She's got a handsome but troublesome faerie bodyguard, and a rockband she's trying ot get off the ground. This book is very, very much dated in the 80's, with lots of 80's music references, so I'll warn you of that, but overall it's a great bit of fairy-fantasy-romance for those people who liked stuff like Wicked Lovely or the Holly Black books.

Hilarious British Fiction

If you have never read any of the books in Louise Rennison's Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series, now is the time to get caught up! The last book in the series, Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? has just been released and is more hilarious than ever. The books follow the humorous escapades of a British teenage girl through her diary entries and are guaranteed to have you laughing out loud at any age. If you're new to the series, get introduced to Georgia with Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging.

Ultimatum

The 'Ultimatum' event in Marvel's alternate timeline series 'Ultimate' has disappointed a lot of fans (a lot of heroes die, sometimes for inexplicable reasons...). However, there is one part of this series that somehow managed to escape a lot of the strange plot and is actually some top notch storytelling: Ultimatum Spider-man. It's tense and gripping, and handles the doom and gloom perhaps a little better than the rest. So, check it out.

In the Heart of the Canyon

For those of you who have wanted to do some adventure travel, you will want to read Elizabeth Hyde's new fiction book — In the Heart of the Canyon. Everyone who signs on to this trip gets more than they bargained for, the elements of heat and white water being only the parts they planned on, the rest comes from their fellow travelers. As a reader you will hold your breath at times for the next turn in the river and be grateful you are safe at home reading the book. This will make you view your fellow travelers in a whole new light as you learn the reasons and secrets of our adventurers on this trip. Enjoy!

November Tween Book Discussion

Registration is now open for the November Tween Book Discussion. This month we're reading The Akhenaten Adventure by P.B. Kerr (Book 1 in the Children of the Lamp series). We're meeting over a pizza lunch at 2pm on Saturday, November 7, so sign up today and come to the children's reference desk to pick up a copy of the book.

Shiver is my new Twilight

Shiver by Maggie Stievfater has all the elements I loved about Twilight. This fast paced story is complete with supernatural romance, action, adventure, and teenage anxiety. This will be one of those books all your friends will be talking about, so get your hands on a copy now.

K. J. A. Wishnia Is Back

Prague, 1592. A young girl has been brutally murdered and Christians and Jews will be pitted against each other in Edgar nominee, K. J. A. Wishnia's (aka Kenneth Wishnia) soon-to-be released, mystery The Fifth Servant.

Mystery Done Right

Out of boredom I picked up I Am the Cheese, by Robert Cormier, again, and, man, I have to say it's just as good as I remember it. A slightly disturbed kid starts on a perplexing bicycle trip across country all the while flashing back to strange question and answer sessions with a mysterious doctor. There's lots of emotional depth as well as some nice twists in this little story. There is a good reason Robert Cormier is considered by many to be a master of his craft.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion - May 26, 2010

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger is the Canton Seniors Book Group May selection. Copies of the book will be distributed at the May 26, 2010 meeting or can be picked up at the Canton Public Library's Adult Reference Desk after May 26. Participants must register with the Senior Adult Department at the Summit by calling (734) 394-5485. If you have questions, contact Joyce Simowski or Elaine Skrzynski at the Canton Public Library (734) 397-0999.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion - February 24, 2010

This month, the Canton Seniors Book Group will discuss the Everyone's Reading 2010 selection, Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow.  Copies of the book will be distributed at the January 27, 2010 meeting or can be picked up at the Canton Public Library's Adult Reference Desk after January 27th.  Participants must register with the Senior Adult Department at the Summit by calling 734-394-5485. If you have questions, contact Joyce Simowski or Elaine Skrzynski at the Canton Public Library (734-397-0999).

Bouchercon 2010

Bouchercon 2010 will be held in San Francisco this year, October 14 - 17.  Bouchercon is the World Mystery Convention. Every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for a long weekend of both education and entertainment. Panel discussions, author signings, awards, and more are available throughout this four day conference. This year's Guests of Honor are Lee Childs, Denise Mina, Laurie R. King, Eddie Muller, and Maddy van Hertbruggen. 

For more information visit Bouchercon by the Bay 2010.

2010 Mystery Awards Announced @ Bouchercon by the Bay

Bouchercon 2010 is a memory now. Named in honor of the late Anthony Boucher — mystery writer, mystery critic and mystery fan — this largest world mystery convention met in San Francisco and has been dubbed "Bouchercon by the Bay." Bouchercon emphasizes the best in mystery fiction by providing the setting for the presentation the Macavity Awards, the Barry Awards, the Shamus Awards, Bouchercon’s own Anthony Awards, and the Crimespree and Derringer awards. Carol Thomas' Mystery Series Examiner column has a complete list of the nominees and awards.

Bouchercon 2011 — Spirits of St. Louis will meet September 15-18 in St. Louis, Missouri.

[Logo: Private Eye Writers of America 2010]

Canton Seniors Book Discussion - November 18, 2009

This month, the Canton Seniors Book Discussion group which is held at The Summit, will meet on the third Wednesday of the month, November 18th. at 2:00PM to discuss The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg. Ms. Berg's novel looks at the consequences of one family member's revelations at an annual family reunion. Copies of Ms. Berg's book are available at Canton Public Library at the Adult Reference Desk.