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London Travel

Even if you can't make it to the Olympics in London this summer, you can use these books to plan (or daydream about) a trip to this fantastic city.

Fodor's 25 best London by Louise Nicholson; [additional writing by Sue Dobson]

London by main contributor, Michael Leapman

Frommer's London day by day by Joe Fullman

Two New Historical Dramas Debut

Fans of historical dramas will have two new productions to choose from on Monday, May 28. HBO is debuting Hemingway & Gellhorn at 9:00 PM and the History Channel will present its miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, also at 9:00 PM. Hemingway & Gellhorn stars Clive Owen as the author, and Nicole Kidman as the legendary foreign correspondent who became Hemingway's third wife. Considered one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century, Gellhorn reported on virtually every major conflict during her 60 year career, including the Vietnam War. Hatfields & McCoys stars Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as Devil Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy, two members of the families involved in the long running feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group June 2012

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, June 27 from 2:00-3:00 PM at Canton Public Library in Group Study Room A. This month we are discussing

Old friends by Tracy Kidder — What is it like to grow old in America? Two men, strangers to each other, are assigned to share a room upon moving into a western Massachusetts nursing home. Kidder spotlights the friendship which blooms between Joe, an irascible 72 year old stroke victim, and gentle Lou, 90 and almost blind, who grieves for his deceased wife, tells rambling stories about his past and worries about Joe. Author Tracy Kidder has won Pulitzer Prizes for fiction and non-fiction.

Avoiding Perfectionism

Freeing our families from perfectionism by Thomas S. Greenspon ; edited by Pat Samples — Do you expect too much of yourself or your kids? Do you have a hard time relaxing? These tendencies can be a few of the problems that result from perfectionism, which is a problem for many families. This book will teach you what perfectionism is not and help you free your family from this burden that can take a heavy toll on self-esteem, relationships, and energy.

Children's Books to Love

From board books, to pictures books, to chapter books, it's is so hard to choose?

Be Well For Teens

You: the owner's manual for teens: a guide to a healthy body and happy life by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, and Ellen Rome ; with Ted Spiker ...

The Art Behind Your Favorite Movies

Animated movies, done by hand or computer, are beautiful to watch.  Not only does the story draw you in, but the blasts of color that illustrate the action going on. We have some wonderful books on art in our favorite movies. Here are a few you won't want to miss:

Book Club Choices May 2012

The perfect book for a book discussion is one that's not too easy, not too hard, that will hold the interest of a diverse group of readers and will also inspire a lively discussion. For additional book club resources try the Canton Public Library's Book Club in a Bag.
 

All mortal flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming

The art of racing in the rain: a novel by Garth Stein

Mockingbird: a portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields

A reliable wife: a novel by Robert Goolrick

Sarah's key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Great Michigan Read 2012

To wrap up this year’s Great Michigan Read, the Michigan Humanities Council will host a grand finale event on Monday, June 25 in Traverse City. This finale will be held at the Dennos Museum Center and feature Arc of Justice author Kevin Boyle. This will be an amazing event, providing an opportunity to reflect on the conversations and discussions generated by the Great Michigan Read throughout Michigan.

Tickets are available for $35 and $100. More information is available at the Michigan Humanities Council. For immediate event updates, keep an eye out on the Council's Facebook page.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: June 27, 2012

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, June 27 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. This month we are discussing:

Old friends by Tracy Kidder — What is it like to grow old in America? Two men, strangers to each other, are assigned to share a room upon moving into a western Massachusetts nursing home. Kidder spotlights the friendship that blooms between Joe, an irascible 72-year-old stroke victim, and gentle Lou, 90 and almost blind, who grieves for his deceased wife, tells rambling stories about his past and worries about Joe. Author Tracy Kidder has won Pulitzer Prizes for both his fiction and non-fiction works.

History of Journalism

May 3 has been designated as World Press Freedom Day in recognition of a "free, pluralistic and independent press" and its essential part of a democratic society. Indeed, the purpose of journalism, said Chicago newspaper columnist Peter Finley Dunne in the early 1900s, is to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." Although modern journalists have often been the targets of severe criticism, it is also true that throughout the centuries, and even today, journalism has been a force for making America a better place to live.

Joan of Arc

The 600th year celebration of the birth of Joan of Arc is being celebrated in 2012. Born in France in 1412, she is considered a national heroine and one of the country's patron saints. Nicknamed the "Maid of Orleans", she was a peasant girl who claimed divine guidance when leading the French army to several significant victories during the Hundred Year's War. Captured by the enemy, she was tried for heresy and burned at the stake when she was only 19. Twenty five years later the pope cleared her name and declared her a martyr. She was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920.

Joan of Arc: a Penguin life by Mary Gordon

Dick Clark 1929-2012

American icon Dick Clark died Wednesday from a massive heart attack.  Nicknamed "America's oldest teenager", Clark was best known for hosting American Bandstand. His successful production company was responsible for many other famous television shows like $25,000 Pyramid and TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes. Dick Clark was the most famous host of the annual New Year's Rockin Eve program with millions tuning in each December 31st to watch him ring in the new year.

Titanic's 100th Anniversary

April 15, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the luxury liner RMS Titanic. The largest ship afloat in the world at the time — and widely believed to be "unsinkable" — the Titanic left Southampton, England on her maiden voyage to New York City on April 10. Four days later, the ship collided with an iceberg late in the evening of April 14, and sank in the Atlantic Ocean at approximately 2:20 in the morning of the 15th.

Eating Together

Who has time for family dinners anymore? We all do, according to author Miriam Weinstein in The Surprising Power of Family Meals. The benefits of eating a meal together are astounding, considering you don't have to sign-up, register, or pay for them outside of your grocery budget. Family meals are available, modest and valuable to your family. At a meal children can learn manners, family values, and good conversation. It's a great time for families to slow down and re-group.

Great Titanic Book for All Ages

Iceberg, right ahead!: the tragedy of the Titanic by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson is a wonderful resource for the latest information regarding the Titanic. On April 14, 2012 one century will have passed since this tragic maritime disaster occurred and many books have been published and events are planned to commemorate it. Seventy-three years separate the sinking of the vessel and the dramatic 1985 discovery of the wreck by Robert Ballard. McPherson fills in this time frame with actual stories about the victims, survivors, rescuers, reporters, investigators, and many others showing  the far-reaching effects this tragedy has had on society as a whole.

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding

Knit your own royal wedding by Fiona Goble — We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of the royal wedding, and what better time than now to knit your own in celebration! This book includes instructions for all the major players, and even comes with a fold-out backdrop you can use for taking photos of your creations. Who is your favorite? I think I like the Corgis best.