Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group

Meets the third Monday of the month at 7:00PM. This self-directed group is sponsored by the Friends of the Canton Public Library. No pre-registration is required.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group to discuss:

Station eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

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Monday, September 19 -
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion

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The nightingale by Kristin Hannah
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A story about two sisters struggling to survive during World War II in France. One sister is rebellious and intent on fighting for France while the other simply wants to survive the war with her family intact. Both sisters learn who they are and what they are capable of as the war wages on.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, October 17 -
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion

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The space between us : a novel by Thrity N. Umrigar
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A story of two compelling and achingly real women: Sera Dubash, an upper-middle-class Parsi housewife and Bhima, a stoic illiterate who has worked in the Dubash household for more than twenty years. Set in modern-day India. 

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Adult Contemporary Book Discussion

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Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris and is blind by age six. Her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, so she can memorize it and navigate the real streets. When the Germans occupy Paris, they flee to Saint-Malo on the coast. In Germany, Werner grows up enchanted by a crude radio he finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, which wins him a place with the Hitler Youth. Werner travels throughout Europe, and finally to Saint-Malo, where he meets Marie Laure.

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Adult Contemporary Book Discussion

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Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature's delicate balance.

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Go set a watchman by Harper Lee
Me before you by Jojo Moyes

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life--steady boyfriend, close family--who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Will has always lived a huge life--big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel--and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy--but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn't have less in common--a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

The Boston girl : a novel by Anita Diamant

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century. Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can't imagine--a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you are today." She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naive girl she was and a wicked sense of humor. Written with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance that made Anita Diamant's previous novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman's complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.

Stories of four courageous women-- a socialite, a farm girl, an abolitionist, and a widow, all spies during the Civil War. After shooting a Union soldier, Belle became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men. Emma cut off her hair and assumed a man's identity to enlist as a Union private. The widow, Rose, engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians to gather intelligence. Elizabeth, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, ran a far-reaching espionage ring. (April 18)

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, October 17 at 7:00 P.M. in the Community Room to discuss:

Station eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains of civilization.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion May 16

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, May 16 at 7:00 P.M. in the Community Room to discuss:

Honolulu by Alan Brennert. A richly imagined story of Jin, a young “picture bride” who leaves her native Korea—where girls are so little valued that she is known as Regret—and journeys to Hawaii in 1914 in search of a better life.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion April 18

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, April 18 at 7:00 P.M. in the Community Room to discuss:

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy  by Karen Abbott. A socialite, a farm girl, an abolitionist, and a widow, all spies during the Civil War. After shooting a Union soldier, Belle became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men. Emma cut off her hair and assumed a man's identity to enlist as a Union private. The widow, Rose, engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians to gather intelligence. Elizabeth, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, ran a far-reaching espionage ring.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion March 21

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, March 21 at 7:00 P.M. in the Community Room to discuss:

The Boston girl  by Anita Diamant. Addie Baum was born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America. Growing up in Boston, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can't imagine: a world of short skirts and new opportunities for women. From the one-room apartment she shared with her family, to the library group for girls she joins, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naive girl she was.

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