If your book group is looking for a reading challenge--each of these books has been challenged by a parent or a community. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of American Libraries Association's Banned Books Week, September 30 - October 6, 2012.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ; preface and notes by Matthew J. Bruccoli
If you are a fan of James Patterson's Alex Cross novels or enjoy the humor in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum stories you might like these...
Cinnamon roll murder [large print] by Joanne Fluke
Beyond suspicion [large print] by James Grippando
Capitol betrayal [Large print] by William Bernhardt
Capture [Large print] by Robert K. Tanenbaum
Three-day town [large print] by Margaret Maron
Limitations [Large print] by Scott Turow
Come home [large print] by Lisa Scottoline
Don't let your book group miss these:
The tenderness of wolves: a novel by Stef Penney
A three dog life by Abigail Thomas
Moral disorder: stories by Margaret Atwood
The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander
Mr. Churchill's secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
Sidney Chambers and the shadow of death by James Runcie
Boston cream by Howard Shrier
The cat, the wife and the weapon: a cats in trouble mystery by Leann Sweeney
Have you ever read a book, loved it, and can't understand why no one else has read this wonderful author? Here are some of my unknowns, or little knowns, you really should try: Deborah Grabien's JP Kincaid Chronicles, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza's Brazilian Inspector Espinoza, Margaret Frazer's Joliffe series is a spin-off of the Sister Frevisse stories, and fans of Stieg Larsson's books should try Ake Edwardson's Inspector Erik Winter.
Rock & roll never forgets by Deborah Grabien
The silence of the rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
The dragon turn by Shane Peacock will captivate readers, even if they have not read the first four cases in the award winnning The Boy Sherlock Holmes series. Actually, Sherlock is an astute teen, not boy, in these books and in addition to solving crimes Scotland Yard cannot, he is dealing with male teen coming-of-age issues. Malicious magicians, affairs d'amour gone awry, a missing body, terrifying creatures, and hidden identities keep Sherlock and readers searching for clues that will illuminate what is really going on behind the scenes of The Egyptian Hall. Adding to Sherlock's agony, is his conviction that a female's guiles has spurred him to win the freedom of a wizard who really is the murderer.
After Annie: a novel by Michael Tucker
Games traitors play by Jon Stock
Ministers of fire: a novel by Mark Harril Saunders
The scent of cherry blossoms: a romance from the heart of Amish country by Cindy Woodsmall
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 kits:
City of dreams: a novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and early Manhattan by Beverly Swerling
Light on snow: a novel by Anita Shreve
The book thief [sound recording] by Markus Zusak
Criminal: a novel by Karin Slaughter — Award winning author, Karin Slaughter will talk about her new book on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00PM at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor. Copies of Criminal will be available for purchase and signing.
The great escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips — Susan Elizabeth Phillips, 4 time Romance Writers of America's Favorite Book of the Year will introduce her new book at Nicola's Books on Thursday, July 12 at 7:00PM
Try something new, an author you haven't read or a genre you haven't tried.
Kill switch by Neal Baer, Jonathan Greene
50% off murder by Josie Belle
Death drops by Chrystle Fiedler
File M for murder by Miranda James
The Canton Seniors Book Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. We meet every month except December. Adult Librarians Elaine Skrzynski and Joyce Simowski alternate leading the discussion. Copies of the discussion book can be picked up at the monthly meeting or after the meeting at the Adult Desk.
Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet: a novel by Jamie Ford — July 26
One was a soldier: a Clare Fergusson/Russ van Alstyne mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming — August 23
The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, July 26 in Group Study Room A from 2:00-3:00 PM to discuss Jamie Ford's haunting novel. Copies of this book will be available on Thursday, June 28.
Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet: a novel by Jamie Ford
The gowns, the carriages, the manners of another age — be whisked off to another time with an historical romance.
Trouble at the wedding by Laura Lee Guhrke
The price of temptation by Lecia Cornwall
How the marquess was won by Julie Anne Long
Room: a novel by Emma Donoghue
Canton Seniors Book Group meets on Thursday, October 25 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. This month we are reading:
Snow flower and the Secret Fan: a novel by Lisa See
The last enemy by Grace Brophy
Join us on Monday, July 23 for an evening of mystery and suspense. We will 'visit' Italy, Sweden, Ireland, France, Japan and more with Adult Librarian Joyce Simowski as she talks about some of her favorite non-American mystery authors. Book talk begins at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room.
Sullivan's Island [Large print]: a Lowcountry tale by Dorothea Benton Frank
Big Stone Gap [large print] by Adriana Trigiani
Lover's leap [Large print] by Emily March
Forsaking all others [large print] by LaVyrle Spencer
The case of the deadly desperados by Caroline Lawrence — The setting of this new historical fiction mystery is the Wild West, where desperados, gamblers and gunmen abound. In this western, P.K. Pinkerton is on the run from a ruthless gang, determined to hold on to his families last priceless possession. Relying on disguises, P.K. must outwit the outlaws in this fast-paced, fun adventure.