Canton Public Library's Book Club in a Bag offers a wide variety of reading selections for book clubs. Each kit has 8 copies of the book, resource material for the leader, and a sign out sheet for members. Book Club in a Bag kits can be reserved by calling the Adult Reference Desk at (734) 397-0999.
Pope Joan: a novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross
The other Boleyn girl: a novel by Philippa Gregory
Epic fiction, defined as novels that cover a span of time (often centuries) and are focused on a specific geographical location, and sagas series, defined as lengthy novels (often historical) that focus on the characters and families over a certain span of time, are large and expansive. They'll carry you to a different time and place. Give these a try:
Roses by Leila Meacham
The princes of Ireland: the Dublin saga by Edward Rutherfurd
Library Journal Best Books 2010: Genre Fiction
Mystery Writers of America-Edgars
Tired of squinting while reading? Getting a headache from focusing too hard for too long? You're not alone — one in six Americans over the age of 45 have trouble reading small print.
In the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters are shipped off by their father to spend a month with their estranged mother in Oakland, CA. But their mother has no time for them. Instead of taking them to Disneyland as they had hoped, she sends them to the People's Center run by the Black Panthers so she can write poetry. Delphine is a remarkable older sister, wise beyond her years, and an expert at handling her siblings. Each girl has a distinct response to their mother and the ideas and people to which they are exposed. They develop a hard-won, tenuous connection with their mother and an awareness of injustice on a personal and universal level. With endearing characters, a vivid depiction of a pivotal moment in African-American history, and beautiful, poetic language, this is a book worth reading more than once. Readers will wonder what happens to the sisters when they return to their father in Brooklyn with their 'radical' new ideas about the world.
Looking for some fun historical reads? Look no further.
Sugar changed the world: a story of magic, spice, slavery, freedom, and science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
Journey into Mohawk Country as written by H.M. van den Bogaert with artwork by George O'Connor and color by Hilary Sycamore
The girl who kicked the hornet's nest by Stieg Larsson ; translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland
In the company of others by Jan Karon
Some of my favorite teen books from 2010 include fantasy, historical fiction, and a few plain old realistic fiction reads.
Ostrich boys by Keith Gray
Sisters red by Jackson Pearce
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
"In war, there are no unwounded soldiers." -José Narosky.
Some of these mystery stories take place in a time of war, some in its aftermath. No one is unscathed…
Blood Alone by James R. Benn
Bitterroot by James Lee Burke
Thirteenth Night: a Medieval Mystery by Alan Gordon
If you liked The Help by Kathryn Stockett, here's a selection of other novels which explore their characters' lives in this time of social change:
The secret life of bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Plum wine: a novel by Angela Davis-Gardner
The following novels focus on interpersonal relationships, exploring romantic entaglements and friendships during this time of global upheaval:
The Granville sisters by Una-Mary Parker
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
The wedding officer: a novel of culinary seduction by Anthony Capella