The alchemist by Paulo Coelho; translated by Alan R. Clarke
The tale of the unknown island by José Saramago; illustrated by Peter Sís; translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa
If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino; translated from the Italian by William Weaver
Has your book group tried our Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit has 8 books, a resource guide with book discussion questions, author information, and articles relating to the book. A complete list of kits is available at: Book Club in a Bag. To reserve a kit for your group, contact the Adult Reference Desk at (734) 397-0999.
An unfinished life [Large print kit] by Mark Spragg
Water for elephants: [kit] a novel by Sara Gruen
Just can't get enough of the pomp and pagentry of British royalty? Give these historical fiction novels a try.
Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell
The confession of Katherine Howard by Suzannah Dunn
Here be dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
Innocent traitor by Alison Weir
The perfect book for a book discussion is one that's not too easy, not too hard, which will hold the interest of a diverse group of readers and will also inspire a lively discussion.
Is your book group looking for a good read?
Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
The other Boleyn girl by Philippa Gregory
The piano tuner by Daniel Mason
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
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