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Savvy Seniors: November 2014

November is American Diabetes Month.  Diabetes disproportionately affects older adults. Approximately 25% of Americans over the age of 60 years have diabetes, and aging of the U.S. population is widely acknowledged as one of the drivers of the diabetes epidemic. 

Diabetes rescue diet: conquer diabetes naturally while eating and drinking what you love—even chocolate and wine! by Mark Bricklin

There is a cure for diabetes: the 21-day+ holistic recovery program by Gabriel Cousens ; forewords by Sandra Rose Michael and Brian R. Clement

The American Diabetes Association vegetarian cookbook: satisfying, bold, and flavorful recipes from the garden by Chef Steven Petusevsky, author of The Whole Foods Market Cookbook

Type 2 diabetes [videodisc]: a case for cardiovascular intervention by produced in cooperation with the American Association of Diabetes Educators

What We're Reading: November, 2014

An event in autumn by Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson.  Fans of Mankell's Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander, will enjoy this story set just before Wallander's final case. 

The teacher wars: a history of America's most embattled profession by Dana Goldstein.  Everyone has an opinion about America's public schools and the responsibility of its' teachers. Would you be surprised to learn teachers have been similarly embattled for nearly two centuries?

A share in death by Deborah Crombie. This is the first in Crombie's long running Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series.  It's been on my To Read list for awhile and I thought it's time had come. Nominated for an Agatha Award.

Michigan Fiction & Authors


The twelve days of Christmas in Michigan by written by Susan Collins Thoms ; illustrated by Deb Pilutti

Bernida: a Michigan sailing legend by Al Declercq and Tom Ervin with Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by David Miles

Island magic by Martha Bennett Stiles ; illustrated by Daniel San Souci

M is for mitten: the Michigan alphabet book by Annie Appleford ; illustrated by Michael Monroe

Up, up, up dear dragon by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by David Schimmell

1st Grade

Alien ice cream by David Anthony and Charles David ; illustrations, Lys Blakeslee

Lunch and a Book November 2014

Join us on Thursday, November 13 at noon as we discuss:

The Rosie project by Graeme Simsion — Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, designs the Wife Project: a sixteen-page survey to find his perfect partner. Don quickly disqualifies Rosie Jarman as a candidate, but agrees help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on the Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie-and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don't find love, it finds you.

Nonfiction Book Group November 2014

Join us for the first meeting of the Nonfiction Book Group.
On Saturday, November 15 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM we will be discussing:

The monuments men: Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter — While Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloging the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised. In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

If You Like Alice Hoffman...

If you like Alice Hoffman may we suggest...

A bigamist's daughter by Alice McDermott

Buster Midnight's Cafe by Sandra Dallas

Echo by Francesca Lia Block

Flight behavior: a novel by Barbara Kingsolver

The round house by Louise Erdrich

The flight of Gemma Hardy: a novel by Margot Livesey

The mercy rule by Perri Klass

The beginner's goodbye: a novel by Anne Tyler

What We're Reading: October 2014

Lately, I've been reading non-fiction. A well-written narrative not only informs, it entertains.  Did you know Canton Public Library has a new book discussion group?  The Nonfiction Book Group will meet the third Saturday of the month.  Their first meeting is November 15 at 10:00 AM.

The First World War in 100 objects by John Hughes-Wilson ; IWM consultant, Nigel Steel ; editor, Mark Hawkins-Dady

The history of rock 'n' roll in ten songs by Greil Marcus

Music in the shadows: noir musical films by Sheri Chinen Biesen

Seven elements that changed the world: an adventure of ingenuity and discovery by John Browne

In the kingdom of ice: the grand and terrible polar voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides

Chaser, the smartest dog in the world

Chaser may seem like an ordinary border collie who loves to play, but she has learned over 1,000 words and that's considered the largest vocabulary of any animal ever researched by humans. Her owner, 86-year old retired Wofford College psychology professor, began teaching and training Chaser the game of fetch as a puppy. Over time, those games became sophisticated language lessons. Watch the 60 Minutes segment here and find out more in his book, Chaser: unlocking the genius of a dog who knows a thousand words by John W. Pilley.

Sports Fiction Suggestions by Grade


Dino-hockey by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrated by Barry Gott

Tumble bunnies by Kathryn Lasky ; illustrated by Marilyn Hafner

Gunner, football hero by James E. Ransome

Pete the cat: play ball! by created by James Dean

Dino-swimming by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrations by Barry Gott

Need more? Check out Sports Fiction For Kindergartners.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The silver lining: a supportive and insightful guide to breast cancer by Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW ; photographs by Elizabeth Messina

A breast cancer alphabet by Madhulika Sikka

Everybody's got something by Robin Roberts with Veronica Chambers

Prevention the ultimate guide to breast cancer: your essential resource from diagnosis to treatment and beyond by the editors of Prevention and Mary L. Gemignani, MD, MPH, with Caren Goldman

Stop breast cancer before it starts by Samuel S. Epstein, M.D. ; research assistant, Alessandra Gibson, MPH, MBA

Breast cancer journey: the essential guide to treatment and recovery by O'Regan, Ruth

Canton Seniors Book Group: October 23, 2014

Canton Seniors Book Groups meets Thursday, October 23 from 2:00-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  We will be discussing JoJo Moyes' ME BEFORE YOU.  Request a copy at the Information Services Desk.

ME BEFORE YOU by JoJo Moyes.  Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn't have less in common, Louisa Clark a very ordinary girl and former Master of the Universe, Will Trevor.  It's a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, 'What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?' .

Nonfiction Book Group 2015 Reading List

The Nonfiction Book Group meets the third Saturday of the month from 10:00-11:00 AM. No registration required.

Nonfiction Book Group 2014 Reading List

The Nonfiction Book Group meets the third Saturday of the month from 10:00-11:00 AM. No registration required.

The monuments men: Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter - November 15, 2014 

Murder Will Out: September 2014

As a mystery reader, have you noticed how often food is described in the story?  Someone is always sitting down to a meal or being called from a meal.  The following feature caterers, bakers, and recipes.

What We're Reading: September, 2014

This month is a mix of history, mystery, a book about books and reading, growing old, and second chances.

Can't we talk about something more pleasant? by Roz Chast

The Mountaintop School for Dogs and other second chances by Ellen Cooney

The 40s: the story of a decade by The New Yorker ; edited by Henry Finder with Giles Harvey ; introduction by David Remnick

The shelf: from LEQ to LES by Phyllis Rose

Buried in a bog by Sheila Connolly

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: September 25, 2014

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, September 25 from 2:00-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  We will be discussing Mark Zusak THE BOOK THIEF.  Copies of the book can be requested at the Information Services Desk.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  1939. Nazi Germany. Death has never been busier and is going to become even more so.  Orphaned Liesel Meminger is living outside of Munich, scratching out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist-books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, Liesel learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

Lunch and a Book September 2014

On Thursday, September 11 at noon, we will be discussing:

1984: a novel by George Orwell ; with an afterword by Erich Fromm — Written in 1948, George Orwell's classic novel created a chilling future where Big Brother and the Thought Police monitored every move. And while the year 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's haunting vision of the world remains timeless.

For more insight on this work, take a look at these interviews with Cory Doctorow or Christopher Hitchens.