On Thursday November 14 at noon, we will be discussing:
The Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain — Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness-until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in the fabled Lost Generation. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging.
Caleb's crossing by Geraldine Brooks — Living in the isolated Puritan settlement of Great Harbor on Martha's Vineyard, Bethia Mayfield, the bright young daughter of the local minister, balances her strict religion with a passionate love of nature and a growing curiosity about the culture of the Wampanoag tribe that populates the island. When Bethia secretly strikes up a friendship with a young Wampanoag named Caleb, she unknowingly begins a journey that will shape her life.
The Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain. Portrays the love affair and marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Mowrer from their Chicago meeting in 1920 to their lives during the Jazz Age in Paris, but as Ernest struggles to find his literary voice, Hadley tries to define her role in their relationship as wife, friend, and muse
The Mayo Clinic breast cancer book by Lynn C. Hartmann, Charles L. Loprinzi, medical editors
Survival lessons by Alice Hoffman
The dog lived (and so will I): a memoir by Teresa J. Rhyne
The wandering gene and the Indian princess: race, religion, and DNA by Jeff Wheelwright
Breasts: a natural and unnatural history by Florence Williams
Tuesday, November 5 at 7:00 PM — Chris Grabenstein will be joining the Aunt Agatha Book Group. He'll talk about his New Jersey set series featuring John Ceepak, as well as his books for young adults. He's written two with James Patterson; two featuring Riley Mack and most recently, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.
Friday, November 8 at 2:00 PM — Julia Spencer-Fleming & Tasha Alexander will participate in Aunt Agatha's Book Group's discussion moderated by Andrew Grant. Julia has a terrific new Clare & Russ mystery and Tasha has a new Lady Emily mystery.
The beautiful mystery by Louise Penny
Best First Novel
The expats: a novel by Chris Pavone
Paleo cookbook for dummies by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci
Paleo fitness: primal training and nutrition to get lean, strong and healthy by Darryl Edwards with Brett Stewart and Jason Warner
Quick & easy paleo comfort foods: 150 delicious gluten- free recipes by Julie and Charles Mayfield ; foreword by New York Times bestselling author Robb Wolf ; photography by Mark Adams
Living paleo for dummies by Melissa Joulwan and Kellyann Petrucci
The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease, Heal Your Body by Ballantyne, Sarah
A 1,000-mile walk on the beach: one woman's trek of the perimeter of Lake Michigan by Loreen Niewenhuis
Goodnight, Irene: an Irene Kelly mystery by Jan Burke
Prime Kenny Burrell [sound recording]: live at the Downtown Room by Burrell, Kenny
The ghosts of Bungo Suido [sound recording] by P.T. Deutermann
The Europeans [Large print]: a sketch by Henry James
The End of the Affair [large print] by Graham Greene
Wuthering Heights [Large print] by Emily Brontë
Pride and Prejudice [large print] by Jane Austen
Lord Jim [Large print] by Joseph Conrad ; edited by Cedric Watts and Robert Hampson
(All images: eLibrary. Web. 29 Aug. 2013.)
A fete worse than death by Claudia Bishop
Bad Little Falls by Paul Doiron
Dante's wood: a Mark Angelotti novel by Lynne Raimondo
Gun machine by Warren Ellis
In broad daylight: a Jess Harding novel by Seth Harwood
Feiler's book, The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play and Much More, is this year's Everyone's Reading selection. He is a columnist for the Sunday New York Times and the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including The Council of Dads and Walking the Bible, and hosts the PBS series of the same name.
Canton Public Library cardholders in good standing may receive free tickets to this event by presenting their card at the library Help Desk. some tickets available at the door.
The Michigan Library Association will present Laura Kasischke with the 2013 Michigan Author Award during their Annual Conference in Lansing on October 18, 2013. Kasischke has published eight novels, authored eight books of poetry and received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry in 2012. Her most recent book is a compilation of short stories entitled If a stranger approaches you.
Kasischke grew up in Grand Rapids, currently resides in Chelsea and is an Allan Seager Collegiate Professor of English Language & Literature at the University of Michigan. Throughout her diverse body of work, Kasischke ties her characters to the state of Michigan.
The secrets of happy families: improve your mornings, rethink family dinner, fight smarter, go out and play, and much more by Bruce Feiler — Squeezed between caring for aging parents and raising his children, bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families. Instead of the usual family "experts," he sought out the most creative minds--from Silicon Valley to the Green Berets--and asked them what team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques they use with their families. A timely, counterintuitive book that answers the questions countless parents are asking: How do we manage the chaos of our lives? How do we teach our kids values? How do we make our family happier?
Say nice things about Detroit by Scott Lasser — The author will be joining us via Skype as we discuss this compelling urban portrait and touching love story. In a racially polarized, economically collapsing city a man struggles with the double shooting death of a high school classmate and her brother while still mourning the death of his own teenage son and coping with his mother's dementia. A starred review Booklist suggests: "Forget the grime and crime, political corruption and economic decay. Lasser's Detroit may be a troubled city, but it is one whose vibrant soul is writ large in the small actions of its loyal citizens. With a serene and steady hand, Lasser's spare but intense tale is a smart, intimate homage to the power of second chances."
Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean tells the powerful tale of Rin Tin Tin's journey from an orphaned pup to a Hollywood celebrity and international icon. It begins on a battlefield in France in World War I, when a young American soldier discovers a German Shepherd puppy among the ruins of a bombed out dog kennel. Not only did he see a survivor, but something very special that also captured the attention of Warner Brothers in Hollywood. The rest is Hollywood history, but if you want to know more, come join our group for an interesting discussion!
Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.
The empty mirror: a Viennese mystery by J. Sydney Jones
Hangman blind by Cassandra Clark
Some danger involved: a novel by Will Thomas
Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson
The janissary tree by Jason Goodwin