2014 Award Recipients and Honor Books:
The watermelon seed by Greg Pizzoli
Ball by word and pictures by Mary Sullivan
A big guy took my ball! by Mo Willems
The Daniel plan: 40 days to a healthier life by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen, Mark Hyman, with Sean Foy and Dee Eastman
Grain brain: the surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar—your brain's silent killers by David Perlmutter, MD, with Kristin Loberg
Gulp: adventures on the alimentary canal by Mary Roach
Salt, sugar, fat: how the food giants hooked us by Michael Moss
Shred: the revolutionary diet: 6 weeks, 4 inches, 2 sizes by Ian K. Smith
The Closers: a novel by Michael Connelly — Harry Bosch, Homicide Detective Los Angeles Police Department has been called out of retirement to join LAPD's Open/Unsolved Unit and he will bring his usual tenaciousness to the job regardless of the cost.
The presidents club: inside the world's most exclusive fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy — Backroom deals, secret alliances, rivalries and rescue missions. Journalists and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy shine a light on the presidency by exploring the club as a hidden instrument of power that has changed the course of history.
Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen ; edited with notes by Vivien Jones — Austen’s powers of subtle discrimination and shrewd perceptiveness is revealed in "Pride and Prejudice". She is able to convey such a complex message using a simple, yet witty, style.
On the road : the original scroll by Jack Kerouac ; edited by Howard Cunnell ; introduction by Howard Cunnell, Penny Vlagopoulos, George Mouratidis, and Joshua Kupetz — On The Road, the most famous of Jack Kerouac's works, is not only the soul of the Beat movement and literature, but one of the most important novels of the century.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë ; edited with an introduction and notes by Stevie Davies — An evergreen book that one can read again and again.
Annie’s Ghosts is part memoir, part detective story, and part history. As the author tries to understand his mother's reasons for hiding her sister’s existence, he takes readers on a journey into his mother’s world of the 1930s and ‘40s, where he explores how a poor, immigrant family manages life with a child who has special needs.
The Hit [large print] by David Baldacci
Fly Away [large print] by Kristin Hannah
Life After Life [large print]: a novel by Kate Atkinson
Gone Girl [Large print]: a novel by Gillian Flynn
Inferno [Large print]: a novel by Dan Brown
The Racketeer [Large Print] by John Grisham
Daddy's Gone A Hunting [large print] by Mary Higgins Clark
Anonymous sources by Mary Louise Kelly
The abomination: a novel by Jonathan Holt
The Andalucian friend: a novel by Alexander Söderberg
Aunty Lee's delights by Ovidia Yu
A blind goddess by James R. Benn
Detroit: an American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to Detroit's fate, his family's, and his own. Detroit has gone through good times, 'the Arsenal of Democracy' and bad times and right now everyone's wondering what its' fate will be.
Books the Canton Public Library staff are reading and believe deserve a moment in the spotlight - fiction, non-fiction, old and new:
Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis
No escape by Mary Burton
The particular sadness of lemon cake: a novel by Aimee Bender
The system: the glory and scandal of big-time college football by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian
Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin
On Thursday January 9 at noon, we will be discussing:
Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain — At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. People who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh's Sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so.
The big New Yorker book of cats by foreword by Anthony Lane
Cat daddy: what the world's most incorrigible cat taught me about life, love, and coming clean by Jackson Galaxy ; with Joel Derfner
The cat whisperer: why cats do what they do— and how to get them to do what you want by Mieshelle Nagelschneider
The elegance of the cat: an illustrated history by Tamsin Pickeral ; photography by Astrid Harrison
Get out of there, cat! by Kristina Knapp, with Sam Stall
Henri, le chat noir: the existential musings of an angst -filled cat by William Braden
Beautiful old dogs: a loving tribute to our senior best friends by edited by David Tabatsky ; photography by Garry Gross ; forword by Victoria Stilwell
Bless the dogs by Monks of New Skete ; [photography by Vincent Remini]
Maddie on things: a super serious project about dogs and physics by Theron Humphrey
Newborn puppies: dogs in their first three weeks by Traer Scott
Pure joy: the dogs we love by Danielle Steel
Shake by Carli Davidson
Weekends with Daisy by Sharron Kahn Luttrell
And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini
The goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The dinner: a novel by Herman Koch ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett
Sisterland: a novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis
The antidote: happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking by Oliver Burkeman
Going clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief by Lawrence Wright
One summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
Romance authors love to pen novels and stories set in and around Christmas and we love to read them. This year there is a bumper crop of these seasonal tales, so grab your hot cocoa and enjoy.
Sleigh bells in the snow by Sarah Morgan
The Christmas he loved her by Juliana Stone
The cowboy's Christmas baby by Carolyn Brown
Lady Jenny's Christmas portrait by Grace Burrowes
Take me home for Christmas by Brenda Novak
2013 Award Winning Mysteries you may have missed:
The beautiful mystery by Louise Penny — Best Novel: Anthony Award & Macavity Award
Don't ever get old by Daniel Friedman — Best First Novel: Macavity Award
The Blackhouse: a novel by Peter May — Best Novel: Barry Award
A killing in the hills by Julia Keller — Best First Novel: Barry Award
Taken by Robert Crais — Best Hardcover: Shamus Award
Black Fridays by Michael Sears — Best First P.I. Novel: Shamus Award
Old bones: a Gideon Oliver mystery by Aaron Elkins
The vanished: a nameless detective novel by Bill Pronzini
Starvation Lake: a mystery by Bryan Gruley
Open season by C.J. Box
The cold dish by Craig Johnson
Black fly season by Giles Blunt
The blue edge of midnight by Jonathon King
In the bleak midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Someone Else's Love Story by Jackson, Joshilyn — Meet New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson on Wednesday, December 4, 7:00PM at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor. A former actor, Jackson reads the audio versions of her novels. She has been nominated for the Audie Award, was selected by AudioFile Magazine for their Best of the Year list, has made the 2012 Audible All-Star list for highest listener ranks/reviews, and garnered three Listen Up Awards from Publisher’s Weekly.