Realistic Fiction

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: May 25, 2011

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, May 25 at the Canton Public Library in Group Study Room A from 2:00-3:00PM. Copies of the discussion book can be picked up at Canton Public Library's Adult Reference Desk. This month we will be discussing Little Bee by Clive Cleave.

International Authors

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

Cloud of sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka

The pearl diver: a novel by Jeff Talarigo

Book Club Choices: May 2011

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

Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the West [kit] by Gregory Maguire

The year of magical thinking [kit] by Joan Didion

Titanic

On April 15th, 1912, RMS Titanic sank after striking an iceberg during its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Curious about the history of Titanic? Check out some nonfiction titles like the following:

882 1/2 amazing answers to your questions about the Titanic by Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter

Story of the Titanic by Steve Noon; illustrated by Eric Kentley

The Titanic: an interactive history adventure by Bob Temple

If it's fiction about Titanic that you seek, you'll find picture books, readers, and chapter books. Here are a few fiction choices to peruse.

Pig on the Titanic: a true story! by Gary Crew; pictures by Bruce Whatley

Book Club Choices: April 2011

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. For additional book club resources try the Canton Public Library's Book Club in a Bag kits.

The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The particular sadness of lemon cake: a novel by Aimee Bender

Still Alice: a novel by Lisa Genova

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet: a novel by Jamie Ford

Saving Zasha

Are you in the mood for a simple, sweet dog story? Then Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow is just for you. It takes place in the Soviet Union right after World War II and is based on the real situation of canines in Russia at this time. Two brothers are determined to save a beautiful German Shepherd from certain death, since anything 'German' should be destroyed. Service in the military, starvation, abandonment, illness, and injury had all but eliminated the entire dog population in the Soviet Union. Finally realizing the value of dogs the Soviet government decided to create a new breed of dog — a "superdog" — to be used for work and military purposes. What few dogs remained were being kidnapped and sold for large sums of money. Will Mikhail and Nikolai be able to hide Zasha, especially once they learn from their mother that Zasha is pregnant? Will their nosy neighbor, Katia, who suspects they have the dog, ruin everything? Will their father, who is still officially missing in action, ever return? Told from the perspective of a young teen, this tender dog adventure tale is sure to please.

What Should I Read?

In what order should you read a series? Read everything written by Sue Grafton or Malcolm Gladwell and would like to try a similar author? Books & Authors, available in Canton Public Library's databases, allows you to search by title and/or author, subject, keyword, time period, geographic location, or character. Follow the series links for additional titles, or take advantage of the Expert Picks & Librarian's Favorites for recommendations based on some of your favorite titles or topics.

Year 2010 Top Fiction Picks

The weed that strings the hangman's bag : a Flavia de Luce mystery by Alan Bradley

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

The three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine

Spooner by Pete Dexter

The irresistible Henry House : a novel by Lisa Grunwald

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