The dogs of winter by Bobbie Pyron is an incredible, heart-pounding survival story based on fact. Ivan is but one of 80,000 to 2 million homeless children forced to fend for himself in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union. Most of these abandoned children form packs and live in vacant buildings and/or underground train stations. What distinguishes four year old Ivan Mishukov is his decision to depend on a pack of feral street dogs instead of other children for his survival. For two years they eek out an existence together, helping one another just as a family would. Enduring the brutal Russian winters with temperatures often twenty below zero is almost beyond belief. As Ivan is later quoted as saying, "I was better off with the dogs.
Thanksgiving Day kicks off a month of celebrations. May we suggest a movie, tips from Martha Stewart on Thanksgiving prepartions, a history, music to sooth, and a story about family.
Planes, trains and automobiles [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures
Martha's classic Thanksgiving [videodisc] by [presented by] Marth Stewart Living Omnimedia
Mayflower: a story of courage, community, and war by Nathaniel Philbrick
Thanksgiving night: a novel by Richard Bausch
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
If your book group is looking for a reading challenge--each of these books has been challenged by a parent or a community. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of American Libraries Association's Banned Books Week, September 30 - October 6, 2012.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ; preface and notes by Matthew J. Bruccoli
Has your book group tried any short story collections? You could choose an author to concentrate on or assign a story to each member, or simply assign a collection and let your members report back to the group.
Among the missing by Dan Chaon
Don't tell anyone by Frederick Busch
If you are a fan of James Patterson's Alex Cross novels or enjoy the humor in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum stories you might like these...
Cinnamon roll murder [large print] by Joanne Fluke
Beyond suspicion [large print] by James Grippando
Capitol betrayal [Large print] by William Bernhardt
Capture [Large print] by Robert K. Tanenbaum
Three-day town [large print] by Margaret Maron
Limitations [Large print] by Scott Turow
Come home [large print] by Lisa Scottoline
Don't let your book group miss these:
The tenderness of wolves: a novel by Stef Penney
A three dog life by Abigail Thomas
Moral disorder: stories by Margaret Atwood
The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander
Mr. Churchill's secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
Sidney Chambers and the shadow of death by James Runcie
Boston cream by Howard Shrier
The cat, the wife and the weapon: a cats in trouble mystery by Leann Sweeney
The perfect book for a book discussion is one that's not too easy, not too hard, that 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:
City of dreams: a novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and early Manhattan by Beverly Swerling
Light on snow: a novel by Anita Shreve
The book thief [sound recording] by Markus Zusak
Criminal: a novel by Karin Slaughter — Award winning author, Karin Slaughter will talk about her new book on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00PM at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor. Copies of Criminal will be available for purchase and signing.
The great escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips — Susan Elizabeth Phillips, 4 time Romance Writers of America's Favorite Book of the Year will introduce her new book at Nicola's Books on Thursday, July 12 at 7:00PM
Are you a fan of A&E's Longmire and/or FX's Justified? These two popular television dramas are based on books by Craig Johnson and Leonard Chang
The cold dish by Craig Johnson — the first book in the Walt Longmire's series.
Over the shoulder: a novel of intrigue by Leonard Chang — Leonard Chang is a staff writer on FX's Justified and the author of several books including an award winning noir trilogy featuring Allen Choice, a Korean-American investigator.
Try something new, an author you haven't read or a genre you haven't tried.
Kill switch by Neal Baer, Jonathan Greene
50% off murder by Josie Belle
Death drops by Chrystle Fiedler
File M for murder by Miranda James
The Canton Seniors Book Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. We meet every month except December. Adult Librarians Elaine Skrzynski and Joyce Simowski alternate leading the discussion. Copies of the discussion book can be picked up at the monthly meeting or after the meeting at the Adult Desk.
Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet: a novel by Jamie Ford — July 26
One was a soldier: a Clare Fergusson/Russ van Alstyne mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming — August 23
Family affair by Debbie Macomber
Cupid Cats by Katie MacAlister, Vicki Lewis Thompson & Connie Brockway
Tails of wonder and imagination by edited by Ellen Datlow
The cat's meow by Emily Carmichael
Canton Seniors Book Group meets on Thursday, October 25 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. This month we are reading:
Snow flower and the Secret Fan: a novel by Lisa See
The burning edge by Rick Mofina
Cliff Walk by Bruce DeSilva
A dark anatomy: a mystery by Robin Blake
Death's door by Jim Kelly