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Contemporary Book Discussion Group

Meets the third Monday of the month at 7:00PM. This self-directed group is sponsored by the Friends of the Canton Public Library. No pre-registration is required.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion November 16

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, November 16 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:



Leaving time by Jodi Picoult. For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother's whereabouts.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion September 21

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, September 21 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai ; with Christina Lamb — When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion August 17

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, August 17 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

South of superior by Ellen Airgood — When Madeline Stone walks away from Chicago and moves five hundred miles north to the coast of Lake Superior, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, she isn't prepared for how much her life will change.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion July 20

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

Death comes to Pemberley by P.D. James — It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy's magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable until a coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth's disgraced sister, who stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that her husband Wickham has been murdered.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion June 15

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, July 20  at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

Orange is the new black: my year in a woman's prison by Piper Kerman — With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424, one of the millions of people who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion May 18

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, May 18 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:



Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.  Sometimes it's the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . .A murder. . . a tragic accident. . . or just parents behaving badly? What's indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what? Big Little Lies follows the lives of three women; each at their own crossroads.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion April 20

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, April 20 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:



Killing Patton by Bill O'Reilly. General George S. Patton, Jr. died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost seventy years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident--and may very well have been an act of assassination.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion March 16

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, March 16 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

Orphan train by Christina Baker Kline — Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion February 16

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, February 16 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

Detroit: an American autopsy by Charlie LeDuff — Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his family's, and his own.

2015 Book List for Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan (January 19)

Detroit: an American autopsy by Charlie LeDuff (February 16)

Orphan train by Christina Baker Kline (March 16)

Killing Patton: the strange death of World War II's most audacious general by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (April 20)

Big little lies by Liane Moriarty (May 18)

Orange is the new black: my year in a woman's prison by Piper Kerman (June 15)

Death comes to Pemberley by P.D. James (July 20)

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion December 21

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, December 21 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:



The invention of wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Hetty "Handful" Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke's daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd's sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. Follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion October 19

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, October 19 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

In the woods by Tana French — As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion January 19

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, January 19 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan — A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group December 15

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, December 15 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

Before I go to sleep: a novel by S.J. Watson — Christine, suffering from a rare form of amnesia where she cannot retain memories from day to day, starts seeing a new doctor who recommends she keep a journal, and her life starts getting scary when she sees she has written "Don't trust Ben," the man who claims to be her husband.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion November 17

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, November 17 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

The kitchen house by Kathleen Grissom. After seven-year-old Lavinia is orphaned on the journey from Ireland to the United States, she begins work in the kitchen house of a tobacco plantation and bonds with the slaves who become her adopted family, but when Lavinia is accepted into the big house, her loyalties are challenged.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion October 20

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, October 20 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

Someone by Alice McDermott. We first meet Marie, a bespectacled seven-year old who is standing on the steps of her Brooklyn townhouse waiting for her father. The story of Marie's life enfolds as we follow her through milestones of loss, love, marriage and motherhood.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion September 15

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, September 15 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

The whip: a novel by Karen Kondazian — Based on the true story of a woman, Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man in the old west. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer of her daughter.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion August 18

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, August 18 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion July 21

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, July 21 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Home front by Kristin Hannah — After 12 years of marriage, Michael and Joleen appear to be unhappy with their marriage. They edge their way closer towards divorce when the Iraq war begins, sending one away into a dangerous war zone while leaving the other at home waiting for news.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion June 16

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, June 16 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

We are water: a novel by Wally Lamb — An intricate and layered portrait of marriage and family in need of understanding and connection. Set in New England and New York during the first years of the Obama presidency, it is also a portrait of modern America, exploring issues of class, gay marriage, the legacy of racial violence, and the nature of creativity and art.