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					CNIB DAISY Book Club Guide

This guide will help you organize a book discussion group using
DAISY books from the CNIB library.

Table of Contents
 How the CNIB Library can help your club ....................................... 1
 Steps for requesting copies of a DAISY book for participants ......... 2
 Ensure your books arrive on time ................................................... 2
 Share your experiences with us ..................................................... 2
 Suggested Titles ............................................................................ 3

How the CNIB Library can help your club
The CNIB Library can send participants who are signed up for our
services a copy of the club’s DAISY book selection, directly to their

People with print disabilities who are not signed up for CNIB Library
services may also access the CNIB Library’s DAISY books through
their public library, if they live in a province where this service is

We can provide suggestions of books that are guaranteed to be
available in DAISY for your group to read and discuss. We can also
help you find book discussion guides. If you wish to discuss a book
that is not available in our collection, we can point you to alternative
sources of audio books.

In order for participants to get their books on time, it is important that
they return books promptly and contact Reader Services if they
encounter any problems.

To get started, contact:
or call us toll free: 1-800-563-2642 ext. 7055

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Steps for requesting copies of a DAISY book for participants

  1. Provide the number of participants by email to Partners
     Program Staff:

  2. Select your DAISY books from the list of suggested books at
     the end of this document. These books are guaranteed to be
     available. You can also select books from our online catalogue

  3. Let Partners Program staff know which books you have chosen.
     Library staff will confirm the availability of your selections and
     send out the first title. We encourage you to select all of your
     books for the year and the order in which you would like to read
     them. We have provided a blank schedule below to help you.

Ensure your books arrive on time
It is important that the books arrive quickly so everyone has time to
read them before you meet. To help us get you the books on time, we
ask that you:

     Send a reminder to Partners Program staff at least 4 weeks
      before the next meeting to confirm which book you will be
      reading. Our system does not support automated scheduling
      for book clubs, so your reminder is very helpful to us.

     If any participant has questions or concerns about their library
      service or receiving books on time, they should contact
      Reader Services at or call 1-800-

Share your experiences with us
We love to hear from readers about library services, both what is
working and how we can improve. Send an email anytime to or call 1-800-563-2642 ext. 7055

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Suggested titles for CNIB DAISY book clubs
The books in the list below are guaranteed to be available in DAISY.
They are also popular with book clubs because raise interesting
issues and provoke discussion. The list is divided into fiction and non-

Fiction titles

Atonement by Ian McEwan
A story that begins with three young people in the garden of a country
house on the hottest day of 1935, and ends with three profoundly
changed lives. A depiction of love and war, class, childhood and
England, which explores shame and forgiveness,
atonement and the possibility of absolution. 2001.

The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre (Canadian)
Father Duncan MacAskill is called The Exorcist, for at his bishop's
bidding he drives out priests who molest children to discreet clinics or
far-off parishes. When MacAskill is sent to a rural parish in his native
Cape Breton, he encounters a troubled young man who appears to
be the victim of a notorious priest. MacAskill, struggling with his own
demons, is determined to help this man, regardless of the
consequences for the church. 2007.

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill (Canadian)
Abducted as an 11-year-old child from her village in West Africa,
Aminata Diallo is sent to live as a slave in South Carolina. Years
later, she forges her way to freedom, serving the British in the
Revolutionary War and registering her name in the historic "Book of
Negroes", a record of freed Loyalist slaves who resettled in Nova
Scotia, only to find that the haven they sought was steeped in an
oppression all its own. 2007

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The Birth House by Ami McKay
Young Dora Rare befriends Marie Babineau, the local midwife, who
wants Dora as her successor. After initial reluctance and intensive
training, Dora is left the practice on the eve of her marriage to Archer
Bigelow. When Dr. Gilbert Thomas arrives with the promise of fast,
painless childbirth, Dora is determined, despite fierce opposition, to
protect the birthing traditions and women's wisdom that have been
passed down to her. 2006

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel
Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp.
She befriends blond-haired Rudy Steiner, her neighbour obsessed
with Jesse Owens. Together Liesel and Rudy steal books - from Nazi
book burning piles, from the mayor's library, from the richer people of
Molching. By 1943, the Allied bombs are falling, and the sirens begin
to wail. 2007

Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant (Canadian)
A delightfully offbeat story that features an opinionated tortoise and
an IQ-challenged narrator who find themselves in the middle of a life-
changing mystery. Audrey (a.k.a. Oddly) Flowers is living quietly in
Oregon with Winnifred, her tortoise, when she finds out her father has
been knocked into a coma back in Newfoundland. Despite her fear of
flying, she goes to him, but not before she reluctantly dumps
Winnifred with her unreliable friends. Audrey disarms an Air Marshal
en route to St. John's, beginning her quest to discover who her father
really was - and reunite with Winnifred. 2009

Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry (Canadian)
This novel takes us to Bombay in the mid-1990s. Nariman Vakeel is a
seventy-nine-year-old Parsi widower and the patriarch of a small
discordant family. Beset by Parkinson's disease and haunted by
memories of the past, he lives in a once-elegant apartment with his
two middle-aged stepchildren. When Nariman's illness is
compounded by a broken ankle, the need for his round-the-clock care

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sets in motion a series of events that unravel and reveal the family's
love-torn past. 2002

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ; translated
from the Swedish by Reg Keeland
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering
on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her
body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and
that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional
family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist
and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to
investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number
of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a
dark and appalling family history. 2008. First book of the Millenium

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the
son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara - a shunned ethnic
minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual
tragedy of the world around them. When Amir and his father flee
Afghanistan for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has
escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan
behind him. 2004

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Dr. David Henry is a man with a terrible secret - he decided not to tell
his wife that one of their twin babies was born with Down's syndrome,
and said instead that it died. Caroline, the nurse who secretly adored
him, was given the child to institutionalize, but instead moved away to
raise her. Covers twenty-five years in the lives of the two families,
and explores the damage a single lie can do to all involved. 2005

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
In a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to Asha, but in a culture
that favours sons, the only way to save Asha is to give her away.

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Halfway around the globe, Somer decides to adopt a child after
discovering that she will never have one of her own. A story that
moves between two worlds and two families, one struggling to survive
the slums of Mumbai, the other grappling to become a cohesive unit
despite diverging cultural identities. 2010

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
1960s: Lily has grown up believing that at the age of four she
accidentally killed her mother. She not only has her own memory of
holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now, at
fourteen, Lily yearns for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a
peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has just one friend,
Rosaleen, a black servant of uncertain age. When racial tension
explodes one summer afternoon, and Rosaleen is arrested beaten,
and Lily is compelled to act. Fugitives from justice and from Lily's
harsh and unyielding father, they find sanctuary in the home of three
bee-keeping sisters. 2003

The Shack by William P. Young
Four years after his daughter is abducted and evidence of her murder
is found in an abandoned shack, Mackenzie Allen Philips returns to
the shack in response to a note claiming to be from God, and has a
life-changing experience. 2008

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden (Canadian)
In 1919, Niska, an old Cree medicine woman, goes to retrieve soldier
Xavier Bird, who arrives back without a leg, addicted to morphine,
and near death. Niska paddles Xavier home while telling him her life
story, and in return he tells her of his and his friend Elijah's terrible
experiences in the First World War as expert snipers. As they make
the three day journey, hovering over them like a dark cloud is the
Windigo, a terrible Cree spirit monster. 2005

The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger (Canadian)
Lady Duff Gordon is the toast of Victorian London, but when her
tuberculosis means exile, she and her devoted lady's maid, Sally, set

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sail for Egypt. Lady Duff Gordon soon undoes her stays and takes to
native dress, throwing herself into language lessons and excursions
to the tombs, while Sally too adapts to a new world, affording her
heady freedoms never known before. But freedom is a luxury that a
maid can ill-afford. 2009.

Non-fiction titles

The Boy in the Moon: a Father's Search for his Disabled Son by
Ian Brown (Canadian)
Walker Brown was born with a genetic mutation so rare that perhaps
300 people around the world also live with it. Walker turned twelve in
2008, but he weighs only 54 pounds, is still in diapers, can't speak
and needs to wear special cuffs on his arms so that he can't
continually hit himself. Expanded from Brown's Globe and Mail series
about Walker, he sets out to discover his son. 2009

In a sunburned country by Bill Bryson
The author of "A Walk in the Woods" now chronicles his exploration
of Australia. This good-humoured traveller relates his outback
adventures with anecdotes about the history and local inhabitants.
Describes the harsh terrain and hostile wildlife including crocodiles,
poisonous snakes, and attacking seashells. 2000

Marley and me: life and love with the world's worst dog by John
A columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer reminisces about the
untrainable Labrador retriever that he and his wife acquired as Florida
newlyweds. Recalls Marley's hilarious escapades and his capacity for
love as the Grogans become the parents of three kids. 2005

The tipping point: how little things can make a big difference by
Malcolm Gladwell.
The 'tipping point' refers to the moment when something, normally
something small, tips a process over the edge making it escalate and

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surge ahead. That magic moment when ideas, trends and social
behaviour cross a threshold, tip and spread like wildfire. The author
looks behind many familiar occurrences and explains the social
dynamics that cause rapid change. 2000

A Year of Finding Memory, a Memoir by Judy Fong Bates
Growing up in her father's hand laundry in small town Ontario, Fong
Bates listened to stories of her parents' past lives in China, a place
far removed from their every-day life of poverty and misery. But in
spite of the allure of these stories, Fong Bates longed to be a
Canadian girl. Fifty years later she finally went back to her ancestral
home in China for a reunion that spiralled into a series of
unanticipated discoveries. 2010

Template for DAISY Book Club Schedule

           Month to
Meeting    reminder to                                        Book
Month      CNIB            Title             Author           Number

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