New Books


 Our afternoon reading club, “For Those Who Enjoy Reading” will meet on Thursday, April 4 at the library at 1 pm to discuss “On the Beach” by Nevil Shute.


Canada Reads 2019 five selections that will be defended by celebrities from March 25-28:

Adult biography:

By Chance Alone: a remarkable true story of courage and survival at Auschwitz by Max Eisen

The Woo Woo: how I survived ice hockey, drug raids, demons, and my crazy Chinese family by Lindsay Wong

Adult non-fiction:

Homes: a refugee story by Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung

Adult fiction:

Brother by David Chariandy

Suzanne by Anais Barbeau-Lavalette


For March  15, 2019:

Adult bestseller:

The Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander: In 1962 eight year old Katya is bequeathed a Bluthner piano. It and the music she plays soon becomes the love of her life. After she emigrates with her husband and young family, the piano becomes lost in the frantic shuffle. In Bakersfield, California, in 2012, twenty-six year old Clara loses her apartment as well as her boyfriend. Her subsequent move is complicated by the gift that her father had given her for her twelfth birthday, a Bluthner upright piano. She has never learned to play it so she decides to sell it. An antique, she writes out the ad and puts an asking price of $3,000.00 on it. It’s interesting who replies.

The Witch Elm by Tana French: Easygoing Toby, dodging a scrape at work, is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life when he surprises two burglars who beat him severely. Struggling to recover from his injuries, he goes to his family’s ancestral home to recuperate. There a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden and the detectives arrive. He learns that the past is maybe not what he had believed.

Florida by Lauren Groff: a collection of stories.

The Boy by Tami Hoag: Detective Nick Fourcade investigates a crime scene in Bayou Breaux, Louisiana, puzzled by what he learns.There is no sign of forced entry.

The Rule of Law by John Lescroart: a Dismas Hardy novel. He knows that there is something amiss with his secretary, her out of character behavior and sudden disappearances are new. Then he learns that her brother has served twenty-five years in prison for armed robbery and attempted murder, now he has been released. Then his secretary is arrested at work.

The House Next Door by James Patterson: Three electrifying thrillers.

Adult biography:

Heart Berries: a memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot

Adult fiction:

Clifford by Harold R. Johnson

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides: A psychological thriller. Alicia’s life seems perfect, a famous painter married to an in-demand photographer, living in a grand home overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home quite late. There is an altercation, then she refuses to talk. Theo is captivated by her story and takes the opportunity to work with her.

Adult non-fiction:

Strength Through Diversity by Dr. Ulrich Frisse, LL.M published by Choice Hotels Canada.

Chop Suey Nation: the surprising history and vibrant present of small-town Chinese restaurants from Victoria, B.C. to Fogo Island, NL by Ann Hui

Junior fiction:

The Friendship War by Andrew Clements

A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson

Junior non-fiction:

Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry by Neil De Grasse Tyson with Gregory Mone

Junior picture book:  Diana Dances by Luciano Lozano


For March  8, 2019:


No Exit by Taylor Adams: Called back to Utah to see her mother who is very ill, Darby, a college student, is caught in a fierce blizzard in the Colorado Rockies. The roads are impassable, and she feels fortunate to be able to stop at a remote highway rest stop, Wanashono. Cell phone reception is pretty well non-existent. Four complete strangers have taken refuge from the storm and she is uneasy. Going back out to try for better reception, she notices that the towel has slipped from the window of the van parked next to her. She is surprised to see that the small occupant in the locked animal crate is not an animal. Now what? And which one does the van belong to?

Judgment by Joseph Finder: Juliana, compromised by a one night stand while at a conference at a hotel in Chicago, learns that it has been recorded. A judge, rumoured to be in consideration for the federal circuit and maybe later, the highest court in the land, she realizes the serious implications, especially when the gentle, vulnerable man from Chicago proves to have an integral role in a case that she is presiding over. Now she is entrapped in a clever conspiracy that would put her family in jeopardy.

The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman: An Alex Delaware novel. LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis, a homicide detective and Dr. Alex Delaware are summoned to a wedding reception with a wild Saints and Sinners theme. It seems that an unknown, uninvited guest with no identification has arrived on the scene. No one knows who she is.

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella: Fixie, living by her father’s motto “Family first”, works to help her family in her father’s housewares store now that he is no longer there. In a coffee shop, a handsome stranger asks her to watch his laptop for a moment. She agrees, saving it from certain disaster. Its owner, an investment manager, scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card to it. She knows that she will never claim it for herself. When Ryan, her childhood crush, appears back in her life, she decides to redeem the IOU, asking for a job for Ryan. The owner agrees, then a new series of IOUs is written between him and Fixie.

Adult audio book:

Past Tense by Lee Child, read by Scott Brick: A Jack Reacher novel.

Adult fiction:

Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper

Adult large print western:

Nine Must Die by Lee E. Wells

Adult non-fiction:

Seven Fallen Feathers: racism, death, and hard truths in a northern city by Tanya Talaga

Junior picture book:

The Dog Who Wanted to Fly by Kathy Stinson

Junior fiction:

I Only Have Pies For You by Suzanne Nelson


For March  1, 2019:

Adult bestseller:

Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer: Leningrad, Russia, 1968.Young Alexander and his mother plan to escape so they head to the docks. Their choice is either a container ship to America or Great Britain. They toss a coin.

War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell: Uhtred has won his ancestral home back but he doesn’t get to enjoy his victory for long. For decades, he has stood at the intersection between Pagan and Christian, and between Saxon and Viking s well as the old world he has known and the new world that is coming.

The Ghost Tree by Barbara Erskine: After many years of exile Ruth has returned to Edinburgh. She is left with the task of sorting through her father’s possessions. She discovers a hidden diary form the eighteenth century written by her ancestor.

Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich: A Stephanie Plum novel. Trenton, New Jersey. The last three manager of the Red River Deli have disappeared. Stephanie is stepping into the manager’s shoes for the time being.

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery: Kelly and her sister Olivia butt heads but manage to share secrets when Olivia returns in a dramatic homecoming. Another one returning is Griffith, who has set his sights on Kelly.

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny: A complete stranger has named Armand Gamache as one of the executors of her will. He accepts and learns that the other two have never met the elderly woman either.

Adult audiobook:

The Reckoning by John Grisham, read by Michael Beck. Unabridged.

Adult inspirational:

Even Now by Karen Kingsbury: The lives of a man and a woman who were separated by lies and the passing years and a young woman who is seeking answrs are intertwined in a story of love and faith.

The Ravenmaster: my life with the ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife

Adult non-fiction:

Acrylics: translucent techniques for landscape painters by R. Bradford Johnson

Knife Painting by William F. Powell

The End of the End of the Earth: essays by Jonathan Franzen

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

Consumer Reports Buying Guide 2019

Young adult:

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Junior easy reader:

Kendall’s Snow Fort adapted by Meredith Rusu

Junior fiction:

The Unteachables by Gordon Korman

Junior picture book:

The Cook and the King by Julia Donaldson

Moving Day! by Robert Munsch


For February 22, 2019:

Adult bestseller:

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict: Bestselling author of Carnegie’s Maid and The Other Einstein. She possessed a stunning beauty as well as a stunning mind. Underestimated she overheard the Third Reich’s plans as she was at her husband’s side. Devising a plan to disguise herself and flee their castle, she arrived in Hollywood where she became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.  The secret that she kept was that she was a brilliant scientist.

The New Iberia blues by James Lee Burke: A Dave Robicheaux novel. Dave is drawn into the dark corners of Hollywood, and the wetlands of Louisiana with his new partner Bailey Ribbons who’s only twenty eight years old, a former middle school teacher.

Crucible by James Rollins: a thriller.

Adult audio book:

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly, read by Christine Lakin and Titus Welliver.

Adult inspirational:

Jessie by Lori Wick: Jessie knows how to take care of herself and her girls. As the owner of Token Creek’s general store, she’s been doing so for eight long years. Meanwhile Seth has been doing a lot of thinking during that time and he realizes that what love they had shared was certainly worth it. Will she take him back?

Adult large print fiction:

The Sound of Distant Thunder in the Amish of Weaver’s Creek by Jan Drexler: Seventeen year old Katie is in love with Jonas Weaver and can hardly wait until she’s eighteen and may then marry him according to her parent’s wishes. He’s twenty and decides to take his brother’s place in the draft list, enlisting to go into battle. .

The Mallen Litter by Catherine Cookson

Adult non-fiction:

Meal Salads by Jean Pare

Blamed and Broken by Curt Petrovich

Young adult:

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

Junior fiction:

The Bad Guys in Superbad by Aaron Blabey

Geronimo on Ice! by Geronimo Stilton

Junior picture book: Deep Snow by Robert Munsch


It’s I Love to Read month!

“Reading is the gymnasium of the mind. It is the place where thoughts are exercised and minds are stretched and challenged. However, through tranquility  and deep reflection we are able to search the heart for answers that the mind alone doesn’t contain. The mind may guide you in what to do, but the heart affirms your passion to do it. This is what will ultimately move you to motion.”  T.D. Jakes, from “Instinct: the power to unleash your inborn drive.”



















































































































































































































































































































































































On the 2018 Canada Reads shortlist:

Adult non-fiction:

Precious Cargo: my year driving the kids on School Bus 3077 by Craig Davidson

Forgiveness: a gift from my grandparents by Mark Sakamoto

Adult fiction:

American War: a novel by Omar El Akkad

The Boat People by Sharon Bala

Young adult:

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline


The Boat People by Sharon Bala: Told through the perspectives of Mahindan and his lawyer Priya who represents the migrants and Grace, the adjudicator who must decide Mahindan’s fate as well as that of his six year old son, when the rusty cargo ship carrying them as well as five hundred refugees, reached the shores of British Columbia.  They were fleeing a civil war in their homeland.  Inspired by real events.


Precious Cargo: my year driving the kids on School Bus 3077 by Craig Davidson: Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist for Cataract City. In 2008, Craig, saw a flyer in his mailbox “Bus Drivers Wanted”.  It was the first step toward a new career.  He takes us along for the ride as he shows his evolving relationship with each of the students as they struggle physically as well as emotionally and socially.


































































































Iris Munchinsky was in attendance at the library sharing her advice, thoughts, and answering questions from our members on her new book “Bridge of Shadows”.  It was a wonderful afternoon that we enjoyed immensely!

Adult inspirational:

Bridge of Shadows by Iris Munchinsky:  A mystery to curl up with and enjoy immensely.   “When young artist Sela Lamont flies to Scotland to investigate her dead grandfather’s hidden past, she gets more than she bargained for.  Not only does her great-grandmother slip her a letter that places him smack in the middle of a WW II highland espionage plot, but Sela discovers a related present-day scheme threatening to take the country captive.”








































Adult fiction:  On the Man Booker  International Prize Shortlist

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund:

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid:

Autumn by Ali Smith:














































































Adult fiction in the Man Booker Prize shortlist:

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster: March 3, 1947, Archibald Isaac Ferguson is born in Newark, New Jersey, the only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, growing up against the tumultuous  terrain of mid-twentieth century America.

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry: previously Man Booker Prize short listed author of The Secret Scripture and A Long Long Way: In the 1850s, from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, two young men and Winona, as a family unit, experience the American and Civil Wars.

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor:  Midwinter in the early years of this century when a teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills in the heart of England.  As the search goes on, so does everyday life.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders:  February 1862.  The Civil War is not yet one year old when President Lincoln’s eleven year old son Willie passes on and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery.



























































































































































































































Canada Reads  2017 Shortlist:

The Right To Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

Company Town by Madeline Ashby

The Break by Katherena Vermette

Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji























































































Adult biography:

Desert Mailbag: letters from South America by W. G. Kruse:  Join Walter and his family on their travels and life in Paraguay. An excellent description of his work teaching deaf children and his experiences in this new life as he uses his keen observation recording how people live and work in quite a  different world compared to what we know.  Many of the situations require courage and patience: preparing for bus trips, alligator hunting, cattle roundups, etc.  This book was our Afternoon Reading Club selection for November.




























Check out the 2016 Canada Reads selections:
The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami,

The Illegal by Lawrence Hill,

Birdie by Tracey Lindberg,

Bone & Bread by Saleema Nawaz,

Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter



















































































































 Canada Reads:

  • Ru by Kim Thuy
  • When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid
  • And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier
  • Intolerable: a memoir of extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee
  • The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

Manitoba On the Same Page choices:

“Imagining Winnipeg: history through the photographs of L.B. Foote” by Esyllt W. Jones

“Stuck in the Middle: dissenting views of Winnipeg” text by Bartley Kives and photographs by Bryan Scott

“The Wittenbergs: a novel” by Sarah Klassen

“North End Love Songs” by Katherena Vermette   was  selected as this year’s featured book for the 7th Annual On The Same Page, a province-wide reading initiative.