New Books


 Our afternoon reading club, “For Those Who Enjoy Reading” will meet on Thursday,  August 3 at the library at 1 pm.  to discuss   “My Secret Mother: two different lives, one heartbreaking secret: a memoir” by Phyllis Whitsell.


For July 28, 2017:

Adult bestseller:

Aunt Dimity & the Widow’s Curse by Nancy Atherton: In the small English village of Finch, people are surprised to see elderly, soft spoken Mrs. Annabelle Craven stand at the village committee meeting and announce her plans to hold a quilting bee at the old schoolhouse.  When the time arrives, Lori is seated next to Mrs. Craven, wanting to learn more about her neighbour’s life in the village of Old Cowerton.  She learns more than she thought she would when Mrs. Craven makes a startling confession to her.

The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker:  A thriller.  Chicago.  On his way to deliver a gift-wrapped message in a signature white box tied up with black string, a man quickly becomes a suspect in the latest crimes.

A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass:  The story of an unusual bond between a world famous writer and his assistant.  When Mort, a revered children’s book author passes away accidentally in his Connecticut home, he leaves his property and all its contents to Tomasina, his trusted assistant who gratefully accepts and appreciates his generosity but is dismayed to learn about the complicated directives in his will.  She has known him for over forty years, ever since she met him when she was twelve and he was sketching at a Manhattan playground.  Those sketches were for the book that made him famous.  Add a couple of twists, with the British actor who was recently cast to play Mort Lear in a movie and the outraged museum curator to whom Mort once promised his artistic estate.

Dying Breath by Heather Graham:  Boston.  Romantic suspense.  Special Agent Griffin Price is on the case for the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI’s special unit for paranormal   investigators.   He is protective of Vickie who is mentioned in one of the notes that was left for the investigators.  She survived her own trauma as a teenager.

Adult audio book:

16th Seduction by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro; read by January LaVoy

Adult biography large print:

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: a memoir by Sherman Alexie

Adult fiction:

Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar

Adult inspirational:

Love Story by Karen Kingsbury:  The Baxter Family.  John and Elizabeth, destined to fall in love and marry, met when they were young college students.  Their romance lasted nearly thirty years.  When his grandson Cole asks him about his love story for his heritage project, John is not sure that he can go back to those days.  When school ends, Cole presents his report that touches the hearts of the whole family.

Adult non-fiction:

You Got To Go Here!: 397 hidden gems and hometown favourites in Canada and beyond

Young adult:

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Junior fiction:

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Junior picture book:

Sister Day! By Lisa Mantchev



For July 21, 2017:

Adult bestseller:

Matchup edited by Lee Child: The follow-up to the bestseller Faceoff.  Eleven thrilling stories where the world’s best male and female thriller writers match up to create their gripping stories.

Tom Clancy’s Op-Center Dark Zone created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik, written by Jeff Rovin and George Galdorisi: A thriller.

Dangerous Minds, a Knight and Moon novel by Janet Evanovich: A mismatched trio embark on an investigation  of a conspiracy that was one hundred years in the making.

The Little French Bistro by Nina George:  One evening in Paris, Marianne decides to leave her old life behind, setting out for the coast, arriving in Brittany, finding herself at Ar Mor (the Sea) Restaurant.  There she meets many vibrant new people.  When her past calls, she needs to decide whether to return to it or to stay in her new environment.

The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder:  Paul and Alice’s half sister Eloise is going to be married in England. She has a bountiful trust fund and they are struggling. It will be a round of fancy places:  hotels and restaurants, with a reception at a country estate.  They are not particularly interested in going but apparently they have to.

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts: Western Montana.  The Bodine ranch is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers who want to ride horses or hold their weddings under the wide sky.  At thirty thousand acres, it is home to four generations.  Years ago, Alice, a rebellious teenager at eighteen, ran away looking for adventure and freedom.  When she returns she is followed by someone threatening.

Adult audio book:

One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline; read by George Newbern

Adult fiction:

Flesh and Bone and Water by Luiza Sauma:  A story of family, class, and deception set against Rio de Janeiro, London and the Amazon River.  Son of a successful plastic surgeon, sixteen year old Andre spends his evenings with Luana, the beautiful daughter of the family’s maid.  Thirty years later he is a successful doctor in London, recently separated from his British wife when he receives an unexpected letter from Luana.

Adult inspirational:

Fier & Ice, book three in Wild at Heart by Mary Connealy:  Bailey, the eldest sister, takes care of everyone else in family.  When her sisters marry and move away, her homestead turns bleak and lonely especially in the winter.  Five thousand acres of excellent grazing is lost to Gage Coulter because Bailey’s homestead is located right across the entrance to the canyon filled with lush grass.  He needs to regain access to this land , so he makes a proposal to Bailey.

Adult non-fiction:

The Daily Coyote: a story of love, survival, and trust in the wilds of Wyoming by Shreve Stockton

Young adult:

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Junior fiction:

Opposites Attract: book two in Tales of Rapunzel adapted by Kathy McCullough


For July 14, 2017:

Adult bestseller:

Happiness Key by Emilie Richards:  Four women think that they have nothing in common in the area where they live in beach cottages on Happiness Key.  When something happens to the resident in the fifth cottage the four women decide to find his family.  Along the way they find the treasures of an unlikely friendship.

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz:   A novel of suspense.

The Ultimatum by Karen Robards:  Growing up, Bianca knew she was different from her friends, as she studied martial arts with sensei masters and learned to dismantle explosives with special-ops retirees.  Known as the Guardian, she runs a multinational firm with her father.  Together they take on the con men who have stolen from others.  Their latest mission had a little problem that she has to resolve before it’s too late.  Two hundred million dollars as well as top secret documents have gone missing.

Indecent Exposure, a Stone Barrington novel by Stuart Woods:  Stone learns that privacy is quite difficult to come by when you’re one of the rich and mighty.  When he’s thrust into the limelight, he scrambles to take cover, trying to avoid those who pursue him.

Adult inspirational:

Now & Forever, book two in Wild at Heart by Mary Connealy: Shannon, the middle sister, especially loves animals.  She has established her own homestead and raises sheep for wool.  Matthew Tucker loves to get away from civilization so he leaves his gray mustang behind and enjoys a solitary walk in the woods higher up the mountain.  It was enjoyable up to the point where he wasn’t paying attention and surprised a bear cub, making it squall.  Mama bear was not impressed and lit into him.  Scrambling away from her, dropping from the mountain side he encountered Shannon and the two of them went over the edge down into the raging river.

Adult non-fiction:

Memory’s Last Breath: field notes on my dementia by Gerda Saunders

Theft by Finding Diaries: 1977-2002 by David Sedaris

Adult audio book:

1105 Yakima Street by Debbie Macomber, performed by Sandra Burr

Young adult:

Restart: lose your memory, lose your life by Gordon Korman

Junior easy reader:

Little Kate Riding Hood by Lana Jacobs

Junior fiction:

Secrets Unlocked, book one in the Tales of Rapunzel adapted by Kathy McCullough

Junior non-fiction:

The Fundamentals of Oil Painting: a complete course in techniques, subjects, and styles by Barrington Barber

Junior picture book:

Margaret & H.A. Rey’s Curious George Plays Soccer


For July 7, 2017:

Adult bestseller:

Nighthawk, a Kurt Austin adventure by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown:  A novel from the NUMA Files.  Action-packed thriller.  The X-37, the most sophisticated aircraft designed , has gone missing on the return leg of its first major mission over the South Pacific.  Two other large countries covet this latest technology, sending out their best to find this plane.  Kurt and Joe are drafted into this race against the others and they are informed that the X-37 was carrying a dangerous payload of exotic matter that will not be a problem as long as it stays frozen.

Camino Island by John Grisham:  Thieves make a daring heist, raiding a secure vault below Princeton University’s Firestone Library.  Bruce owns a bookstore in Santa Rosa on Camino Island, making money as a dealer in rare books.  Mercer, a young novelist, is approached by a mysterious, elegant woman who apparently works for an even more mysterious company.  She offers Mercer a generous amount of money to infiltrate Bruce’s circle of literary friends, working undercover.  The idea is to get close enough to learn his secrets but then she learns too much.

You Will Pay by Lisa Jackson:  Beginning as a prank after a long summer at Camp Horseshoe, some of the teen counsellors decide to scare Monica, just a little.  No one will get hurt.  Nothing could go wrong, could it?  Twenty years later, Lucas Dalton, a senior detective with the sheriff’s department, investigates the discovery of remains in a cavern at what used to be the Camp.  His father ran the camp and Lucas worked there that summer when two girls and a young man went missing.  It’s time to uncover the truth.  Seven former female counsellors are returning to the small Oregon town, one of them is Bernadette, whom Lucas has never forgotten.

Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Initiative, a new Jason Bourne novel by Eric Van Lustbader: The rogue secret agent who has lost his memory is back in the middle of a thrilling adventure, not knowing who to trust.


























































































































































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.