New Books


 Our afternoon reading club, “For Those Who Enjoy Reading” will meet on Thursday,  December  7 at the library at 1 pm.  to share their choice of a book that makes them feel good and that they have learned from.  This will be our Christmas meeting.   

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.”


For November 17 , 2017:

Adult bestseller:

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain:  1944.  Tess gives up her budding career as a nurse, and ends the engagement to the love of her life, moving to the small, rural town of Hickory, North Carolina where she soon realizes that she may be trapped in an impetuous unhappy marriage there.

The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble:  This novel questions what makes a good life and a good passing.

The Shoe on the Roof  Will Ferguson: Giller prize-winning author of 419.  Thomas Rosanoff, a researcher, also a gifted medical student, is trying to escape his past where his father allowed hin to be used as a test subject when he was a boy, being watched over by researchers lurking behind one-way glass.

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham:  Mark, Todd, and Zola decided to enter law school to make the world into a better place but now as third year students, the three close friends realize that they have borrowed heavily to attend the for-profit law school from which the students have difficulty finding good jobs  They learn that their school is one of several owned by a New York hedge-fund operator who also owns a bank that specializes in student loans.  They immediately get the picture. Maybe there is a a way out of their predicament and they could expose what is going on.

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman: For the Owens family love seems to be a curse dating back to the 1600s when Marie Owens loved the wrong man.  Susanna Owens knows that her three children are unique so she sets out rules for them to follow but her children don’t want to adhere to the rules.

Odd Child Out by Gilly Macmillan: How well do you know the people whom you love?  Noah and Abdi have been inseparable since they met at one of Bristol’s elite private schools. When something happens to Noah, Abdi either can’t or won’t tell anyone what happened.

The Right Time by Danielle Steel:  Since age seven, Alexandra has been cared for by her devoted father.  Together they read and enjoy mysteries.  Soon she is writing them herself at a level far beyond her years.  After her father passes on when she is fourteen, she is cared for by the nuns of a local convent and given the time and encouragement to continue to pursue her talent.  She publishes under the pseudonym Alexander Green.  Her double life only known to those closest to her.

Adult audio book:

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham, read by Ari Fliakos

Adult biography:

Reckless Daughter: a portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe

Adult non-fiction:

The Last Castle: the epic story of love. loss, and American royalty in the nation’s largest home by Denise Kiernan

All We Leave Behind: a reporter’s journey into the lives of others by Carol Off

Member of the Family; my story of Charles Manson, life inside his cult, and the darkness that ended the sixties by Dianne Lake and Deborah Herman

Junior fiction:

A Big Day for Baseball #29 in the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne


For November 10, 2017:

Adult bestseller:

First Snow, Last Light by Wayne Johnston: An epic family mystery.  The hush before the first winter storm in 1936.  Fourteen year old Ned Vatcher walks home from school to find the house locked, and the family car as well as his parents gone.

Glass Houses by Louise Penny:  Three Pines.  One cold November day a mysterious figure appears in the village, wearing a mask, making the villagers as well as Armand Gamache first curious, then wary.  Even in the rain and sleet the figure stands unmoving, staring straight ahead.  Gamache, now Chief Superintendent, suspects that it has a dark purpose.  But what can he do except watch and wait?  That is until a body is discovered and the figure vanishes that night.
A Reckoning
by Linda Spalding: Author of The Purchase, Winner of the Governor General’s Award.  In the spring of 1855, the Dickinson family is brought to the edge of ruin by a reckless brother who has squandered the family’s resources.  Their enslaved workers are encouraged to flee to Canada.  The family decides to escape as well.

A Casualty of War by Charles Todd: A Bess Crawford mystery.  A novel about the impact of World War I on all who endured it: officers, soldiers, doctors and battlefield nurses.

Lost in September by Kathleen Winter:  While still a soldier in his twenties, the young man who would become General James Wolfe was granted a short leave to travel to Paris to study three of his passions, poetry, music and dance.  But in 1752, Britain abandoned the Julian calendar for the Gregorian to align itself with the rest of Europe.  As a result, every British citizen lost eleven days that September, days that were scheduled  as Wolfe’s planned leave.  Seven short years later, he lost his life in battle on the Plains of Abraham on that anniversary.

Adult fiction:

The Secret of the Blue Trunk by Lise Dion: Based on a true story.  A young nun from Quebec, Armande Martel, is arrested by the Germans while she was staying in Brittany.  She spends the war years in a concentration camp, returning to Canada to resume her life as best that she can.  The blue trunk that she kept locked was finally opened after she passed on, revealing the mystery of her earlier life.

Uncommon Type: some stories by Tom Hanks:

The Water Beetles by Michael Kaan: On the Shortlist for The Governor General’s Award. Based loosely on the diaries and stories of the author’s father.  In December of 1941, the Empire of Japan invades Hong Kong and for the Leung family, that ends a life of luxury and the security they have known.  The youngest boy, twelve year old Chung-Man along with his siblings escape, traveling deep into the countryside  The territory is unfamiliar.  He encounters friendship then betrayal, taken captive and put into prison.  Surviving the war, he moves to America.

Adult non-fiction:

A Bold and Dangerous Family: the remarkable story of an Italian mother, her sons, and their fight against Fascism  by Caroline Moorehead

Junior fiction:

Innocent Heroes: stories of animals in the First World War by Sigmund Brouwer


For November 3 , 2017:

Adult bestseller:

Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben:  Suspense.  Suburban New Jersey detective Napoleon Dumas’ life hasn’t been the same since his senior year in high school when his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend, Diana, were both found on the railroad tracks and Maura, whom he considered to be the love of his life, broke up with him and promptly disappeared from his life.  Now Maura’ s fingerprints are found in the rental car of a suspected murderer .

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett: 1558 where the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral witness the city being divided by religious conflict.  Ned wants to marry Margery but the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict.  Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth.  When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England but the shrewd, determined young monarch forms the first secret service to give her an early warning of any assassination plots, or invasion plans as well as rebellions.

Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah: Suspense.  Cara flees to a five-star spa resort, late at night and lets herself into her hotel room, finding it occupied.  A mistake made at the desk but Cara recognizes the teenage girl, as the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving natural-life sentences for her murder.

To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon:  A Mitford novel.  A story about the lives of two Kavanagh families and a cast of familiar characters. After several years of retirement,  Father Tim realizes that he doesn’t need a steady job to prove himself but  then he is given one.

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott: Winner of the National Book Award.  Brooklyn.  A young Irish immigrant family face their challenges.

An Echo of Murder by Anne Perry: A William Monk novel set in the diverse population of Victorian London where Commander Monk deals with a series of crimes where someone is targeting the Hungarian community.

Adult biography:

Lightfoot by Nicholas Jennings

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 non-fiction:

Ya Ha Tinda: a home place: celebrating 100 years of the Canadian governments’ only working horse ranch by Kathy Calvert

Dead Reckoning: the untold story of the Northwest Passage by Ken NcGoogan

Rowing the Northwest passage: adventure, fear and awe in a rising sea bt Kevin Vallely

Arrival: the story of CanLit by Nick Mount

Adult science fiction / fantasy:

At the Sign of Triumph,# 9 in the Safehold series by David Weber:

Adult western:

Remington 1894 by William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone

Junior fiction:

Goldie Blox and the Best! Pet! Ever! by Stacy McAnulty



For October 27, 2017:

Adult bestseller:

The Witches’ Tree, an Agatha Raisin mystery by M.C. Beaton:  The basis for the hit TV series Agatha Raisin.  The new vicar and his wife are driving home from a dinner party in the village of Sumpton Harcourt when through the fog dancing in front of their headlights they are shocked to see someone dangling from a gnarled tree at the edge of town, its lightning blasted limbs looking eerie, then two more incidents start to unnerve Agatha.

Six Degrees of Freedom by Nicolas Dickner, Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award.  Translated by Lazer Lederhendler.  Lisa, young and ready for adventure, is tethered by demands at home by her parents.  Her friend Eric is a hacker and Jay, a former computer pirate is paying her debt to society by working for the RCMP in Montreal.  Jay learns of the mysterious shipping container, Papa Zulu, as a global game of hide and seek begins.  She begins her own investigation as to who made the container disappear and what it contains.

Ghost on the Case by Carolyn Hart:  A Bailey Ruth ghost novel.  Adelaide, Oklahoma.  Susan receives a $100,000.00 ransom demand for her younger sister’s safe return.  The caller wants her to pay a visit to her wealthy boss and take the cash from his safe.  Bailey Ruth follows her.  The Susan waits to hear from the kidnappers.  At a luncheon the previous week, Susan’s boss had asked her to open the safe.  All the attendees there knew there was plenty of cash inside.  Would it be one of them?

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King: Set in a small Appalachian town.

Haunted by James Patterson and James O. Born:  A Detective Michael Bennett thriller.  An idyllic country town in the Maine woods is haunted  by something that the local police decide to consult the vacationing  Bennett.

The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb: 1930, Lakin, West Virginia where an elderly attorney is encouraged to reminisce about his forty year career.  He chooses his most memorable case, in 1897 in Greenbrier, West Virginia, where a young woman who lived all her life in the mountains marries the handsome blacksmith who has recently moved to town despite her mother’s misgivings.  A few weeks later riders arrive to inform her family that she has passed on.  Her mother is determined to get justice for her daughter.

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie: “The Great Gatsby meets the Bonfire of the Vanities, a contemporary saga peopled by moving characters and driven by a captivating mystery.”

Adult non-fiction:

Paranormal Canadian Tales: a supernatural journey by Dawn Hunter Clark

Tomes of Terror: haunted bookstores and libraries by Mark Leslie

Hillbilly Elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance

Junior non-fiction:

Halloween Costumes for Kids: 100 costumes by Leila Peltosaari

Junior picture book:

Herbert’s First Halloween by Cynthia Rylant

One Halloween Night by Mark Teague


































































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.