New Books


 Our afternoon reading club, “For Those Who Enjoy Reading” will meet on Thursday, August  2 at the library at 1 pm to discuss “The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules” by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg.


For July 20, 2018:

Adult bestseller:

Bachelor Girl by Kim Van Alkemade: Inspired by a true event. A historical novel set in the first half of the twentieth century. Colonel Jacob Ruppert, owner of the New York Yankees, takes young actress Helen Winthrope under his wing which makes her think that it is because of his connection to her father. She develops a close friendship with his personal secretary, Albert Kramer. Although Helen enjoys being a ‘bachelor girl’ in the Jazz Age, she finds herself falling in love with Albert. When Ruppert leaves Helen the bulk of his fortune, the rumours abound. When his secrets are revealed, Helen and Albert will need to confront the truth about their relationship to him.

The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly: A thriller. Maine. In the woods, a young woman is discovered. She had given birth recently but there is no trace of her baby. Charlie Parker, a private detective, is hired by Moxie Castin, a lawyer, to follow the police investigation and to find out what happened to the infant. Meanwhile someone else is quietly watching and waiting, for the right time. In a house near the forest, a toy telephone begins to ring, with a message for a young boy.

No Place for a Lady by Gil Paul: 1854. Dorothea must find her younger sister Lucy who eloped with Captain Charlie Harvington and set sail for the Crimea. Dorothea joins Florence Nightingale in the Crimean hospitals, nursing the wounded soldiers. Meanwhile young Lucy has her own battles to fight, and maybe she’s not wanting to be found.

The Pharaoh Key by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child: Gideon Crewe and his coworker Manuel Garza are told that they have only hours to collect their belongings before the office of Effective Engineering Solutions closes forever after years of dedicated service and many high risk missions. Then they make an incredible discovery.

The Moscow Deception by Karen Robards: Bianca St. Ives is still recovering from a recent shocking revelation, one that has attracted unwanted attention, but she was trained by her father, quite well in fact. As she is outmaneuvering her pursuers, her father recruits her for a job, to recover King Priam’s Treasure which is a collection of priceless artifacts that is quite heavily guarded and to return it to its rightful country.

Adult audio book:

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin, read by Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Milton Bagby and Catherine Taber: Nina is living the good life after she married into Nashville’s elite society. Her husband sold his tech business, making plenty of money and their son has been accepted into Princeton. Tom, a single father works different jobs, raising his daughter Lyla who has now earned a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school. When one photograph, snapped at a party, goes viral, Tom, Nina and Lyla find themselves in the center of the scandal.

Junior picture book:

How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague


For July 13, 2018:

Adult bestseller:

The Moscow Offensive by Dale Brown: A remote island estate is the setting where a billionaire investor sells his air freight company to a mysterious new owner. Already the new owner is planning to use the huge private planes to secretly transport dangerous cargo. The elite Wolf Squadron has joined forces with a newly formed Alliance to track their actions and prepare for the battle they know is coming. The team will also use twelve foot tall humanoid combat robots.

Tom Clancy’s Op-Center For Honor created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik, written by Jeff Rovin: In 1962, a flotilla of nuclear missiles was sent to Cuba. Several ships headed for a remote fishing village not far from Alaska. That silo and contents are still lethal. The search is on to locate it.

The Shimmer by Carsten Stroud: A unique time-shifting thriller. Sergeant Jack Redding and his trainee, Julie Karras, pursue suspects that ends with the demise of one, another in cuffs and the driver of the SUV escaping on the Intracoastal Waterway. Redding continues the hunt because he knows the woman. His grandfather was a policeman who, with his partner Pandora Jansson, chased a suspect who could ride The Shimmer across decades.

Dreams of Falling by Karen White: Set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Lifelong friends share a devastating secret. A moss covered oak on the banks of the North Santee River was once where three young girls left their greatest hopes, written on ribbons, and pledged “Friends forever, come what may”. Nine years ago, Larkin left Georgetown, South Carolina, vowing to never return. When her mother goes missing, she knows that she has to find her. She does, in the wreckage of her ancestral home. No one knows why Ivy was there. Larkin begins to raise questions, uncovering secrets kept for nearly fifty years, leading back to the three young girls who shared their dreams with each other.

Adult fiction:

The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson: Miranda loved her eccentric Uncle Billy’s bookstore, working on the scavenger hunts that he set out, just for her. When she was twelve, her mother and Uncle Billy had a falling-out and he disappeared from her life. Sixteen years later, she learns that he has passed on and left her his bookshop, Prospero Books and one last scavenger hunt, with clues hidden in novels on the shelves, in drawers in his apartment upstairs and in the name of the store. Searching, she meets people from his past, who reveal a history that her mother has kept hidden.

Adult non-fiction:

The Chinese Brush Painting Sourcebook: 200 motifs with step-by-step illustrations instructions by Jane Dwight

Junior fiction:

Max’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Puppy Tale by W. Bruce Cameron: Little dog in the big city. As soon as Max sees CJ, he knows that his purpose is to show her how to handle living in the big city of New York.

Junior picture book:

Did You Eat the Parakeet? by Mark Iacolina


For July 6, 2018:

Adult bestseller:

The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen: In 1944, a British pilot parachutes from his stricken plane into the German occupied fields of Tuscany. He found sanctuary in a ruined monastery, and was cared for by Sofia Bartoli, developing a close friendship with her. Thirty years later his daughter Joanna has returned to put him to rest. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter to Sofia. She decides to travel to Tuscany to locate her.

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson: A thriller with details only a president could know. Suspense.

My Mother’s Son by David Hirshberg: Evocative of the 1950s: Told by a radio raconteur who revisits his past in post-World War II Boston.

Days of Awe: stories by A.M. Homes:

Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts: A typical summer evening in Rockport, Maine sees people going about their business and fun at the mall. Then the unexpected happened, lasting only eight minutes but left effects that would last forever.

Adult audio book:

The Moscow Offensive by Dale Brown, performed by Ryan Burke: Aviator Brad McLanahan and the elite Wolf Squadron have banded with a newly formed alliance to protect their country from an ominous threat. Among their arsenal will be twelve foot tall humanoid combat robots CIDs (Cybernetic Infantry Devices).

Adult non-fiction:

Kings of the Grail: tracing the historic journey of the Holy Grail from Jerusalem to Spain by Margaarita Torres Sevilla and Jose Miguel Ortega del Rio

Young adult:

Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider: What’s past is past. Well, sometimes.

Junior fiction:

Lumberjanes: the moon is up by Mariko Tamaki

Junior picture book:

Walk Your Dog by Elizabeth Stevens Omlor











































































































































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.