New Books


 Our afternoon reading club, “For Those Who Enjoy Reading” will meet on Thursday,  October  5 at the library at 1 pm.  to discuss   “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou.


For September 29 , 2017:

Adult bestseller:

Y is For Yesterday by Sue Grafton: “Yesterday was for youthful indiscretions. Today is for consequences.”  In 1979, one of the most disturbing case reports that Kinsey Millhome has in her files concerned four teenage boys.  One of them turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted while the ringleader disappears without a trace.

Proof of Life by J. A. Jance:  A J.P. Beaumont novel.   “Be careful what you wish for. . .”  Now retired, J.P. Beaumont anticipated days to himself  as well as spending quality time with his wife, Mel, Bellingham’s chief of police and his two grown children.  When his long-time nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole dies in a fire that is deemed accidental, J.P. is called into the investigation at the request of the victim who maybe anticipated something like this.

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena: Author of The Couple Next Door.  She’s home making dinner for her husband when she receives a call that she hoped that she would never get.  She jumps into her car, racing to a neighbourhood she never thought she would visit, peers into a dark, deserted building that was an abandoned restaurant.  Later remembering nothing as she rushes to her car to flee the area.  Her husband was told that she was in an accident when she lost control of her vehicle in the roughest part of town.  The police think that she was up to no good but her husband knows that she wouldn’t be and refuses to believe that.

The Store by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo: The Store is always watching.  Jacob and Megan have been employed at the very successful, ultra-secretive Store  Everything should be good and safe, except that they are gathering material of their own, writing a book that will expose the Store.

Adult biography:

The Little Princess: the story of the Queen’s childhood  by her nanny, Marion Crawford

Adult fiction:

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka: A thriller.  Colorado.  When something happens to a beloved high schooler, Lucinda Hayes,  three people, Cameron, Jade and Russ must confront their darkest secrets.

Adult non-fiction:

Game of Spies: the secret agent, the traitor and the Nazi  by Paddy Ashdown in collaboration with Sylvie Young: A lethal spy triangle involving three men.

Quick Rotary Cutter Quilts from Pam Bono Designs

Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Junior fiction:

Thea Stilton and the Mystery in Paris by Geronimo Stilton

Junior picture book:

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle


For September 22 , 2017:

Adult bestseller:

Point of Contact (Tom Clancy), a Jack Ryan Jr. novel by Mike Maden: Singapore.  A defense contractor has an urgent problem: he needs someone to look over the books of a company based there quite quickly.  He turns to his old friend and asks for two specific analysts: Jack Ryan, Jr. and Paul Brown, a forensic accountant.

I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen: Rizzoli & Isles.  Boston PD detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have two cases, at quite different locations, to contend with, searching for connections, because there does seem to be something quite similar.

The Only Cafe by Linden MacIntyre:  Pierre had married twice, became a lawyer and a father but didn’t let anyone really get to know him.  In the midst of a corporate scandal, he had gone missing after his boat had exploded.  Five years later, he is still missing.  At the reading of his will, instead of a funeral he had wanted a “roast” at a bar that no one knew that he had frequented: the Only cafe in Toronto’s east end, even leaving a guest list including a mysterious name, Ari.  His son Cyril sets out to track Ari down.

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter: A cold case thriller and psychological suspense.Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and her sister Samantha’s happy home life was ended, losing their mother and leaving their father, Pikesville’s notorious defense attorney, devastated.  Now Charlotte has become a lawyer herself.  She is the first witness on a scene that unleashes  memories of the past that she has been trying to suppress.

Map  of the Heart by Susan Wiggs:  “Love and family.  War and secrets.  Betrayal and redemption.”  A story that spans decades and oceans, from the battlefields in France in World War II to present day Delaware.  Camille, her father and her teen age daughter Julie return to the French town of his youth, reawakening memories and recollections that will assist them in uncovering their family’s surprising history.

Adult fiction:

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt: August 4, 1892.  Lizzie’s memories of that morning flash through her mind in scattered fragments.

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 non-fiction:

Field Guide to Horses by Kindrie Grove

The Ghost Orchard: the hidden history of the apple in North America by Helen Humphreys

Young adult:

Mr. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith

Junior fiction:

Ariel Makes Waves by Liz Marsham in  Disney Princess Beginnings

Junior picture book:

Flower Girl by Kathy Furgang


For September 15 , 2017:

Adult bestseller:

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown: Kerra, a TV journalist, on the trail of a story that could bring her fame, decides to interview Major Franklin, who, twenty-five years ago, rescued a handful of survivors from a Dallas hotel, making him a national icon.  How to get an exclusive with someone now so reclusive?  She decides to get an introduction to his estranged son, then arranges her interview, which goes awry with unknown assailants targeting both the Major and herself.

The Last Tudor  by Philippa Gregory: Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days when her father and his allies crowned her instead of the previous king’s half sister Mary Tudor who gathered an army, claimed her throne and locked Jane in the Tower of London.

Crime Scene by Jonathan Kellerman & Jesse Kelleman: A professor’s daughter Tatiana, insists that her father was the victim of foul play and she persuades Clay Edison to take a close look at his life, especially when something nearly identical happened to the professor’s colleague.

Three Brides, No Groom by Debbie Macomber: A trilogy of loosely linked short stories with her classic warmth and gentle humour as three college friends meet at the old cement fountain located in the center of Queen Anne University in Seattle, each arriving from a different direction, each burdened with memories of the past: Gretchen, Miss Popularity, as well as class president; Carol, head cheerleader and Maddie, the class “bad girl”

Adult biography:

Ballplayer by Chipper Jones with Carroll Rogers Walton: He became an eight-time All-Star who amassed Hall of Fame-worthy statistics during a nineteen-year career with the Atlanta Braves.  He was a country boy from small town Pierson, Florida who grew up playing baseball with his dad in the backyard with a dream of being a major league ballplayer.

Adult fiction:

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 years old  Hendrik Groen, translated by Hester Velmans:  An international bestseller.  Living in a retirement home, he and his eccentric group of friends decide to rebel.  A story of an older man who is still young at heart.

Adult non-fiction:

Double Cross: the true story of the D-Day spies by Ben Macintyre

Rotary Cutting & Speed Piecing from Rodale’s Successful Quilting Library

Junior fiction:

Royal Crush by Meg Cabot: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess

Junior non-fiction:

One Big Happy Family; heartwarming stories of animals caring for one another by Lisa Rogak

Junior picture book:

Inside a Barn in the Country: a Rebus read-along story by Alyssa Satin Capucilli


















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.