New Books


 Our afternoon reading club, “For Those Who Enjoy Reading” will meet on Thursday, August 1 at the library at 1 pm to discuss “The Midwife’s Sister by Christine Lee.


For July 26, 2019:

Adult bestsellers:

The Scent Keepers by Erica Bauermeister: Explores the provocative beauty of scent. Emmaline, living a happy childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses but he doesn’t explain the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin or anything about the machine that creates them.

The Summoning by Heather Graham: Krewe of Hunters. Kristi inherits a property in the old part of Savannah, knowing that it comes with a history. She decided to keep it as a bed-and-breakfast as it was well established. However that one night when she awakens and sees someone sitting in the chair beside her bed, she races to the front door, opens it and runs into a very early arriving guest.

Cari Mora by Thomas Harris:

The Island by Ragnar Jonasson, translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb: A thriller. A small group of four friends plan on a quiet weekend getaway to an old hunting lodge on an isolated island, Ellidaey, that’s beautiful but cut off from the rest of the world. Bad choice. A young woman ‘fell’ from the top of the cliff on the other side of the island. There was no way that any one of the group could descend the face of the cliff  but they could see her. Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik police department is determined to find the truth and see if there is some connection to a crime ten years age where a young woman lost her life.

The Night Window by Dean Koontz: a Jane Hawk novel. The rogue FBI agent continues her battle against the evil forces that swirl around her, threatening her beloved family.

If She Wakes by Michael Koryta: Tara, a senior at an idyllic Hammel College in Maine, is driving a professor to a conference on campus. He makes a strange request just moments before they are victims of a brutal accident. He passes on, and Tara is left in a coma. Abby, an insurance investigator, is hired by the college to investigate the case. She realizes what happened is no accident and soon she is on the run with a hit man after her.

Adult biography:

The Edge of Every Day by Marin Sardy

Adult non-fiction:

Indigenous Relations: insights, tips & suggestion to make reconciliation a reality by Bob Joseph with Cynthia F. Joseph

Young adult:

Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi

The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Junior board book:  Farm (in Braille) by Emma Grange

Junior fiction: Miss Porter Is Out of Order! by Dan Gutman

Junior non-fiction:

Trash Talk: moving toward a zero-waste world by Michelle Mulder

Rock Your Wardrobe: packed with creative craft activities by Laura Torres

Card Tricks by Stephanie Turnbull

Junior picture book:

What Are You Doing Benny? by Cary Fagan

You’re Missing it! by Brady Smith



For July 19, 2019:

Adult bestsellers:

The Kremlin Strike by Dale Brown: The Iron Wolf Squadron is called upon to investigate and handle a new threat.

The Daughter’s Tale by Armando Lucas Correa: Berlin, 1939. Amanda and her husband Julius’ lives are shattered when their beloved bookshop is burned. He is sent to a concentration camp and she flees to the south of France, desperate to save her children. Along the way, a refugee ship bound for Cuba offers another chance for escape. At the dock, Amanda is forced to make an impossible choice.

The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver: Suspense. A young woman has gone missing in Silicone Valley. Her father has hired Colter Shaw to find her. He makes a living as a “reward seeker”, helping police solve crimes. Another victim is kidnapped and the clues point to one video game with a troubled past. In that game a player has to survive after being abandoned in an inhospitable setting with five random objects. Is someone copying the game?

A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay: Renaissance Italy. Danio’s intelligence won him entry into a renowned school, even though he had humble beginnings. Now he is in service at the court of a count. The count has many enemies, as he is not a good person. Danio recognizes Adria one autumn night, entering the count’s chambers. She is on a mission and wants to eliminate the count.

Adult biography:

The Golden Boy of Crime: the almost certainly true story of Norman “Red” Ryan by Jim Brown

Adult fiction:

Battle Sight Zero by Gerald Seymour: a thriller. ‘The first rule of undercover: Don’t get too close to the target’  Andy Knight lives a lonely life, that of an undercover officer. Currently he works as a lorry driver, befriending a young woman who will soon play a central role in a carefully arranged plot.

Adult non-fiction:

Furious Hours: murder, fraud, and the last trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

The Prairie Table: suppers, potlucks, & socials: crowd-pleasing recipes to bring people together by Karlynn Johnston aka The Kitchen Magpie

Young adult:

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman

Junior fiction:

Dream Within a Dream by Patricia MacLachlan

Junior non-fiction:

Making Shelter by Neil Champion

Every Last Drop: bringing clean water home by Michelle Mulder

Junior picture book:

Hello, Crabby! by Jonathan Fenske

My Puppy Patch by Theo Heras

You Are Three by Sara O’Leary

A Friend for Dragon by Dav Pilkey


For July 12, 2019:

Adult bestsellers:

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini: Mildred Fish, a Wisconsin graduate student marries a brilliant German economist and happily accompanies him to Germany to live. In the 1930s as the political scene changes, Mildred and her friends vow to resist.

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth: Five years ago when Lucy met her husband’s mother, she knew that Diana had envisioned someone else for her son. Lucy made many attempts to win her over but to no avail. Now a note left near her body claims that she wanted to end her life, but there are traces of poison in her body and evidence of suffocation.

Tight Rope by Amanda Quick: Amalie, a former trapeze artist, moved to Burning Cove, to remake her life. She spends her entire inheritance on a mansion, planning on converting it into a bed and breakfast. Too late she learns about the curse. When something happens to her first guest, a doctor, rumors swirl. Life becomes chaotic.

Blessing in Disguise by Danielle Steel: Isabelle, a young intern at an art gallery in Paris, meets Putnam, an older wealthy man who lives in seclusion from the world. She spends time at his chateau on the Normandy coast. She returns to New York and embarks on a new relationship which she hopes will be more stable and traditional. She realizes that she has made a mistake. She takes a third chance at love, but life takes a dramatic turn.

Adult biography:

Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the making of an American imagination by Brian Jay Jones

Adult fiction:

Children of the Moon by Anthony De Sa: Tanzania, 1956. A Maasai woman gives birth to a daughter with albinism. She is ostracised. Further south, Ezequiel struggles for acceptance too. Adopted by missionaries, he is not recognized by his father’s community or his mother’s tribe. They meet, fall in love, yet attempt to reconcile the differences that divide yet unite them.

Adult non-fiction:

Finding Your Canadian Ancestors: a beginner’s guide by Sherry Irvine and Dave Obee

The Bulldog and the Heliz: DNA and the pursuit of justice in a frontier town by Shayne Morrow

The Ghost Garden by Susan Doherty

Young adult:

Hearts Made For Breaking by Jen Klein

Junior fiction:

Toby’s Story, a dog’s purpose puppy tale by W. Bruce Cameron

Junior non-fiction:

Finding Food and Water by Neil Champion

Going Wild: helping nature thrive in cities by Michelle Mulder

Junior picture book:

Be a Good Dragon by Kurt Curus

You Are Two by Sara O’Leary

Curious George Goes Swimming by Jargret & H.A. Rey

Jasper & Ollie by Alex Willan



For July 5, 2019:

Adult bestsellers:

The Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich and Peter Evanovich: a Fox and O’Hare novel. FBI agent Kate O’Hare and charming con man Nicolas Fox are hunting for a kidnapped billionaire in Hawaii, their only lead. Posing as a married couple in the big wave surfer community on Maui’s North Shore, they hope to get close to the missing man’s son.

The Road Home by Richard Paul Evans: The dramatic conclusion to the riveting Broken Road trilogy  a powerful redemption story about finding happiness on a pilgrimage across America’s iconic Route 66.

The 18th Abduction by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro: the new Women’s Murder Club novel. The disappearance of three female teachers, after an innocent night out, becomes very puzzling after they seem to have vanished without a trace.

Adult biography:

Nanaville: adventures in grandparenting by Anna Quindlen

A Different Kind of Daughter: the girl who hid from the Taliban in plain sight by Maria Toorpakai with Katharine Holstein

Adult fiction:

The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott: Psychological suspense. ‘Some doors should stay locked.’ Ailsa inherits an eerie old Scottish manor in the misty highlands, actually only half of the house. The other half belongs to a man who disappeared twenty-seven years ago, without a trace, her father. She has left London to settle her mother’s estate, feeling decidedly not welcome, even the neighbourhood animals will not enter the gates of the garden.

Adult inspirational:

Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury: Cole is just months away from going to college, following his his dream of a career in medicine. That final semester he meets Elise, the new mysterious girl who is determined to change her wild ways. He falls in love with her.

Adult non-fiction:

A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors: special strategies for uncovering hard-to-find information about your female lineage by Sharon De Bartolo Carmack

Once More We Saw Stars: a memoir by Jayson Greene

Young adult:

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

Junior easy board book:

Look, There’s a Helicopter! by Esther Aarts

Junior fiction:

Bravelands: shifting shadows by Erin Hunter

Junior non-fiction:

Biomass Power by Neil Morris

Food in the Settler Life in Canada series by Anita Yasuda

Junior picture book:

You Are One by Sara O’Leary

The Night Library by David Zeltser

Always With You by Eric Walters

















































































































































































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.