New Books


 Our afternoon reading club, “For Those Who Enjoy Reading” will meet on Thursday,  May 3 at the library at 1 pm.  to discuss  “Oxygen” by Carol Cassella.


For April 27, 2018:

Adult bestseller:

Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry: A Daniel Pitt novel. 1910. Daniel, a junior barrister in London, at twenty-five is eager to make a name for himself, even though his parents are quite influential. His client is found guilty. Daniel has only twenty-one days to find the one who did it and free his client.

Queen Anne’s Lace by Susan Wittig Albert: A haunting mystery. China Bayles delves into Annie Laurie’s century old mystery after she finds a box of antique handcrafted lace and old photographs when she and Ruby clear out the loft above their shops. Soon the scent of lavender is noticed with sprigs of it appearing in unusual places. Items are misplaced and a customer sees a mysterious woman picking flowers close by, then suddenly disappearing.

The Kremlin’s Candidate by Jason Matthews: The third novel in the Red Sparrow trilogy.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate: Memphis, 1939. Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals in which a director of a Memphis based adoption organization kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families.

Shoot First by Stuart Woods: A Stone Barrington novel. A round of golf in Key West that Stone is enjoying is interrupted when one of his fellow players, a brilliant businesswomen who is behind a software startup on the cutting edge of technology, may have been the target of the disturbance. Then it becomes clear that this may just be the first attempt to push her out of the way. From Florida to an English country retreat Stone searches for the mastermind who is plotting against her.

Adult biography:

Farm Boy to Fly Boy by Col [Ret} G. Brennand: ”From his childhood growing up in Depression-era rural Manitoba to his rise through the ranks to become a colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) his memoir is as much a history of the RCAF in the twentieth century as it is an account of his own life.”

Adult inspirational:

Brides of Banff Springs in the Canadian Historical Brides series by Victoria Chatham: Tilly happily enjoys her new life, working at the prestigious Banff Springs Hotel, one of Canada’s great railway hotels. She likes the new people whom she meets, especially Ryan, a local trail guide. His work keeps him quite busy but he makes times for Tilly. Her mischievous sense of humour and her beautiful blue eyes captivate him. On the night that he intends to ask her to marry him, a guest goes missing from the hotel. Tilly thinks she may know where the guest has gone and sets out to look for her.

Romancing the Klondike: Yukon, book three in the Canadian Historical Brides series by Joan Donaldson-Yarmey: 1896. Nineteen year old Pearl and her cousin Emma are on their way to the Yukon River to write articles and draw illustrations about the people who are searching for gold in the far north.  Sam, Gordon and Donald have been there for five years without success. His friends decide it’s time to go home, then there’s excitement and drama when they hear about a new gold find on Rabbit Creek.

Junior picture book:

The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier

This is the Nest That Robin Built by Denise Fleming


For April 20, 2018:

Adult bestseller:

The Disappeared by C.J. Box: A Joe Pickett novel. A Wyoming game warden, Joe, has to contend with two cases, both with the potential to be quite lethal. Wyoming’s new governor has a job for Joe. A prominent British businesswoman has never come home from the high-end guest ranch that she was visiting and the British Embassy is persistent, asking for an answer. The ranches are stocked with handsome young cowboys with the possibility of an impetuous romance but there is no sign of her months after she vanished. The second case involves falconers.

The Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews: The second novel in the Red Sparrow trilogy. Captain Dominika stays a step ahead of exposure which would be disastrous for her.

The River House by Carla Neggers: A Swift River Valley novel. Felicity enjoys organizing social events for others, returning to Knights Bridge where she runs a thriving party-planning business. Gabriel, her childhood friend, returns unexpectedly to their tiny hometown, to attend the event that Felicity is hired to organize. Together they will face their complicated past.

Accidental Heroes by Danielle Steel: Two planes depart for San Francisco from New York’s John F. Kennedy airport. A TSA agent finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge that has an ambiguous message, maybe even ominous. Her supervisor dismisses her concerns but Bernice calls security and a senior Homeland Security agent arrives. He too becomes suspicious. Scanning the passenger manifests, he focuses on the A321 with Helen Smith as its senior pilot. Her record with military service is exemplary. Sifting through the list, Ben is convinced that someone on Helen’s plane is planning something.

To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear: A Maisie Dobbs novel. Spring, 1940. Maisie works against the backdrop of the uncertainty during the war, investigating the disappearance of a young apprentice working on a hush-hush government contract.

Adult inspirational:

His Brother’s Bride: Ontario, book two in the Canadian Historical Brides series by Nancy M. Bell: Annie, the youngest child of the evangelical preacher and the local doctor, was used to being responsible and committing herself to the difficult life on a pioneer farm. George, a young Doctor Barnardo boy, arrives to help her family during haying season. His younger brother Peter was placed with another neighbour close by. George and Annie fall in love, regardless of their different social standing. When he leaves for France, they have an understanding, but the time stretches on.

Adult non-fiction:

Canadianity: tales from the true north strong and freezing by Jeremy Taggart and Jonathan Torrens

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Junior non-fiction:

The Best of Team Canada by Erin Hicks

Junior picture book:

Take Ted Instead by Cassandra Webb


For April 13, 2018:

Adult bestseller:

The Bishop’s Pawn by Steve Berry: Fifty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, investigates the truth of what really happened in Memphis on April 4, 1968.

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian: Cassandra, a flight attendant, awakens one morning in a Dubai hotel room, trying to remember the night before, counting the time she has until she catches the crew shuttle to the airport. She is astonished to find that there is someone else in her room, inert. She is afraid to call the police, deciding not to say anything to her crew or while on the flight to Paris, working the first class cabin. Lying to the FBI agents who meet her at the gate, she wonders at her loss of memory.

The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard: Romantic suspense. Jina works in Communications for a paramilitary organization, liking her career. She is reassigned to work as an on-site drone operator in the field with one of the GO-Teams. She needs to work on her athletic ability to work in the field however or she will be sent back. Her team leader doesn’t think she will pass the rigors of training but she begins to thrive in her new environment.

Duel to the Death by J.A. Jance: An Ali Reyonolds mystery. Stuart thinks that after he got the man responsible for his best friend’s demise, the case is closed. Then he finds himself with a multi-million dollar fortune in Bitcoins that Frigg, the rogue AI program created by the criminal, has sent to him in a desperate bid to prevent itself from being deactivated. Stu recruits Ali to sort this out and take Frigg down for good. Graciella, the right hand woman to the leader of a dangerous drug cartel, has plans for that AI, and maybe not good.

The Third Victim by Phillip Margolin: A woman who was kidnapped,  has now escaped from her captor, stumbling onto a dark road in rural Oregon. Two other victims were not so lucky. She identifies the house where she said she was held and the owner is arrested. He proclaims his innocence. Regina Barrister takes on the seemingly impossible task of defending him. Robin, a young lawyer, is second chair to Regina, and something in the details of the case niggles at her, something that may be quite revealing.

Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts: Nora’s first novel which is the story of a young immigrant employed by a race horse breeder and an American romance.

Adult fiction:

What They Do in the Dark by Amanda Coe

Adult non-fiction:

Roots of Entanglement: essays in the history of Native-Newcomer relations edited by Myra Rutherdale, Kerry Abel, and P. Whitney Lackenbauer

Junior easy reader

Max & Ruby!: Max’s Half Birthday by Rosemary Wells

Junior non-fiction:

The Best of the Winnipeg Jets by Patrick Donnelly

 Junior picture book:

Pete the Cat: the Petes go marching by James Dean














































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.