New Books


 Our afternoon reading club, “For Those Who Enjoy Reading” will meet on Thursday, December 6 at the library at 1 pm to discuss a Christmas book of the reader’s choice or a book that speaks to the reader. This will be our Christmas gathering.



For November 30, 2018:

Adult bestseller:

The Dead Ringer by M.C. Beaton: An Agatha Raisin mystery. In the idyllic Cotswolds village of Thirk Magna, the medieval church of St. Ethelred is renowned for its bells, which are the pride and joy of the community. The bell ringers are excited to learn that the Bishop is paying a visit to them and they want to honor him with a special pealing of the bells. Agatha has heard about a missing heiress and her connection to the bishop so she convinces one of the bell ringers to hire her to investigate. So with two people missing and three that were found, she and her staff embrace their newest case.

Desperate Measures by Stuart Woods: A Stone Barrington novel. New York City. After returning to the States from Europe, Stone meets a woman who seems to be the ideal candidate for his professional needs, a full-time pilot. Before long, he is soon protecting her as a series of crimes may soon make her a target as she is very similar to the other victims. .

Adult fiction:

The Winters by Lisa Gabriele: Echoes the classic Rebecca. A thriller of its own. A young woman, after a whirlwind romance, moves into the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her husband-to-be, Max Winter. In spite of the luxury, she is haunted by Rebekah, Max’s beautiful first wife and tormented by his teenage daughter Dani. Meanwhile Max harbors his ambitions that he will allow no one to interfere with.

Adult inspirational:

Pelican Point by Irene Hannon: #4 A Hope Harbor novel. Ben, a former Army doctor learns that a crumbling lighthouse is part of his inheritance. He wants to deal with it and go on his way. Then he meets the peppy red-haired editor of the Herald and her plans to save the lighthouse.

The First Love by Beverly Lewis: In the summer of 1951, Maggie a young Amish woman, thinks that her prospects of marriage don’t look good. She struggles with illness. She attends the tent revival meetings that come to her area and begins to hope.

Adult large print western:

Guns in Sage Valley: a western duo by Wayne D. Overholser

Adult non-fiction:

Cape Horn Birthday: record-breaking solo non-stop circumnavigation by Peter Freeman: In 1984 GPS did not exist when Peter set sail from Victoria, British Columbia. He used the old-fashioned way, a compass, a sextant, books of tables, and his wits. On his return to Victoria, he was greeted with the news that he had broken the existing world record.

Junior fiction:

Blackwells and the Briny Deep by Philippa Dowding

Junior non-fiction:

Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows and Purples: more than 20 vegetarian recipes: a colorful guide to things delicious and nutritious

Junior picture book:

Don’t Call Me Bear! by Aaron Blabey

Rhino in the House: the true story of saving Samia by Daniel Kirk


For November 23, 2018:

Adult bestseller:

Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs: The latest New Orleans Scrapbooking mystery. Carmela, a scrapbook shop owner, is excited when Mardi Gras begins with the marching of the parade. A week full of quality time with her boyfriend and special events. She sees her ex-husband and his group heading up the parade on their gigantic King Neptune float. But when his float crashes and explodes, all thoughts of revelry are gone. The CEO of a local hedge fund is a victim and when it comes out that Shamus made a bad investment in Wilder’s fund, he asks Carmela to help him out.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton: 1862. A group of young artists led by charismatic, talented Edward Radcliffe, decides to spend a month at Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. By the end of the month, something has happened to two of the women, a priceless heirloom is missing and Edward’s life is in ruins. Over a hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young London archivist, finds a leather satchel with two items: a sepia photograph of a beautiful young woman in Victorian clothing and an artist’s sketchbook with a drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river. The house, Birchwood Manor, feels so familiar to Elodie, why? And who is the woman in the photograph?

Holy Ghost by John Sandford: A Virgil Flowers novel. Wheatfield, Minnesota with a population of six hundred and a man campaigning to be mayor with a slogan “I’ll do what I can”. He and a buddy think that something dramatic that would draw thousands of pilgrims to them, who would need food, shelter and other items, well, that would put their place on the map and make many of them much richer.

Adult inspirational:

The Firelight Girls by Kaya McLaren: Summers that are spent at camp remain fondly in memories. Ethel, the former camp director faces change as the closure of the camp she has called home, looms. The four women learn that a homeless teen has been hiding at the camp. All four realizes that the camp represents survival and search for a way to save the camp and keep it going.

Adult large print western:

A Ranger Called Solitary by Barry Cord

Adult non-fiction:

Erebus: one ship, two epic voyages, and the greatest naval mystery of all time by Michael Palin

Young adult:

Here to Stay by Sara Farizan

Junior fiction:

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyanne Young

Junior picture book:

When I Grow Up by Julie Chen

Over at the Rink: a hockey counting book by Stella Partheniou Grasso


For November 16, 2018:

Adult bestseller:

Hippie by Paulo Coelho: Drawing on the experience of his own life, we return to relive the dreams of a generation who longed for peace and challenged the established social order.

An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris: An extraordinary thriller. Lizbeth Rose, a new character, is a mercenary for hire whom two Russian wizards hope will help them locate Oleg Karkarov, whom they believe is a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin.

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson: Gretel, as a child living on a canal boat with her mother, has always been intrigued by words. The two of them invented a language just for themselves. Now a lexicographer, she updates dictionary entries for a living. A phone call interrupts her isolation and she knows that she needs to go back.

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult: Powerful and provocative. Rushing to the scene at a women’s clinic, Hugh, a police hostage negotiator, is stunned to learn that his fifteen year old daughter is there, held with the other hostages.

Under My Skin by Lisa Unger: What if nightmares are actually memories? It’s been a year. Poppy went missing for a few days, turning up ragged and confused, wearing a tight red dress that she didn’t recognize after something happened to her husband Jack on his morning run in Manhattan’s Riverside Park at 5:00 am.

Adult biography:

Southern Discomfort: a memoir by Tena Clark

Adult inspirational:

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers: Roman, a successful Los Angeles artist appears to have it all, even a second identity, that of a notorious graffiti artist known as the Bird as he tags buildings and seemingly eludes capture. Grace, his recently hired personal assistant, has her own past secrets and doesn’t dare to dream again. Little by little, she begins to understand her enigmatic employer.

Adult non-fiction:

Broccoli, Love & Dark Chocolate: because food, love, and life should be delicious! by Liz Pearson

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart :poems by Alice Walker: Includes complete Spanish translation

Adult science fiction / fantasy:

Legion: the many lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson

Young adult:

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Junior easy reader:

Corduroy Makes a Cake by Alison Inches

Junior fiction:

Up in Arms by Amanda Spottiswoode

Junior non-fiction:

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: true tales of amazing boys who changed the world without killing dragons by Ben Brooks

Building Fighter Jets by Marne Ventura

Junior picture book:

I’m Big Now! by Anthea Simmons

Peppa Pig and the Silly Sniffles by Neville Astley

Sleep, Sheep! by Kerry Lyn Sparrow



For November 9, 2018:

Adult bestseller:

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith: A Cormoran Strike novel. Billy, a troubled young man, goes to private eye Strike’s office, asking for help to investigate a crime that he thought he witnessed as a child. Then in a panic, he bolts from the office. Strike and his partner set off on a twisting trail that leads through London and to a beautiful yet sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

Button Man by Andrew Gross: Morris, Sol and Harry grew up on New York’s Lower East Side. At twelve Morris apprentices with a garment manufacturer, Sol takes accounting but Harry is lured to a charismatic crime figure. Being a “button man” for ruthless Louis is just something he doesn’t want to give up. When Louis sets his sights on the unions controlling the garment industry, a showdown is inevitable pitting brother against brother.

Ambush, a Detective Michael Bennett thriller  by James Patterson and James O. Born: Two rival factions are at war and they now know where Michael and his family live. He learns that an anonymous tip was a setup and it was meant to lure him there. He enlists his investigators and resources to apprehend the assassin as quickly as possible. He realizes that somehow this is meant to be a personal attack.

Adult fiction:

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Adult inspirational:

Taken by Dee Henderson: Abducted at the age of sixteen and coerced into helping a crime family, Shannon has finally found her way out. She contacts private investigator Matthew, a former cop, to help her. He realizes that if the family knows she is alive, they will try to silence her. She may have enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a long time.

Adult large print western:

Three Trails to Triangle by Robert J. Horton

Adult non-fiction:

Flex Appeal: a vegetarian cookbook for families with meat-eaters by Pat Crocker and Nettie Cronish

The Flame: poems and selections from notebooks by Leonard Cohen

Young adult:

Sophie by Rick E. Thompson: Rick grew up on a farm in Manitoba and went to a small country school called Burnbank. Moving to B.C. in his late teens, he bought a farm, worked in the bush and sawmills. Now retired, he has taken to writing.

Junior fiction:

The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

Dog Days in the City by Jodi Kendall

Star Wars: galactic adventures storybook collection

Junior  picture book:

C is for Canada: celebrating our nation by MIke Ulmer

Around the World Right Now by Gina Cascone













































































































































































































































































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.