New Books


 Our afternoon reading club, “For Those Who Enjoy Reading” will meet on Thursday, October 4 at the library at 1 pm to discuss “Winter Solstice” by Rosamunde Pilcher.


For September 28, 2018:

Adult bestseller:

Feared by Lisa Scottoline: Three men state that they are suing the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm, for reverse discrimination. Mary and Bennie are outraged. Their one male employee intends to resign, saying that there is some truth in this case.

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter: Andrea Oliver thinks that she knows everything about her mother, that she likes their quiet life, and has never kept any secrets. Andrea is surprised when she sees a totally different side to her mother, a woman who coolly faces down a criminal during an act of violence at the mall. For nearly thirty years she has kept her past hidden, hoping that she won’t be found. Now that she is exposed, someone from the past will be coming to find her and her family.

Women Talking by Miriam Toews: On a quiet June morning in 2009, August Epp waits in the hayloft of a barn, with his notebook. Women have asked him to record what they have to say, having forty-eight hours to make a choice that will affect all the women and the children in the colony.

Starlight by Richard Wagamese: Frank Starlight has settled into his quiet life working his remote farm. He ventures into the country around his property to photograph the wild animals thriving there. When he encounters Emmy, a young woman on the run with her daughter, he offers them a home when they are caught in the store for shoplifting. Gradually this changes into a real family. The threat arrives when her violent ex-boyfriend appears, wanting revenge, not waning to let her go.

Adult fiction:

The Boy at the Keyhole by Stephen Giles

Not Our Kind by Kitty Zeldis

Adult non-fiction:

Making Bent Willow Furniture by Brenda and Brian Cameron

Cook With Jamie: my guide to making you a better cook by Jamie Oliver

Adult non-fiction: Family Resource Centre:

7 Secrets of the Newborn: secrets and (happy) surprises of the first year by Robert C. Hamilton, M.D.

Young adult:

The Night Garden by Polly Horvath

Junior easy reader:

Everest: reaching for the sky by Joy Masoff

 Junior non-fiction:

Herstory: 50 women and girls who shook up the world by Katherine Halligan

Munsch at Play: eight more stage adaptations Act 2 plays by Irene N. Watts, original stories by Robert Munsch

Junior picture book:

At the Pond by Werner Zimmermann


For September 21, 2018:

Adult bestseller:

A Darkness of the Heart by Gail Bowen: A Joanne Kilbourn mystery. At the age of sixty Joanne learns that the reserved general practitioner whom she believed was her father, was the best friend of her biological father. She certainly has questions. When Joanne and Zack’s eighteen year old daughter begins a close friendship with the seventeen year old actress starring in the movie that  is an adaptation of a Broadway mega-hit,  they soon learn disturbing truths about the dark side of the film industry.

Four Funerals and a Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen: A Royal Spyness mystery. Lady Georgina Rannoch takes on the responsibilities of a grand estate shortly before her wedding to Darcy O’Mara. Soon she is thinking, if only they had eloped. The queen has offered the princesses as bridesmaids. Lady Georgiana has withdrawn from the royal line of succession, hoping to simplify her life. Now if they could only find a suitable place for their home.

Impostor’s Lure by Carla Neggers: A Sharpe & Donovan novel. Emma and Colin, newlyweds, become suspicious when prosecutor Tamara McDermott doesn’t arrive for a Boston dinner party. Matt, the head of HIT, Emma and Colin’s small, elite Boston based team is her friend and asks them to find her. Meanwhile in London, a woman who was supposed to meet with Emma’s art detective grandfather to speak about forgeries has been almost silenced. Her husband in Boston has disappeared. Both have a connection to Tamara.

Triple Homicide: from the case files of Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, and the Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson

Adult biography:

The Imposter: a true story by Javier Cercas: Who is Enric Marco? For decades, he gave many speeches and interviews about being in the Spanish Civil War and being a Holocaust survivor. In May 2005, he was exposed as never being in a Nazi concentration camp.

Adult fiction:

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure: In 1942 Lucien, a gifted architect, accepts a commission that will bring him plenty of money but it may also cause serious problems for him. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, in a space that is so invisible that the searching officers won’t find him. Outwitting them becomes a personal challenge.

Adult non-fiction:

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Adult non-fiction: Family Resource Center

Small Animals: parenthood in the age of fear by Kim Brook

Junior easy reader:

Earth Smart: how to take care of the environment by Leslie Garrett

Junior picture book:

Curious George Learns to Count From 1 to 100: counting, grouping, mapping and more!


For September 14, 2018:

Adult bestseller:

Tailspin by Sandra Brown: Rye Mallett, a fearless pilot who flies freight in any weather, has a reputation for delivering the goods safely to their destination. When one pilot refuses to fly into the fogbound northern Georgia town to deliver a mysterious black box to a Dr. Lambert, Rye doesn’t hesitate, he begins preparation and takes off. Brady is supposed to be at the landing field to make sure that the lights are on. As he is landing someone aims a laser at his face, blinding him and he veers off into the bush. He is able to move, grabs the black box, hides himself and waits for the suspect to show up.

The Breakers by Marcia Muller: A Sharon McCone mystery. Sharon’s neighbours, the Curleys, request her to check on their daughter, Chelle, who hasn’t answered their call for over a week. She has been living at her latest rehab project, a Prohibition era nightclub known as the Breakers, which was favoured destination for the elite of San Francisco. It was converted to an apartment building. Something is creating a sinister feeling, Sharon soon discovers why. Between two floors a secret room holds a macabre art gallery. Alarmed, Sharon wonders what Chelle is doing in this evil space and the search is on.

Swift Vengeance by T. Jefferson Parker: A thriller. Private Investigator Roland Ford is investigating the criminal who has been attacking CIA drone operators and leaving puzzling clues at the crime scenes.

The Money Shot by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall: A Teddy Fay novel featuring Stone Barrington. Teddy Fay, a man of mystery and intrigue, has a new disguise, that of a stuntman and actor in Centurion Pictures’ most recent film. When the leading lady begins to receive blackmail threats, he is there, ready to investigate. It seems that the villains don’t want money, that they have. They want prestige and a little vengeance.

Adult audio book:

Paradox by Catherine Coulter, performed by MacLeod Andrews and Renee Raudman

Adult fiction:

The Overstory by Richard Powers: Winner of the National Book Award. Nine strangers are summoned together to create a stand that will save the continent’s few remaining acres of unspoiled forests. A work of activism and resistance.

Adult non-fiction:

A Deal with the Devil; the dark and twisted true story of one of the biggest cons in history by Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken

Legion: Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario Command Military Service Recognition Book, volume 8

Junior picture book:

In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes









































































































































































































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.