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About gplmarcia

Hello book aficionados! I am a librarian at GPL’s Main Library. Most of my time at work is spent on the Information Desk helping people with their information needs and, of course, finding a great book to read. I order the fiction books for the Main Library, so I have the inside track on what’s new, and what’s hot. In my spare time, I love to read (no surprise), walk my dogs (an English Setter and an Irish Red & White Setter) in the forest, visit the gym, and plan my next vacation (however humble that may be…I’m happy to go to the Blue Jays game).

Combining the tragic and the comic: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

My book club recently had an engaging and lively discussion about the fiction novel, All My Puny Sorrows.  The novel’s plot revolves around a family confronting the potential loss of a beloved member through suicide.  Elfrieda (Elf), despite her fame … Continue reading

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Rediscovering An Old Favorite: The Enduring Appeal Of John Grisham’s Legal Thrillers

Ever since I watched the movie The Paper Chase, I have been obsessed with the law. It was no surprise to me that after a few years at university I found myself a student at Western Law. After a few … Continue reading

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How To Live A Meaningful Life: The Road To Character by David Brooks

If you are a contemplative individual, and are prepared to critically examine all your beliefs and cultural assumptions, you will find much to admire in David Brooks’s original book, The Road To Character. The book is really an account of the … Continue reading

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The Power of Words: If You Find This Letter by Hannah Brencher

The Christmas season is a great time to reflect on one’s character and to determine what makes a “life well-lived.”  Whether you are young or old, becoming the best version of your self often presents a challenging dilemma. If you … Continue reading

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Literary Award Winners Announced: Perfect Additions To Your Reading List

It’s that time of year again…literary award season.  Here is a list of some of the recent winners that might intrigue your book club, interest you personally, or make a great Christmas gift for someone special: Man Booker Prize For … Continue reading

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Conquering Overwhelming Obstacles: Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius

We all face challenges as we move through the stages of life…whether it be losing weight, buying a new house, or the stress of a new job. Few of us, however, can imagine facing the obstacles that confronted Martin Pistorius and his … Continue reading

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Worthy Of All The Accolades: The Back Of The Turtle by Thomas King

The Guelph community is definitely proud to boast that one of our local authors, Thomas King, was the winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. King is considered to be one of Canada’s most prominent writers, and he is … Continue reading

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