GPL on Inside Guelph

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  1. Each Thursday a GPL staffer has their moment in the spotlight during the Rogers TV broadcast of Inside Guelph with host Trish Stevenson. Check out this page regularly to see what books we’ve been talking about!

 Check out the librarian- recommended titles in the new season of Inside Guelph.

May 24 with Meg Forestell-Page

always somethingAlways Something There to Remind Me by Beth Harbison

Erin Edwards was sure she’d already found the love of her life in Nate Lawson who was her first love – the one she thought she would spend the rest of her life with. One terrible night she made a mistake Nate could not forgive and left her to mourn the relationship she could never forget or get over. Twenty years later, Erin is contentedly involved with a phenomenal guy, maneuvering a successful and exciting career, and raising a great daughter all on her own. But the name “Nate Lawson”  stuck in her mind when her boyfriend asked her to marry him and she found herself  stuck on the love she never forgot. The more she tries to ignore it and move on, the more it haunts her. This story will resonate with any woman who has ever thought of that one first love and wondered what her life could have been like.  Filled with Beth Harbison’s trademark nostalgia humour and heart, it will transport you, and inspire you to believe in the power of first love.

Good in Bed by Jennifer Weinergood in bed

Humiliated to discover that her ex-boyfriend has been chronicling their sex life in a series of articles called “Loving a Larger Woman” in a popular women’s magazine, journalist Cannie Shapiro embarks on an adventure-filled odyssey as she confronts her losses, makes peace with the past, and comes to terms with herself.

certain girlsCertain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

A breezy, sweetly oddball urban fairy tale, this sequel to the bestselling Good in Bed picks up with an older, wiser, and thinner Cannie Shapiro raising her 13-year-old daughter, Joy.

 

Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weidbergereverone worth knowing

Soon after Bette Robinson quits her horrendous Manhattan banking job like the impulsive girl she’s never been, the novelty of walking her four-pound dog around her unglamorous Murray Hill neighborhood wears as thin as the “What are you going to do with your life?” phone calls from her parents. Then Bette meets Kelly, head of Manhattan’s hottest PR firm, and suddenly she has a brand-new job where the primary requirement is to see and be seen inside the VIP rooms of the city’s most exclusive nightclubs. But when Bette begins appearing in a vicious new gossip column, she realizes that the line between her personal and professional life is…invisible.

heat waveHeat Wave by Nancy Thayer

After her husband’s sudden death from a heart attack and to keep her family in their beloved Nantucket home, Carley Winsted transforms her expensive, expansive house into a bed-and-breakfast. But complications arise: Carley’s mother-in-law disapproves; a friend forces Carley to keep a secret that, if revealed, will undo families and friendships; and, her late husband’s former law partner keeps showing up at the most unexpected times.

 

 

 

May 17 with Steve Kraft

rain dogsRain Dogs by Adrian McKinty

It’s just the same things over and again for Sean Duffy: riot duty, heartbreak, cases he can solve but never get to court. But what detective gets two locked-room mysteries in one career? When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. A few things  bother Duffy enough to keep the case file open. He finds out that she was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: Who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?

Dictator by Robert Harrisdictator

There was a time when Cicero held Caesar’s life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure and Cicero’s life is in ruins. Exiled, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, his life constantly in danger, Cicero is tormented by the knowledge that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles. His comeback requires wit, skill and courage — and for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome. But politics is never static and no statesman, however cunning, can safeguard against the ambition and corruption of others.

Crime Drama TV shows

Ray DonovanRay Donovan Season Three

Even Ray Donovan‘s actions have consequences and he soon learns that clean slates are a dirty business. Ray has taken some hits that would leave lesser men down for the count, but what doesn’t kill a Donovan only makes him stronger. One thing’s for sure, whether you’re with him or against him, it may be a new day, but it’s the same Ray.

endeavourEndeavour Season Two

The continuing stories of rookie Constable Morse. The young Endeavour Morse is on the case, before his signature red Jaguar, but with his deductive powers already running in high gear.

last tangoLast Tango in Halifax Season Three

The award-winning, heartwarming Last Tango in Halifax returns to welcome Alan and Celia to the newlywed life. Reunited after 60 years, Celia finds that she may not know everything about Alan when a dark secret from his past is brought to light. Will the couple be able to move forward? Celia’s daughter, Caroline, and her very pregnant partner work on moving their growing family forward when tragedy strikes. Caroline quickly realizes she needs all the help she can get – even if it’s from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, Alan’s daughter, Gillian, finds herself overwhelmed between affairs, proposals, and the new family secret. Never one to disappoint in either laughs or tears, Season Three continues to explore the complexities of family, making it a brilliant addition to an award-winning set.

May 10 with Elissa Davidson

Another dayAnother Day by David Levithan

In this eagerly anticipated companion t0  his New York Times bestseller Every Day, Levithan tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change a person. Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up. Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day–a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yooneverything

The narrator suffers from a rare but famous disease, a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency.  It means that she is allergic to the world, has not left her house in seventeen years and sees only  her mother and her nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck brings  new next door neighbors.   She is mesmerized by his appearance and She starts to change and to want things, especially to escape her  bubble and find out everything, everything the world has to offer.

finding audreyFinding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey‘s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumynhot p boyfriend

Prepare to be blown away–or rather, carried away on huge muscular wings–by this blissfully outlandish, bracingly-smart, tour de force about a teen who has to come to terms with relinquishing control for the first time as she falls for the hot new…pterodactyl…at school. After all, everybody wants him! Shiels is very pleased with her perfectly controlled life  as the Student Body Chair with a loving boyfriend.  Everything changes when the first-ever interspecies transfer student, a pterodactyl named Pyke, enrolls at her school. There’s something about him–something primal–that causes the students to lose control whenever he’s around. Even Shiels, the seemingly perfect self-confident girl that she is, can’t keep her mind off of him, despite her doting boyfriend and despite the fact that Pyke immediately starts dating Jocelyn, the school’s fastest runner who Shiels has always discounted as a nobody. Something strange happens to her at the school dance and she is no longer in control.  The book is about a teen who must come to terms with not being in control of all things at all times, break free of her mundane life, discover who her true self is and that it is okay to break lose sometimes.

I crawlI Crawl Through It by A.S. King

Four teenagers are on the verge of exploding. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of past trauma, the buried grief and guilt of tragic loss. They are desperate to cope, but no one is listening.So they will lie. They will split in two. They will turn inside out. They will even build an invisible helicopter to fly themselves far away…but nothing releases the pressure. Because, as they discover, the only way to truly escape their world is to fly right into it.  A.S. King reaches new heights in this groundbreaking work of surrealist fiction; it will mesmerize readers with its deeply affecting exploration of how we crawl through traumatic experience-and find the way out.

May 3 with Tricia Gray  – Bookmobile events and activities

idea of canadaThe Idea of Canada: Letters to a Nation by David Johnston

Touching on a wide range of topics ranging from learning, the law, kindness and courage, to the monarchy, Aboriginal education, justice, bilingualism, mental health and hockey, David Johnston has always used the letter writing form to tackle the passions, challenges, and goals of his incredibly accomplished and varied life. From his earliest years at Harvard, he has written several letters each day, starting with those to his large family, and broadening out to an ever-widening circle of friends that includes ministers and monarchs, educators and entrepreneurs, and many extraordinary Canadians who have deepened his perspective and touched his heart. The letters included in this beautiful volume are all about Canada — a project to help him understand and share his views on this great country, past, present and future. Presented in three parts — What Shapes Me, What Consumes Me, and What Comforts Me — His Excellency reaches out to everyone from his grandchildren, Kevin Vickers, Clara Hughes, Chris Hadfield, the Aga Khan, Tina Fontaine, Mike Lazaridis, the teachers of our country, a grade five class in Winnipeg, an unknown Inuit boy he met at Rideau Hall, and many others.

Game of Crowns:  Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate and the Throne by Christopher Andersengame of crowns

The    bestselling author of William and Kate and The Day Diana Died takes a compulsively readable look into the relationships and rivalries of Queen Elizabeth, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Kate Middleton. One has been famous longer than anyone on the planet–a wily stateswoman and an enduring symbol of a fading institution. One is the great-granddaughter of a king’s mistress and a celebrated homewrecker who survived a firestorm of scorn to marry her lover and replace her arch rival, a beloved twentieth-century figure. One is a beautiful commoner, the university-educated daughter of a self-made entrepreneur, a fashion idol, and wife and mother to two future kings.  Master biographer Christopher Andersen takes readers behind palace walls to examine the surprising similarities and stark differences among three remarkable women–Queen Elizabeth,  Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; and Princess Kate. Andersen reveals what transpires within the royal family away from the public’s prying eyes; how the women actually feel about each other; how they differ as lovers, wives, and mothers; and how they are reshaping the landscape of the monarchy in this addictive read that will shock even those who are spellbound by the royal palace.

Lots of exciting activities being planned to interact with our Guelph Community this summer –  Friday’s at Market Square with the Guelph Public Library

  • July 8th  Explore Guelph  (community helpers)
  • July 15th  Science Fun – Let’s talk Science
  • July 22nd Music Mania
  • Aug 5th Kristen Critters – Kristen Bowman
  • Aug 12th  Games Galore
  •  Aug 19th Technology Fun – Ben Lorimer
  • Have a wild time cooling off at Market Square with some fun library activities. In the event of rain, these programs will be held at the Main Library. All ages!  1:30 – 2:30 pm

In addition we hope to attend the Guelph Rotary Ribfest Ribs bookmobile

on August 26-28th at Riverside Park

  • Bookmobile Services is always looking to accommodate our Guelph Community wherever the need is identified.
    • If you have an event within our Guelph Community and you would like Guelph Public Library to attend, drop us a line
    • If your organization could benefit from the Bookmobile Services attending your organization on a regular scheduled basis, let us know
    • CALL 519.829.4401 extension 251
  • We continue to operate on a 2 week, modified schedule by City of Guelph van to facilities who can accommodate us inside.

April 26 with Tara Harvie – Looking ahead to summer reads

what the waves knowWhat the Waves Know by Tamara Valentine

In the tradition of Sue Monk Kidd and Beth Hoffman comes a compelling debut novel about a young woman’s quest to find herself-and her voice-on the island where she lost both.  In Rhode Island on tiny Tillings Island,  Izabella Rae Haywood’s  there, father left on her 6th birthday, and took her voice with him. Eight years later, Iz’s mother is through with social workers, psychiatrists and her daughter’s silence. In one last attempt to return Iz’s voice, they board the ferry to Tillings hoping the journey will help Izabella heal herself. Everyone in Tillings seems to know something Iz does not and each has an opinion about Izabella’s dreamer of a father, the undercurrents of whose actions have spun so many lives off course. Now, as the island’s annual Yemayá festival prepares to celebrate the ties that bind mothers to children, lovers to each other, and humankind to the sea, Izabella must unravel the tangled threads of her own history and reclaim a voice gone silent, or risk losing herself to the past.  This moving, magical novel that asks us to consider the stories which tell the truth and the stories we tell ourselves.

Before the Fall by Noah HawleyBefore the fall

The stories of ten wealthy victims of a plane crash intertwine with those of a down-on-his-luck painter and a four-year-old boy, the tragedy’s only survivors, as odd coincidences surrounding the crash point to a possible conspiracy.  Or was something far more sinister at work? Events soon threaten to spiral out of control in an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations. And while the painter Scott struggles to cope with fame that borders on notoriety, the authorities scramble to salvage the truth from the wreckage. Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.

be frankBe Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Reclusive literary legend M. M. “Mimi” Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she’s flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies with clear demands.  When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she’s put to work right away–as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer’s eccentric nine-year-old.  As she slowly gets to know Frank, Alice becomes consumed with finding out who Frank’s father is, how his gorgeous “piano teacher and itinerant male role model” Xander fits into the Banning family equation–and whether Mimi will ever finish that book.   The book is a captivating and unconventional story of an unusual mother and son, and the intrepid young woman who finds herself irresistibly pulled into their unforgettable world.

Losing the Light by Andrea Dunloplosing light

A smart, obsessive debut novel about a young woman studying abroad who becomes caught up in a seductive French world–and a complex web of love and lust. When thirty-year-old Brooke Thompson unexpectedly runs into a man from her past, she’s plunged headlong into memories she’s long tried to forget about the year she spent in France following a disastrous affair with a professor. As a newly arrived exchange student in the picturesque city of Nantes, young Brooke develops a deep and complicated friendship with Sophie, a fellow American and stunning blonde, whose golden girl façade hides a precarious emotional fragility. Sophie and Brooke soon become inseparable and find themselves intoxicated by their new surroundings–and each other. But their lives are forever changed when they meet a sly, stylish French student, Veronique, and her impossibly sexy older cousin, Alex. The cousins draw Sophie and Brooke into an irresistible world of art, money, decadence, and ultimately, a disastrous love triangle that consumes them both. And of the two of them, only one will make it home.

April 19 with Andrea Curtis – two upcoming library programs and related books:

Stuffed animal adoption and Doggy Day 

buddy and earlBuddy and Earl by Maureen Fergus

Buddy does not know what is in the box that Meredith carries into the living room. But when the small, prickly creature says he is a pirate — and that Buddy is a pirate too — the two mismatched friends are off on a grand adventure.

A dog day by Emily Randa dog day

Welcome to a day in the life of a friendly terrier. He just wants to go to the park with his friends to play ball, but his owner has other ideas.

time for bedTime for bed Fred by Yasmeen Ismail

A child has a very difficult time getting Fred, the dog, to bed.

 

It’s only Stanley by Jon AgeeStanley

Very strange noises that keep awakening the Wimbledon family one night have an even stranger source.

 

 

April 12 with Meg Forestell-Page

bringing up bebeBringing up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting  by Panela Druckerman

The secret behind France’s astonishingly well-behaved children. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn’t aspire to become a “French parent.” Even French parents themselves insist they aren’t doing anything special. Yet, the French children Druckerman knows sleep through the night at two or three months old while those of her American friends take a year or more. Motherhood itself is a whole different experience in France. French mothers assume that even good parents aren’t at the constant service of their children and that there’s no need to feel guilty about this.  French kids are just as boisterous, curious, and creative as Americans but are far better behaved and more in command of themselves.  With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal sets out to learn the secrets to raising a society of good little sleepers, gourmet eaters, and reasonably relaxed parents. She discovers that French parents are extremely strict about some things and strikingly permissive about others.  She realizes that to be a different kind of parent, you don’t just need a different parenting philosophy, you need a very different view of what a child actually is.   Druckerman discovers that children, including her own, are capable of feats she’d never imagined.

Is Everyone hanging out Without Me? by Mindy Kahlingis everyone hanging out

The writer and actress best known as Kelly Kapoor on “The Office” shares observations on topics ranging from favorite male archetypes and her hatred of dieting to her relationship with her mother and the haphazard creative process in the “Office” writers’ room.

cursing mommiesThe Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days by Ian Frazier

A humorous novel looks at the daily life of a married mother of two, who vents her frustrations via artful swearing, imbibing wine, and a daybook where she attempts to offer tips on how to do various domestic tasks.

 

Making it Up As I go Along by Marian Keyesmaking it up

A hilarious collection of Marian’s heartfelt observations on modern life, love and much, much else besides.  She gives her guide to breaking up with your hairdresser. The warning she has for us all after a particularly traumatic fling with fake tan,  not to mention the very best lies to tell if you find yourself on an Antarctic cruise. You’ll be wincing in recognition and won’t be able to stop laughing at the sheer delightful absurdity that is modern life – because each and every one of us is clearly making it up as we go along.

April 5 with Elissa Davidson- Theme – For the Wandering Soul 

wild by natureWild by Nature: From Siberia to Australia, three years alone in the wilderness on foot by Sarah Marquis

One woman, 10,000 miles on foot, 6 countries, 8 pairs of hiking boots, 3,000 cups of tea, 1,000 days and nights.  The only way to survive three years of walking was to embrace the moment of now.  Not since Cheryl Strayed gifted us with her adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail in her memoir, Wild, has there been such a powerful epic adventure by a woman alone. In Wild by Nature, National Geographic Explorer Sarah Marquis takes you on the trail of her ten-thousand-mile solo hike across the remote Gobi desert from Siberia to Thailand, at which point she was transported by boat to complete the hike at her favorite tree in Australia.Against nearly insurmountable odds and relying on hunting and her own wits, Sarah Marquis survived the Mafia, drug dealers, thieves on horseback who harassed her tent every night for weeks, temperatures from subzero to scorching, life-threatening wildlife, a dengue fever delirium in the Laos jungle, tropic ringworm in northern Thailand, dehydration, and a life-threatening abscess. This is an incredible story of adventure, human ingenuity, persistence, and resilience that shows firsthand what it is to adventure as a woman in the most dangerous of circumstance, what it is to be truly alone in the wild, and why someone would challenge themselves with an expedition others would call crazy. For Marquis, her story is about freedom, being alive and wild by nature

This Place a Stranger: Canadian women travelling alone  edited by Vici JohnstoneThis place

Sometimes tragic, sometimes uproariously funny, THIS PLACE A STRANGER is a diverse collection of Canadian women writing about their experiences of travelling alone. From the deceptiveness of the everyday to the extremes of geography, weather and violence, these stories go beyond the usual tales of intrepid male explorers and reveal the varied and unique circumstances in which women travellers find themselves when “going solo.” For one woman, the allure of a multiday hike on a “congenial trail” becomes as shrouded as the soggy temperate rainforest she was so unprepared for. After thirty-seven years of marriage, another woman prepares for her return trip to Africa: vaccination boosters, nausea pills and lots and lots of condoms. A seventeen-hour journey by car through the Great Lakes region of Ontario leads another to dreamlike reflections on the travels of her Anishinaabe grandmothers and the ever-present “fear, worry” she experiences today. In another story, a woman poignantly searches for what many seek on solo journeys – inspiration, renewal, discovery – by returning to Paris only a few years after the painful dissolution of her marriage. But the grey February, a body in pain and the funeral of Mavis Gallant offer a different insight. With new work from both emerging and award-winning authors including Yvonne Blomer, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy, Catherine Owen, Karen Lee and more, these stories explore the unexpected blessings and soul-searching that aloneness offers: clarity, liberation, danger, misery, adventure, devastation and joy

central canadaThe Great Central Canada Bucket List: One-of-a-kind travel experiences  by Robin Esrock

Most Canadians think of travel as a way to escape the snow, cold, and dreary winter skies. But Robin Esrock loves all that the provinces of Ontario and Quebec have to offer visitors.  She highlights the best travel experiences to be had in the heart of Canada. Renowned travel writer and TV host Robin Esrock explored every inch of central Canada to craft the definitive Bucket List for the region. Running the gamut of nature, food, culture, history, adrenaline rushes, and quirky Canadiana, Robin’s personal quest to tick off the very best of Ontario and Quebec packs in enough for a lifetime. The Great Central Canada Bucket List provides a first-hand perspective on: riding a motorcycle around Lake Superior, drinking caribou with Bonhomme, unravelling a mystery in Algonquin Park, spending the night at an ice hotel, scaling the via ferrata at Mont-Tremblant, exploring the great museums and cave-swimming in the Magdalen Islands

Travel with Children: family friendly travel without the fuss  by Sophie Caupeilfamily friendly travel

This updated version of Travel With Children offers you the most comprehensive advice for taking your family on the road, and now adds hundreds of destination ideas backed up by great photography and practical itineraries. Assembled by Lonely Planet’s team of travel-savvy parent experts, family travellers can rely on insights and advice on choosing the right trip, healthy travel, travelling with teens and much more.

March 29 with Karen Cafarella – Stories of other lands and immigration

youngbloodYoungblood by Matt Gallagher

The US military is preparing to withdraw from Iraq, and newly-minted lieutenant Jack Porter struggles to accept how it’s happening–through alliances with warlords who have Arab and American blood on their hands. Day after day, Jack tries to assert his leadership in the sweltering, dreary atmosphere of Ashuriyah. But his world is disrupted by the arrival of veteran Sergeant Daniel Chambers, whose aggressive style threatens to undermine the fragile peace that the troops have worked hard to establish.

The rope by Kanan Makiyarope

From the best-selling author of Republic of Fear, a gritty, unflinching, haunting novel about Iraqi failure in the wake of the 2003 American war. Told from the perspective of a Shi’ite militiaman whose participation in the execution of Saddam Hussein changes his life in ways he could not anticipate, the novel examines the birth of sectarian politics out of a legacy of betrayal and victimhood. A nameless narrator stumbles upon a corpse on the day of the fall of Saddam Hussein. Swept up in the tumultuous politics of the American occupation, he is taken on a journey that concludes with the discovery of what happened to his father who disappeared in the tyrant’s Gulag in 1991. His questions about his father, like those surrounding the mysterious corpse outside his house, were ignored by his mother, and by his uncle, in whose house he was raised. But he is older now, and a fighter in his uncle’s Army of the Awaited One, which is leading an insurrection against the occupation. It is a story about loyalty and betrayal; victims turned victimizers; secrecy and loss,and about identity and the haste with which it is cobbled together, or undone, always at terrible cost.

year of the runawaysThe year of the runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

Three young men and a woman journey together from India to England to build a better future while hiding painful secrets from the past and struggling with financial limitations and the punishing realities of immigrant life.

The silk roads by Peter Frankopansilk roads

Our world was made on and by the Silk Roads. For millennia, East and West encountered each other through trade and conquest  leading to the spread of ideas and cultures, the birth of the world’s great religions, the appetites for foreign goods that drove economies and the growth of nations. From the first cities in Mesopotamia to the growth of Greece and Rome to the depredations by the Mongols and the Black Death to the Great Game and the fall of Communism, the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East. This book demonstrates the importance of the networks that crisscrossed the spine of Asia and linked the Atlantic with the Pacific, the Mediterranean with India, America with the Persian Gulf. By way of events as disparate as the American Revolution and the horrific world wars of the twentieth century, Peter Frankopan realigns the world, orientating readers to the east and illuminating how even the rise of the West 500 years ago resulted from its efforts to gain access to and control these Eurasian trading networks.

March 22 with Andrea Curtis

lion in ParisA lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna

Bored by his rural life in the savannah, a lion seeks excitement and opportunity in the City of Light, where he is surprised that even his roaring does not cause a stir while visiting Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower, and the busy underground Métro.

on a beam

Follows the life of the famous physicist Albert Einstein, from his early ideas to his groundbreaking theories.

 

 

What do you do with an ideaWhat do you do with an idea? By Kobi Yamada

A young boy comes up with an idea and he keeps it safe until one day he realizes the amazing power it can have.

Ish by Peter ReynoldsIsh

Ramon loses confidence in his ability to draw, but his sister gives him a new perspective on things.

WonderThe wonder by Faye Hanson

This is a story about a boy whose head is always full of wonder. We follow him on an average-seeming school day, where his daydreams transform the world around him. Unfortunately lots of people tell him to get his head out of the clouds. It is only in art class that he realises he can bring the wonder out of his head for the whole world to enjoy.

March 8 with Kristen Bowman – March break at the library

March 1 with Elissa Davidson | Teen Program Coordinator

Princess and ponyThe Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

Princess Pinecone would like a real war horse for her birthday, instead of which she gets a plump, cute pony–but sometimes cuteness can be a kind of weapon, especially in a fight with dodgeballs and spitballs and hairballs and squareballs.

Ballet Cat : The totally secret secret by Bob SheaBallet cat

While Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide what to play, they each share an important secret.

Henny by Elizabeth Rose Stantonhenny

Henny, a chick with arms, discovers the benefits of being different.

 

I don’t like Koala by Sean FerrellI don't like koala

Adam does not like his stuffed koala because of its terrible eyes, terrible face, and terrible paws, but each time he tries to get rid of it, Koala comes back until Adam realizes that Koala is on his side.

lennyLenny & Lucy by Philip C. Stead

A picture book about moving to a new house and making new friends

Bookmobile 40

 

Feb. 23 with Tricia Gray –  Exciting News about our 40th year of GPL Bookmobile Service and celebrations planned for the middle of May!

 

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch AlbomMagic Strings

Sent to America at age nine with nothing but an old guitar, Frankie Presto achieves success on the mid-twentieth-century music scene before becoming overburdened by his ability to affect people’s futures through his music.

Tricia will also show his other writings in several formats available to remind viewers of the vast availability of numerous media formats and can speak to most of the titles offered and the genre in which he writes.

distinctive destFeb. 16 with Susan Ratcliffe 

Heritage Day 2016  – Distinctive Destinations in Canadian Books

 

His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay – a summer cottage on a lake in Eastern Ontariohis whole life

Starting with something as simple as a boy who wants a dog, this book takes us into a richly intimate world where everything that matters to him is at risk: family, nature, home. At the outset 10-year-old Jim and his Canadian mother and American father are on a journey from New York City to a lake in eastern Ontario during the last hot days of August. What unfolds is a completely enveloping story that spans a few pivotal years of his youth. Set in the mid-1990s, when Quebec is on the verge of leaving Canada, this captivating novel is an unconventional coming of age story.

graniteGranite by Pat Mestern – in the Mulmur Hills near Collingwood

Lish MacPherson believes she is running from something – a job working for a corrupt firm that bilks seniors out of their estates. But she doesn’t realize that her arrival in the small town of Seven Springs may be a matter of destiny. Lish discovers that a new acquaintance – Noah – shares with her not only a common ancestry but also a common recurring dream about riding a stag to some unknown destination. Their dream is echoed by a legend that haunts the town and is retold to all comers by Lish’s new employer, Thalia Russo. With developers trying to take over land in Seven Springs, and Lish and Noah fighting to protect Thalia and her home, could it be more than a coincidence that the three were brought together at this critical time? Perhaps that is why all three can hear the distant yowling of a cat during the night.

Canoe Country: the making of Canada by Roy McGregor – the rivers of Canadacanoe country

From the earliest explorers on the Columbia River in BC or the Mattawa in Ontario to a doomed expedition of voyageurs up the Nile to rescue Khartoum; from the author’s family roots deep in the Algonquin wilderness to modern families who have canoed across the country (kids and dogs included): Canoe Country is Roy MacGregor’s celebration of the essential and enduring love affair Canadians have with our first and still favourite means of getting around. Famous paddlers have been so enchanted with the canoe that one swore God made Canada as the perfect country in which to paddle it. Drawing on MacGregor’s own decades spent whenever possible with a paddle in his hand, this is a story of high adventure on white water and the sweetest peace in nature’s quietest corners, from the author best able (and most eager) to tell it.

riverThe River by Helen Humphreys – on the Napanee River

A breathtaking mix of observation, prose, natural history, and art.   Helen Humphreys sets out to examine a landscape on its own terms, freed from expectations and assumptions in this beautiful, groundbreaking examination of place. For more than a decade Humphreys has owned a small waterside property on a section of the Napanee River in Ontario. In the watchful way of writers, she has studied her little piece of the river through the seasons and the years, cataloguing its ebb and flows, the plants and creatures that live in and round it, the signs of human usage at its banks and on its bottom.The result is The River , a gorgeous and moving meditation that uses fiction, non-fiction, natural history, archival maps and images, and full-colour original photographs to get at the truth. In doing this, Humphreys has created a work of startling originality that is sure to become a new Canadian classic

The Al Purdy A-frame Anthology edited by Paul Vermeersch – Ameliasburg, Ontarioal purdy

This is a book with a mission. On one level it is a celebration of the great Canadian poet Al Purdy by eminent writers who were his contemporaries. It is also part of a campaign to preserve the place that was the centre of Purdy’s writing universe–his home, a lakeside A-frame cottage in Ameliasburgh, Ontario, where he and his wife Eurithe lived for 43 years. The cottage was one of the most important crossroads on Canada’s literary map, a kind of tribal mustering place for notable Canadian writers from the 1950s to the 1990s including Margaret Laurence, Milton Acorn. This book collects anecdotes, reminiscences, and poems by a roll call of Canadian writers about memorable days and nights spent at the A-frame, along with a selection of Purdy’s own writing showing the depth of his feeling for the place where he put down his roots. Eurithe Purdy says Al was always his most productive at the A-frame. “Despite the caviar receptions and gold accolades, he always returned to this jury-rigged little A-frame tacked to a low-slung, leaning bungalow.

Feb 9 with Ben Robinson:  diversity and Black History Month

case for lovingThe Case for Loving: the fight for interracial marriage by Selina Alko

Before 1967, a person could not marry a person of a race different from his/her own. That was the year that the Supreme Court issued its decision in Loving v. Virginia.This is the story of one brave family: Mildred Loving, Richard Perry Loving, and their three children. It is the story of how Mildred and Richard fell in love, and got married in Washington, D.C. But when they moved back to their hometown in Virginia, they were arrested (in dramatic fashion) for violating that state’s laws against interracial marriage. The Lovings refused to allow their children to get the message that their parents’ love was wrong and so they fought the unfair law, taking their case all the way to the Supreme Court where they won.

Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland shows a young girl how to dance like a firebird by firebirdMisty Copeland

American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author’s note about dancers who led her to find her voice.

great greeneThe Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

Jackson Greene has a reputation as a prankster at Maplewood Middle School, but after the last disaster he is trying to go straight–but when it looks like Keith Sinclair may steal the election for school president from Jackson’s former best friend Gabriela, he assembles a team to make sure Keith does not succeed.

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynoldsboy in black

Soon after his mother’s death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.

 

Feb 2 with Ben Robinson:  featuring LGBTQ books for kids and teens:

Jacob's new dressJacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman

Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school, too.

George by Alex GinoGeorge

Knowing herself to be a girl despite her outwardly male appearance, George is denied a female role in the class play before teaming up with a friend to reveal her true self.

Beyond magentaBeyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens. <br> <br> Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

 

January 26 with Deb Quaile  for Valentine’s Day and lovers

Books:

Loving AmyLoving Amy: A Mother’s Story by Janis Winehouse

Amy was one of those rare people who made an impact  and her passing did not follow a clear line. It was jumbled, and her life was unfinished, not life’s natural order at all. She left no answers, only questions, and in the years since her death, her fans try to make sense of the frayed ends of her extraordinary existence. Amy’s mother, Janis, knew her in a way that no one else did. In this warm, poignant, and at times heartbreaking memoir, she tells the full story of the daughter she loved so much. As the world watched the rise of a superstar, then the free fall of an addict to her tragic death, Janis simply saw her Amy: the daughter  she raised and stood by despite her unruly behavior.  Arguably the most gifted artist of her generation, Amy Winehouse died tragically young, aged just twenty-seven. With a worldwide fan base and millions of record sales to her name, she should have had the world at her feet. Yet in the years prior to her death, she battled with addiction and was frequently the subject of lurid tabloid headlines.  Including rare photographs and extracts from Amy’s childhood journals, Loving Amy offers a new and intimate perspective on the life and untimely death of a musical icon.

It Started with Paris by Cathy Kellyit started with paris

It all started with Paris. At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend, cheered on by delighted tourists. In that second, everything changes, not just for the happy couple, but for the family and friends awaiting their return in Bridgeport, Ireland… Leila’s been nursing a badly broken heart, but she’s determined to put on a brave face for the bride. Vonnie, a widow and exceptional cake-maker, is just daring to let love back into her life, although someone seems determined to stop it. And Grace, a divorced head teacher, finds the impending wedding of her son means that she’s spending more time with her ex-husband. After all those years apart, is it possible she’s made a mistake?

Music:hearts

Hearts on Fire  by Colin James

The sixteenth album from JUNO Award winner Colin James was recorded in both Nashville and Vancouver. It captures the warmth of the south with tracks:  Hearts on fire, Just a little love, Dreams come and go,   Roll me Sunday morning, Heartbreak road,  Honey bee,  Paper airplanes,  Cry for love, How does it feel, You were never mine, Stay, I wanna sing.

Wallflower by Diana Krallwallflower

Diana Krall paid tribute to her father on Glad Rag Doll, the 2012 album sourced from his collection of 78-rpm records, and, in a sense, its 2015 successor Wallflower is a companion record of sorts, finding the singer revisiting songs from her childhood. Like many kids of the 20th century, she grew up listening to the radio, which meant she was weaned on the soft rock superhits of the ’70s — songs that turned into modern standards due to their continual presence in pop culture.  Krall does not limit herself to the songbook of Gilbert O’Sullivan, Jim Croce, the Carpenters, Elton John, and the Eagles with this collection.  Tracks: California dreamin’,  I’m not in love, Feels like home, Don’t dream it’s over, Desperado, Superstar,  Alone again (Naturally) , Wallflower,  If I take you home tonight,  I can tell you why,  Sorry seems to be the hardest word, Operator (that’s not the way it feels).

Where i belongWhere I Belong by Bobby Bazini

Tracks:  Heavy love, Cherish our love, Cold cold heart, Bubblegum (I can’t stop this feeling), Where I belong, Ain’t no love in the heart of the city,  I‘m gonna be your man, Take me home, Down on my knees, Worried again, There ain’t no words,  Wish you were here, Bonus track : To love somebody (featuring Serena Ryder).

Movies:

would you be mineWould you be mine? (children’s Valentine movie; Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood)

Little Daniel is a shy, but brave, four-year-old tiger who lives in the beloved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, exploring the neighborhood and his school with his friends, viewing the ordinary as extraordinary.

All of my Heart with Lacey ChabertAll of my heart

A young caterer’s life suddenly changes course when she inherits a country home and learns she must share it with a career-obsessed Wall Street trader. At first, these opposites do not attract, but feelings begin to change when they find themselves having to work side-by-side to restore their newly acquired home.

How to make loveHow to Make Love like an Englishman  with Pierce Brosnan

Richard is a successful college professor who gives up a steady stream of one-night-stands and beautiful undergrads for fatherhood with much younger Kate. Three years later when Kate falls in love with someone else and moves out, she sends her sister, Olivia, to make sure Richard is properly caring for their son. Assuming Richard is back to his irresponsible playboy lifestyle, Olivia is shocked when she starts to fall in love with him herself.

January 17 with Andrea Curtis  for Chocolate Mania Feb. 13

Loveliest chocolate shop in ParisThe loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan

Anna Trent may be a supervisor in a chocolate factory…but that doesn’t necessarily mean she knows how to make chocolate. When a fateful accident gave her the opportunity to work at Paris’s elite chocolatier Le Chapeau Chocolat, Anna expects to be outed as a fraud. After all, there is a world of difference between chalky, mass-produced English chocolate and the gourmet confections Anna’s new boss creates. With a bit of luck and a lot of patience, Anna learns that the sweetest things in life are always worth working for. A heartwarming, bittersweet story of life, love and chocolate,

The Chocolate Book Bandit by Joanna Carlchocolate book bandit

Chocolate shop owner Lee McKinney Woodyard investigates the murder of a retiring member of the library board at a board meeting where all in attendance are suspect.

I love chocolateI love Chocolate! by Davide Cali

What’s not to like about chocolate? It smells good and tastes even better!

 

Whopper Cake by Karma WilsonWhopper cake

Grandad bakes Grandma a whopper of a birthday cake. Includes recipe and directions for chocolate cake.

 

hot chocolateHot Chocolate by Michael Turback

No longer just a simple, syrupy sweet drink, today’s hot chocolates are brimming with extraordinary flavors like cayenne, vanilla beans, Nutella, buttered rum, pistachios, wasabi, peanut butter, and malted milk balls. Featuring white chocolate foam, marshmallow cream, and frozen and fondue versions, the 60 recipes presented in Hot Chocolate are setting trends in haute chocolate consumption. Contributed by the world’s preeminent chocolatiers, these luxurious concoctions range from ancient Latin American originals and European café classics to comforting childhood treats, cocktails spiked just for adults, and imaginative modern variations for the hip chocoholic of any age.  A cup of hot chocolate is twice as rich in antioxidants as a glass of red wine. And, some would say, is just as intoxicating.

Chocolate Cakes by Elinor KlivansChocolate cakes

Beloved baker Elinor Klivans, author of the best-selling Cupcakes! and Cupcake Kit, has dedicated her new cookbook to the stuff of chocoholic fantasy: chocolate cake. There’s something for bakers of every skill level in the 50 recipes included here, from fast chocolate fixes like the Hot Chocolate Pudding Cake to more elaborate recipes like the Mocha Whipped Cream Truffle Cake. This book is certain to be celebrated by chocolate lovers everywhere –  with cake, of course!

cooking with chocolateCooking with Chocolate edited by Frederic Bau

This comprehensive, illustrated reference offers the essential building blocks and recipes for working with chocolate in the home kitchen. This cooking school in book form opens with 100 step-by-step techniques. Each method is explained in text and photographs; fourteen are further clarified on the ninety-minute DVD. Organized into nine sections, 100 recipes are simplified for the home cook. Each recipe is graded with a three-star rating so the home chef can gauge its complexity. Cross references to techniques, DVD footage, glossary terms, and complementary recipes make navigation easy. The volume includes practical resources: visual dictionaries of kitchen equipment and common ingredients; tips for conserving chocolate; a guide to dark, milk, and white chocolate and the importance of cocoa content; and a detailed index.

 

December 15 with Elissa Davidson

Olaf's nightOlaf’s Night Before Christmas by Jessica Julius

Olaf has a surprise encounter on Christmas Eve when a man riding a flying sled pulled by eight reindeer and dressed in a red suit comes down the chimney.

Little Santa by Jon AgeeLittle Santa

A resident of the North Pole with the ability to slide up and down chimneys meets a flying reindeer and some industrious elves, in this fictional biography of Santa Claus.

 

Santa retiresSanta Retires by David Biedrzycki

Santa Claus is tired of delivering toys and decides to retire to somewhere warm, but things do not work out as expected.

 

The Santa Trap by Jonathan Emmett And Poly BernateneSanta trap

Bradley Bartleby has been very bad since the day he was born and finally gets what he deserves after turning his family’s home into a fearsome trap for Santa, who has always given him nothing but socks.

 

Sad SantaSad Santa by Tad Carpenter

A wish list letter from a good-hearted boy shows Santa, who is suffering from a case of post-Christmas blues, that the holiday spirit lasts 365 days a year.

 

How to Catch Santa by Jean ReaganHow to catch Santa

A child provides instructions for properly capturing Santa–briefly–to ask him questions and tell him things.

 

December 8 with Rachel Bentley-Lauzon.  Small batch cooking and cooking for one. 

cooking for oneCooking for one by Mark Erickson

A seasonal guide to the pleasures of preparing delicious meals for yourself.

 

Eat your vegetables: bold recipes for the single cook by Joe Yonaneat your vegetables

A collection of eclectic vegetarian and vegan recipes for singles as well as lone vegetarians in meat-eating households.  Many people are turning to plant-based diets, both for their health and the economic benefits and sometimes they are the only one in their household who has made the change. This book of vegetarian, flexitarian, and vegan recipes are specifically sized for single portions. In addition to 80 delectable and satisfying recipes, it features essays on moving beyond mock meat and the evolution of vegetarian restaurants, as well as economical tips for shopping for, storing, and reusing ingredients.

Serve yourselfServe yourself by Joe Yonan

A collection of 100 recpies that deliver flavorful, globally inspired and unfussy meals, all scaled to serve one. Yonan, the “cooking for one” columnist for the Washington Post, celebrates the freedom to cook the foods you crave when you crave them. He draws his culinary inspiration from Mexico, Italy, Japan, Thailand and his native Texas.

Solo by Linda Tubbysolo

Inspirational cooking for one.

 

 

soup for twoSoup for two by Joanna Pruess

Small batch recipes for one, two or a few.

 

 

December 1 with Tricia Gray.  Dealing with grief through the holiday season

someday homeSomeday Home by  Lauraine Snelling

A heartwarming story that celebrates how life-changing friendships can be found in all seasons of life. The sprawling lake home Lynn Lundberg built with her husband has been an epicenter of joyful family life but since her husband’s sudden passing two years ago, Lynn has been lost in the grief and solitude she feels without him at home. She doesn’t want to sell the big family place, but she can’t exist there on her own much longer. After hearing of a new way of living–where single women share responsibilities as housemates–Lynn thinks she’s found the answer to her prayers. She meets two women who seek a place to grieve, to laugh, and to be renewed. They come from differing circumstances and face new challenges  and the chance for a new friendship to see them through the years to come.

Come Away with Me by Karma BrownCome away

One minute, 26-year-old Tegan Lawson has everything she could hope for, including an adoring husband, Gabe, and a baby on the way until a patch of black ice causes a devastating accident and Tegan’s life is shattered.  With the loss of her baby and her unbearable anger towards Gabe, who was driving that night, Tegan is drowning in grief. After a handful of sleeping pills lands her in the hospital, her family’s fear and Gabe’s commitment to fix things prompt Tegan to make a change. At Gabe’s suggestion, she agrees to travel to three destinations from their ‘life experiences’ wish list. Tegan and Gabe embark on a journey to escape the tragedy and to search for forgiveness. But Tegan soon learns grief follows you no matter how far away you go, and that acceptance comes when you least expect it. When things take a shocking turn in Hawaii, Tegan is forced to face the truth — and she must decide if the life she has is the one she wants.

November 24 with Steve Kraft

Make meMake Me by Lee Child

When he teams up with Michelle Chang, Jack Reacher finds himself involved in a private investigation that has turned lethal.  No one will tell him why the town is called Mother’s Rest. It’s a tiny remote place with sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang who mistakes him for her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal. Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, and there’s something about Chang so he teams up with her and starts to ask around.   Before long he’s plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and through the hidden parts of the internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way–right back to where he started, in Mother’s Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine. Walking away would have been easier. But as always, Reacher’s rule is: If you want me to stop, you’re going to have to make me.

Song of Shadows by John ConnollySong Shadows

Still recovering from his life-threatening wounds, private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War. Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to regain his strength. There he befriends a widow with secrets named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda. Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins. Now Parker is about to risk his life to defend a woman he barely knows, one who fears him almost as much as she fears those who are coming for her. His enemies believe him to be vulnerable, fearful and solitary. But they are wrong. Parker is far from afraid, and far from alone. For something is emerging from the shadows.

After AliceAfter Alice by Gregory Maguire

Ada, a friend of Alice‘s mentioned briefly in Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend but arrives a moment too late–and tumbles down the rabbit-hole herself. Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. The White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the bloodthirsty Queen of Hearts–droll and imperious as always–interrupt their mad tea party to suggest a conundrum: If Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or if Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. In any case, everything that happens next is After Alice.

The Marauders by Tom Coopermarauders

After the BP oil spill devastates the Gulf Coast, the oddballs and lowlifes who live in the sleepy, working-class bayou town of Jeannette will do anything to reverse their fortunes, including Gus Lindquist, a pill-addicted, one-armed treasure hunter obsessed with finding the lost treasure of pirate Jean Lafitte.

November 17 with Brandon Kidd   –  LGBTQ Lit Book Club

Story of the nightThe Story of the Night by Colm Toibin

The streets of Buenos Aires are empty at night, and people notice nothing because they have trained themselves not to see. This is Argentina in the time of the generals. Richard Garay lives alone with his mother, hiding his homosexuality from her and from the world. Stifled by a job he despises, he finds himself willing to take chances, both sexual and professional. But in the aftermath of the Falklands War, new freedoms seem possible, and the arrival of two American diplomats offer him hope and the prospect of making his fortune. As his country slowly makes its peace with the outside world, Richard tentatively begins a love affair – but the Faustian bargain he has made with experience gradually darkens. The Story of the Night is a powerful and moving mix of politics, passion, and intrigue.

In One Person by John Irvingin one person

A tale inspired by the U.S. AIDS epidemic in the 1980s follows the experiences of individuals–including the bisexual narrator–who are torn by devastating losses and whose perspectives on tolerance and love are shaped by awareness of what might have been.

 

Confessions FairyConfessions of a Fairy’s Daughter by Alison Wearing

A memoir about growing up with a gay father in the 1980s, and a tribute to the power of truth, humour, acceptance and familial love. Alison Wearing grew up with an unusual father compared with other Peterborough children– Joe Wearing loved to bake croissants, sing Gilbert and Sullivan tunes as he ambled down the street, and wear silk pyjamas in the house, but when he came out of the closet in the late 1970s when he was 39, and Alison was 12, homosexuality was still a major taboo, and his news was a surprise to everyone.

When Everything Feels like the Movies by Raziel ReidWhen feels like movies

School is like a film set. There’s The Crew that make things happen, The Extras who fill empty spaces in rows of desks, and The Movie Stars, whom everyone wants tagged in their Facebook photos. But flamboyant high school student Jude Rothesay, who lives for Louboutins and celebrity magazines, doesn’t fit into any category: he isn’t a part of The Crew because he isn’t about to do anything unless it’s court-appointed; he’s not an Extra because nothing about him is anonymous; and he’s not a Movie Star because, even though everyone knows his name, he’s not invited to the cool parties. Jude is the self-professed flamer who lights the set on fire, but before everything turns to ashes from the resulting inferno, he is determined to get Luke Morris to be his date to the Valentine’s Day dance.

November 10 with Andrea Curtis  featuring picture books about opposites

before afterBefore After by Anne-Margott Ramstein and Matthias

Everyone knows that a tiny acorn into a mighty oak grows, and a caterpillar emerges into a butterfly. But in this clever, visually enchanting volume, it’s also true that a cow can result in both a bottle of milk and a painting of a cow, and an ape in a jungle may become an urban King Kong. Just as day turns into night and back again, a many-tiered cake is both created and eaten down to a single piece.

Daylight Starlight Wildlife by Wendall Minordaylight

In amazingly lifelike, luminous paintings, Wendell Minor, one of America’s finest wildlife and landscape painters, reveals the variety of animals that surround us when we are awake and when we are sleeping. Minor’s vivid introduction to diurnal (daytime) and nocturnal (nighttime) creatures invites readers to experience the movements, sounds, colors, and textures of nature.  As day turns to night and night to day, amazing critters large and small come and go. Children will enjoy comparing and contrasting the roaming habits of the wonderful wildlife that surrounds us.

loud bookThe loud book by Deborah Underwood

BANG! CRACKLE! BOO! Just like there are lots of quiets, there are also lots of louds: Good louds (HOORAY!) and bad louds (CRASH!)And louds that make you feel like you are the center of attention (BURP!). The Loud Book compiles all these kid-friendly noises from morning to night, in a way that is sure to make readers CHEER!

The quiet book by Deborah Underwoodquiet book

All quiet is not created equal. In this irresistibly charming picture book, many different quiet moments are captured, from the anticipation-heavy “Top of the roller coaster quiet” to the shocked-into-silence “First look at your new hairstyle quiet.” The impossibly sweet bears, rabbits, fish, birds, and iguanas are all rendered in soft pencils and colored digitally, and, as in all of the best picture books, the illustrations propel the story far beyond the words. A sure-to-be-a-classic bedtime favorite.

you and meYou and Me: We’re opposites by Harriet Ziefert

At this zoo: the toucan tells the anteater which one of them is up and which is down. The flamingo thinks she’s nice . . . and that the gorilla is grouchy. And the giraffe peers over the fence to let the penguins know that he’s tall and they’re short. Sly humor and zany visual make an important point about differences.

November 3 with Deb Quaile – A Media Mash-up of Media and Words

Music:

so let's goSo let’s go by Alan Doyle

Songs: So lets go — I can’t dance without you — The night loves us — Laying down to perish — My kindom — 1,2,3,4 — Stay — Sins of Saturday night — Shine on — Take us home.

with his book Where I Belong: small town to Great Big Sea

Where i belongFrom the lead singer of the band Great Big Sea comes a lyrical and captivating musical memoir about growing up in the tiny fishing village of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and then taking to the world stage. Filled with the lore and traditions of the East Coast and told in a voice that is at once captivating and refreshingly candid, this is a narrative journey about small-town life, curiosity and creative fulfillment, and finally, about leaving everything you know behind only to learn that no matter where you go, home will always be with you.

Book to movie and music:

outlanderOutlander by Diana Gabaldon, plus

Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another . . . In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles in the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach — an “outlander” — in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year 1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire’s destiny is inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life and shatter her heart. James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior of that era, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Claire Randall is a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. She is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

and Outlander DVD series oneOutlander DVD

Claire Randall is a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. She is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

outlander musicand Outlander music from series

Contents: People disappear all the time — Outlander – Skye boat (Castle Leoch version) / feat. Raya Yarbrough — Dance of the druids — Fallen through time — Castle Leoch — Comin’ through the rye — Woman of Balnain — Mrs. Fitz — Losing side of history — Clean pease strae — Marriage contract — Wedding — Veil of time.

Books:

Unfaithful music & disappearing ink, by Elvis Costellounfailthful music

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink describes how Costello’s career has endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom. This memoir, written entirely by Costello, offers his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best-known songs and the hits of tomorrow. It features many stories and observations about his renowned cowriters and co-conspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations of the less appealing side of fame.

Fortunate sonFortunate Son: my life, my music  by John Fogerty

The long-awaited memoir from John Fogerty, the legendary singer-songwriter and creative force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival,  one of the most important and beloved bands in the history of rock.  John Fogerty wrote, sang, and produced their instantly recognizable classics: “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Born on the Bayou,” and more. He reveals how he brought CCR to number one in the world, eclipsing even the Beatles in 1969. By the next year, though, Creedence was falling apart; their amazing, enduring success exploded and faded in just a few short years. FORTUNATE SON takes readers from Fogerty’s Northern California roots, through Creedence’s success and the retreat from music and public life, to his hard-won revival as a solo artist who finally found love.

October 27 with Darcy Hiltz – Local History Resources for Genealogyvernon's directory

GHS_tower_logo_smlMaterials the library has to offer to help people research their family tree. Darcy will show examples of local history journals such Historic Guelph, city directories, newspapers and more and show what is available, how some of these resources work etc.

October 20 with Elissa Davidson – The Haunted Library!

Tickle Monster by Edouard Manceautickle monster

At bedtime, a brave child makes a monster disappear by tickling its various parts, such as its teeth so it cannot bite, and the parts transform into new objects that create a non-threatening scene.

Little shop monstersThe Little Shop of Monsters by R.L. Stine and Marc Brown

An illustrated, interactive story with a narrator who invites the reader to meet a vast array of pet monsters, such as the Yucky Mucky twins, and choose one to take home.

Mummy Cat by Marcus EwertMummy cat

Mummy Cat prowls his pyramid home, longing for his beloved owner. As he roams the tomb, lavish murals above his head display scenes of the cat with his young Egyptian queen. Hidden hieroglyphs deepen the tale and are explained in an informative author’s note.

How martha savedHow Martha Saved Her Parents From Green Beans­  by David LaRochelle

A young girl must face her least favorite food when a mean gang of green beans kidnaps her parents.

October 13 with Karen Cafarella

Barbarian daysBarbarian days by William Finnegan

A deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker writer Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child.  Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses–off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships annealed in challenging waves. Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little understood art. Today, Finnegan’s surfing life is undiminished.

Lost landscape by Joyce Carol OatesLost landscape

In this exceptionally candid, moving, and richly reflective recounting of her early years, Oates explores the world through the eyes of her younger self and reveals her nascent experiences of wanting to tell stories about the world and the people she meets. If Alice in Wonderland was the book that changed a young Joyce forever and inspired her to look at life as offering end-less adventures, she describes just as unforgettably the harsh lessons of growing up on a farm. With searing detail and an acutely perceptive eye, Oates renders her memories and emotions with exquisite precision to truly transport the reader to a bygone place and time, to the lost landscape of the writer’s past but also to the lost landscapes of our own earliest, and most essential, lives.

M TrainM train by Patti Smith

An unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as “a roadmap to my life.”  Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature, and coffee. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable multiplatform artists at work today.

Sixty: The Beginning Of The End, Or The End Of The Beginning by Ian BrownSixty

From the author of the award-winning The Boy in the Moon comes a wickedly honest and brutally funny account of the year in which Ian Brown truly realized that the man in the mirror was actually…sixty.  Sixty is a report from the front, the divide between the middle-aged from the soon to be elderly. As Ian writes, “It is the age when the body begins to dominate the mind, or vice versa, when time begins to disappear and loom, but never in a good way, when you have no choice but to admit that people have stopped looking your way, and that in fact they stopped twenty years ago.”  Ian began keeping a diary with a Facebook post on the morning of February 4, 2014, his sixtieth birthday. As well as keeping a running tally on how he survived the year, Ian explored what being sixty means physically, psychologically and intellectually. ” With formidable candour, he tries to answer this question: “Does aging and elderliness deserve to be dreaded–and how much of that dread can be held at bay by a reasonable human being?” For that matter, for a man of sixty, what even constitutes reasonableness?

October 6 with Eleni Hughes

September 29 with Steve Kraft

Killing kindThe Killing Kind by Chris Holm

A former covert operative for the U.S. Army, Michael Hendricks becomes a hitman who only kills other hitmen, until he winds up a target himself.

Minute Zero by Todd MossMinute Zero

An extraordinary international thriller from former Foreign Affairs assistant, Todd Moss. State Department Crisis Manager Judd Ryker is suddenly thrown into a quickly developing emergency in Zimbabwe, where a long-time strongman is being challenged for the presidency. Rumours are flying furiously: armed gangs, military crackdowns, shady outside money pouring in and, most disturbing for the US, reports of uranium leaking into the market. And that’s all before Ryker even lands in the country. If he can’t take control, shape his Minute Zero, a lot of people are going to die.

PinnaclePinnacle Event by Richard A. Clarke

Against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential election, five simultaneous murders on three continents lead a cyber sleuth to a thread revealing someone has just bought five nuclear weapons. But who and what is their target? American intelligence expert Ray Bowman is brought in to find out. With the help of a Mossad agent and a female South African intelligence officer, he races around the world to stop nuclear terror. Washington fears the bombs are intended for American cities, timed to explode before the election that is just weeks away. What Bowman discovers is that the people who control the bombs intend to do something so devastating that it will make nuking a few U.S. cities look like a mild attack.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha PulleyWatchmaker filligree

1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later, the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something. When Grace Carrow, an Oxford physicist, unwittingly interferes, Thaniel is torn between opposing loyalties. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a sweeping, atmospheric narrative that takes the reader on an unexpected journey through Victorian London, Japan as its civil war crumbles long-standing traditions, and beyond. Blending historical events with dazzling flights of fancy, it opens doors to a strange and magical past.

Sept. 22 with Ben Robinson  – promoting puppet programming with these books:

Dressing the nakedDressing the Naked Hand the world’s greatest guide to making, staging, and performing with puppets by Amy White

Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus by Tom AnglebergerEMperor P

The seventh graders of McQuarrie Middle School and their Star Wars-inspired origami finger puppets go on a field trip to Washington, D.C., on what proves to be a very long trip full of shifting alliances, betrayals, carsickness, and sugar rushes.

new hopeA New Hope by Jack Wang

Share your love of Star Wars with your baby! In twelve needle-felted scenes and twelve child-friendly words, rediscover the iconic moments you know and love. Simple words, sturdy pages, and an epic story make these books the perfect vehicle for early learning at lightspeed. Jedi apprentices and little princesses alike will delight in this (heart)felt retelling of theStar Wars trilogy made just for them! In A New Hope, meet the rebel Princess Leia, see Luke Skywalker learn to use a lightsabre, and rejoice as our heroes triumph. It’s a Star Wars primer unlike any other in the galaxy!

Ashley Bryan’s Puppets by Ashley Bryanashley

Beloved storyteller and creator Ashley Bryan reveals the vibrant spirit of found objects in this magnificent treasury of poetry and puppets. Little Cranberry Island. It’s a small island, with fewer than a hundred inhabitants where Ashley has walked up and down the beach, stopping to pick up sea glass, weathered bones, a tangle of fishing net, an empty bottle, a doorknob. Treasure. And then, with glue and thread and paint and a sprinkling of African folklore, Ashley breathes new life into these materials.    Ashley Bryan’s two-foot-tall hand puppets swell with personality and beauty, and in this majestic collection they make their literary debut, each with a poem that tells of their creation and further enlivens their spirit.

Sept. 15 with Andrea Curtis, with a focus on Science events at the library

Water can beWater can be by Laura Purdie Salas

This picture book poetically explores the many things water can be–from home maker and ship breaker to cloud fluffer and fire snuffer.

The Spider by Elise GravelSpider

It covers such topics as the spider‘s habitats (pretty much everywhere but outer space), the silk it spins (it can trap prey and makes a nifty bowtie), and its parenting practice (female spiders carry around their eggs in a silk purse). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Spider contains real information that will both amuse

science verse Science Verse by Jon Scieszka

When the teacher tells his class that they can hear the poetry of science in everything, a student is struck with a curse and begins hearing nothing but science verses that sound very much like some well-known poems.

The Secret Science project that almost ate the school by Judy Sierrasecret science project

A boy sends off for “Professor Swami’s Super Slime” to use as his science fair project and then has to cope with the funny disaster that follows.

September 8 with Susan Ratcliffe

A discussion of authors who will read at Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, 2015

JaguarThe Jaguar’s Children by Jon Vaillant

Hector, a young Zapotec fleeing Mexico for a better life in the US with his friend Cesar, a biotech researcher, pays to be smuggled across the border by unscrupulous “coyotes,” The illegal migrants are concealed in the tightly sealed, empty tank of a water truck, all packed into the darkness  . Abandoned by the smugglers in the desert, they are left to die, their only lifeline Cesar’s phone. As legends fuse with the terrifying present, the dangers Cesar is fleeing become grippingly apparent. Hector recounts the agonizing events of their captivity and of Cesar’s story through text messages on the dying cell phone.

Somewhere in France by Jennifer RobsonSomewhere in France

Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford, has struggled against both her mother’s expectations and the restrictions early 20th-century British society imposes upon women of “gentle breeding”. Lilly longs to make a difference, to have a life of substance and meaning. Only one person other than her beloved brother Edward ever listened to what she really wanted-Robert Fraser, Edward’s best friend.  When they meet again, he finds her utterly captivating. She believes he is the man of her dreams. In a few short weeks, the world is engulfed by war. As the lights go out across Europe, Robbie becomes a trauma surgeon in a field hospital on the Western Front, while Lilly breaks free of convention, as well as from her disapproving parents, leaving home and eventually becoming an ambulance driver with the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. When she is transferred to the same field hospital where Robbie works, she hopes to strengthen the growing bond between them. Their love must survive the class restrictions that separate them and the horrors and suffering of the Great War.

After the war is overAfter the war is over by Jennifer Robson

After four years as a military nurse, Charlotte Brown is ready to leave behind the devastation of the Great War. The daughter of a vicar, she has always been determined to dedicate her life to helping others. Moving to busy Liverpool, she throws herself into her work with those most in need,  but as Charlotte begins to settle into her new circumstances, two messages arrive that will change her life. One offers her a chance to speak out for those who cannot. The other comes from Edward Neville-Ashford, her former employer, now the new Earl of Cumberland. He’s a shadow of the man he once was, yet Charlotte sees glimpses of the boy who long ago claimed her heart.   Class differences interfere with their future together. As Britain seethes with unrest, Charlotte must confront long-held insecurities to find her voice . . . and the courage to decide if the life she’s created is the one she truly wants.

His Whole Life by Elizabeth HayHis whole life

At the outset ten-year-old Jim and his Canadian mother and American father are on a journey from New York City to a lake in eastern Ontario during the last hot days of August. What unfolds is a completely enveloping story that spans a few pivotal years of his youth.  The novel charts the deepening bond between mother and son even as the family comes apart. Set in the mid-1990s, when Quebec is on the verge of leaving Canada, this captivating novel is an unconventional coming of age story as only Elizabeth Hay could tell it. It draws readers in with its warmth, wisdom, its vivid sense of place, its searching honesty, and nuanced portrait of the lives of one family and those closest to it. Hay explores the mystery of how members of a family can hurt each other so deeply, and remember those hurts in such detail, yet find openings that shock them with love and forgiveness. This is vintage Elizabeth Hay at the height of her powers.

June 23 with Tara Harvie

Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson

This lyrical novel of community, betrayal, and love centers on an unforgettable matriarchal family in Barbados. Two sisters, ages ten and sixteen, are exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them. The young Phaedra and her older sister, Dionne, live for the summer of 1989 with their grandmother Hyacinth, a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah.  Dionne spends the summer in search of love, testing her grandmother’s limits, and wanting to go home. Phaedra explores Bird Hill, where her family has lived for generations, accompanies her grandmother in her role as a midwife, and investigates their mother’s mysterious life.  The story builds to a crisis when the father they barely know comes to Bird Hill to reclaim his daughters, and both Phaedra and Dionne must choose between the Brooklyn they once knew and loved or the Barbados of their family.

Circling the Sun by Paula McLaincircling the sun

Paula McLain, author of the The Paris Wife, transports readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman–Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of the classic memoir Out of Africa.   Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance.   Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules.   Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain’s powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit.

how to start a fireHow to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz

From a bestselling writer, a story of unexpected friendship–three women thrown together in college who grow to adulthood united and divided by secrets, lies, and a single night that shaped all of them When UC Santa Cruz roommates Anna and Kate find passed-out Georgiana Leoni on a lawn one night, they wheel her to their dorm in a shopping cart. Twenty years later, they gather around a campfire on the lawn of a New England mansion. What happens in between–the web of wild adventures, unspoken jealousies, and sudden tragedies that alter the course of their lives–is charted with sharp wit and aching sadness in this meticulously constructed novel.

Saint Mazie by Jami Attenbergsaint mazie

Mazie Phillips is the truth-telling proprietress of The Venice, the famed New York City movie theatre. It’s the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty–even when Prohibition kicks in–and Mazie never turns down a night on the town. When the Great Depression hits, Mazie‘s life is on the brink of transformation. Addicts and bums roam the Bowery; homelessness is rampant. If Mazie won’t help them, then who? When she opens the doors of The Venice to those in need, this ticket-taking, fun-time girl becomes the beating heart of the Lower East Side, and in defining one neighborhood helps define the city. Then, more than ninety years after Mazie began her diary, it’s discovered by a documentarian in search of a good story. Who was Mazie Phillips, really? A chorus of voices from the past and present fill in some of the mysterious blanks of her adventurous life.

unlikely eventIn the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

In her highly anticipated new novel, Judy Blume creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events. In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place.  Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on. Blume tells a story full of memorable characters who cope with loss, remember the good times and, finally, wonder at the joy that keeps them going.

June 16 with Andrea Curtis and Alison Ho, talking about the TD Summer Reading Club

Paddington by Michael Bond

paddingtonA very small bear found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at Paddington station becomes one of the family.

 

There’s no such thing as a dragon by Jack KentDragon

Billy Bixbee’s mother won’t admit that dragons exist until it is nearly too late.

June 9 with Eleni Hughes

punishmentPunishment by Linden MacIntyre

Forced to retire early from his job as a corrections officer in Kingston Penitentiary, Tony Breau has limped back to the village where he grew up to lick his wounds, only to find that Dwayne Strickland, a young con he’d had dealings with in prison is back there too–and once again in trouble. Strickland has just been arrested following the suspicious death of a teenage girl, the granddaughter of Caddy Stewart, Tony’s first love. Tony is soon caught in a fierce emotional struggle between the outcast Strickland and the still alluring Caddy. And then another figure from Tony’s past, the forceful Neil Archie MacDonald–just retired in murky circumstances from the Boston police force–stokes the community’s anger and suspicion and an irresistible demand for punishment.

When the Saints by Sarah Mianwhen the saints

A decade after being cast off to live with strangers, Tabby Saint returns to Solace River, Nova Scotia, to find her childhood home deserted. She quickly latches on to the lonely tavern-keeper, West, who informs her that her family was run out of town. Tabby heads out to nearby Jubilant to find the fragments of her family: her addict sister, Poppy, and her two young kids; her brothers, Bird and Jackie, one crippled by a vicious attack and the other holding a dangerous grudge against the men responsible; a threadbare version of the bulletproof mother she remembers; and an ailing father, a man so vile he is unworthy of forgiveness even on his deathbed. Irreverent and mouthy as they ever were, the Saints are still a lightning rod for trouble. When a new storm arises, Tabby must choose whether to stay or run back the way she came.

North of normalNorth of Normal: a memoir of my wilderness childhood, my unusual family and how I survived both.    by Cea Sunrise Person

Sex, drugs and . . . bug stew? A compelling tale of survival–of nature, family and genetics In the late 1960s,  Cea’s family left a comfortable existence in California to live off the land in northern Alberta. But unlike most commune dwellers of the time, the Persons weren’t trying to build a new society–they wanted to escape civilization altogether. Living out her grandparents’ dream with her teenage mother, Michelle, young Cea knew little of the world beyond her forest. Despite fierce storms, food shortages and the occasional drug-and-sex-infused party for visitors, it was a happy existence. For Michelle, however, there was one crucial element missing: a man. When Cea was five, Michelle took her on the road with a new boyfriend. As the trio set upon a series of ill-fated adventures, Cea began to question both her highly unusual world and the hedonistic woman at the centre of it, leading her to search for a more normal life. Finally, in her early teens, Cea realized she would have to make a drastic choice to find the life she wanted.   Cea’s astonishing saga is one of long-held family secrets and extreme family dysfunction, all in an incredibly unusual setting. It is also the story of one girl’s deep-seated desire for normality–a desire that enabled her to risk everything, overcome adversity and achieve her dreams.

June 2 with Chris Raso

Rock

Rocks:  my life in and out of Aerosmith by Joe Perry

Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry opens up for the first time about the wild, inside story of his life in the legendary band he co-founded in 1970 – which is still going strong today. In Rocks, Joe Perry exposes his unrepentant, unbridled life as the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. He delves deep into his volatile, profound, and enduring relationship with singer Steve Tyler and reveals the real people behind the larger-than-life rock-gods on stage. The nearly five-decade saga of Aerosmith is epic, at once a study in brotherhood and solitude that plays out on the killing fields of rock and roll.
 

Pedro by Pedro MartinezPedro

A bold, no-holds-barred memoir from one of the most dominant and dynamic pitchers to ever play the game Before Pedro Martinez was the eight-time All Star, three-time Cy Young Award winner, and World Series champion, before stadiums full of fans chanted his name, he was just a little kid from the Dominican Republic who sat under a mango tree and dreamed of playing pro ball. Now in Pedro , the charismatic and always colorful pitcher opens up for the first time to tell his remarkable story.

Dancing with myselfDancing with myself by Billy Idol

An early architect of punk rock’s sound, style, and fury, whose lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into pop’s mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, Billy Idol remains, to this day, a true rock ‘n’ roll icon. Now, in his long-awaited autobiography, Dancing with Myself , Idol delivers an electric, searingly honest account of his journey to fame-from his early days as front man of the pioneering UK punk band Generation X to the decadent life atop the dance-rock kingdom he ruled-delivered with the same in-your-face attitude and fire his fans have embraced for decades. Beyond adding his uniquely qualified perspective to the story of the evolution of rock, Idol is a brash, lively chronicler of his own career

 

Straight up and personal by Don Cherrystraight up

Don Cherry has been causing debate for decades. Topics on “Coach’s Corner” sometimes veer away from sports and on to other matters that are near and dear to Cherry’s heart: the war in Afghanistan and politics, among many others. In  this book , Cherry shares his thoughts on a broader range of issues than he ever has before. He shares some of his personal experiences on and off the ice, and offers the lessons he’s learned along the way. This is Don Cherry: straight up and personal.

May 26 with Meg Forestell

shopaholic and babyShopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella

Becky’s life is blooming! She’s working at London’s newest big store, house-hunting with husband Luke and she’s pregnant. But Becky’s life begins to crumble when her celebrity obstetrician turns out to be Luke’s glamourous, intellectual ex-girlfriend.

Secrets of a Shoe Addict by Elizabeth Harbisonsecrets of a shoe addict

Every woman has a secret. The question is: How far will she go to make sure it stays secret?  Abbey Walsh never wanted anyone to find out about her shady past. After all, she’s the wife of a minister now, living an exemplary life. That is, until someone shows up from her past with blackmail in mind . . .  Tiffany and Loreen have similar extreme problems and in need of thousands of dollars and fast. Tiffany’s sister, Sandra, has the perfect idea. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s legal, and it’s the secret that kept her shoe addiction alive. It’s the perfect plan.   In this deliciously sassy novel, three very different women bond when they find themselves in more than one kind of trouble. It’s the story of how sometimes you have a secret that can get you in—and out—of dire straits. It’s about romance, friendship, kids, revenge, affairs, and, most of all, a love of the well-heeled things in life.

chose the wrong guyChose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Elizabeth Harbison

At 21, Ashley Barton was on her way to the altar to marry Burke Morrison, her high school sweetheart, when someone derailed her–another man who begged her right up to the last minute to reconsider the marriage, because he loved her more. Ashley wrestled with the obligation of a wedding–or running for her life. She chose running, but with the best man who happened to be Burke’s brother, Frank. When this relationship doesn’t work out, she spends the next 17 years working in her family’s bridal shop. But when the two men return to town for another wedding, old angers, flames, hostilities, and passions are reignited

Where we Belong by Emily Giffinwhere we belong

Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six-year-old television producer living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and picture-perfect relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had locked away forever.

May 19 with Steve Kraft

necessary deathThe necessary death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay.

A twenty-nine-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. The telephone rings; a casual conversation, but behind this a job offer. He is an expert. A loner. Freelance. Another job is another job, but what if this organization wants more? A meeting at a club. An offer. A brief. A target: Lewis Winter. It’s hard to kill a man well.

The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percydead lands

A super flu and nuclear fallout have made a husk of the world we know. A few humans carry on, living in outposts such as the Sanctuary-the remains of St. Louis-a shielded community that owes its survival to its militant defense and fear-mongering leaders. Suddenly a rider appears from the wasteland beyond its walls and reports on the outside world: west of the Cascades, rain falls, crops grow, civilization thrives. But there is danger too: the rising power of an army that pillages and enslaves every community they happen upon. Against the wishes of the Sanctuary, a small group sets out in secrecy. Led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark, they hope to expand their infant nation, and to reunite the States. But the Sanctuary will not allow them to escape without a fight.

Fade outThe Fade Out:  Act One  by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips

A fun, fast read that is fully engaging. The multiple story lines and deeply flawed characters will keep the reader invested.   Brubaker and Phillips’ newest hit series is an epic noir set in the world of noir itself, the backlots and bars of Hollywood at the end of its Golden Era. A movie stuck in endless reshoots, a writer damaged from the war and lost in the bottle, a dead movie star and the lookalike hired to replace her. Nothing is what it seems in the place where only lies are true

The Lady from Zagreb by Philip Kerrlady from zagreb

A beautiful actress, a rising star of the giant German film company UFA, now controlled by the Propaganda Ministry. The very clever, very dangerous Propaganda Minister-close confidant of Hitler, an ambitious schemer and flagrant libertine. And Bernie Gunther, former Berlin homicide bull, now forced to do favours for Joseph Goebbels at the Propaganda Minister’s command. This time, the favour is personal. And this time, nothing is what it seems. Set down amid the killing fields of Ustashe-controlled Croatia, Bernie finds himself in a world of mindless brutality where everyone has a hidden agenda.

May 12th with Elissa Davidson  Celebrating the Teen Etch Book Launch

roller girlRoller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid’s life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school… in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.

Tomboy by Liz Princetomboy

Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys’ baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age, in an anecdotal graphic novel memoir.

Adrian treeAdrian and the Tree of Secrets by Hubert

Adrian, a teenager in a Catholic school, is harassed by his mother and schoolmates about being different, until he is befriended by one of the popular boys at school and they both discover their physical attraction to one another.

In Real Life by Cory Doctorowin real life

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero and a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.  But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer — a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

cute girl networkCute Girl Network by Greg Means

Jane’s new in town. When she wipes out on her skateboard right in front of Jack’s food cart, she finds herself agreeing to go on a date with him. Jane’s psyched that her love life is taking a turn for the friskier, but it turns out that Jack has a spotty romantic history, to put it mildly. Cue the Cute Girl Network — a phone tree information-pooling group of local single women. Poor Jane is about to learn every detail of Jack’s past misadventures… whether she wants to or not. Will love prevail?

May 5 with Patricia Gray – Camping for the good weather

camping bibleThe Camping Bible: the essential guide for outdoor enthusiasts by Bob Holtzman

Packed with useful in-the-field advice, tips, clear how-to instructions and diagrams, this is the essential guide for any beginner or more advanced outdoor enthusiast.This book goes into great detail about the different types of camping gear available on the market, the different techniques you can use to maximize your camping experience, and the different hazards that you might face. Knowing how to handle dangerous and nuisance animals, for example, or having instructions of what to do if someone is injured, can making camping safer and more enjoyable.

Wilderness Pleasures: a practical guide to camping bliss by Kevin Callanwilderness pleasures

This colorfully illustrated, highly entertaining, informative guidebook looks at why people love the wilderness and how everyone from rugged canoe-trippers to family car-campers can derive more enjoyment from their time outdoors.  This is the perfect book for those who love camping except for “that one part” (which may be packing, portaging, bugs, bad weather, second-rate food, sleeping bags, rocks, uphill hikes, downhill tumbles, tippy canoes, life without a toilet or, let’s face it, other campers). With a mix of comic timing and expertise, veteran guide Kevin Callan reveals the secrets to smooth paddling and pleasure-filled camping.

winter campingNOLS Winter Camping by Buck Tilton

From the National Outdoor Leadership School, the leader in wilderness education, comes the definitive guide on winter camping–based on the official NOLS curriculum, it’s the next best thing to taking a course with a qualified instructor. You’ll learn how to layer clothing to stay warm and dry, how to maneuver a pack sled through heavy snow cover, and how to sleep comfortably in conditions of extreme cold. Additionally, sections on avalanche safety and first aid provide essential preparation should disaster strike. Illustrated throughout with detailed line drawings. The National Outdoor Leadership School’s official guide to camping in extreme cold includes comprehensive coverage of winter clothing and gear, proven techniques for traveling efficiently and safely across snow and ice, and complete directions for building igloos and many other snow shelters.

The Camping Cookbook by Rachel Cartercamping cookbook

In an innovative and funky format, fantastic photos and delicious and simple to achieve recipes, this stylishly designed book contains every essential recipe to create tasty meals for your camping trip.

knot tying bibleThe Knot Tying Bible by Colin Jarman

A complete guide to selecting, tying and using a wide array of knots, useful for everything from hauling logs to securing the canoe to wrapping a present. With photographs and written instructions explaining step-by-step how to tie knots, beginners can master the basics before progressing to the more difficult knots. Experienced rope users can enjoy new knot challenges and discoveries.

Camp Out! the ultimate kids guide, from the backyard to the backwoods by Lynn Brunellecamp out

Provides information and advice on camping gear, setting up camp, food, useful wilderness skills, weather, exploring nature, crafts, games, and other topics for a safe, environmentally sound, and entertaining camping experience.

practical campingPractical Camping Handbook how to get the most from camping – everything from planning your trip to setting up camp and cooking outdoors, with 350 step-by-step photographs by Peter Drake

All you need to know about equipment, clothing, camp layout, erecting tents, safety and hygiene, making fires, knots and striking camp.

 While you are camping, you can enjoy these books by Lisa Genova

Inside O'BriensInside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old respected police officer, a devoted husband, proud father of four children, when he begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements.   As these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist. The diagnosis of Huntington’s Disease that will change his and his family’s lives forever.  A lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure, Huntingdon’s also means that Joe’s children have a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease.  As she watches her father’s escalating symptoms,  his daughter Katie struggles with doubts and questions about taking the test.   Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.

Still Alice by Lisa GenovaStill Alice

An accomplished woman slowly loses her thoughts and memories to Alzheimer’s disease-only to discover that each day brings a new way of living and loving. Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring, and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what it’s like to literally lose your mind.

left neglectedLeft Neglected by Lisa Genova

Sarah Nickerson, a career-driven young mother, suffers a traumatic brain injury in a car accident that leaves her unable to perceive left-side information, a disability that causes her to struggle through an uncertain recovery as she adapts to her new life.

Love Anthony by Lisa GenovaLove Anthony

Two women in Nantucket, dealing with their own separate issues of death and heartbreak, find solace in each other’s friendship.  An intriguing and  poignant portrait of an autistic child told from the point of view of his mother dealing with his strange and dramatic behaviours.

April 28 with Eleni Hughes

Jaguar’s Children

Etta and Otto and Russell and James

The Girl Runner

Saltwater Cowboys.

April 14 with Tara Harvie

Inside O'BriensInside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

Joe O‘Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. When his symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist. The diagnosis will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms,  his daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. Does she want to know if she carries the gene? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing? As Joe’s symptoms worsen, he struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year by Matt McCarthyreal doctor

This funny, candid memoir about the author’s intern year at a New York hospital provides a frank look at how doctors are made, taking readers into the critical care unit to see one burgeoning physician’s journey from ineptitude to competence. After his professional baseball career failed to launch, Matt McCarthy went to Harvard Medical School and on to a coveted residency slot in New York. When he almost lost a patient on his first day after making what he believed to be a terrible error, he found himself facing the harsh reality of a new doctor‘s life. Luckily for McCarthy, his second-year-resident adviser  was an offbeat genius, with a knack for breaking down the complicated process of treating patients. But neither doctor could offer much help to a patient named Barney, who had been living in the hospital while waiting for a new heart, and whom McCarthy slowly befriended over the course of the year in ways that changed his perception of what it means to be a physician. McCarthy offers a window on to hospital life that dispenses with sanctimony and self-seriousness while emphasizing the black-comic paradox of becoming a doctor:

Children's crusadeThe Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer

Bill Blair finds the land by accident, three wooded acres in a rustic community south of San Francisco. The year is 1954, long before anyone will call this area Silicon Valley. Struck by a vision of the family he has yet to create, Bill buys the property on a whim. 30 years later, the three oldest Blair children, adults now and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of the youngest, whose sudden presence and all-too-familiar troubles set off a struggle over the family’s future.

The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilsonaffinities

In the near future of Robert Charles Wilson’s The Affinities, sorting people by social media is supercharged by new analytic technologies–genetic, brain-mapping, behavioral. To join one of the twenty-two Affinities is to change one’s life.   Your fellow members are the people with whom you can best cooperate in all areas of life–creative, interpersonal, even financial.  At professional and personal loose ends, young Adam Fisk takes the tests to see if he qualifies for any of the Affinities, and finds that he’s a match for one of the largest, the one called Tau. It’s utopian-at first. Problems in all areas of his life begin to simply sort themselves out, as he becomes part of a global network of people dedicated to helping one another-to helping him.

But as the differing Affinities put their new powers to the test, they begin to rapidly chip away at the power of governments, of global corporations, of all the institutions of the old world. Then, with dreadful inevitability, the different Affinities begin to go to war–with one another.  What happens next will change Adam, and his world, forever.

slant of lightA Slant of Light by Jeffrey Lent

The books deals with a key historic moment – the end of the Civil War, the religious freedom that was manifested in the Second Great Awakening, the shadow on the horizon of the Industrial Revolution. At the heart of the novel are two men: one who has committed a horrific act, but is slowly revealed to be a man of honor and integrity; the other, a seemingly righteous man of great spiritual dedication, whose lust for power within his community will eventually blind him to his own actions. These two men are surrounded by a varied host of others, many damaged but stronger for it.  In this male world, women are also assuming new strength in love and life. A Slant of Light is a novel of lust and love, of loss and war, of prophets and followers, of theft and revenge – in a time of change in American history.

March 31 with Andrea Curtis, books for mothers with new babies

Games babiesGames to play with babies by Jackie Silberg

Over 240 fun-filled games include lots of hugs and kisses to help babies bond with their caregivers and parents as they develop necessary skills. Babies experience the interaction and nurturing they need for healthy self-esteem. This book encourages the development of happy, trusting babies who will become happy, trusting toddlers. If there’s a baby in your child care center or in your family, you won’t want to miss these wonderful games.

A Natural guide to bringing up your baby by Claire Gillmannatural guide

This authoritative guide by childcare expert Claire Gillman helps you make informed choices about your baby’s upbringing. She shows how a green approach not only protects you and your baby from potentially harmful chemicals and additives, but also helps you bond more deeply with your baby and understand what your baby needs to be happy and healthy.

play and learnPlay and Learn: 1001 fun activities for your baby and child by Nancy Wilson Hall

Gymboree’s Play & Learn features surefire ways to amuse and entertain little ones from birth through age five. Packed with creative play ideas from the child-development experts at Gymboree, it makes an ideal gift for parents of young children, parents-to-be, and other caregivers. It outlines kid-friendly play ideas that are perfect for spontaneous fun with no complicated preparation necessary.

Go – flip –a shape by SAMiGo flip

Alternating die-cut pages transform one featured shape into a vehicle with the flip of a page. A circle on a bicycle becomes a hot air balloon. A triangle becomes the sail on a sailboat, then a blade on a bulldozer. An oval is first a submarine, then the cab of a helicopter. Square becomes train, becomes truck. Rectangle becomes bus, becomes red wagon.

Goldilocks and the three bears by Trixie Bell and Melissa Caruso-Scott

zoomZoom! Things that go by Sassy

Mom, dad, and baby will love this board book from Sassy, the award-winning and innovative toy company.  It teaches babies all about things that go zoom! Cars, trucks, boats, and airplanes are just some of the vehicles babies will learn about in this book.

Time for Bed by Petr Hoacek

March 24 with Steve Kraft

Fifth gospelThe Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

A lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying pope’s final wish converge to send two brothers–both Vatican priests–on an intellectual quest to untangle Christianity’s greatest historical mystery.

The Swimmer by Joakim Zander swimmer

A deep-cover CIA agent races across Europe to save the daughter he never knew. Klara Walldéen was raised by her grandparents on a remote archipelago, but now she is an EU Parliament aide in Brussels.  She is learning how to navigate the treacherous currents of international politics: the lines between friend and enemy, truth and lies. She has accidentally seen something she shouldn’t have: a laptop containing information so sensitive that someone will kill to keep hidden. Suddenly, she is thrown into a terrifying chase across Europe, with no idea who is hunting her or why.  In the end, you cannot hide who you are

Dark roomsDark Rooms by Lili Anolik

This stunning debut about murder and glamour is set in the ambiguous and claustrophobic world of an exclusive New England prep school.   Nica Baker, beautiful, wild, enigmatic, and only sixteen is murdered and the crime is solved very quickly but memory and instinct won’t allow Nica’s older sister, Grace, to accept the case as closed.  Dropping out of college and living at home, working at the moneyed and progressive private high school in Hartford, Connecticut, from which she recently graduated, Grace becomes increasingly obsessed with identifying and punishing the real killer.

The Stolen Ones by Owen LaukkanenStolen ones

When you’ve got nothing left, you’ve got nothing left to lose.   After the sudden death of  .a sherriff’s deputy, BCA agent Kirk Stevens arrives on the scene and discovers local authorities have taken into custody a single suspect: A hysterical young woman found sitting by the body, holding the deputy’s own gun. She has no ID, speaks no English. A mystery woman. The mystery deepens, as Stevens and Carla Windermere, his partner in the new joint BCA-FBI violent crime task force, find themselves on the trail of a massive international kidnapping and prostitution operation. Before the two agents are done, they will have traveled over half the country, from Montana to New York, and come face-to-face not only with the most vicious man either of them has ever encountered-but two of the most courageous women. They are sisters, stolen ones. But just because you’re a victim doesn’t mean you have to stay one.

March 17 with Ben Robinson  Ben will feature Playaway or Audio Book titles.

I was hereI Was Here by Gayle Forman

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica RothFour

Told from Tobias’s point of view, Four shares details of his transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his intiation, and claiming his place in the Dauntless hierarchy.

TombquestTombquest: Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop

Nothing can save Alex Sennefer’s life. That’s what all the doctors say, but his mother knows it’s not true. She knows that the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead can crack open a door to the afterlife and pull her son back from the brink. But when she uses the spells, five evil ancients, the Death Walkers, are also brought back to life.

Masterminds by Gordon KormanMasterminds

Eli Frieden lives in the most perfect town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. In this idyllic place, every lawn is perfectly manicured and everyone has a pool and a tree house. Honesty and integrity are valued above all else. The thirty kids who live there never lie–they know it’s a short leap from that to the awful problems of other, less fortunate places

March 3 with Elissa Davidson

little something differentA Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

A sweet romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints:  the creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all believe that Gabe and Lea should get together.

Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class and although they share many interests, they are very different people and their shared future is in doubt.

But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Readers will root for Gabe and Lea too this quirky, completely original novel that was chosen by readers, writers, and publishers to be the debut title for the new Swoon Reads crowdsourced input.

Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergastaudacious

Sixteen-year-old Raphaelle says the wrong thing, antagonizes the wrong people and has the wrong attitude. She can’t do anything right except draw, but she draws the wrong pictures. When her father moves the family to a small prairie city, Raphaelle wants to make a new start. Reborn as “Ella,” she tries to fit in at her new school. She’s drawn to Samir, a Muslim boy in her art class, and expresses her confused feelings in explicit art. When a classmate texts a photo of Ella’s art to a younger friend, the fallout spreads throughout Ella’s life, threatening to destroy her already-fragile family. Told entirely in verse, Audacious is a brave, funny and hard-hitting portrait of a girl who embodies the word audacity.

we were liarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

love and other foreign wordsLove and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan

Brilliant fifteen-year-old Josie has a knack for languages, but her sister’s engagement has Josie grappling with the nature of true love, her feelings for her best friend Stu, and how anyone can be truly herself, or truly in love, in a social language that is not her own.

February 24 with Tricia Gray

mobile libraryThe Mobile Library by David Whitehouse

A tragicomic adventure about a troubled adolescent boy who escapes his small town in a stolen library-on-wheels. At once tender, provocative and darkly funny, it’s is a fable about the intrinsic human desire to be loved and understood–and about one boy’s realization that the kinds of adventures found in books can happen in real life.

February 17 with Susan Ratcliffe:  a selection of Newfoundland authors

SweetlandSweetland by Michael Crummey

A deeply suspenseful story about one man’s struggles against the forces of nature and the ruins of memory. For 12 generations, when the fish were plentiful and when they all-but disappeared, the inhabitants of this remote island in Newfoundland have lived and died together. Now, in the second decade of the 21st century, they are facing resettlement, and each has been offered a generous compensation package to leave. But the money is offered with a proviso: everyone has to go; the government won’t be responsible for one crazy coot who chooses to stay alone on an island.

The Lobster Kings by Alexei Zentner lobster kings

The Lobster Kings takes place on fictional Loosewood Island, somewhere off Maine and the Maritimes, a ruggedly pastoral outpost claimed by both the United States and Canada. For generations it has been unofficially ruled by a family called the Kings, since the legendary Brumfitt Kings came over from Ireland with the bountiful lobsters “making a road with their backs.” But modern times bring modern problems, and the waters off Loosewood Island are starting to be poached by James Harbor, a rival community. With the health of current patriarch Woody Kings fading, it’s up to his daughter Cordelia to pick up the mantle.

son of a certain womanSon of a Certain Woman by Wayne Johnston

Percy Joyce, born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in the fifties is an outsider from childhood, set apart by a congenital disfigurement. Taunted and bullied, he is also isolated by his intelligence and wit, and his unique circumstances: an unbaptized boy raised by a single mother in a fiercely Catholic society. Soon on the cusp of teenagehood, Percy is filled with yearning, wild with hormones, and longing for what he can’t have–wanting to be let in…and let out. At the top of his wish list is his disturbingly alluring mother, Penelope, whose sex appeal fairly leaps off the page. Every man in St. John’s lusts after her, including her sister-in-law Medina, her paying border, Pops MacDougall, with whom she carries on an affair of convenience–and Percy.

The Deception of Livvy Higgs by Donna Morrisseydeception

For two traumatic days, Livvy Higgs is besieged by a series of small heart attacks while the ghost of her younger self leads her back through a past devastated by lies and secrets. Tending to Livvy during her illness is her young next-door neighbour, Gen, a single mother, social-work student, and part-time drug dealer. Overnight, a violent scene embroils the two in each other’s lives in a manner that will entwine them forever.

FebruaryFebruary by Lisa Moore

Helen O’Mara’s life is divided between her everyday existence as mother and grandmother and her internal memories and reflections on her life with her late husband Cal who died long ago aboard the oil rig Ocean Ranger. Then Helen’s wayward son John returns home asking his mother to help him decide how to deal with his girlfriend’s pregnancy.

February 10 with Meg Forestell-Page

tellTell by Frances Itani

In 1919, only months after the end of the Great War, the men and women of Deseronto struggle to recover from wounds of the past, both visible and hidden. Kenan, a young soldier who returned from the war damaged and disfigured, confines himself to his small house on the Bay of Quinte. His wife, attempting to adjust to the trauma that has changed their marriage, seeks advice from her Aunt Maggie. Maggie, along with her husband, Am, who cares for the town clock tower, have their own sorrows, which lie unacknowledged between them.

The Massey Murder : a maid, her master and the trial that shocked a country by Charlotte Graymassey murders

In February 1915, a member of one of Canada’s wealthiest families was shot and killed on the front porch of his home in Toronto as he was returning from work. Carrie Davies, an 18-year-old domestic servant, quickly confessed, but the real victim was not clear:  Charles “Bert” Massey,  of the wealthy and famous family, or the terrified Carrie, a penniless British immigrant.   When the brilliant lawyer Hartley Dewart, QC, took on her case, his grudge against the powerful Masseys fuelled a dramatic trial.  Set against a backdrop of the Great War in Europe and the changing face of a nation, this sensational crime comes to life.

saving graceSaving Grace by Jane Green

Grace and Ted Chapman appear to be a literary power couple.   On the surface, they appear to be happy, stylish and accomplished. Behind their public face are Ted’s rages and mood swings.   When Ted’s longtime assistant leaves, the fragile surface begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable.  When a new assistant, BEth, arrives she appears to be able to help handle Ted and the chaos he causes in the house. Soon,  Grace sees that Beth might be too good to be true and might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeldenchanted

The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries magical visions with the devastating violence of prison life.

Two outsiders appear –  a fallen priest, and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners’ pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.

February 3 with Steve Kraft

Chain of eventsChain of Events by Fredrik T. Olsson

A thrilling novel about humanity on the verge of crisis, taking readers from the streets of Berlin and Stockholm to a chateau in the Alps, Chain of Events explodes and then reconfigures the ties that bind us to one another: marriage, politics, and our DNA.

William Sandberg, once a well-respected military cryptologist pursuing cutting-edge research, is a ruined man who has succumbed to depression. A nameless, top-secret organization abducts him to decode a message that will reveal the disastrous prophecies hidden in our DNA.

William’s ex-wife Christina, haunted by his absence, suspects there is more to his disappearance than just the reclusive impulse of a depressed man and sets out to find him.  She must battle the organization and the impending secrets of DNA.

dark spiesDark Spies by Matthew Dunn

On the run from the CIA, intelligence operative Will Cochrane heads to the U.S. to uncover a diabolical spymaster at the center of an international conspiracy

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitzmoriarty

Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall that claimed the lives of Sherlock Holmes and criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase and Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones, a devoted student of Holmes’s methods of investigation and deduction, must track down a sinister figure who’s determined to stake his claim as Moriarty‘s successor.

ireneIrene by Pierre Lemaitre

Pierre Lemaitre is known for writing crime fiction with an alchemical mix of white-knuckle intensity, fearlessly unconventional plotting, and psychologically intricate character development. In Irene Lemaitre ingeniously uses five contemporary and classic literary murder scenes–from William McIlvanney’s Laidlaw to Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho–as the framework on which to craft a diabolical prequel to his Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger Award-winning novel Alex.

January 27, 2015 with Andrea Curtis

kids winter funThe Kids’ Winter Fun Book:  homespun adventures for winter fun  by Claire Gillman and Sam Martin

A cold weather-themed activity treasury for kids and caregivers features a wide variety of indoor and outdoor suggestions from ice skating and snowball fights to making toffee apples and snowshoes.

Things to do with Dad, lots of fun for everyone by  Chris StevensThings do Dad

Perfect for people lacking inspiration, the book offers original games, projects and activities that are fun and will captivate both kids and dads alike. A great mix of things to do and make and games to play. This book is designed to get kids off the sofa and engrossed in good old-fashioned fun.

Things do MomThings to do with Mom by Alison Maloney

This guide is full of fun and creative ways to spend time with mom, indoors and out. Together your family can create many activities:  how to treat her to a spa day, make a miniature garden, plan a perfect picnic or create a haunted house, and many more.  Good ideas, not only for mothers, but for teachers and others who work with children.

How to clean your room in 10 easy steps by Jennifer Hugethow to clean

A young girl provides unique advice on how to tidy a room and tells other fun housekeeping stories.

Alligator pieAlligator Pie by Dennis Lee

A beloved collection of poems by one of Canada’s most versatile poets.

hoorayHooray for Hat by Brian Won

Elephant wakes up in a grumpy mood, but a present on his doorstep–a hat–cheers him and he sets out to greet his neighbors who all, it seems, need hats of their own.

January 20, 2015 with Ben Robinson

Because they marchedBecause they Marched:  the People’s Campaign for Voting Rights that changed America by Russell Freedman

Presents an account of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, an event that sparked the signing of the Voting Rights Act.

The Freedom Summer Murders by Don MitchellFreedom summers

Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the Freedom Summer murders, traces the events surrounding the KKK lynching of three young civil rights activists who were trying to register African Americans for the vote.

revolutionRevolution by Deborah Wiles

Struggling to adapt within her newly blended family in 1964 Mississippi, young Sunny witnesses increasingly scary community agitation when activists from the North arrive in town to help register African Americans to vote.

 January 13, 2015 with Eleni Hughes 

remembranceRemembrance: a story by Alistair MacLeod

In the early morning hours of November 11, David MacDonald, a veteran of WWII, stands outside his Cape Breton home, preparing to attend what will likely be his last Remembrance Day ceremony. He remembers how the war devastated his own family, but gave him other reasons to live.

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHughweight of blood

Although her family’s roots are deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, Lucy Dane is treated like an outsider.  When one of Lucy’s few friends is found murdered, she feels haunted by the loss of the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn’t protect. When Lucy stumbles across Cheri’s necklace, she finds herself drawn into a search for answers.   She suspects Cheri’s death could be linked to her mother’s disappearance, and the connection between the two puts Lucy at risk of losing everything. In a place where the bonds of blood weigh heavy, Lucy must decide where her allegiances lie.

What makes olga runWhat makes Olga run? the mystery of the 90-something track star and what she can teach us about living longer, happier lives by Bruce Grierson

Bruce Grierson explores what the wild success of a ninety-three-year-old track star can tell us about how our bodies and minds age.  Convinced that Olga could help unlock many of the mysteries of aging, Grierson set out to uncover what drives her. He considers every piece of the puzzle, from her diet and sleep habits to how she scores on various personality traits, from what she does in her spare time to her family history. Olga participates in tests administered by some of the world’s leading scientists and offers her DNA to groundbreaking research trials. What emerges is not only a tremendously uplifting personal story but a look at the extent to which our health and longevity are determined by the DNA we inherit at birth, and the extent to which we can shape that inheritance. It examines the sum of our genes, opportunities, and choices, and the factors that forge the course of any life, especially during our golden years.

The Beatles Lyrics edited by Hunter DaviesBeatles

The stories behind the music, including the handwritten drafts of more than 100 classic Beatles songs.

January 6 with Tara Harvie

almost famous womenAlmost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman

This collection celebrates women who attained some celebrity:  e.g., racing speed boats,  being a conjoined twin in show business, a reclusive painter of renown, a member of the first all-female, integrated swing band. Other stories tell of Lord Byron’s illegitimate daughter, Allegra; Oscar Wilde’s troubled niece, Dolly; West With the Night author Beryl Markham; Edna St. Vincent Millay’s sister, Norma. These extraordinary stories travel the world, explore the past (and delve into the future), and portray fiercely independent women defined by their acts of bravery, creative impulses, and sometimes reckless decisions.

The world hasn’t always been kind to unusual women, but through Megan Mayhew Bergman’s alluring depictions they finally receive the attention they deserve.

A List of Things that Didn’t Kill Me by Jason Schmidta list of things

A funny, disturbing memoir full of brutal insights and unexpected wit that explores questions like: How do you find your moral center in a world that doesn’t seem to have one?      How does a good kid overcome a bad childhood? 

Jason Schmidt wasn’t surprised when he came home one day during his junior year of high school and found his father, Mark, crawling around in a giant pool of blood.  Jason’s life with Mark was full of secrets—about drugs, crime, and sex. If the straights—people with normal lives—ever found out any of those secrets, the police would come. Jason’s home would be torn apart. So the rule, since Jason had been in preschool, was never to tell the straights anything.

unfortunate beautyThe Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi

A magical and comedic satire of modern love, the power of friendship, and the allure of disguise. The Knights of Creation, is a group of artistic friends struggling with society’s standards of beauty. Barb, a stunningly beautiful costume designer, chooses to don a fat suit in hopes that it will help her meet the man of her dreams who can see beyond her looks. Lily, Barb’s brilliantly talented, unfortunate-looking musician friend, goes to fantastic lengths to attract the shallow man she loves. Penelope, neither beautiful nor talented, makes her living by selling hideous clay pots after convincing customers they’ve broken them. To complicate matters, the friends discover they may have a murderer in their midst.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkinsgirl on the train

A debut psychological thriller that will change the way you look at other people’s lives, it tells the story of Rachel who takes the same commuter train every morning.  She travels the same stretch of tracks and stops at the same signal where she can watch a couple having breakfast on their deck.  She feels she knows them and is jealous of the life she imagines they have.  One days she sees something shocking that changes everything.  When she tells the police,  she is involved in  the unforeseen complications of many lives, leaving her to wonder if she has done more harm than good.

all the bright placesAll the bright places by Jennifer Niven

Meeting on the ledge of their school’s bell tower, misfit Theodore Finch and suicidal Violet Markey find acceptance and healing that are overshadowed by Finch’s fears about Violet’s growing social world

December 16 with Ben Robinson

 

chicken clickingChicken Clicking by Tony Ross and Jeanne Willis

A hilarious and timely story about the perils of the internet for young children, told through the example of Chick who hopped into the farmer’s house and had a little browse on his computer. Soon she bought a funny teapot, a frilly blouse, scooters for the sheep and a car for the cows. She just can’t stop clicking! She meets a friend online and off she goes to meet him (without telling Mum or Dad). But the friend she thought she’d met turns out to be a fox.

By the Grace of Todd by Louise Galvestonby the grace of todd

When dirty laundry under his bed gives life to a tiny civilization that worships him, twelve-year-old Todd must protect the Toddlians from a school bully.

shackletonShackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi

Ernest Shackleton, one of the last great Antarctic explorers, led one of the most ambitious Antarctic expeditions ever undertaken. This is his story, and the story of the men who joined him and nearly died in the unimaginably harsh conditions of the journey. Shackleton’s expedition marked the end of a period of romantic exploration of the Arctic and the Antarctic, and this is as much a book about the encroaching modern world as it is about travel. Nick Bertozzi has documented this remarkable journey in a such a detailed graphic novel makes it impossible not to get caught up in the drama of the voyage. 

To This Day by Shane Koyczanto this day

In powerful poetry, Koyczan, expresses the profound and lasting effect of bullying on an individual, while affirming the strength and inner resources that allow people to move beyond the experience.

December 9th with Andrea Curtis

mean soupMean Soup by Betsy Everitt

Horace feels really mean at the end of a bad day, until he helps his mother make Mean Soup.

Soup of the Day: 365 recipes for every day of the year by Kate McMilliansoup of the day

Organized by month and featuring one recipe for each day on the calendar, this book includes 365 recipes for soups and stews to match any season, occasion or mood.

in the snowIn the Snow by Sharon Phillips Denslow

Forest animals come out after a fresh snow to eat the seeds a thoughtful child has scattered on the ground.

Wild Tracks by Jim Arnoskywild tracks

Describes and shows footprints made by different animals, including deer, bears, and birds, and discusses why tracks made by the same animal can appear different depending on the conditions in which they were made.

snowflakeThe Snowflake:  winter’s secret beauty by Kenneth George Libbrecht

Explores the beauty of snowflakes, detailing what snowflakes are, how they form, and why each one is unique,  including a discussion on snow crystals and what type of weather conditions produce snowflakes.

Ish by Peter Reynoldsish

Ramon loses confidence in his ability to draw, but his sister gives him a new perspective on things.

Drawing labDrawing Lab by Carla Sonheim

52 creative exercises to make drawing fun inspired by animals, nature, children and books.

December 2 with Meg Forestell

island christmasAn Island Christmas by Nancy Thayer

As the calendar counts down to Christmas, Felicia heads to Nantucket to marry the love of her life, Archie. Every detail is picture-perfect for a dream wedding but not for Felicia. Happier hiking in shorts, she agreed to a lavish winter wedding only to make her mother happy. Although her mother is happy to see her marry,  she has reservations about Archie and their plans to move to California after the wedding. To help take her mind off the impending move, Jilly’s husband George brings home a charming but mischievous cat named Jock. But when her sister arrives with children and judgments in tow,  family tensions skyrocket. Just when it seems like this family is fated to wake up on Christmas morning to stockings full of coal, a holiday surprise brings them together for a very merry celebration.

The Christmas Party by Carole MatthewsChristmas party

Louise Young is a devoted single mother whose only priority is providing for her daughter, Mia. She  is grateful for her good job in a huge international corporation, excpet that her boss can’t keep his hands to himself.   She feels she has no time for romance, until she meets the company’s rising star, Josh Wallace. Louise usually says no to evenings out, but she decided to let her hair down at the office Christmas party.  She is completely unaware that others around her are too busy playing dangerous games to enjoy the party, until she’s pulled into those games herself . Romance is in the air and secrets are about to be uncovered.

winter streetWinter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket’s Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on his wife kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who’s playing Santa at the inn’s annual party), utter chaos descends.

My True Love Gave to Me: twelve holiday stories edited by Stephanie PerkinsMy True love gave

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies,  will enjoy this collection by twelve bestselling young adult writers. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Years, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

roomsRooms by Lauren Oliver

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family — bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna — have arrived for their inheritance. But the Walkers are not alone.

November 25 with Steve Kraft

killer next doorThe Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood

A taut new psychological thriller from the Edgar Award-nominated author of The Wicked Girls. Now Marwood’s back with a brilliant, tightly paced thriller that will keep you up at night and make you ask yourself: just how well do you know your neighbors? Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret.  The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. They don’t know that one of them is a killer who has already chosen his next victim, and he’ll do anything to protect his secret.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John MandelStation eleven

A dark novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, from the author of three highly acclaimed previous novels. A famous Hollywood actor dies onstage during a production of King Lear.   Moving back and forth in time from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future,  this  story charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about relationships, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

wolf in winterThe Wolf in Winter by John Connolly

A new thriller in John Connolly’s internationally bestselling Charlie Parker series. The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered but it shuns outsiders.  At the heart of town are the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town. The death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker, a dangerous man, driven by compassion,  rage, and the desire for vengeance, is seen as a threat to the comfortable, sheltered inhabitants of the town. Charlie Parker has been marked to die so that Prosperous may survive.

Suspicion by Joseph Findersuspicion

When single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores, he has no one to turn to for financial support.  He meets Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter’s new best friend and one of the wealthiest men in Boston, who offers a $50,000 loan. Danny takes the money unaware of its unsavoury source in the world of drugs.  He then must decide who the real enemy is or risk losing everything and everyone-that matters to him.

November 18  Picture books with Lisa Cunningham

help we needHelp! We need a title by Hervé Tullet

Presents a not-quite-finished story featuring sketched characters who are surprised by the reader and who attempt to track down their author in the hope of finding a happy ending.

Tuesday by David WiesnerTuesday

Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.

Open very carefullyOpen Very Carefully: A Book with Bite by Nick Bromley

A crocodile falls into a quiet storybook and wreaks havoc on the characters, in a tale that invites youngsters to slam the book shut or find the courage to take a peek inside.

One snowy night by Beth Harwoodone snowy night

Awakened from hibernation when an ill-fitting, gift-wrapped red wool cap falls nearby, Little Hedgehog passes along the present to Rabbit, but somehow ends up with it again by the end of the day.

November 11 with Chris Raso

let's start a riotLet’s start a riot: how a young drunk punk became a Hollywood Dad by Bruce McCulloch

Comedian, writer, director and legendary Kid in the Hall Bruce McCulloch chronicles his journey from wild early days as a ‘young punk’ in 80’s Alberta, to his flannel plaid days and futon nights in 90’s Toronto, to becoming a ‘pajama-clad dad’ living in the Hollywood Hills. From scowling teenager to father of two, this biting, funny collection of personal stories, peppered with moments of surprising poignancy, proves that although this infamous Kid may be all grown up, his singular brand of humour and signature wit remain firmly intact,

Food: a love story by Jim Gaffiganfood a love story

Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet and decrying the worst offenders.  In his second book, he gives his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind, and the answer to the age-old question, “Which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”

Hockey cardHockey card stories: true tales from your favourite players by Ken Reid

Hockey Card Stories reveals what was really going on in your favourite old hockey cards through the eyes of the players depicted on them. Some of the cards are valuable, some are not, but every story told here is priceless. Sportsnet’s Ken Reid presents the cards you loved, the cards that have been packed away in boxes forever, and others you can’t believe ever existed.  He tells of a wide variety of players from superstars like Bobby Orr, Denis Potvin, and Phil Esposito to the likes of Bill Armstrong who played only one game in the NHL.

I must say: my life as a humble comedy legend  by Martin Shortmy life

The Emmy Award and Tony Award-winning actor and comic shares stories from his life that recount his early years with Saturday Night Live, the development of his numerous characters, his family life and his celebrity friendships.

the hallThe Hall: a celebration of baseball’s greats in stories and images, the complete roster of inductees

This registry of all National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees features plaques, photographs, and biographies for each honoree, as well as essays by such Hall of Famers as Hank Aaron, Tommy Lasorda, and Cal Ripken Jr.

November 4 with Tara Harvie

womanwhostolemylifeThe Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes

Stella Sweeney is back in Dublin after living the dream in New York for a year – touring her self-help book, appearing on talk shows all over the USA and living it up in her 10-room duplex on the Upper West Side. She’s back to normality – and she is suffering with writer’s block.  Stella wants a clean break as she didn’t exactly leave New York on a high. Why is she back in Ireland so soon? Who is it who keeps calling? Stella wants to get back to being the woman she used to be, but is having difficulty deciding whether she wants to be that person again.

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby  (newly-published, available later this month)funnygirl

Nick Hornby’s new novel is about popular culture, youth and old age, fame, class and teamwork. It offers a wonderfully captivating portrait of youthful exuberance and creativity, and of a period when both were suddenly allowed to flourish. Fans of Hornby will love this book.

unly girlsUgly Girls by Lindsay Hunter

Perry and Baby Girl are best friends, though you wouldn’t know it if you met them. Their friendship is woven from the threads of never-ending dares and power struggles, their loyalty fierce but incredibly fraught. They spend their nights sneaking out of their trailers, stealing cars for joyrides, and doing all they can to appear hard to the outside world.

The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnsonlaughing monsters

A literary spy thriller set in Africa, where an intelligence agent is caught up in a get rich quick scheme

October 28 with Darcy Hiltz (GPL Archivist)where Guelph began

CoulingDarcy reported on the recently-released on-line version of the Couling Inventory, a resource that allows anyone to research buildings in the older part of Guelph.  You can  find photographs and information about the building’s location, architect, contractor, original owner, original use, construction dates, and the building materials.  The library has the print collection, and now provides access to the information online through the library website.

October 21 with Laura Baker 

discovery of witchesA Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library,  a young scholar unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript. Descended from a long line of witches, Diana Bishop wants nothing to do with sorcery, but the damage is done; she has opened a gate, and a horde of daemons, witches and vampires invades the library.  Diana, with the help of vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, must try to  send them back.

Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert CargillDreams and shadows

Cargill tells the story of two boys from their star-crossed childhood in the realm of magic and mystery to their anguished adulthoods.  They explore
a world other than our own— where dreams and magic are just a step away.
Once bold explorers of this magical realm, Ewan is now an Austin musician who just met his dream girl, and Colby, meanwhile, cannot escape the consequences of an innocent wish.  The book is a stunning and evocative debut about the magic and monsters in our world and in ourselves.

SabrielSabriel by Garth Nix (Junior/Young Adult)

Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern night circus

Celia and Marco are young magicians, trained from childhood to use their powers of illusion in a game that pits them against each other. The circus is the stage for their battle of imagination and will, but unbeknownst to the them, the game is a duel to the death.

 October 14 with Elissa Davidson

More than thisMore Than This by Patrick Ness

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. When he awakes, he is naked, thirsty, starving, but alive. He remembers dying,  but does not know where he is. It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before his family moved to America. He does not know what is happening.  He experiences vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him.  Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Lenomolly pierce

Molly, a seventeen-year-old girl who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, has played host to Mabel, a completely distinct personality, for most her life. When Molly faces a crisis Mabel doesn’t know she can handle, Mabel lets Molly in on her secret

Don't forget(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

Gardnerville seems like a paradise. But every four years, a strange madness compels the town’s teenagers to commit terrible crimes. Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, led her classmates on a midnight death march into a watery grave. Now Piper is gone. And to get her back, Skylar must find a way to end Gardnerville’s murderous cycle.

September 30 with Karen Cafarella

Carsick by John Waters

carsickA cross-country hitchhiking journey with America’s most beloved weirdo.  John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers.

The footloose American by Brian Kevin

An adventure-filled and thought-provoking travelogue along footloose americanHunter S. Thompson’s forgotten journey through South America in 1963.   With the gritty humor and keen political observations for which he later became known, he reflected on topics that continue to make headlines today: the rise of leftist populism, struggles over resource extraction, the marginalization of indigenous peoples. The author, with Thompson’s ghost as his guide, offers a ground-level exploration of twenty-first-century South American culture, politics, and ecology. He contrasts his own transformative experiences along the Hunter S. Thompson Trail with those  Thompson described in his letters and lost Observer stories. It is a gripping personal journey and a thought-provoking study of culture and place.

The longest road by Philip Caputo

longest roadOne of America’s most respected writers takes an epic journey across America, Airstream in tow, and asks everyday Americans what unites and divides a country as endlessly diverse as it is large.

The last days of California by Mary Miller

Fourteen-year-old Jess’ beliefs falter when her evangelical father Last days Californiapacks up the family, including her secretly pregnant older sister and her long-suffering mother, to travel across the country and save souls ahead of the anticipated end of the world.

September 16 with Steve Kraft

Essex County by Jeff Lemire

Essex CountyAn award-winning trilogy of graphic novels set in an imaginary version of the author’s hometown that reveals the problems and issues the families within the community face.

Personal by Lee Child (a Jack Reacher novel)

Someone took a shot at the president of France at the G8 Personalsummit in the City of Light.  The exceptional distance between the gunman and the target reduced the number of possible suspects.  Jack Reacher,  teamed with Casey Nice, must stop him despite facing a rough road full of ruthless mobsters, Serbian thugs, close calls, double-crosses, and no backup if they’re caught.

Tigerman by Nick Harkaway

TigermanAssigned to a ceremonial post in Mancreu, British consul and Afghanistan war veteran Lester Ferris is compelled to disregard widespread underworld activities while bonding with a comic-addicted youth who relies on him for help during a violent uprising.

Masters of Sex  (HBO)

Portrays the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality,Masters of Sex William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Masters, a successful OB/GYN, was conducting a secret study of human sexuality when he met Virginia Johnson, a former nightclub singer, now part of the hospital secretarial staff. He enlists her help with his study, and she quickly proves to be an asset to Masters‘ work.

Boardwalk Empire  (HBO)

BoardwalkIn Atlantic City in 1920, county treasurer Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi) is looking to cash in on Prohibition by providing “liquid gold” for a thirsty nation. As the undisputed “Boss” of Atlantic City, Nucky leads a double life as a politician and bootlegger. In a city defined by notorious backroom politics and vicious power struggles, Nucky must battle with a relentless federal agent, ambitious underlings, and opportunistic rivals — including Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano, and Al Capone.

September 9 with Susan Ratcliffegirl runner

Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder

Girl Runner is the story of Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. For Aganetha, a competitive and ambitious woman, her life remains present and unfinished in her mind. When her quiet life is disturbed by the unexpected arrival of two young strangers, Aganetha begins to reflect on her childhood in rural Ontario and her struggles to make an independent life for herself in the city.

All my Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toewspuny sorrows

Two smart and loving sisters, one who wants to die, one who wants to save her.  Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married wants to die. Yolandi, a struggling writer, divorced and broke, desperately wants to keep her older sister alive. Yoli is a beguiling mess, wickedly funny even as she stumbles through life struggling to keep her teenagers and mother happy. But Elf’s latest suicide attempt is a shock: she is three weeks away from the opening of her highly anticipated international tour.  Can she be nursed back to “health” in time? Does it matter? As the situation becomes ever more complicated, Yoli faces the most terrifying decision of her life.

How Loveta got her Baby: stories  by Nicholas Ruddock

lovetaTwo young men and a girl go scavenging for fossils–but find something entirely different instead. A girl inherits a baby from the estate of her older sister. An apparently aimless young man turns out to have surprising powers. With his beguiling sense of humour, Ruddock presents us with a collection of new stories set in Newfoundland.

Bear by Claire Cameron

A powerfully suspenseful story narrated by a young girl who must fend for bearherself and her little brother after a brutal bear attack that kills her parents. With her small brother Stick, Anna must battle hunger, the elements, and a dangerous wilderness.   Anna’s heartbreaking love for her family–and her struggle to be brave when nothing in her world seems safe anymore – is told in her unique five-year old voice.

 

June 24 with Tara Harvie

We Were LiarsWe Were Liars  by E. Lockhart

Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember a tragic, life-changing accident. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

The Vacationers  by Emma StraubThe Vacationers

Celebrating their thirty-fifth anniversary and their daughter’s high-school graduation during a two-week vacation in Mallorca, Franny and Jim Post confront old secrets, hurts, and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they try to conceal.

The Hurricane SistersThe Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank

When an emotional hurricane blows through their lives, testing them in ways they never thought possible, twenty-three-year-old Ashley Anne Waters, her mother Liz, and Maisie, the family matriarch, must turn to each other for strength and support as the bonds they share are ultimately transformed.

I am Having So Much Fun Here Without You  by Courtney Maumiamhavingsomuchfun

In this reverse love story set in Paris and London, a failed monogamist attempts to woo his wife back and to answer the question: Is it really possible to fall back in love with your spouse? Skillfully balancing biting wit with a deep emotional undercurrent, this creates the perfect portrait of an imperfect family-and a heartfelt exploration of marriage, love, and fidelity.

glass kitchenThe Glass Kitchenby Linda Francis Lee

Portia Cuthcart never intended to leave Texas. Her dream was to run the Glass Kitchen restaurant her grandmother built decades ago. But after a string of betrayals and the loss of her legacy, Portia is determined to start a new life with her sisters in Manhattan . . . and never cook again. She meets twelve-year-old Ariel and her widowed father Gabriel and soon, a promise made to her sisters forces Portia back into a world of magical food and swirling emotions, where she must confront everything she has been running from.

June 10 with Julie Raso

38 ways to entertain your parents on summer vacation38 ways to entertain your parents on summer vacation  by Dette Hunter ; art by Kitty Macaulay.

Interactive summertime fun for the whole family. Mom and Dad have no TV, no computers, and no plans while staying in the family cabin by the lake. So, it’s up to Lily and her brother to keep their parents entertained during this summer vacation. Fortunately, these kids have lots of ideas so their folks won’t have to just lie around. Lily and her brother provide thirty-eight crafts, games, recipes, and activities that ensure an interactive cure for cabin fever. Complete with nature tips, easy-to-follow diagrams, and a cast of comical characters, 38 Ways to Entertain Your Parents on Summer Vacation is any family’s ticket to fresh-air fun.

50 rainy day activities  by Fiona Watt 50 rainy day activities

This delightful book is packed with inspiring ideas for things to make and do to brighten up a rainy day. It provides step-by-step instructions for fifty craft projects ideal for rainy days, including an octopus mobile, a princess hat, and party masks.

Flat StanleyFlat Stanley  by Jeff Brown

A flat boy can do almost anything! Stanley Lambchop is an ordinary boy. At least he was, until the night his bulletin board fell off the wall and flattened him. All of a sudden, Stanley can slide under doors, mail himself across the country in an envelope, and fly like a kite! But flatness has its serious side, too. Sneak thieves have been stealing paintings from the Famous Museum of Art, and Stanley knows he’s the only one who can stop them. Will the robbers discover Stanley’s plan before he foils theirs?

June 3 with Eleni Hughes

SoccernomicsSoccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Spain, Germany, and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia—and Even Iraq—Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport  by Simon Kuper

Named one of the “Best Books of the Year” by Guardian, Slate, Financial Times, Independent (UK), and Bloomberg News, Soccernomics pioneers a new way of looking at soccer through meticulous, empirical analysis and incisive, witty commentary. This World Cup edition features new material, including a provocative examination of how soccer clubs might actually start making profits, why that’s undesirable, and how soccer’s never had it so good.

The Story of the World Cup: The Essential Companion toThe Story of the World Cup Brazil 2014  by Brian Glanville

The dramatic and controversial history of the world’s leading tournament. Brian Glanville’s classic account is a celebration of the great players and matches from Uruguay in 1930 to South Africa in 2010 – and a bold attack on all those who have mismanaged the ‘beautiful game’.

World Cup Expert: Players  by Pete May

Presents the ten best players in World Cup history, from Pele to Johan Cruyff, and explains what makes them so great.

Kingfisher Soccer EncyclopediaThe Kingfisher Soccer Encyclopedia

State of the art digital illustrations and stunning photographs bring to life all the key rules, tactics, set plays, and skills. As well as offering practical advice, this informative book also provides an insider’s view of the history of the game, profiles of the great clubs, and facts about women’s soccer teams and players. Comprehensive and visually thrilling, this book captures all the drama and the passion of a game that unites billions of people across the globe.

Will (DVD)

Will is Liverpool FC’s biggest fan. His father reappears with tickets to the 2005 Champions League Final. He dies suddenly, this time leaving Will forever. Will runs away to honor his father’s memory and to be with his beloved Liverpool FC. Will befriends Alek. Alek finds himself inspired by Will’s heroic journey and agrees to take him to Istanbul. This unlikely pair of underdogs take to the road, battling fate and fortune in a desperate bid to prove that it’s never too late to dream.

May 27 with Chris Raso

Burt Bacharach Anyone Who Had a HeartAnyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Musicby Burt Bacharach with Robert Greenfield

In his memoir Anyone Who Had a Heart, Burt Bacharach, one of the greatest songwriters of all time, offers a frank and riveting account of his unparalleled life. From his tumultuous marriages and the tragic suicide of his daughter, to his collaborations with Hal David, Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, and others, Bacharach details his long-lasting success as well as the never-before-told stories behind the hits.

Eminent Hipstersby Donald FagenDonald Fagan Eminent Hipsters

Musician and songwriter Donald Fagen presents a group of vivid set pieces in his entertaining debut as an author, from portraits of the cultural figures and currents that shaped him as a youth to an account of his college days and of life on the road.

Artie Lange Crash and BurnCrash and Burn by Artie Lange with Anthony Bozza

Veteran comedian and radio personality Artie Lange turns an unflinching eye and his signature wit on his perilous descent into drug addiction, life-threatening depression, and ultimately, his recovery, in the follow-up to his hilariously raw debut, #1 New York Times bestseller Too Fat to Fish.

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: and all the brilliant minds who made The Mary Tyler Moore show a classic by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted tells the stories behind the making of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, introducing the groundbreaking female writers who lent real-life stories to their TV scripts; the men who created the indelible characters; the lone woman network executive who cast the legendary ensemble—and advocated for this provocative show—and the colorful cast of actors who made it all work. James L. Brooks, Grant Tinker, Allan Burns, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Betty White, Gavin MacLeod, Ed Asner, Ted Knight, Georgia Engel—they all came together to make a show that changed women’s lives and television itself. Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted is the tale of how they did it.

May 20 with Meg Forestell-Page

Lauren Weisberger Last Night at Chateau MarmontLast Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger

A woman who supported her musician lover as he worked his way to rock-star status suddenly finds herself dumped for a Brazilian supermodel, causing her to seek solace in a sisterhood of women who have been jilted by successful men– and are out for revenge.

Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg CabotMeg Cabot Size 12 and Ready to Rock

It’s summer break at New York College, but that doesn’t mean assistance residence director Heather Wells can kick back and relax. Instead of college freshmen, Heather’s got a dorm full of squealing teenagers for the Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp. But when the producer of the reality TV show that’s filming at the camp turns up dead, Heather can’t help but get involved.

Lori Lansens The Wife's TaleThe Wife’s Tale by Lori Lansens

In Leaford, Ontario, love and grief combine to awaken an obese woman from her loneliness. When her husband doesn’t come home on the eve of their 25th wedding anniversary, Mary Gooch, who has never learned to be self-sufficient, sets out on a remarkable journey of self-discovery.

The Bear  by Claire CameronClaire Cameron The Bear

Told from the point of view of a six-year-old child, The Bear is the story of Anna and her little brother, Stick– two young children forced to fend for themselves in Algonquin Park after a black bear attacks their parents. A gripping and mesmerizing exploration of the child psyche, this is a survival story unlike any other, one that asks what it takes to survive in the wilderness and what happens when predation comes from within.

May 13 with Steve Kraft

black irishBlack Irish by Stephan Talty

In this explosive debut thriller by the New York Times bestselling author of Empire of Blue Water, a brilliant homicide detective returns home, where she confronts a city’s dark demons and her own past while pursuing a brutal serial killer on a vengeful rampage. As the grisly murders and grim revelations multiply, Abbie wages a chilling battle of wits with a maniac who sees into her soul, and she swears to expose the County’s hidden history–one bloody body at a time. With Black Irish, Stephen Talty stakes a place  on the cutting edge of psychological crime thrillers marking the captivating start of a brilliant thriller series.

The Accident by Chris Pavoneaccident

Feverishly paging through a disturbing anonymous manuscript that she believes has world-changing potential, New York literary agent Isabel Reed catches the attentions of Copenhagen veteran station chief Hayden Gray, who resolves to keep the book’s secrets from being exposed.  Over the course of one long, desperate, increasingly perilous day, these lives collide as the book begins its dangerous march toward publication, toward saving or ruining careers and companies, placing everything at risk—and everyone in mortal peril.  The rich cast of characters—in publishing and film, politics and espionage—are all forced to confront the consequences of their ambitions, the schisms between their ideal selves and the people they actually became. Gripping, sophisticated, layered, and impossible to put down, The Accident proves once again that Chris Pavone is a true master of suspense.

red roadThe Red Road by Denise Mina

Book #4 of the Alex Morrow series is a story told on two fronts. In the present day, Alex is set to testify at the trial of a convicted murderer now up on weapons/drugs charges.  Coincidentally, in a nearby alley another murder took place that same night. Rose, a 14 year old from a neighbouring care facility, fatally stabbed her pimp.  The two teens didn’t know each other but we learn how subsequent events changed their lives. They ended up with the same lawyer, a man facing professional ruin who would use both of them to save his own skin. And the repercussions are causing big headaches for Alex Morrow in the present.  According to Ian Rankin, Denise Mina is “the most exciting crime writer to have emerged in Britain for years.”

The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abanisecret history of las vegas

Determined to solve a series of murders before he retires, detective Salazar turns to Sunil Singh, a South African transplant who specializes in psychopaths, to help determine if a pair of conjoined twins he apprehended are the killers.

May 6 with  Elissa Davidson

another little pieceAnother Little Piece by Kate Karyus  Quinn

A year after vanishing from a party, screaming and drenched in blood, seventeen-year-old Annaliese Rose Gordon appears hundreds of miles from home with no memory, but a haunting certainty that she is actually another girl trapped in Annaliese’s body.

The Here and Now by Ann Brasharesthe here and now

Seventeen-year-old Prenna, an immigrant who moved to New York when she was twelve, came from another time and she and the other travelers must follow strict rules to avoid destroying the new life they have worked so hard to get, as well as the one person Prenna is desperate to protect.

butterButter by Erin Jade Lange

A lonely 423-pound boy everyone calls “Butter” is about to make history. He’s going to eat himself to death live on the Internet – and everyone will watch. When he makes this announcement online, he expects pity, insults, or possibly sheer indifference. Instead, his classmates become morbid cheerleaders for his deadly plan. But as their dark encouragement grows, a few voices begin to offer genuine support and Butter starts to have doubts. His suicidal threat brought his newfound popularity–and a taste of what life could hold for him–but can he live with the fallout if he decides not to go through with his plan? Emotionally raw and darkly humourous, this is an all-consuming look at one teen’s battle with himself.

Reality Boy by A.S. Kingreality boy

An emotionally damaged seventeen-year-old boy in Pennsylvania, who was once an infamous reality television show star, meets a girl from another dysfunctional family, and she helps him out of his angry shell.

April 29 with Tricia Gray

paper bag princessRobert Munsch Day – a celebration of the first publication of The Paper Bag Princess on May 1st, 1980 by Annick Press

Princess Elizabeth decides to chase the dragon that smashed her castle, burned all her clothes, and carried off Prince Ronald.

medecine walkMedicine Walk by Richard Wagamese.

Tells the universal story of a father/son struggle in a fresh, utterly memorable way, set in dramatic landscape of the BC Interior. Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, Eldon. He’s 16 years old and has had the most fleeting of relationships with the man. The rare moments they’ve shared haunt and trouble Frank, but he answers the call, a son’s duty to a father. He finds Eldon decimated after years of drinking, dying of liver failure. Eldon asks his son to take him into the mountains, so he may be buried in the traditional Ojibway manner.

April 22 with Eleni Hughes

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynngone girl

On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchananpainted girls

In belle époque Paris, the Van Goethem sisters struggle for survival after the sudden death of their father, a situation that prompts young Marie’s ballet training and her introduction to a genius painter.

Light oceansThe Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman

A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allenlost lake

Suley, Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else. Which is why it’s the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal. Kate spent one memorable childhood summer at Lost Lake, had her first almost-kiss at Lost Lake, and met a boy named Wes at Lost Lake. It was a place for dreaming. But Kate doesn’t believe in dreams anymore, and her Aunt Eby, Lost Lake‘s owner, wants to sell the place and move on. Lost Lake‘s magic is gone. As Kate discovers that time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake can she bring the cottages–and her heart–back to life? Because sometimes the things you love have a funny way of turning up again. And sometimes you never even know they were lost…until they are found.

April 15 with Tara Harvie

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrAll the light

A beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.   Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

PainterThe Painter by Peter Heller

Traveling from the rough adobe cottages and rivers of Colorado to the bright streets and galleries of Santa Fe, aching with grief and transcendent with beauty, The Painter is a story about art and love and violence, and using the remnants of hardship to create a rich life.

My Real Children by Jo Waltermy real children

Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs. Jo Walton’s My Real Children is the tale of both of Patricia Cowan’s lives…and of how every life means the entire world.

one and onlyThe One and Only by Emily Giffin

Centering her life on the successful Walker family, into which she plans to marry, Shea struggles to end her affair with a less-than-stellar boyfriend only to have her entire existence placed in question by the death of the family’s mother.

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua FerrisTo rise again at a decent hour

Paul O’Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn’t know how to live in it. He’s a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God.

Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online “Paul” might be a better version of the real thing.

April 8 with Andrea Curtis

Edible front yardThe edible front yard : the mow-less, grow-more plan for a beautiful, bountiful garden  by Ivette Soler

Soler offers step-by-step instructions for converting all or part of a lawn into an edible paradise; specific guidelines for selecting and planting the most attractive edible plants; and design advice and plans for the best placement and for combining edibles with ornamentals in pleasing ways. Inspiring and accessible, The Edible Front Yard is a one-stop resource for a front-and-center edible garden that is both beautiful and bountiful year-round.

Small is Bountiful: getting more crops from your pots  by Liz Dobbssmall is bountiful

The author shows you how to use the latest practices of high-density patio gardening to grow a cornucopia of mouthwatering fruits, delectable vegetables, and fresh herbs in large and small plant containers, window boxes, and hanging baskets.

planted junkPlanted junk: a new approach to container gardening by Adam Caplin

This book is all about the joy of finding junk and using it to create an interesting and ecclectic container garden.  The ideas and pictures demonstrate how to create interesting containers to add to your garden.

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlertplanting a rainbow

This educational and enjoyable book helps children understand how to plant bulbs, seeds, and seedlings, and nurture their growth. The bold collage illustrations present all the flowers of each color of the rainbow.

growing vegetable soupGrowing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

Together, a father and child share the joys of planting, watering, and watching seeds grow. Once their harvest of tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, and corn is ready, they’ll cook it up into the best soup ever. The bright, graphic art and simple text make this vibrant board book a perfect read-aloud for budding gardeners and their families.

Nibbles Garden: another green tale by Charlotte Middetonnibbles garden

When Nibbles the guinea pig and his friend Posie find caterpillars munching on their prize-winning dandelion plants, they decide to make the caterpillars their pets.

April 1 with Karen Cafarella

blood will outBlood will out : the true story of a murder, a mystery and a masquerade by Walter Kirn

In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn–then a young novelist struggling with fatherhood and a dissolving marriage–set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from an animal shelter in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector. Thus began a fifteen-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who, one day, would be shockingly unmasked as a brazen serial impostor and brutal double-murderer.

Philomena by Martin Sixsmithphilomena

The Lost Child of Philomena Lee is the story of a mother and a son, whose lives were blighted by the forces of hypocrisy on both sides of the Atlantic and of the secrets they were forced to keep. A compelling narrative of human love and loss, Martin Sixsmith`s moving account is both heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive.

 dancing fishDancing fish and ammonites by Penelope Lively

The beloved and bestselling author takes an intimate look back at a life of reading and writing.   Memory and history have been Penelope Lively’s terrain in fiction over a career that has spanned five decades. But she has only rarely given readers a glimpse into her influences and formative years.  The book traces the arc of Lively’s life, stretching from her early childhood in Cairo to boarding school in England to the sweeping social changes of Britain’s twentieth century. She reflects on her early love of archeology, the fragments of the ancients that have accompanied her journey-including a sherd of Egyptian ceramic depicting dancing fish and ammonites found years ago on a Dorset beach. She also writes insightfully about aging and what life looks like from where she now stands”

Mister Owita’s guide to gardening by Carol Wallmister owita's guide

Describes how a period of transition in the author’s life marked by her empty nest, a recent illness, and her aging parents led her to forge a deep friendship with a gifted Kenyan gardener with whom she transformed her yard.

March 25 with Steve Kraft

secret life of william shakespeareThe Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan

A sumptuously detailed imagining of the private world of the master bard chronicles the transformation of an unwilling craftsman and resentful son into a husband, father and genius playwright in Renaissance London.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil GaimanOcean lane

It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

burnable bookA Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger

In 1385 London, poet John Gower is asked by Geoffrey Chaucer to find an ancient manuscript that prophesies the end of England’s kings, which draws him into a conspiracy that reaches from the king’s court to London’s slums and potentially implicates his own son.

Brotherhood of Fear:  A Willi Kraus novel by Paul Grossmanbrotherhood of fear

Enduring a fearful refugee existence in 1933 Paris, Willi Kraus is enlisted by dubious supporters as a private investigator and must solve a murder that leads him down a complicated path of seedy allies, dark canals, and smoky nightclubs.

March 18 with Patricia Gray

before we metBefore we met by Lucie Whitehouse

When her husband disappears during a business trip to the U.S., Hannah, who believes she has married the perfect man, begins to have doubts when his co-workers tell a different story, prompting her to dig into his life, which unexpectedly leads her to a place of violence and fear.

Eat Well Lose Weight by Better Homes and Gardens

eat well lose weightWith more than 500 recipes for low-calorie, healthy variations of classic foods like burgers, pastas, pizza, and cookies, this massive cookbook will help keep dieting effective and delicious.

first phone call from heavenThe first phone call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

This extraordinary novel, taking readers on a journey both of individual healing and society’s response to the question of life after life, follows a single father just released from prison as he sets out to prove that the mysterious calls from beyond to the residents of Coldwater, Michigan, are nothing but a hoax.

Where the moon isn’t by Nathan Filerwhere the moon isn't

Struggling to understand what happened to his brother years earlier after they both snuck out of the house during the middle of the night, Matthew believes he has found a way to bring his brother back by going off his meds.

March 11, 2014 with Ben Robinson

paul meets bernadettsPaul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb

Swimming left and right, up and down, and in big and small circles in his bowl, Paul the fish is astonished when newcomer Bernadette drops in and introduces him to an amazing outside world.

On a Beam of Light:  a story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berneon a beam of light

Follows the life of the famous physicist, from his early ideas to his groundbreaking theories.

becoming babe ruthBecoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares

Traces his mischievous childhood in Baltimore before his life-changing enrollment in Saint Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, where a strict code of conduct and his introduction to baseball inspired his historic career.

Mouseton Abbey by Joanna Bicknellmouseton abbey

It’s Cheesmas at Mouseton Abbey. And at Cheesmas, the Mouseton family pass around the Great Big Cheesy Diamond and everyone gets to make a wish. But this year, there’s a problem. The house is clean, the feast is prepared, but the Diamond is missing! Join Lord Mouseton and his staff as they search for the missing diamond.

March 4, 2014 with Elissa Davidson  

sorrow's knotSorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow

Otter is a girl of the Shadowed People, a tribe of women, and she is born to be a binder, a woman whose power it is to tie the knots that bind the dead–but she is also destined to remake her world.

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharpspectacular now

In the last months of high school, charismatic eighteen-year-old Sutter Keely lives in the present, staying drunk or high most of the time, but that could change when starts working to boost the self-confidence of a classmate, Aimee.

How to say goodbyeHow to Say Goodbye in Robot  by Natalie Standiford

Beatrice Szabo, forced to start her senior year in a new place because of her father’s job, is the new girl at a Baltimore, Maryland private school where everyone else has known each other since kindergarten. She’s so emotionally deadened that her mother declares her a robot…but something tugs at her wiry heartstrings when she meets tortured, antisocial Jonah, aka Ghost Boy

The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn MacklerFuture of us

Receiving her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM in 1996, student Emma and her best friend, Josh, log on and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future, and learn astonishing things about their adult selves.

February 18, 2014 with Susan Ratcliffeuntitled

The Omen by John Galt, edited by David Knight

Transcribed from the 1825 edition of John Galt’s The Omen, published by William Blackwood.Includes an anonymous review published April 1826 in The Edinburgh magazine and literary miscellany, and a review by Sir Walter Scott published July-December 1826 in Blackwood’s Edinburgh magazine.

Sound Guelph:  the Alternative Music of Guelph, 1987 – 2000 by David Knight

Charting the alternative musics and sonic experimentations of Guelph in the last three decades of the 20th Century.

sunshine sketches of a little townSunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock, new edition designed and decorated by Seth

Set in fictional Mariposa, an Ontario town on the shore of Lake Wissanotti, the delightful inhabitants of Mariposa represent the people of small towns everywhere.   Internationally acclaimed cartoonist, and local Guelph resident, Seth brings his unique vision and artistry to bear on the inhabitants of this little town to spectacular effect. With more than 40 full- and double-page colour illustrations throughout, this special edition is an extraordinarily beautiful and loving tribute to Mariposa and its residents, one that is sure to enchant long-time fans of Leacock’s book as well as captivate a new generation of readers.

My Ghosts by Mary Swanmy ghosts

Mary Swan brings to vivid life a household of a family of Scottish orphans who arrived in Toronto in 1879.  The ghosts and memories of the generations emerge in the lives of their descendants and in the echoes of the homes they inhabited over the years.

Feb. 11, 2014 with Meg Forestell-Page

swapping livesSwapping Lives by Jane Green

Longing for a traditional family life in the country in spite of her successful career, magazine director Vicky Townsley participates in a contest that has her switching places for one month with Amber Winslow, a busy wife and mother.

The Accidental Time Traveller by Sharon Griffithsaccidental time traveller

Having had a blazing row with her boyfriend Will, Rosie Harford sets off for her latest assignment: an interview with one of the residents of ‘The Meadows’, a local housing estate about to become the set for a reality TV show. But stepping through the front door, Rosie finds herself transported back in time.

wedding nightWedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Tiring of commitment-phobic boyfriends, Lottie readily accepts her ex’s offer of marriage in fulfillment of a safety pact made years earlier that they would marry if they were still single in their thirties, a rushed arrangement that prompts family disapproval and an unexpected renewal of passion.

to have and to holdTo Have and to Hold by Jane Green

Setting aside her dreams of living in the English countryside, Alice accepts the proposal of wealthy man-about-town Joe, who shatters her romantic ideals before an indiscretion forces them to move to a country house in Connecticut.

Feb. 4, 2014 with Steve Kraft

tatianaTatiana: an Arcady Renko novel by Martin Cruz Smith

When investigative reporter Tatiana Petrovna falls to her death from a sixth-floor window in Moscow the same week that a mob billionaire is shot and buried, investigator Arkady Renko connects the two cases, which leads him to a Cold War secret city and a teenage chess hustler to find the truth.

The Dead Run by Adam Mansbachdead run

Blending together horror, the supernatural, and suspense, a novel set on both sides of the Mexican-American border follows two people–one escaping from her torturers and one escaping from prison–as they try to make it through the desert alive.

talking to the deadTalking to the Dead by Harry Bingham

Rookie cop Fiona Griffiths, on the cusp of breaking her first big case, uncovers a dire conspiracy that takes her into a dark underworld that threatens her with her own personal demons.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen Kingdoctor sleep

After decades as an itinerant alcoholic, middle-aged Dan Torrance uses his remnant powers to assist the dying before coming to the aid of a twelve-year-old girl being tortured by a tribe of murderous paranormals.

January 28, 2014  with Andrea Curtis

perfect squarePerfect Square by Michael Hall

A perfect square that is perfectly happy is torn into pieces, punched with holes, crumpled, and otherwise changed but finds in each transformation that it can be something new, and just as happy.

It looked like spilt milk by Charles G. Shawit looked like spilt milk

Uses illustrations and text to tell about the different shapes clouds cloud appear to be, from spilt milk to a bird, rabbit, or tree.

bear's pictureBear’s Picture by Daniel Pinkwater

A bear continues to paint what he likes despite criticism from two passing gentlemen.

Eggs by Jerry Spinellieggs

Mourning the loss of his mother, nine-year-old David forms an unlikely friendship with independent, quirky thirteen-year-old Primrose, as the two help each other deal with what is missing in their lives.

origamiOrigami by Sally Henry and Trevor Cook

Provides step-by-step instructions on creating crafts using origami–the Japanese art of paper folding–and includes projects for creating a bird, a flower, a dinosaur, and a butterfly.

origami toys that tumbleOrigami Toys that Tumble, Fly and Spin by Paul Jackson

Step-by-step instructions for making more than thirty interactive origami toys that flap, jump, fly, spin, bang, tumble, turn inside out, peck, snap, rock, and talk. Each design presents an exciting combination of interesting design and innocent delight.

January 21, 2014 with Eleni Hughes

me before youMe Before You by Jojo Moyes

Taking a job as an assistant to extreme sports enthusiast Will, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident, Louisa struggles with her employer’s acerbic moods and learns of his shocking plans before demonstrating to him that life is still worth living.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes girl you left behind

Unwillingly rendered an object of obsession by the Kommandant occupying her small French town in World War I, Sophie risks everything to reunite with her husband a century before a widowed Liv tests her resolve to claim ownership of Sophie’s portrait.

imposter brideImposter Bride by Nancy Richler

In post-war Montreal, a young enigmatic woman arrives to meet her betrothed only to be turned down by him.  She marries his brother instead and their quiet life together is shattered when it becomes apparent she has stolen another’s identity.

Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey by Emma Rowleybehind the scenes at downton abbey

Expertly crafted with generous inside knowledge and facts, this book will delve into the inspiration behind the details seen on screen, the choice of locations, the music and much more. Step inside the props cupboard or the hair and make-up truck and catch a glimpse of the secret backstage world. In-depth interviews and exclusive photos give insight into the actors’ experiences on set as well as the celebrated creative team behind the award-winning drama. Straight from the director’s chair, this is the inside track on all aspects of the making of the show.

unofficial downton abbey cookbook The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines

Nibble on Sybil’s Ginger Nut Biscuits during tea. Treat yourself to Ethel’s Beloved Crepes Suzette. Feast on Mr. Bates’ Chicken and Mushroom Pie with a room full of guests. With this collection of delicacies inspired by Emmy Award-winning series Downton Abbey, you’ll feel as sophisticated and poised as the men and women of Downton when you prepare these upstairs and downstairs favorites. Each dish finds its roots within the kitchen of the grand estate.

January 14, 2014 with Ben Robinson

year of the jungleYear of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins

Suzy spends her year in first grade waiting for her father, who is serving in Vietnam, and when the postcards stop coming she worries that he will never make it home.

brown bearBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

The Classic children’s pattern story, in both Vietnamese and English children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a mother looking at them.

boxers and saintsBoxers  by Gene Luen Yang

Saints by Gene Luen Yang

China, 1898. An unwanted fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn’t even given a proper name by her family but finds friendship and a name, Vibiana,  among the Christians. But China in the time of the Boxer Rebellion is a dangerous place for Christians.   Vibiana is torn between her nation and her Christian friends and must decide where her true loyalties lie . . . and whether she is willing to die for her faith.

Boxers & Saints is a groundbreaking graphic novel in two volumes. This innovative format presents two parallel tales about young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift. Saints tells Vibiana’s story, and the companion volume, Boxers, tells the story of Little Bao, a young man who joins the Boxer Rebellion. American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang brings his trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion, and lays bare the universal foundations of extremism, rebellion, and faith.

swampSwamp Water by Robert Munsch

In Munsch’s newest book, Victoria’s grandmother takes her out for a very special, fancy birthday lunch.

January 7, 2014 with Tara Harvie

radiance of tomorrowRadiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah

A first novel by the internationally best-selling author of A Long Way Gone is an intimate parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone in which two long-time friends return to their ruined home village and struggle to rebuild in the face of violence, scarcity and a corrupt foreign mining company

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kiddinvention of wings

Traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self

Still life breadcrumbsStill Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Moving to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career, and self-understanding

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy HoranUnder the starry sky

In her new novel, Nancy Horan, author of Loving Frank,   chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics including Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world.

Out of the woodsOut of the Woods: a Memoir of Wayfinding by Lynn Darling

When her college-bound daughter leaves home, Lynn Darling, widowed over a decade earlier, finds herself alone–and utterly lost, with no idea of what she wants or even who she is. Searching for answers, she leaves New York for the solitary woods of Vermont. Removed from the familiar, cocooned in the natural world, her only companions a new dog and a compass, she hopes to develop a sense of direction–both in the woods and in her life.

December 13, 2013 with Andrea Curtis

slow cooker favorites Pye300 slow cooker favorites by Donna-Marie Pye

A stellar collection of easy and delicious slow cooker recipes.

Slow cooker Revolution by America’s Test KitchenSlow cooker Revolutions by Americas Test Kitchen

This cookbook goes well beyond the usual slow cooker fare and creates dishes that are outside the usual fare of this appliance

Once upon a tart by Frank MentesanaOnce upon a tart by Frank Mentesana

In Once Upon a Tart, the café’s founders and co-owners gopublic with their culinary secrets and recipes. They also tell their inspiring success story, from selling tarts wholesale out of a warehouse in Long Island City to opening their now-famous outpost in Soho.

At Blanchard’s table : a trip to the beach cookbook by Melinda Blanchard and Robert BlanchardAt Blanchard's table

Bob and Melinda Blanchard shared their own “paradise found” in their book , the true story of the couple’s adventures as they escaped
civilization to open a restaurant on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. Now in the couple extends the celebrated warmth and hospitality of their acclaimed restaurant, and its delicious menu, to our homes.

Friendship breadFriendship Bread : a novel by Darien Gee

Receiving an unexpected gift of friendship bread and instructions for creating more to pass along, Julia Everts, a woman chronically depressed by the loss of her son, surprises her family by making the bread and sparking new friendships.

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeisterschool of essential ingredients

A “heartbreakingly delicious” national bestseller about a chef, her students, and the evocative lessons that food teaches about life.

December 3, 2013 with Meg Forestell-Page

skipping christmasSkipping Christmas by John Grisham

Luther and Nora Krank have decided to set sail on a Caribbean cruise on December 25th and skip Christmas. They are about to discover that their decision brings enormous consequences–and isn’t half as easy as they imagined.

Alphabet Weekends: love lessons from A to Z by Elizabeth NobleAlphabet weekends

The friendship of Natalie and Tom is put to an ultimate test when Tom, believing they are perfect for each other, proposes that he and a relationship-wary Natalie engage in a series of alphabetically themed weekend getaways for the express purpose of falling in love.

mad about the boyMad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

In a new phase of Bridget’s life in contemporary London, she faces the challenge of maintaining her sex appeal, engages in drunken texting, and despairs of fitting into skinny jeans.

The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomberperfect christmas

Thirty-three-year-old Cassie wants a husband and kids, and she turns to Simon Dodson, a professional matchmaker for help. Dodson assigns her three tasks to complete, and despite a number of comical mishaps, Cassie completes them all. Her Christmas match turns out to be a wonderful surprise.

November 26, 2013 with Steve Kraft

AlexAlex by Pierre Lemaitre

Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven must learn all he can about a woman with a troubled past if he is ever going to save her from the twisted killer who is holding her hostage.

The Last Alibi by David Ellislast alibi

Indulging in drugs, alcohol, and casual sex after a traumatic case, Jason Kolarich resists the advances of a beautiful woman who is not who she seems at the same time he is hired to defend a serial killer who subsequently disappears.

MasarykMasaryk Station by David Downing

Working as a reluctant double agent for Russia and the CIA in politically strained 1948 Berlin, John Russell is approached by a woman he saved during World War II who begs his help reclaiming her child from behind the Iron Curtain.

The Care-taker by A.X. Ahmadcare-taker

A disgraced Indian Army captain becomes ensnared in a U.S. Senator’s shadowy world while working as a caretaker at the senator’s vacation home in Martha’s Vineyard.

November 19, 2013 with Lisa Cunningham

Increadible book eatingThe Incredible book eating boy by Oliver Jeffers

Henry loves to eat books, until he begins to feel quite ill and decides that maybe he could do something else with the books he has been devouring.

Froggy gets dressed by Jonathan Londonfroggy gets dressed

Rambunctious Froggy hops out into the snow for a winter frolic but is called back by his mother to put on some necessary articles of clothing.

the three pigsThe three pigs by David Wiesner

The three pigs escape the wolf by going into another world where they meet the cat and the fiddle, the cow that jumped over the moon, and a dragon.

Stellaluna by Janell CannonStellaluna

After she falls headfirst into a bird’s nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother. On board pages.

snowmen pop upThe Snowmen pop-up book by Caralyn & Mark Buehner

In rhyming text, describes what snowmen do while everyone is sleeping, including sneaking off to the park for snowball fights and other winter games.

November 12, 2013 with Chris Raso

Hit list coverHit list : an indepth investigation into the mysterious deaths of witnesses to the JFK assassination by Richard Belzer and David Wayne

Investigates the suspicious deaths of witnesses tied to the JFK assassination, examining evidence surrounding each case that may have been linked to a government cover-up that has been dismissed by official sources.

‘The President has been shot!’: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by James Swansonpresident has been shot

Recounts the 35th president’s assassination and details key events while sharing informative back matter and archival photographs. the hood

Whwho really killed kennedyo really killed Kennedy? by Jerome Corsi

Examines the strongest alternate theories regarding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, including theories involving the mob, the CIA, Cuban radicals, Lyndon Johnson, and right-wing extremists.

third bulletThe third bullet: a Bob Lee Swagger novel by Stephen Hunter

A reimagining of the events surrounding the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy finds Bob Lee Swagger drawing on old records, intelligence archives, and observations at the infamous site to investigate a new clue about a third bullet that mysteriously exploded.

kennedy's last daysKennedy’s last days: the assassination that defined a generation by Bill O’Reilly

A historical narrative of the events surrounding the death of the 35th president is set against the backdrop of an escalating Cold War and describes the many political challenges Kennedy was facing before his assassination, in an account that also describes Lee Harvey Oswald’s story and the events surrounding his death.

Where were youWhere were you? America remembers the JFK assassination by Gus Russo.

Archival photos and first-person reminiscences examine what different individuals were doing when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

October 31, 2013 with Tara Harvie

world war zWorld War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War  by Max Brooks
In World War Z, life as we know it ends the way many horror fans knew it would: zombies rise up! After the post-war devastation, author Max Brooks (son of actors Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft) “interviews” survivors and records their stories as well as details on what causes zombies, how they spread, what will stop them, and effective strategic warfare methods against them.

breathersBreathers: a Zombie’s Lament by S.G. Browne
Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled by society, is having trouble adjusting to his new existance, until he meets Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide who teaches him the joys of human flesh.

zone oneZone One by Colson Whitehead
In a post-apocalyptic world decimated by zombies, survivor efforts to rebuild are focused on Manhattan, where civilian team member Mark Spitz works to eliminate remaining infected stragglers and remembers his horrifying experiences at the height of the zombie plague.

raising stony mayhallRaising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory
After a zombie attack, Wanda Mayhall rescues a near-dead infant on the side of a frozen Iowa highway and decides to raise him without telling the authorities, but as the boy gets older he realizes that there are other living dead in the world like him.

new deadThe New Dead: A Zombie Anthology edited by Christopher Golden
Nineteen short tales celebrate the adventures of the living dead, in an anthology that includes David Liss’s “What Maisie Knew,” Aimee Bender’s “Among Us” and Max Brooks’s “Closure, Limited.”.

October 22, 2013 with Tricia Gray
i am malala
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
A young Pakistani student who advocated for women’s rights and education in the Taliban-controlled Swat Valley, survived an assassination attempt and became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

October 15, 2013 with Elissa Davidson

every dayEvery Day by David Levithan
Known to him/herself only as “A,” the narrator of this philosophically electrifying novel wakes up every morning in the body of a different person. This constant, inexplicable change — A is usually around the same age but has experienced different genders, ethnicities, personality types, etc. — has made A unusually circumspect, mature, and careful not to alter anything that would impact the lives of those whose bodies s/he’s inhabited. It makes for a lonely existence…until A falls in love with a girl named Rhiannon and breaks those rules, just to see her again.

jacketInvisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan
Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse.

madman's daughterThe Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

shatter meShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, seventeen-year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a postapocalyptic dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future.

September 24, 2013 with Karen Cafarella

simple dreamsSimple Dreams: a Musical Memoir by Linda Ronstadt
In this memoir, iconic singer Linda Ronstadt weaves together a captivating story of her origins in Tucson, Arizona, and her rise to stardom in the Southern California music scene of the 1960s and 70s.

a house in the skyA House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace.

telling roomThe Telling Room: A Story of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti
The author of the best-selling Driving Mr. Albert recounts his visit to the medieval Castilian village of Guzman as part of a decade-long effort to taste the world’s finest cheese, an encounter that involved him in long-held regional secrets and the story of a heartbroken genius.

travels with epicurusTravels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life by Daniel B. Klein
The co-author of Plato and a Platypus describes how he journeyed to Greece with a suitcase full of philosophy books in order to learn how to achieve a fulfilling old age, explaining how he came to regard old age as a valuable life stage filled with simple and heady pleasures.

September 17, 2013 with Steve Kraft

death in breslauDeath in Breslau: an Eberhard Mock Investigation by Marek Krajewski
Occupied Breslau, 1933: Two young women are found murdered on a train, scorpions writhing on their bodies, an indecipherable note in an apparently oriental language nearby. Police Inspector Eberhard Mock’s weekly assignation with two ladies of the night to play chess is interrupted as he is called to investigate. But uncovering the truth is no straightforward matter to Breslau. The city is in the grip of the Gestapo, and has become a place where spies are everywhere, corrupt ministers torture confessionsfrom Jewish merchants, and Freemasons guard their secrets with blackmail and violence. And as Mock and his young assistant plunge into the city’s squalid underbelly, the case takes on a dark twist of the occult with the discovery that the killings may berooted in an even more ancient history.

poppetPoppet by Mo Hayder
When a dangerous mental patient named Isaac, who is linked to a series of unexplained episodes of self-harm among the ward’s patients, is released in error, Detective Jack Caffery must track him down before he kills again.

I hear the sirensI Hear the Sirens in the Street: a Detective Sean Duffy Novel by Adrian McKinty
A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with Detective Constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim.

September 5th, 2013 with Tara Harvie

Mother-Mother-by-Koren-ZailckasMother Mother by Koren Zailckas
The disturbing fate of a runaway older sister is gradually revealed in a tale told from the perspectives of the Hurst family, including a teen girl whose drug use has landed her in a mental ward, an autistic youth, an alcoholic father, and an insidiously manipulative mother.

funeral dressThe Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore
When Leona, the brilliant seamstress who taught her how to sew and offered to save her from her abusive father, passes away, single mother Emmalee Bullard, struggling to do what is right for her new baby and honor Leona the best way she can, must fight for all she holds dear.

abeautifultruth_bluhuis2_apprvd.inddA Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam
Walt and Judy are deeply in love, but Judy longs for a child and finds that life is holding few surprises. Walt measures all beauty against that of Judy but doesn’t want her eyes to get any sadder. They stay side by side and search for distractions, realizing they may never have a family. On a day when hope seems low, Walt finds an unexpected opportunity in the pages of Life magazine. Soon they are welcoming Looee, born in Sierra Leone , into their home in the hills of Vermont , where they come to regard him as their son. The novel is told simultaneously from the perspective of humans and chimpanzees.

lowlandThe Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra pursue vastly different lives–Udayan in rebellion-torn Calcutta, Subhash in a quiet corner of America–until a shattering tragedy compels Subhash to return to India, where he endeavors to heal family wounds.

*book descriptions from NoveList Plus*                Kristen’s Kritters

Applefun Puppetry

Magical Mr. Oh!

Wacky Water Week

Cake Boss (teen program)

Jay Wilson’s Puppets and Songs

Mr. Chris and the Gassy Bubbles

Carnival Fun

Trivia Challenge (teen program)

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