Grata & Valdin

Posted on: June 27, 2024 at 1:48 pm, in

by Rebecca K Reilly Greta and Valdin are 20-something siblings who share a New Zealand flat. They are each other’s support system as they figure out life in their late 20s while exploring their Māori heritage, queerness, and love lives. Their family is a quirky concoction of Māori, Russian, and Catalonian and is so unexpectedly […]

Sound Within Sound

Posted on: May 27, 2024 at 3:55 pm, in

by Kate Molleson Ask anyone to name a classical composer, and the answer is usually the same: Mozart, Beethoven, Bach. Their music is wonderful, but what about composers who aren’t household names – who work outside the mainstream, who write challenging and difficult music? In Sound Within Sound, Kate Molleson beautifully tells the stories of […]

Starling House

Posted on: March 28, 2024 at 11:57 am, in

by Alix E. Harrow I love birds. If you see someone chatting to the chickadees, hummingbirds and finches outside of the library, chances are it’s me. One of my favourite birds? The common starling. So naturally, as I skimmed the spines on the library shelf, a book called Starling House jumped out at me. As […]

The Wager

Posted on: January 25, 2024 at 4:07 pm, in

by David Grann David Grann’s The Wager is exhilarating as both scholarship and narrative. From the outset, we hear the perspectives and aspirations of each of the major players in turn, as each prepares to board the ship. These threads conjoin as the fleet departs from England, only to fully unravel later in the dangerous […]

Mother Daughter Murder Night

Posted on: December 24, 2023 at 8:47 am, in

by Nina Simon Nina Simon’s debut novel, Mother Daughter Murder Night, has murder, suspects, twists, and family drama. Three strong women, Lana Rubicon, grandmother, Beth, her daughter, and mother to teenaged Jack are forced to spend time together; something they haven’t done since Beth abruptly left home as a teenager years before. Lana, undergoing cancer […]

Clark and Division

Posted on: November 22, 2023 at 3:52 pm, in

by Naomi Hirahara Set in the heated days of early 1944 Aki Ito, her two parents and sister Rose are living in Manzanar Internment Camp in California through the forced relocation of all people of Japanese ancestry living in the United States. Deeply unhappy with life in the camp the Itos jump at the opportunity […]

Bad Cree

Posted on: October 4, 2023 at 8:36 pm, in

by Jessica Johns I know one of the cardinal rules of book selection is never to judge a book by its cover. You would think that as a librarian, I would be the first to enforce that rule. Sometimes, though, rules are meant to be broken, and sometimes it works out in exactly one’s favour. […]

The Boys

Posted on: September 3, 2023 at 1:06 pm, in

by Ron Howard and Clint Howard Ron Howard is possibly the most well-adjusted child star of all time.  As a very young child he starred on the hit 60s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show as Opie.  As a young adult he was Richie Cunnigham on the 70s megahit Happy Days. Into his adulthood he became […]

The Sleeping Car Porter

Posted on: July 30, 2023 at 12:15 pm, in

by Suzette Mayr It’s 1929. We ride the rails cross-country with R.T. Baxter, a young, gay, black man, who – despite his dislike of trains – has been a sleeping car porter for eight years, trying to save enough money to pay for dentistry school. As wealthy passengers took “the fastest train across the continent!” in comfort and luxury, their needs, wants, and impossible whims were […]

Those People

Posted on: June 22, 2023 at 9:40 am, in

by Louise Candlish Lowland Way is a nice quiet street in South London where the houses are gorgeous, the gardens are tidy, and the neighbours are all great friends – aren’t they? This perfect suburb is disrupted when “Those People,” Darren and Jodie, move into #1. Darren and Jodie start by filling the garden with […]