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 […]

Under the Whispering Door

Posted on: May 28, 2023 at 1:01 pm, in

by TJ Klune When one thinks of books falling under the “warm and fuzzy” category, it likely invokes cozy thoughts –  images of animals, fireplaces, steaming cups of tea. Chances are, ghosts are not included. Somehow, though, stories exist that, though focused on the dead, still bring warmth to their readers. TJ Klune has masterfully […]

The Wordhord: Daily Life in Old English

Posted on: May 24, 2023 at 6:58 pm, in

by Hana Videen English. That’s what I’m writing in right now. These words you’re reading, they all make sense as English. You could probably read these words to Shakespeare and even though the spelling is a bit different and some of the definitions have shifted slightly he’d still understand most of it just fine. When […]

Midnight at Malabar House

Posted on: April 3, 2023 at 9:54 am, in

by Vaseem Khan Malabar House is a small police unit in Bombay that is staffed with misfit officers, those whose careers are at an end and those who don’t fit the typical description of a police officer. Inspector Persis Wadia is one member of this eclectic team, who happens to answer a call on New […]

House of Daughters

Posted on: February 9, 2023 at 10:18 am, in

by Simon Choa-Johnston Local author Simon Choa-Johnston has released a follow-up to his best-selling 2016 novel, The House of Wives. House of Daughters, a stand-alone sequel, brings to life the sights and sounds of 1920s Hong Kong. Like the first book in this planned trilogy, the novel is inspired by Choa-Johnston’s ancestors. Pearl Belilios, a wealthy Jewish-Chinese […]

Saltwater City

Posted on: February 9, 2023 at 10:05 am, in

by Paul Yee Paul Yee’s Saltwater City is an informative read that any reader wishing to learn about the history of Chinese-Canadians will enjoy. Yee begins with the story of early Chinese immigrants, pioneers who went through hard times. Through this story and others that quickly follow, Yee illustrates how these pioneers made things better […]