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									The Beaconsfield Library is pleased to offer you some suggestions for your summer
reading pleasure. Many of these titles have appeared within the last year and come
recommended by someone on staff.
You will find a selection of fiction titles of different genres as well as some of the
more popular biographies to have appeared over the last year. We have also added a
few suggestions from our adult graphic novel and young adult collections. Call
numbers have been provided for all titles.

This summer get ready to sail away with a good book. Enjoy your holiday reading!




Table of Contents

General Fiction ............................................................................................. 3
Detective & Mystery Fiction ......................................................................... 8
Science Fiction & Fantasy ........................................................................... 10
Chick Lit ....................................................................................................... 12
Short Stories ................................................................................................ 14
General Non-Fiction .................................................................................... 15
Biographies .................................................................................................. 16
Graphic Novels............................................................................................. 21
Young Adult Fiction .................................................................................... 22




General Fiction

FIC            Adiga, Aravind
ADI                 The White Tiger
      Balram Halwai sees his country as two distinct nations: the Light and the
Darkness. The protagonist was born in the latter, yet he manages to find success,
traveling to Delhi to work as a chauffeur for a wealthy man. He soon discovers the
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harsh reality of life in the caste system as he is looked down upon and excluded from
society. Written in the form of a letter to the Chinese premier who is to visit
Bangalore, this captivating first novel won the Man Booker Prize in 2008.

FIC         Bahr, Howard
BAH               Pelican Road
      Christmas Eve, 1940. Along a quiet stretch of railway, two locomotives travel
toward one another through the cold winter landscape. A. P. Dunn, engineer aboard
the southbound train, can’t recall the events of a few hours ago. Artemus Kane,
brakeman upon the northbound train, reminisces about French trenches and
German snipers, a failed marriage, and a too-short layover spent with a woman he
has just left behind. This beautiful novel tells of nobility — and shows that on the
railway, catastrophe often waits just around the corner. All it takes is a moment of
distraction.

FIC         Boyden, Joseph
BOY              Through Black Spruce
       Winner of the 2008 Giller Prize, Through Black Spruce is a haunting and
memorable story told in alternating sections by two people: Will Bird, a former bush
pilot who is in a coma in a hospital in Moosonee, the Cree community on James Bay,
and Annie, his niece, who keeps vigil by his bedside. Annie has just returned from an
eight-month-long search for her sister, Suzanne, who disappeared while on a
modeling assignment in New York. Through her storytelling, Annie sheds her
tomboy image and slips into the life of her sister, who is wallowing in a life of
designer clothes and narcotics. Will tells of the decline of the traditional Native ways
of life, his home troubles, and the events that caused him to end up in a coma.
Boyden is a gifted storyteller and a worthy winner of the Giller prize. Be sure to
check out his first book, Three Day Road.

FIC         Evaristo, Bernadine
EVA              Blonde Roots
      What if history of slave trade had been the other way around and Africans had
enslaved Europeans? This story is told by Doris, an Englishwoman who is kidnapped
one day near her home. She is subsequently enslaved and taken to the New World,
and tells of her difficult experiences while she dreams of freedom. This is a dramatic
and imaginative story.

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FIC         Galloway, Steven
GAL              The Cellist of Sarajevo
      Inspired by actual events, this first novel tells the story of four people who fight
to stay alive during the siege of Sarajevo. An unnamed cellist decides to play his
instrument in the street for 22 days, mourning 22 people who were killed in a mortar
attack while waiting in a bread line. Arrow, a sniper, is ordered to protect the
musician. Kenan, a young father, searches the city for water for his family. Dragan, a
middle-aged baker, runs into an old acquaintance while searching for bread. This is a
tense and haunting novel bursting with humanity.

FIC         Genova, Lisa
GEN             Still Alice
       This compelling debut novel tells the story of Alice Howland, a celebrated
Harvard professor, who, at the height of her career, 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's it's like to literally lose your
mind. This novel packs a powerful emotional punch.


FIC         Hemon, Aleksandar
HEM                   The Lazarus Project
       Chicago, 1908. Lazarus Averbuch, a Jewish refugee, is shot by the chief of
police while attempting to deliver a letter to him. The media spreads the word that
the immigrant was actually an assassin sent to murder the police chief. A hundred
years later, the incident piques the interest of Vladimir Brik, a struggling writer who
is often mistaken for being either Jewish or Muslim, though he is neither. The story
alternates between Brik's account of the events of 1908 and his current research into
the truth about Lazarus. This is a gripping novel that examines identity and morality.

FIC         Jacobs, Kate
JAC              Knit Two
     Jacobs’ follow-up to the popular novel The Friday Night Knitting Club (2007)
opens five years after Georgia Walker’s tragic death from ovarian cancer. Her
daughter, Dakota, is now a freshman at NYU, and Georgia’s former employee, Peri, is
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running Georgia’s yarn shop, Walker and Daughter. The group Georgia formed, the
Friday Night Knitting Club, lives on in her absence despite how different all of the
members are. Seventy-eight-year-old Anita is planning her wedding to deli owner
Marty, serious professor Darwin is dealing with first-time motherhood and is
frustrated that her best friend, Lucie, isn’t around to help. Lucie is trying to juggle
her career as a producer with caring for her aging mother and difficult daughter.
Georgia’s best friend, Catherine, is reassessing her life and her failed relationships.
Reading Jacobs’ second knitting novel is as warming and cheering as visiting old
friends.

FIC        Morrison, Toni
MOR                   A Mercy
      In 1690, Anglo-Dutch trader Jacob Vaark travels to Maryland to collect a debt
from a landowner. Discovering that the debtor cannot pay, he reluctantly accepts a
slave girl as partial compensation. The girl, Florens, feeling abandoned by her
mother, begins an arduous search for love. Magical, mystical, and memorable, this is
a lovely parable of mercies hidden and revealed.

FIC        Shaffer, Mary Ann.
SHA              The Guernsey Literary and
                 Potato Peel Pie Society
      London, 1946. The Second World War is coming to a close and Juliet Ashton is
searching for a subject for her next book. She had been writing for the Times, but all
that ended when a German bomb destroyed her flat. Meanwhile, a farmer living on
Guernsey, finds Juliet’s name on the flyleaf of a used book the writer once owned. He
contacts Juliet because he is looking for books by Charles Lamb. The farmer is a
member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which was created
during the German occupation so that islanders could meet after curfew. After
receiving letters from many of the islanders, Juliet travels to Guernsey, hoping to
find material for her new book. What she finds there, dear reader, is for you to
discover.

FIC        Simmons, Dan
SIM            Drood: a novel
     Dan Simmons’ latest thriller examines the final years of Charles Dickens’ life.
The title derives from the literary master’s final – and unfinished – novel, The
Mystery of Edwin Drood. Simmons’ novel, narrated by Dickens’ friend Wilkie
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Collins, begins with Dickens emerging from a train wreck that almost took his life.
He remembers seeing a grotesque, spectral figure at the scene of the accident, but he
is not certain whether this figure was helping or hindering the survivors. He and
Collins pursue the creature, a journey that leads them to the nightmarish world of
underground London. History and horror combine in this gripping novel that will
hold you in its clutches to the very end.

FIC         Toews, Miriam
TOE             The Flying Troutmans
      Hattie leaves Paris for her native Canada when she receives a distressing
telephone call; her sister Min is suffering from catatonia, a symptom of a lifelong
mental illness. Hattie places her sister in the psych ward, then takes on the task of
looking after Min’s teenage children: Thebes and Logan. Afraid that social workers
may try to place Thebes and Logan in a foster home, Hattie takes them on a road trip
to find their long-lost father. Toews tells an amusing tale where the novel’s characters
learn much about each other and about the realities of traveling on the road. A
refreshingly witty summer read.

FIC         Verghese, Abraham
VER              Cutting for Stone
      Intriguing and unforgettable, this story of identical twins, born to Sister Mary
Joseph Praise and Dr. Thomas Stone but raised by doctors Hema and Ghosh, is a
true delight. The twin boys, Marion and Shiva, grow up at Mission Hospital in Addis
Ababa, Ethiopia. They share everything, including a passion for medicine and an
attraction to childhood playmate Genet. How this plays out over time, with
devastating results that tear them apart, is central to this absorbing and thrilling
family saga. Through circumstances that shatter his life, Marion, who lives in the
United States, will be forced to reach out to the two men who betrayed him – his
father and his brother. One learns a great deal about disease, the medical profession,
and the heartbreaking lack of medical intervention in Ethiopia, in this absorbing and
rewarding story. This is one book that will definitely keep you up at night turning the
pages.

FIC         Wroblewski, David
WRO                   The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: a novel
     Born mute, Edgar Sawtelle lives on his parents’ farm in northern Wisconsin
where the family raises and trains a fictional breed of dog whose companionship is

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epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally. Turmoil consumes the
Sawtelles' peaceful home when Claude, Edgar's uncle, returns to the family farm.
When Edgar’s father dies suddenly, the boy tries to prove Claude played a role in his
father's untimely demise, but his plan backfires spectacularly. Forced to flee into the
vast wilderness lying beyond the farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his
survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him. But his need to face his
father's murderer and his devotion to the Sawtelle dogs turn Edgar ever homeward.
This is a riveting family saga that will stay with you for a long time.


Detective & Mystery Fiction


FIC         Atkinson, Kate
ATK              When Will There Be Good News?
      If you have never read anything by this excellent Scottish writer, you are in for
a treat. This third novel in the Jackson Brodie series begins with a shocking murder
scene in which the lone survivor is a 6-year-old girl named Joanna Mason. Thirty
years later, Joanna, now a successful Edinburgh GP with a baby of her own, goes
missing. Only Joanna’s nanny, 16-year-old Reggie, believes Joanna could be in
danger. When Police Inspector Jackson Brodie literally crashes onto the scene,
Reggie saves his life and implores him to help her find Joanna. A thrilling mystery
with a convoluted plot, this book is a great summer read!

FIC         Bradley, Alan
BRA              The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
      Flavia is only 11 years old but she’s a formidable protagonist with a capacity for
chemistry, a passion for poison, and a quick mind for mystery. She is the distinctly
different youngest child in an unconventional family which inhabits a decaying
English mansion in 1950s England. It is she who stumbles upon a man crumpled in
the cucumber patch, and she watches as he takes his dying breath, realizing to her
shock that murder has been committed and to her delight that a mystery needs to be
solved.

FIC         Coben, Harlan
COB              Hold Tight
     Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of parents who spy
on their kids. But their sixteen-year-old son Adam has been unusually distant lately,
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and after the suicide of his classmate Spencer Hill, they can't help but worry. They
invest in a spy program that will report every keystroke on Adam's computer so they
can track his movements. The results terrify them, and then Adam disappears. This is
a fast and exhilarating roller-coaster ride that you don't want to end… but hold tight.

FIC         Connelly, Michael
CON             The Brass Verdict
      When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, defence attorney Mickey
Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defence of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio
executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the
case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be
coming for him next. Enter Harry Bosch. Determined to find Vincent's killer, he is
not opposed to using Haller as bait. But as danger mounts and the stakes rise, these
two loners realize their only choice is to work together. This could just be one of the
best thrillers of the year.

FIC         Erdrich, Louise
ERD               The Plague of Doves
       Erdrich's 13th novel finds its roots in the 1911 slaughter of a farming family
near Pluto, North Dakota. The family's infant daughter is spared, and a posse
incorrectly blames three Indians for the killings and lynches them. One, Mooshum
Milk, miraculously survives. Over the next century, descendants of both the hanged
men and the lynch mob develop relationships that become deeply entangled, and
their disparate stories are held together via principal narrator Evelina, Mooshum
Milk's granddaughter. Erdrich bounces individual narratives off one another,
dropping apparently insignificant clues that build to head-slapping revelations as
fates intertwine and the person responsible for the 1911 killing is identified. This is a
fascinating, multi-layered read.

FIC         French, Tana
FRE              The Likeness
      Six months after the events of In the Woods (2007), an urgent telephone call
beckons Dublin Murder Squad detective Cassie Maddox to a grisly crime scene. The
victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra
Madison, an alias Cassie once used. Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl,
but, more importantly, who she was. Cassie goes undercover, posing as the dead girl
(who was reported by the press as being injured) and learning about her life as a
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Trinity College grad student. This is a disturbing, immensely readable tale of shifting
identities.

FIC        Larsson, Stieg
LAR             The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
      Convicted of libelling a prominent businessman and awaiting imprisonment,
financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist agrees to industrialist Henrik Vanger's request
to investigate the 40-year-old disappearance of Vanger's 16-year-old niece, Harriet.
In return, Vanger will help Blomkvist dig up dirt on the corrupt businessman.
Assisting in Blomkvist's investigation is 24-year-old Lisbeth Salander, a brilliant but
enigmatic computer hacker.

FIC        Wolfe, Inger Ash
WOL                   The Calling
       The first homicide that Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef has had to
investigate in almost three years is that of cancer patient Delia Chandler, a woman
who once had an affair with Hazel’s father. When the mutilated body of an MS
sufferer is found, painted in Chandler’s blood, Micallef realizes that someone is
killing the terminally ill, and not for mercy’s sake. Inspector Micallef takes it upon
herself to coordinate a nationwide manhunt for the killer. This is a thrilling
psychological tale.


Science Fiction and Fantasy

FIC        Bolaño, Roberto
BOL             2666
      This brilliant final novel by late Chilean author Roberto Bolaño reads like five
interconnected stories. It was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest
achievement. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts,
an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her
widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa
Teresa, a fictional Juárez, on the U.S.-Mexico border, where hundreds of young
factory workers, in the novel as in life, have disappeared.

PB         Butcher, Jim
FIC             Small Favor
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BUT
      In this tenth novel in the popular Dresden Files series, an old bargain has
placed Harry Dresden in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, the
Queen of Air and Darkness. It's a small favour he can't refuse – one that will trap
Harry between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally, and one that will strain
his skills to their very limits. Set in modern Chicago, this urban tale of sword and
sorcery features compelling characters and superb storytelling.

FIC         De Lint, Charles
DEL              The Mystery of Grace
       On the Day of the Dead, the Solona Music Hall is jumping. That's where
Altagracia Quintero meets John Burns, just two weeks too late. Altagracia – her
friends call her Grace – works at Sanchez Motorworks, customizing hot rods. Finding
the line in a classic car is her calling. Now Grace has to find the line in her own life. A
few blocks around the Alverson Arms is all her world, but she’s got unfinished
business keeping her close to home. Grace loves John, and John loves her, but John,
like Grace, has unfinished business – he’s haunted by the childhood death of his
younger brother. He's never stopped feeling responsible. Like Grace, John is an
artist, and before their relationship can find its resolution, the two of them will have
to teach each other about life and love, about hot rods and Elvis Presley, and about
why it's necessary to let some things go.

FIC         Modesitt, L. E., Jr.
MOD                    Imager
       Although Rhennthyl is the son of a leading wool merchant in L'Excelsis, he has
spent years becoming a journeyman artist and is skilled and diligent enough to be
considered for the status of master artisan. In a single moment, his entire life is
transformed when his master patron is killed in a flash fire, and Rhenn discovers he
is an imager – one of the few in the entire world of Terahnar who can visualize things
and make them real. He must leave his family and join the Collegium of Imagisle,
where he discovers that many of the 'truths' he knew were nothing of the sort.

FIC         Stephenson, Neil
STE              Anathem
      Fraa Erasmas lives cloistered from the world in a monastery for the brightest of
scientific souls. Every so often, residents of the monastery venture out into the
―saecular‖ world but never for very long. Erasmus and his fellow ―avout‖ are shocked
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to learn that they are being sent out into the other world to save it from certain
disaster. Erasmas finds himself a major player in a drama that will determine the
future of his world—as he sets out on an extraordinary odyssey that will carry him to
the most dangerous, inhospitable corners of the planet and beyond.


Chick Lit

FIC         Center, Katherine
CEN              Everyone is Beautiful: a novel
      Lanie Coates’s life is spinning out of control. She’s traveled with her family
from their cozy Texas home to a multiflight walk-up in the Northeast so her husband
can realize his dream of becoming a professional musician. But it suddenly occurs to
Lanie that she once had dreams too. She sets change in motion by joining a gym,
signing up for photography classes, and finding a new best friend. But she also
creates waves that threaten her whole life. In the end, Lanie must figure out how to
find herself without losing everything else in the process. This is a novel about how a
woman learns to fall in love with her entire life all over again.




FIC         Salomon, Daria
SAL              The Prairie Bridesmaid
      Manipulated into dumping an absent boyfriend by her meddling but well-
intentioned friends, frustrated schoolteacher Anna Lasko starts smoking and
befriends a backyard squirrel before entering therapy, an effort that is challenged by
her sister's relocation to the Middle East and their half-blind grandmother's down-
to-earth wisdom. Spectacularly fun and rich with wit and savvy, this is a novel about
the bonds that break and make family, friendship and love.

FIC         Szewczyk, Elaine
SZE              I’m With Stupid
     Kas is an editorial assistant at a struggling New York literary agency. When she
meets a wildlife ranger named William while on safari in South Africa, her life turns
around. Or so she thinks. After a fling with the ranger, Kas returns home, but it isn’t
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too long before she hears from William. She receives a semi-literate e-mail from
William and learns he is moving to New York to work on a book, and needs a place to
stay. She lets him move in with her, but from there the situation only goes from bad
to worse. This is a refreshing, light read that will make you laugh out loud.

FIC         Weiner, Jennifer
WEI             Certain Girls
       As preparations for her daughter Joy's bat mitzvah begin, everything seems
right in Cannie's world. Then Joy discovers the novel Cannie wrote years before and
suddenly finds herself faced with what she thinks is the truth about her own
conception – the story her mother hid from her all her life. When Peter surprises his
wife by saying he wants to have a baby, the family is forced to reconsider its history,
its future, and what it means to be truly happy. Radiantly funny and disarmingly
tender, Certain Girls is an unforgettable story about love, loss, and the enduring
bonds of family. Be sure to read the prequel to this novel, Good in Bed.


Short Stories


FIC         Krasikov, Sana
KRA              One More Year: Stories
      The characters who populate these stories are mostly women – some are new
to America; some still live in the former Soviet Union, in Georgia or Russia; and
some have returned to Russia to find a country they barely recognize and people they
no longer understand. Mothers leave children behind; children abandon their
parents. Almost all of them look to love to repair their lives, and when it isn’t really
there, they attempt to make do with relationships that substitute for love. This is a
marvellous collection of intelligent, complex, and passionate stories.

FIC         Lahiri, Jhumpa
LAH               Unaccustomed Earth
      This collection of eight stories takes us from Cambridge and Seattle to India
and Thailand as it explores family life and relationships. The subjects of the stories in
this volume range from secret love affairs to alcoholism, from sibling relationships to
shared destinies. Lahiri writes these stories with a practiced hand. She possesses a
keen eye for the subtleties of human emotion.

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FIC         Le, Nam
LE               The Boat
      The stories in this collection take us from the slums of Colombia to the streets
of Tehran, from New York City to Iowa City, from a fishing village in Australia to a
floundering vessel in the South China Sea. Taken together, they cover a vast
geographic territory and are filled with exquisitely painful and raw moments of
revelation, captured in a deft, sure style by Vietnamese-Australian writer Nam Le.

FIC         Strout, Elizabeth
STR              Olive Kitteridge
      Thirteen linked tales tell the story of Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher.
She deplores change but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around
her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the
will to live; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational
sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a
blessing and a curse. This collection is easy to read and impossible to forget.


General Non-Fiction


759.9492 Dolnick, Edward
D665f        The Forger’s Spell: a true story of Vermeer, Nazis, and
             the greatest art hoax of the twentieth century
      Han van Meegeren was a small-time Dutch painter. He was a mediocre artist at
best, but he was a pro at psychological manipulation. He managed to con Hermann
Goering, a reviled leader of Nazi Germany (and a fanatic collector of art) into buying
what he thought were genuine Vermeer paintings, but which were actually forgeries.
He almost succeeded in fooling both the Nazis and the world. Instead, he ended up in
an Amsterdam court, fighting for his life. This is a fast-paced read that is brimming
with life.

302         Gladwell, Malcolm
G543o            Outliers: The Story of Success
      What do outliers – the best and the brightest in our society – like the Beatles,
Bill Gates, and Mozart have in common? Each enjoyed an unusual opportunity to
cultivate a skill that allowed them to rise above their peers. In this fascinating look at

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success, author Malcolm Gladwell explains that there is logic behind why some
people become successful, and it has more to do with legacy and opportunity than
high IQ. This is an inspiring read.

920        Gordon-Reed, Annette
H489g       The Hemingses of Monticello: an American family
      This remarkable book tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties
to Thomas Jefferson had been left out of American history until very recently.
Historian Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in
Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Jefferson's death in 1826. It
brings to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson but also their children
and Hemings's siblings, who shared a father with Jefferson's wife, Martha. This
extensively researched book is a valuable contribution to American history and is a
fantastic read.

302.232     Hajdu, David
H154t           The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book
                 Scare and How It Changed America
      In the years between the end of World War II and the mid-1950s, the popular
culture of today was invented in the pulpy, boldly illustrated pages of comic books.
But no sooner had comics emerged than they were beaten down by mass bonfires,
congressional hearings, and a panic over their unmonitored and uncensored content.
In this engrossing history, esteemed critic David Hajdu vividly evokes the rise, fall,
and rise again of comics.

958.104     Mortenson, Greg
M887t           Three cups of tea: one man's mission to
                promote peace -- one school at a time
      This inspirational and moving book tells how author Greg Mortenson was
nursed back to health in a small Pakistani village after failing to climb K2. After
listening to the villagers’ stories, he promised to build them a school in return for
their kindness. Not only did he keep his promise; he went on to found a
humanitarian organization dedicated to building schools where they are needed
most. A captivating and suspenseful read.

Biographies

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921         Angelou, Maya
A584L            Letter to my Daughter
      In this book that combines memoir and poetry, Maya Angelou writes: ―I gave
birth to one child, a son, but I have thousands of daughters. You are Black and White,
Jewish and Muslim, Asian, Spanish speaking, Native Americans and Aleut. You are
fat and thin and pretty and plain, gay and straight, educated and unlettered, and I am
speaking to you all. Here is my offering to you.‖ Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya
Angelou’s path to living well and living a life with meaning. It is a delight to read.

921         Carlson, Janet
C284              Quick, Before the Music Stops: How Ballroom Dancing
                  Saved My Life
      Janet Carlson was a competitive ballroom dancer in her twenties. Though it
was her passion, she abandoned it in order to have a more conventional career as an
editor for a lifestyle magazine. She did not realize the void that the abandonment of
her one passion had left in her life until, twenty years later, her husband gave her
ballroom dancing lessons as a Valentine’s Day gift. Through her honest, touching
memoir, Janet Carlson shows how ballroom dancing taught her how to live: with a
fine balance of give-and-take and trust in other people.

362.1968 Engel, Howard
E58m         The Man Who Forgot How to Read
     Howard Engel is the creator of the well-known Benny Cooperman series.
Writing is his business, but a stroke in the occipital cortex leaves him with alexia sine
agraphia, a peculiar, almost impossible-to-believe medical condition whereby one
can write but no longer can read; whereby one can see but can no longer interpret the
image. Like his fictitious detective, Engel set out to understand and get help for his
odd, menacing state from the moment he realized that something was amiss.

921         Fox, Michael J.
F793        Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable
                 Optimist
      Michael J. Fox plays many roles: actor, father, activist and optimist. In this
second book (after Lucky Man in 2002) he examines the past ten years of his life –
and his Parkinson’s disease – through the lens of an incurable optimist. For Fox,
everything is a challenge, yet every challenge presents an opportunity to overcome

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obstacles. This memoir is an affirmation that with enough support and willpower,
anyone can overcome even the greatest of obstacles.

362.196     Greenberg, Michael
G798h            Hurry Down Sunshine
      This is a groundbreaking memoir of a father's journey to understand his
daughter's mental illness. At the age of 15, his daughter Sally was struck with
madness. Her visionary crack-up occurred on the streets of Greenwich Village, and
continued, among other places, in a Manhattan psychiatric ward. In this
heartbreaking book, Greenberg struggles to comprehend mental illness, and to
rescue his daughter from her desperate downward spiral. This is a transcendent
memoir about the restorative power of one father's love for his daughter.

759.4       Harvey, Miles
H342p            Painter in a Savage Land: the strange saga of the first
                 European artist in North America
      Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues was the first European artist to journey to the
New World with the intent to record its wonders in pencil and paint. Le Moyne’s
images provide us with a rare glimpse of Native American life at the time of first
contact with the Europeans. Le Moyne worked for some of the most prominent
figures of his time, including Sir Walter Raleigh. This book even suggests a link to the
notorious Mary Queen of Scots. This is a tale of adventure and drama, chock-full of
―shipwrecks, mutinies, religious wars, pirate raids, and Indian attacks‖. It is a
fascinating and highly readable work of art.

962.404 Jal, Emmanuel
J26w          War Child: a child soldier’s story
      In the mid-1980s, Emmanuel Jal was a young boy living in a small village in
Sudan with his family. The civil war was moving closer, and Jal’s family was forced to
move many times to seek safety. Then, one day, he was separated from his mother,
and she was killed; his father became a commander in the Christian Sudanese
Liberation Army. Before long, Jal was himself conscripted into that army, becoming
one of the 10,000 child soldiers. Amazingly, Jal survived his ordeal and was adopted
by a British aid worker. He then worked on becoming a popular musician, a dream
come true for the young man. This is a shocking and inspiring memoir by a very
driven individual who became a spokesperson for Amnesty International.

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610.92      Jauhar, Sandeep
J41i             Intern: A Doctor's Initiation
       Residency is legendary for its brutality. Working eighty hours or more per
week, most new doctors spend their first year asking themselves why they wanted to
be doctors in the first place. Sandeep Jauhar writes about just this experience at a big
hospital in New York City. He changed his major from physics to medicine in order
to follow a more humane career, but found that medicine, in general, put patients’
concerns on the backburner. He brought his opinions to the press, but was suddenly
stricken by illness, and was treated by those same doctors he had criticized so
harshly. Now a cardiologist, he has written a beautiful memoir examining the inner
workings of modern medicine with an insider’s candour and insight.

921         Ji, Chaozhu
J61               The Man on Mao’s Right
      Ji Chaozhu served Chairman Mao Zedong and the Chinese communist regime
for two decades, becoming a pivotal figure in the country’s leadership. In this book he
discusses the people and the events that helped to form the People’s Republic of
China. Ji grew up in New York’s East Village, his family having fled China when
Japanese raiders threatened the country in 1938. While he was a student of Harvard,
he returned to China to fight for his countrymen during the Korean War. His
mastery of the English language eventually led him to a career as an interpreter for
Chairman Mao. This revealing autobiography presents an enlightening history of the
Chinese nation and the unique story of a man who is at the same time both Chinese
and American.




364.1523 Lépine, Monique
L596g         Aftermath: the mother of Marc Lépine tells the story of
              her life before and after the Montreal Massacre
      After twenty years of pain and silence, Monique Lépine opens up to the world.
Imagine how it would feel to be the mother of Marc Lépine, who shot and killed
fourteen women at the École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989, and
then killed himself. In this heartbreaking memoir, Lépine talks about her marriage
to Marc’s father, the birth of Marc and his siblings, the culture in Montreal at that
time, as well as all of the events leading up to the massacre. This brutally honest
memoir is an important part of Montreal’s history.
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819.7  Macmillan, Margaret
L434ma     Stephen Leacock
      Stephen Leacock, the well-known Canadian humorist, is the subject of a new
biography in the Extraordinary Canadians series. Margaret Macmillan describes his
early life, his climb to fame in the literary world, and his teaching career at McGill
University. An interesting read by an extremely talented author. Highly
recommended.

796.962     Roy, Michel
R888r            Patrick Roy: Winning. Nothing Else.
      Patrick Roy currently possesses the record for most wins by an NHL goalie: 551
in the regular season and 151 in the playoffs. He is an exceptional hockey player,
having won four Stanley Cups and numerous other awards. How much do we know
about the man behind the goalie mask? This definitive biography, written by the
hockey legend’s father, reveals the roadblocks Roy overcame to become the player he
is today. His perseverance shines through this account of determination and courage.
This is an excellent biography that reads like a novel.

362.1968 Taylor, Jill Bolte
T243m         My Stroke of Insight
      In 1996 the author, a Harvard-trained brain scientist, experienced a massive
stroke – a severe haemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain. Because she was
so familiar with its workings, she knew exactly what was happening and recounts in
this book the complete deterioration of the left side of her brain. She lost her ability
to walk, talk, do math, read and write but she explains that she gratefully gained a
sense of ―euphoric nirvana‖ when the right hemisphere took over. It took her eight
years to heal completely, with considerable help from her mother, and she describes
how her life has changed, spiritually and professionally.

780.92       Weller, Sheila
W448g            Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon—
                 and the Journey of a Generation
     Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon are some of the most enduring and
important women in popular music. This fascinating triple biography is filled with
the voices of many dozens of these women's intimates, who are speaking in these
pages for the first time. This compelling book reads like a novel: it is an epic

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treatment of women who dared to break tradition and become what none had been
before them: female rock icons.


Graphic Novels

G          Abouet, Marguerite
ABO            Aya of Yop City
      This work takes us to Africa’s Ivory Coast in the late 1970s, where life in Yop
City is always dramatic. Loosely based on Abouet’s own youth in Yop City, this
graphic novel offers a realistic glimpse into African culture. The sequel to Aya, this
book continues the story of the title character, her family, and friends. To recap:
Aya’s friend Adjoua had a baby and inadvertently revealed that the father was not
who she said he was. This book takes off from there, with family and friends helping
raise little Bobby while Aya tries to convince her father to take her seriously.
Charming and quite funny, this book is a great read about family ties.




G          Folman, Ari
FOL             Waltz With Bashir: a Lebanon War Story
      In 1982 in Beirut, Christian militia members entered two refugee camps and
began to massacre hundreds, if not thousands, of Palestinians. Ari Folman was an
Israeli soldier present at the massacre, but for more than twenty years he
remembered nothing of that night or of the weeks leading up to it. Folman pieces
together the war and his place in it in this haunting graphic novel. This is a
harrowing look into the workings of human memory.


Young Adult Fiction

AL         Anderson, Laurie Halse
AND             Chains
       In this stunning piece of historical fiction, acclaimed author Laurie Halse
Anderson tells a heart-wrenching story of slavery during the Revolutionary War.
Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, thirteen-year-old Isabel and her
sister, Ruth, become the property of a malicious New York City couple who have no
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sympathy for the revolution or for the sisters. When a meeting with a slave with ties
to the Patriots gives Isabel a chance to cast off the chains of slavery, she realizes she
must do everything within her power to help him.

AL          Collins, Suzanne
COL               The Hunger Games
      Katniss lives with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of
Panem. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of
the surrender terms, each district is required to send one boy and one girl to appear
in an annual televised event called "The Hunger Games", the only event where
violence is not only allowed, but encouraged. When her sister is chosen to participate
in the games, Katniss exercises her familial right and volunteers in her place. This is
a heart-stopping novel you will not be able to put down.


AL          Green, John
GRE              Paper Towns
       Ever since he was a small boy, Quentin (Q to his friends) has been fascinated by
his next-door neighbour, Margo Roth Spiegelman. When she invites him on a night-
time escapade of revenge, he reluctantly accepts. Throughout this evening of
practical jokes and vandalism, he detects an unfathomable sadness in Margo. When
she disappears, Q feels compelled to find her. Following a set of cryptic clues she has
left behind, he tries desperately to track down the girl he thought he knew. This is a
mature, intelligent book that speaks volumes about the nature of obsession.

AL          McCafferty, Megan
MCC             Perfect Fifths
                (Sequel to Fourth Comings)
      Told partly from Marcus’ point of view, Perfect Fifths finally lets readers inside
the mind of the one person who has both troubled and titillated Jessica Darling for
years. Expect nothing less than the satisfying conclusion fans have been waiting for,
perfect in its imperfection.

AL          Pratchett, Terry
PRA              Nation
     Mau is the last surviving member of his nation that was washed away by a giant
wave. He’s completely alone — or so he thinks until he finds the ghost girl. Daphne,
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sole survivor of the wreck of the Sweet Judy, almost immediately regrets trying to
shoot the native boy. (Thank goodness the powder was wet and the gun only
produced a spark.) Together, Mau and Daphne discover some remarkable things and
start to forge a new nation. This new novel by Terry Pratchett is funny, witty and
wise.




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