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One Book, One Community Waterloo Region 2016

The 2016 One Book, One Community selection is A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett. Learn about the authors, the book, events, and more at www.oboc.ca

   
   
     

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOUBLE DOWN (BOOK 11)


 

Recent Releases


 

Far From True

by Linwood Barclay

New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay delivers the second spine-chilling thriller set in the troubled town of Promise Falls.

After the screen of a run-down drive-in movie theater collapses and kills four people, the daughter of one of the victims asks private investigator Cal Weaver to look into a break-in at her father's house. Cal discovers a hidden room where salacious activities have taken place—as well as evidence of missing DVDs. But it may not be the discs the thief was interested in. . . .

Meanwhile, Detective Barry Duckworth is still trying to solve two murders he believes are connected, since each featured a similar distinctive wound. And when yet another murder happens, Cal and Barry are both driven to pursue their investigations, no matter where they lead. But where they lead may be more horrific than either man can imagine.

$22.95 trade paper


 

The High Mountains of Portugal

by Yann Martel

With this highly anticipated new novel, the author of the bestselling Life of Pi returns to the storytelling power and luminous wisdom of his master novel.

The High Mountains of Portugal is a suspenseful, mesmerizing story of a great quest for meaning, told in three intersecting narratives touching the lives of three different people and their families, and taking us on an extraordinary journey through the last century. We begin in the early 1900s, when Tomás discovers an ancient journal and sets out from Lisbon in one of the very first motor cars in Portugal in search of the strange treasure the journal describes. Thirty-five years later, a pathologist devoted to the novels of Agatha Christie, whose wife has possibly been murdered, finds himself drawn into the consequences of Tomás's quest. Fifty years later, Senator Peter Tovy of Ottawa, grieving the death of his own beloved wife, rescues a chimpanzee from an Oklahoma research facility and takes it to live with him in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, where the strands of all three stories miraculously mesh together.

Beautiful, witty and engaging, Yann Martel's new novel offers us the same tender exploration of the impact and significance of great love and great loss, belief and unbelief, that has marked all his brilliant, unexpected novels.

$32.00 hard cover


 

The Bitter Season: Kovac and Liska #5

by Tami Hoag

Kovac and Liska take on multiple twisted cases as #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag explores a murder from the past, a murder from the present, and a life that was never meant to be. 

As the dreary, bitter weather of late fall descends on Minneapolis, Detective Nikki Liska is restless, already bored with her new assignment to the cold case squad. She misses the rush of pulling an all-nighter and the sense of urgency of hunting a desperate killer on the loose. Most of all she misses her old partner, Sam Kovac. 

Kovac is having an even harder time adjusting to Liska’s absence, saddled with a green partner younger than most of Sam's wardrobe. But Kovac is distracted from his troubles by an especially brutal double homicide: a prominent university professor and his wife, bludgeoned and hacked to death in their home with a ceremonial Japanese samurai sword. Liska’s case--the unsolved murder of a decorated sex crimes detective--is less of a distraction: 25 years later there is little hope for finding the killer who got away.  

Meanwhile, Minneapolis resident Evi Burke has a life she only dreamed of as a kid in and out of foster homes: a beautiful home, a family, people who love her, a fulfilling job. But a danger from her past is stalking her idyllic present. A danger bent on destroying the perfect life she was never meant to have. 

As the trails of two crimes a quarter of century apart twist and cross, Kovac and Liska race to find answers before a killer strikes again.

$36.00 hard cover


 

Find Her: D. D. Warren #8

by Lisa Gardner

Flora Dane is a victim. 

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Flora Dane is a survivor.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

Flora Dane is reckless. 

 . . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.

$35.00 hard cover


 

My Name is Lucy Barton

by Elizabeth Strout

A new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys, have illuminated our most tender relationships. Now, in My Name Is Lucy Barton, this extraordinary writer shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of all—the one between mother and daughter.

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.

$34.00 hard cover


 

The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island

by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson returns to his internationally beloved topic, Britain, with his first travel book in fifteen years.

In 1995, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his home. The hilarious book he wrote about that journey, Notes from a Small Island, became one of the most loved books of recent decades.

Now, in this hotly anticipated new travel book, his first in fifteen years and sure to be greeted as the funniest book of the decade, Bryson sets out on a brand-new journey, on a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis on the south coast to Cape Wrath on the northernmost tip of Scotland.

Once again, he will guide us through all that's best and worst about Britain today--while doing that incredibly rare thing of making us laugh out loud in public.

$34.95 hard cover


 

The Illegal

by Lawrence Hill

Keita Ali is on the run.

Like every boy on the mountainous island of Zantoroland, running is all Keita’s ever wanted to do. In one of the poorest nations in the world, running means respect. Running means riches-until Keita is targeted for his father’s outspoken political views and discovers he must run for his family’s survival.

He signs on with notorious marathon agent Anton Hamm, but when Keita fails to place among the top finishers in his first race, he escapes into Freedom State-a wealthy island nation that has elected a government bent on deporting the refugees living within its borders in the community of AfricTown. Keita can stay safe only if he keeps moving and eludes Hamm and the officials who would deport him to his own country, where he would face almost certain death.

This is the new underground: a place where tens of thousands of people deemed to be “illegal” live below the radar of the police and government officials. As Keita surfaces from time to time to earn cash prizes by running local road races, he has to assess whether the people he meets are friends or enemies: John Falconer, a gifted student struggling to escape the limits of his AfricTown upbringing; Ivernia Beech, a spirited old woman at risk of being forced into an assisted living facility; Rocco Calder, a recreational marathoner and the immigration minister; Lula DiStefano, self-declared queen of AfricTown and madam of the community’s infamous brothel; and Viola Hill, a reporter who is investigating the lengths to which her government will go to stop illegal immigration.

Keita’s very existence in Freedom State is illegal. As he trains in secret, eluding capture, the stakes keep getting higher. Soon, he is running not only for his life, but for his sister’s life, too.

Fast moving and compelling, The Illegal casts a satirical eye on people who have turned their backs on undocumented refugees struggling to survive in a nation that does not want them. Hill’s depiction of life on the borderlands of society urges us to consider the plight of the unseen and the forgotten who live among us.

$24.99 trade paper


 

Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They’ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever. . . . Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be? This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs.

$20.99 hard cover


Local Books and Authors


 

Our Cambridge: A Gift to the World

Photography by Richard Bain
Foreword by Jeff Hutcheson

Richard Bain, one of Canada's top landscape photographers, has put together images of Cambridge from Business to Architecture to Landscape with unprecedented visual quality for the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce. He has published numerous high quality tabletop books for colleges, universities, Chambers and municipalities.

Greg Durocher, President and CEO of the Cambridge Chamber enthusiastically said about the project, "I am excited the Chamber had the opportunity to put this amazing publication together and I know our Members are going to be proud to share it with the world."

Richard Bain has been photographing the Cambridge area since last July. He says that "of all the projects that I have been involved with, Cambridge is one of the most diverse and challenging. Showcasing Galt, Preston and Hespeler with their rivers, incredible historic architecture and hi-tech companies, has made for a wonderful project...a collection of images and a gift book that corporations, residents and visitors will simply love."

Jeff Hutcheson, a native of Cambridge and star of Canada's #1 morning television program, Canada AM, has lent his words for the forward of this book. Jeff was raised in Cambridge, but is always first to say he is from Preston.

$50.00 hard cover


 

Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame

by Dave Menary

This coffee-table book is chock-full of photographs and chronicles the world-class sports heritage of Cambridge, Ontario. As of 2015, the Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame has recognized nearly 150 inductees, spanning the entire history of this southern Ontario community. This 425 book has biographies of every inductee, there is an in-depth look at the incomparable runner Scotty Rankine, and other stories.

$49.95 trade paper

 


 

Little Girl in the Mirror

By Tara Mondou

Little Cathy Barron loved living with her Grandmother on Cape Breton Island. 

​Every summer her Mother would step off the train from Ontario in her fancy outfit and her red lipstick and visit with her daughter for two weeks. In the summer of 1955, her Mother demanded to take Cathy back to Ontario to live with her for good. Cathy reluctantly said good bye to the only life she ever knew. She was promised a new and exciting life full of love and happiness, but what Cathy got was the exact opposite. The only way to survive in her new empty world was to draw strength from her only friend, the little girl in the mirror... 

Based on a true story, Tara Mondou artistically recreates the heartbreaking roller coaster recount of her mother's early childhood

$21.99 trade paper​​​​


 

Baseball's Greatest Controversies

by John G. Robertson

To the uninitiated, baseball is a simple sport: the pitcher throws the ball, the hitter tries to hit it, and the fielders try to catch it. But what happens before, during and after those basic actions causes more arguments than can be found in any other sport. Most of these disputes are settled quickly; a few survive for generations, still able to spark heated debate decades later.

Did Babe Ruth call his home run in the 1932 World Series? Was “Shoeless” Joe Jackson a victim or a perpetrator of the Black Sox Scandal? And who really won the batting title in 1910? These and 23 other of the game’s most heated controversies are analyzed in this work. The background for each of the debates is given, as well as a full discussion of the historical implications of the decisions. After all, disputes have been a part of the national pastime since Abner Doubleday laid out the first baseball diamond in 1839. Right?

About the Author
John G. Robertson wrote a weekly sports history column for the Kitchener-Waterloo (Ontario) Record. He lives in Cambridge, Ontario.

$20.00 trade paper


 

The Games That Changed Baseball

by John G. Robertson and Andy Saunders

The American national pastime’s rich history and vast cache of statistics have provided fans and researchers a gold mine of narrative and data since the late 19th century. Many books have been written about Major League Baseball’s most famous games. This one takes a different approach, focusing on MLB’s most historically significant games.

Some will be familiar to baseball scholars, such as the October afternoon in 1961 when Roger Maris eclipsed Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record, or the compelling sixth game of the 1975 World Series. Other fascinating games are less well known: the day at the Polo Grounds in 1921, when a fan named Reuben Berman filed a lawsuit against the New York Giants, winning fans the right to keep balls hit into the stands; the first televised broadcast of an MLB game in 1939; opening night of the Houston Astrodome in 1965, when spectators no longer had to be taken out to the ballgame; or the spectator-less April 2015 Orioles-White Sox game, played in an empty stadium in the wake of the Baltimore riots. Each game is listed in chronological order, with detailed historical background and a box score.

About the Authors
John G. Robertson wrote a weekly sports history column for the Kitchener-Waterloo (Ontario) Record. He lives in Cambridge, Ontario. Andy Saunders is a baseball buff who hosts trivia shows in his hometown. He lives in Guelph, Ontario. 

$35.00 trade paper


 

And With Thy Spirit

by April Bulmer

In her new book of poetry And With Thy Spirit, award-winning writer April Bulmer claims we have passed this way before. Firmly committed to the concept of reincarnation, the Eastern religious or philosophical belief that the soul begins a life after biological death in a new body (human, animal, or spiritual), her poems are visions of her feminine roots firmly buried in the fertile soil of her soul.

The book reflects the lives of 15 women and their various ethnic and religious backgrounds. It begins with her current incarnation as April and her complex relationship with her father which she believes is mired in the damp earth of earlier days. Psychoanalysts and hypnotherapists sometimes suggest that we travel in karmic groups and affect each other’s destiny life after life as our paths cross.

$19.95 trade paper

Literary Prize Winners 2015 (and the shortlisted titles):

 

The Scotiabank Giller Prize

 
Governor General's Literary Awards

The Man Booker Prize

Rogers Writers' Trust of Canada Ficton Prize
 
Winner 2015 Winner 2015 Winner 2015 Winner 2015

Fifteen Dogs

by Andre Alexis

Daddy Lenin and Other Stories

by Guy Vanderhaeghe

A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel

By Marlon James

Fifteen Dogs

by Andre Alexis


 

Fifteen Dogs

by Andre Alexis

How You Were Born: Stories

by Kate Cayley

A Little Life

by Hanya Yanagihara

His Whoe Life

by Elizabeth Hay

Arvida

by Samuel Archibald

Outline

by Rachel Cusk

A Spool of Blue Thread

by Anne Tyler

Red Jacket

Pamela Mordecai

Daydreams of Angels

by Heather O'Neill

The Evening Chorus

by Helen Humphreys

Satin Island

by Tom McCarthy

Confidence

Russell Smith

Martin Jonn

by Anakana Schofield

The Winter Family

by Cliffor Jackman

The Fisherman

by Chigozie Obioma

The Jaguar's Children

John Valliant

Outline

by Rachel Cusk

 

The Year of th Runaways

by Sunjeev Schota

Fifteen Dogs

by Andre Alexis

The 2014 Winners:

Us Conductors
by Sean Michaels
$24.95 trade paper

 

The Back of the Turtle
by Thomas King
$24.99 trade paper

 

The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan
$18.95 trade paper

 

All My Puny Sorrows
Miriam Toews
$22.00 trade paper


Canada Reads 2016

 

Congratulations to Clara Hughes

for successfully defending

The Illegal by Lawrence Hill

this year's Canada Reads winner

The Contenders for 2016:

 

Click here to read all about it.

 

 

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