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One Book, One Community Waterloo Region 2019

The 2019 One Book, One Community selection is The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman. Learn about the author, the book, events, and more at www.oboc.ca

In 1950s Quebec, French and English tolerate each other with precarious civility—much like Maggie Hughes’ parents. Maggie’s English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that don’t include marriage to the poor French boy on the next farm over. But Maggie’s heart is captured by Gabriel Phénix. When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, her parents force her to give baby Elodie up for adoption and get her life ‘back on track’.
 
Elodie is raised in Quebec’s impoverished orphanage system. It’s a precarious enough existence that takes a tragic turn when Elodie, along with thousands of other orphans in Quebec, is declared mentally ill as the result of a new law that provides more funding to psychiatric hospitals than to orphanages. Bright and determined, Elodie withstands abysmal treatment at the nuns’ hands, finally earning her freedom at seventeen, when she is thrust into an alien, often unnerving world.
 
Maggie, married to a businessman eager to start a family, cannot forget the daughter she was forced to abandon, and a chance reconnection with Gabriel spurs a wrenching choice. As time passes, the stories of Maggie and Elodie intertwine but never touch, until Maggie realizes she must take what she wants from life and go in search of her long-lost daughter, finally reclaiming the truth that has been denied them both.

 

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The Confessions of Frannie Langton

by Sara Collins

 

Regular Price 24.99 

Our Price 19.99

All of London is abuzz with the scandalous case of Frannie Langton, accused of the brutal double murder of her employers, renowned scientist George Benham and his eccentric French wife, Marguerite. Crowds pack the courtroom, eagerly following every twist, while the newspapers print lurid theories about the killings and the mysterious woman being held in the Old Bailey. The testimonies against Frannie are damning. She is a seductress, a witch, a master manipulator, a whore
 
But Frannie claims she cannot recall what happened that fateful evening, even if remembering could save her life. She doesn’t know how she came to be covered in the victims’ blood. But she does have a tale to tell: a story of her childhood on a Jamaican plantation, her apprenticeship under a debauched scientist who stretched all bounds of ethics, and the events that brought her into the Benhams’ London home—and into a passionate and forbidden relationship.
 
Though her testimony may seal her conviction, the truth will unmask the perpetrators of crimes far beyond murder and indict the whole of English society itself.
 
The Confessions of Frannie Langton is a breathtaking debut: a murder mystery that travels across the Atlantic and through the darkest channels of history. A brilliant, searing depiction of race, class, and oppression that penetrates the skin and sears the soul, it is the story of a woman of her own making in a world that would see her unmade.


The Oracle

by Clive Cussler

 

Regular Price $39.00

Our Price $29.99

The husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team of Sam and Remi Fargo return in a new adventure as they search for an ancient scroll--which carries a deadly curse--in this thrilling addition to Clive Cussler's bestselling series.
 
In 533 A.D., the last Vandal ruler in North Africa consults an oracle on how to defeat the invading Byzantine army. The oracle tells the king that a high priestess cast a curse upon the Vandal Kingdom after a sacred scroll was stolen. In order to lift the curse, the scroll must be returned to its rightful home. But the kingdom falls before the scroll is found, leaving its location a great mystery. . . until a current day archeological dig, funded by Sam and Remi Fargo, uncovers some vital clues.
 
The search for the ancient scroll is put on hold when the Fargos learn that a shipment of supplies intended for their charitable foundation's school has been stolen, and they travel to Nigeria to deliver new supplies themselves. But their mission becomes infinitely more complicated when they run afoul of a band of robbers. The group takes Remi and several students hostage, and there are signs that the kidnapping is related to the missing scroll. The Fargos need all their skills to save the lives of the young girls at the school before they uncover the hidden treasure. . . and lift the deadly curse


Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis

by Jared Diamond

 

Regular Price $42.00

Our Price $34.99

In his international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, in his third book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crises while adopting selective changes -- a coping mechanism more commonly associated with individuals recovering from personal crises.
 
Diamond compares how six countries have survived recent upheavals -- ranging from the forced opening of Japan by U.S. Commodore Perry's fleet, to the Soviet Union's attack on Finland, to a murderous coup or countercoup in Chile and Indonesia, to the transformations of Germany and Austria after World War Two. Because Diamond has lived and spoken the language in five of these six countries, he can present gut-wrenching histories experienced firsthand. These nations coped, to varying degrees, through mechanisms such as acknowledgment of responsibility, painfully honest self-appraisal, and learning from models of other nations. Looking to the future, Diamond examines whether the United States, Japan, and the whole world are successfully coping with the grave crises they currently face. Can we learn from lessons of the past?
 
Adding a psychological dimension to the in-depth history, geography, biology, and anthropology that mark all of Diamond's books, Upheaval reveals factors influencing how both whole nations and individual people can respond to big challenges. The result is a book epic in scope, but also his most personal book yet.


Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered

by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark

 

Regular Price $32.50

Our Price $26.99

The instant #1 New York Times and USA Today best seller by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the voices behind the hit podcast My Favorite Murder!

Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation.
 
In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being ‘nice’ or ‘helpful.’ They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness.
 
“In many respects, Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered distills the My Favorite Murder podcast into its most essential elements: Georgia and Karen. They lay themselves bare on the page, in all of their neuroses, triumphs, failures, and struggles. From eating disorders to substance abuse and kleptomania to the wonders of therapy, Kilgariff and Hardstark recount their lives with honesty, humor, and compassion, offering their best unqualified life-advice along the way.” —Entertainment Weekl


Knife

by Jo Nesbo

 

Regular Price $34.00

Our Price $27.99

The gripping 12th book in Jo Nesbo's bestselling crime series, featuring the troubled and fascinating Oslo detective Harry Hole.

Harry Hole has a lot of experience with waking up hungover. But there's one troubling thing that's different this time: his hands and clothes are covered with blood. It's a sign that not only is Harry about to come to face with an old, deadly foe, but also with his darkest personal challenge yet.
 
A man like Harry better watch his back.


Under Currents

by Nora Roberts

 

Regular Price $36.99

Our Price $29.99

For both Zane and Darby, their small town roots hold a terrible secret. Now, decades later, they've come together to build a new life. But will the past set them free or pull them under?
 
Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back...
 
Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own. 
 
Together they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past, and stand up for the ones they love.


The Savior

by J.R. Ward

 

Regular Price $37.00

Our Price $29.99

In the venerable history of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, only one male has ever been expelled—but Murhder’s insanity gave the Brothers no choice. Haunted by visions of a female he could not save, he nonetheless returns to Caldwell on a mission to right the wrong that ruined him. However, he is not prepared for what he must face in his quest for redemption.

Dr. Sarah Watkins, researcher at a biomedical firm, is struggling with the loss of her fellow scientist fiancé. When the FBI starts asking about his death, she questions what really happened and soon learns the terrible truth: Her firm is conducting inhumane experiments in secret and the man she thought she knew and loved was involved in the torture.
 
As Murhder and Sarah’s destinies become irrevocably entwined, desire ignites between them. But can they forge a future that spans the divide separating the two species? And as a new foe emerges in the war against the vampires, will Murhder return to his Brothers... or resume his lonely existence forevermore?


Mrs. Everything

by Jennifer Weiner

 

Regular Price $24.99

Our Price $19.99

Do we change or does the world change us?

Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.
 
Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life.
 
But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?
 
In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?


Paddling The Grand River

 

Paddling the Grand River, 6th Edition

by Grand River Conservation Authority, with Jamie Kent

Renowned for its recreational paddling opportunities, water quality, cultural heritage and fishing, the Grand River offers paddling trips for both novice and experienced paddlers.

Whether you are interested in a two-hour trip or a five-day excursion, this newly updated guide has everything you need. It includes full colour maps displaying access points, portages, and points of interest; details on local sights, fishing, accommodation, parking, outfitters, and suppliers; and aerial photos showing portages around dams and coordinates for GPS navigation.

With updates by guide Jamie Kent, Paddling the Grand River is now better than ever.

 

Local Books and Authors

 

The Guardians of Your Heart

By Becca Blue

In this supernatural thriller of a love story, Sophie Reid learns about reiki, dark arts, friendship and love while finding her true self. She also learns that there is a whole other world out there that controls our own and the final battle between the angels above, the demons below, and every last one of us in between was about to begin. Can she risk everyone she loves, including her own life, to save Nathan?
The Guardians Of Your Heart is sure to make you stop and think about the rest of your life. What will you do when fate knocks at your door?

$24.99 trade paper

 


 

The Gynesaurs: What Happens Between the Stirrups, Stays Betwen the Stirrups

by Cambridge author Pat Oliver

Nominated for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal of Humour

Dr. Anthea Brock, gynecologist extraordinaire, was perfectly content to be a single woman past her reproductive prime—or Gynesaur, as she and her coworkers termed it. Her decision to remain childless, after all, was why she’d divorced her ex-husband, Ian, and left Britain to start a new practice in Ontario.
Usually one to lead with her head and not her heart, Anthea is surprised when a return trip to Wales results in a heated romp with Ian. Even more unexpected is the pregnancy that results from it. Conflicted, Anthea turns to her fellow Gynesaurs for guidance. But they’ve got troubles of their own.
Carolina Stiletto, daughter of a murdered mafia member, is unraveling her family legacy. Molly McGilvery—widow, mother, and sister to a special needs brother—is ready for romance. Glynda Wicksteed, left penniless by her gay ex-husband, struggles to pursue her dreams after a devastating diagnosis.
Amid personal strife, the Gynesaurs must also juggle a roster of eccentric patients and plan the upcoming (boring but important) hospital fundraiser. Trusting in the unbreakable bonds of love and friendship, will these four extraordinary women find the courage to evolve or risk becoming extinct?

$20.00 trade paper
 


 
 

Walking Home

by Lynda L. Wilson

Walking Home is an intimate ramble through the lush Ontario countryside as Lynda and husband Doug set out to become the first to walk the 127-km Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail. Laugh-out-loud funny and poignant in turn, Walking Home is a love story amidst deer flies, detours and the sweltering heat of an Ontario summer. Untangling the rich history of the trail and towns along the way, the two aging hikers discover the meaning of home and just how difficult it can be to let go.

Praise for Walking Home:

"Funny, touching, heart-wrenching and true-blue.  I enjoyed the read every single step of the way.  It is a tremendous story — well penned — engaging and well worth the read. Peter Smith — Writer/Producer/Playwright/Actor; Project Director, Blyth Arts & Cultural Initiative 14/19

"This is Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods Canadian style.” Valerie Hill, Waterloo Region Record (January 4, 2016 article)

$19.95 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


 

The Babe Chases 60: That Fabulous 1927 Season, Home Run by Home Run

by John G. Robertson

Homer-by-homer, this heavily researched work recounts the inimitable Babe Ruth’s finest season. In that magical 1927 season, Ruth blasted homers off 33 different pitchers and hit at least one against every American League opponent. Two hurlers yielded four homers each to the Bambino, while seven pitchers allowed at least three. Interwoven with this recounting is the story of the budding rivalry between Ruth and teammate Lou Gehrig, as the two Yankees matched homers for much of the season. Fresh statistical analyses are provided and boxscores are included for all games in which Ruth hit a home run.

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

$25.00 trade paper


 

Too Many Men on the Ice: 

The 1978-1979 Boston Bruins and the Most Famous Penalty in Hockey History

by John G. Robertson

Entering the 1978–1979 season, the Boston Bruins had been one of the best teams in the National Hockey League for more than a decade. Yet they could not shake the postseason jinx the Montreal Canadiens held over them—the Habs had ousted them in 13 consecutive playoff series going back to 1940s. The Bruins wanted one more shot at their nemeses, after coming up short in both the 1977 and 1978 Stanley Cup finals.
They got their chance in the semifinal round. Led by the colorful but embattled coach Don Cherry, the underdog Bruins played seven heart-stopping games. Victory seemed within their grasp but was snatched away with an untimely penalty in the final minutes of game seven.
The author looks back at the season from opening night at Boston Garden to the catastrophic conclusion at the Montreal Forum, with detailed accounts of the semifinal games and a post-mortem of the infamous bench penalty.

 

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

$35.00 trade paper


 

The Very Best of Playboar: Special Edition

by Thomas Hagey

The Very Best Of Playboar, based on the million-selling parody by Thomas Hagey, is now available for human consumption. This volume is completely re-wrtten and contains 70% new material. This is the real thing. Real Pigs, real photography, in familiar, hilarious, scenarios. PLUS the latest news about Harvey Swinestein, President Donald RUMP and the entire Misogynist Movement.

Playboar also showcases some of the hottest sows in agriculture. From the Littermate of the Year to the Couple of the Month. Playboar thrills and delights with humorous editorial and hilarious parody Ads.

It's Thomas Hagey at his Punniest and Silly BEST! Happiness is a choice. Laughter is the shortest distance between therapy and sanity. Choose Laughter. 

 

$19.95 hard cover


Literary Prize Winners 2018 (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 2018 Winner 2018 Winner 2018 Winner 2018

Washington Black

by Esi Edugyan

The Red Word

by Sarah Henstra

Milkman

By Anna Burns

Dear Evelyn

by Kathy Page


The Short Listed Titles:

French Exit

by Patrick deWitt

Beirut Hellfire Society

by Rawi Hage

Milkman

by Anna Burns

The Saturday Night Ghost Club

by Craig Davidson

Songs for the Cold of Heart

by Eric Dupont

Jonny Appleseed

by Joshua Whitehead

Everything Under

by Daisy Johnson

Washington Black

by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black

by Esi Edugyan

The Red Word

by Sarah Henstra

Mars Room

by Rachel Kushner

Beirut Hellfire Society

by Rawi Hage

Motherhood

by Sheila Heti

Women Talking

by Miriam Toews

Washington Black

by Esi Edugyan

Land Mammals and Sea Creatures

by Jen Neale

An Ocean of Minutes

by Thea Lim

Zolitude

by Paige Cooper

The Overstory

by Richard Powers

 

   

The Long Take

by Robin Robertson

 

The 2017 Winners:

Bellevue Square
by Michael Redhill

 

We'll All be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night
by Joel Thomas Hynes

 

Lincoln in the Bardo
by George Saunders

 

Brother
by David Chariandy


 

Congratulations to Ziya Tong for successfully defending By Chance Alone by Max Eisen

The Contenders for 2019 were:

Click here to read all about it.

 
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