St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the July 18, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Origin storyOrigin story : a big history of everything

By David Christian

Christian takes readers on a wild ride through the entire 13.8 billion years we’ve come to know as “history.” By focusing on defining events, major trends, and profound questions about our origins, he exposes the hidden threads that tie everything together — from the creation of the planet to the advent of agriculture, nuclear war, and beyond.


Tesla Inventor of the modernTesla : inventor of the modern

By Richard Munson

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) invented the radio, robots, and remote control. His electric induction motors run our appliances and factories, yet he has been largely overlooked by history. Munson presents a comprehensive portrait of this farsighted and underappreciated mastermind. His most advanced ideas went unrecognized for decades, yet he never stopped imagining.

Joanne’s Mystery Picks

35721132AUNTIE POLDI and the SICILIAN LIONS  by Mario Giordana,  translated by John Brownjohn

Isolde Oberreiter (Auntie Poldi), Bavarian born and at the age of sixty years, decides to retire to Sicily where she plans on drinking herself to death!  Of course nothing ever turns out as one thinks it will, and thankfully that’s the case with Auntie Poldi.  When she realizes that her handyman, Valentino, has gone missing, she begins an investigation into his movements and soon finds his murdered body on the beach.  Auntie Poldi decides to investigate further – to find Valentino’s murderer.  After all, she comes by her deductive abilities honestly as her father had been a detective chief inspector of homicide in Augsburg.

Theft, corruption, and blackmail can soon be added to murder as Poldi gathers the clues while falling “big time” for detective chief inspector Vito Montana, who is in charge of the case.  As she attempts to keep her lust in check and her drinking to a minimum, Poldi forges ahead with her investigation, much to Montana’s annoyance.

What a refreshing new character Poldi is and she’s brought to life beautifully in this excellent translation from the German by John Brownjohn.  I anxiously await to read about her further escapades in Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna – out in Spring 2019.

Summer Reading Game Reviews are Rolling in!

srg transparentWe just finished two weeks of the Adult Summer Reading Game, and we loaded with book reviews!  Get some inspiration for your own reading challenge.  Go to our Summer Reading Game page for more information, or pop up to the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the library.


9752754Fuse by Julianna Baggott

I liked it.
This is the second book in a trilogy. My daughter challenged me to read this series. If you liked The Hunger Games you will probably enjoy this series.

31933085Less by Andrew Sean Greer

It was alright.
I was enticed by this book because it recently won the Pulitzer Prize, however I personally did not fee that it was award-worthy. The story is well-written, but it doesn’t incite an emotional response in the reader, even though it seems to be desperately trying to do so.
It’s a quick read, would be good for those interested in quiet travel stories.
~Staff Review by Kirsten

51dvs6wngbl1The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Writing perfection. Genius narrator idea. Amazing unforgettable story. Doesn’t matter that I cried…the book was fascinating because of all the unique figurative writing and imagery by Death, the narrator. In my opinion….this is a must read for all ages.

37905720-_uy2550_ss2550_The Figgs by Ali Bryan

The storyline of wanting your adult children to move out of the house is one a lot of people can relate to . I loved how the family banded together to help each other. Also the two different storyline on adoption shared thoughts and feeling from different perspectives.

13258121A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

Not a fan.
His first book, Racing in the Rain, remains one of my very favorites but I simply could not get “involved” in this one. I admit, sadly, to deciding not to finish it, a true rarity for me.

9428981Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore

Excellent writer, feels like it’s a friend simply talking with you. Fascinating background info on his tumultuous life, regardless of your own personal political viewpoint.

511360gxp8l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Class Mothers by Katherine Stewart

Not a fan.
Although the premise held promise, it was ruined for me by the author’s attempt to be “precious”. It felt quite “over-written” in trying to be clever, and the ending was so falsely superficial as to be a major disappointment. I cannot believe I stuck it our to the conclusion.

9972053If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t) by Betty White

It was alright.
Musings and recollections by Betty White. Short easy pieces; typical sugary approach to life.

35068635Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen

Not a fan.
I love reading true stories. The beginning of this book started out not bad, but as I kept reading, i couldn’t believe what I was reading. To me, this book was a sick and twisted book. Not a fan at all.
~Staff review by Pat.





St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the July 11, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

summer sailThe Summer sail : a novel

By Wendy Francis

Three college roommates are celebrating a twentieth wedding anniversary by taking a cruise to Bermuda. As the balmy pink shores of Bermuda come into view, tensions simmer, and old jealousies flare, sending the temperature from soothing to scorching in this engrossing tale of three best friends on a vacation they won’t soon forget – but not for the reasons they expect.



lost girls of campThe Lost girls of Camp Forevermore : a novel

By Kim Fu

A group of young girls at Camp Forevermore set off on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island. Soon they find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home. We see the survivors through the successes and heartbreaks of their teen and adult years, and we come to see how a tragedy can alter the lives it touches in innumerable ways.