Book picks as published in the May 23, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
West : a novel
By Carys Davies
When widowed Cy Bellman reads in the newspaper that colossal ancient bones have been discovered in the salty Kentucky mud, he sets out to see for himself if the rumors are true: that the giant monsters are still alive and roam the uncharted wilderness beyond the Mississippi River. A spellbinding and timeless epic-in-miniature, an eerie parable of the American frontier.
The Gunners : a novel
By Rebecca Kauffman
Mikey Callahan, a thirty-year-old who is suffering from macular degeneration, struggles to establish human connections. As the novel begins, he is reconnecting with “The Gunners,” his group of childhood friends, after one of their members has committed suicide. This becomes a search for the core of truth, friendship, and forgiveness.
Book picks as published in the May 16, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Bluebird, bluebird : a novel
By Attica Locke
Darren Mathews’ travels up East Texas Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders–a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman–have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes–and save himself in the process–before Lark’s long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. 2018 Edgar (Mystery) Awards Winner for Best Novel.
She rides shotgun : a novel
By Jordan Harper
When enemies from his time in prison put a bounty on his head and target his family, Nate McClusky takes his eleven-year-old daughter Polly from in front of her school into a world of robbery, violence, and the constant threat of capture, or death. 2018 Edgar (Mystery) Awards Winner for Best First Fiction.
The Monday Evening Book Club will meet at 7:00 pm on Monday, May 14 in the second floor Training Room to discuss In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
About the book…
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.
As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence. (Publisher)
Truman Capote biography (LitLovers)
The Story Behind a Nonfiction Novel (an interview with Truman Capote)
One Night on a Kansas Farm (book review)
In Cold Blood, half a century on (book review)
10 things you might not have known about Truman Capote
The 25 best true crime books every person should read (Esquire)
Here’s our best from 2017 – looking forward to adding a few more from this year’s festival!
In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.
At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tensions, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.
After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City’s underworld in an increasingly desperate, and dangerous attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance.
In the Fade
Katja’s life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. After a time of mourning and injustice, Katja seeks revenge.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister
The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.