St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the June 21, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Medicine WalkMedicine walk : a novel

By Richard Wagamese

This timeless novel tells the universal story of a father/son struggle in a fresh, utterly memorable way, set in dramatic landscape of the B.C. interior. A story about love, friendship, courage, and the idea that the land has within it powers of healing – revealing the ultimate goodness of its characters and offering a deeply moving and redemptive conclusion.


Bearskin_Diary-COVER-ALT.inddBearskin Diary : a novel

By Carol Daniels

Taken from the arms of her mother as soon as she was born, Sandy was only one of over twenty thousand Aboriginal children scooped up by the federal government between the 1960s and 1980s. Sandy was adopted by a Ukrainian family and grew up as the only First Nations child in a town of white people. She eventually finds her way by embracing her First Nations roots.


Weekend Picks

Pride Picks Vol. II

We’ll be at this weekend’s BBQ hosted by our friends from St. Albert Pride! So drop by and say hello as we’re really excited to tell you all about our eclectic and relevant LGTBQ collection, free Library membership and more!

Paris Is Burning

We’d sure love to have this film in our collection, but it’s proving to be a hard DVD/Blu-Ray to come by. Anyway, here is a great YouTube link to watch on of the most thought provoking and alluring docs of the ’90s.

Paris is Burning YouTube


U.K. gay activists work to assist miners during their extended strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.


The Normal Heart

A film drama that tells the dramatic, poignant and often-exasperating story of the early days of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early ’80s, taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.




St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the June 14, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Reason you walkThe Reason you walk

By Wab Kinew

When his father was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Winnipeg broadcaster and musician Wab Kinew decided to spend a year reconnecting with the accomplished but distant aboriginal man who’d raised him. By turns lighthearted and solemn, this is an inspiring vision for family and cross-cultural reconciliation, and a wider conversation about the future of aboriginal peoples.


Between themBetween them : remembering my parents

By Richard Ford

A stirring narrative of memory and parental love, Richard Ford tells of his mother, Edna, a feisty Catholic girl with a difficult past, and his father, Parker, a sweet-natured soft-spoken traveling salesman, both born at the turn of the twentieth century in rural Arkansas. An exploration of memory, intimacy, and love, and a striking portrait of American life in the mid-century.

Joanne’s Mystery Picks

16074348STRANGLEHOLD by Robert Rotenberg

What do you do when you are arrested for first degree murder and the arresting officer is someone who you’ve been mentoring?  That’s what Ari Greene is faced with when he stumbles across a homicide and Daniel Kennicott takes him into custody.  Suddenly all of Greene’s secrets are secrets no more.    And how can he clear his name while he’s confined to house arrest while awaiting his trial?  As Ari fights to prove his innocence, another “fight” is taking place in Toronto – that for the election of the new mayor.

Greene begins to realize that not everyone is as they seem and there are far too many things in their pasts that are coming back to haunt them and those close to them.  The line between politics and his private life is becoming blurred and his situation is becoming more precarious as the days go on.

Rotenberg provides a real page-turner with this fourth book in his Greene/Kennicott series and his clever ending had me almost applauding.