Weekend Picks

St. Albert Pride Ed.

We’ll be at this weekend’s BBQ hosted by our friends from St. Albert Pride! Come to check out our pride button maker or just say “hello” as we’re really excited to tell you all about our eclectic and relevant LGTBQ collection!

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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.

Call Me by your Name

In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen-year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.

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Summertime

Carole and Delphine fall in love against the backdrop of early feminist activism in 1971 France. After living in the city, Delphine is called home to help with her family farm in the countryside and is forced to choose between her responsibility to them and the life of love she had in Paris with Carole.

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Kanopy

A free library card gets you access to stream free, critically acclaimed LGBTQ film curated by Kanopy!!

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the June 13, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Wisdom in nonsenseWisdom in nonsense : invaluable lessons from my father

By Heather O’Neill

O’Neill structures her book around key lessons she learned in childhood from her father. Wryly humorous and generous, she shares stories that illustrate why it is good to steal things, why one should learn to play the tuba, and why one should never keep a journal. Her unusual mentors went well beyond her janitor father to include ex-bank robbers and homeless men.

  

Nine lessons I learned from my fatherNine lessons I learned from my father

By Murray Howe

As a child, Murray Howe wanted to be like his father. He was an adult before he realized that didn’t necessarily mean playing hockey. Gordie Howe may have been the greatest player in the history of hockey, but greatness was never defined by goals or assists in the Howe household. Greatness meant being the best person you could be, not the best player on the ice.

Joanne’s Mystery Picks

36374204THE KNOWLEDGE by Martha Grimes

Like all of Grimes’ books in the Richard Jury series, each title is the name of a pub somewhere in the general area of where the story takes place.  The Knowledge is no exception to this “rule”, but it also harbours another meaning. “The Knowledge” is the comprehensive list of street names and routes that all London cabbies must know in order to obtain their license.

Robbie Parsons is a cabbie who has just dropped his fare off at the exclusive Artemis Club when suddenly the couple are gunned down and the shooter jumps into his cab and demands that he begin driving.

Richard Jury reads about the crime the following day and recognizing one of the victims, calls in his friends Melrose Plant and Marshall Trueblood to help in tracking down the murderer, known to have escaped to Nairobi.  Along with Jury’s merry band of friends, a group of young people, not unlike Holmes’ Baker Street Irregulars, take up the challenge to find the killer.

Jury’s questioning of Robbie Parsons takes place in his cab as they drive through London, passing many of the pubs that were the scenes of previous cases, while Jury reminisces about them.  This had me wondering if Grimes is wrapping up the series or hedging her bets just in case she isn’t able to continue writing .  Hopefully, this isn’t the case because you don’t come across many books as humorous, clever, and cunning as this one was.

Seniors Book Club June Selection

Women in the castleThe Seniors Book Club will meet at 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 14 (date change!) in the Training Room to discuss The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck.

About the book …

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined–an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding. Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband’s ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows. First Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin’s mother, the beautiful and naive Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then she locates Ania, another resister’s wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war. As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband’s resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war–each with their own unique share of challenges. (Publisher)

About the author …

Jessica Shattuck lives with her husband and three children in Brookline, MA.

Her fiction has appeared in The New YorkerGlamourOpen City, and The Tampa Review among other publications.

Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York TimesMother JonesWiredThe Believer Magazine, and The Boston Globe.

Her novel, The Women in the Castle is a New York Times Bestseller, and The Hazards of Good Breeding was 
a New York Times Notable Book, a Boston Globe best book of the year, and a finalist for the 2003 PEN/Winship Award. (author website)

Author website

An Indie Next Q&A with Jessica Shattuck

An NPR interview with Jessica Shattuck

An audio interview with the author

The Book on Youtube

Publisher’s Reading Guide

A New York Journal of Books review

A Washington Independent Review of Books review

A Huffington Post article by Jessica Shattuck “On the Anniversary of Kristallnacht”

The July 20, 1944, Plot to Assassinate Adolf Hitler

German Resistance to Hitler

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the June 6, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Speak no evilSpeak no evil : a novel

By Uzodinma Iweala

Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, D.C., Niru is a top student and a track star at his prestigious private high school. Bound for Harvard in the fall, his prospects are bright. But Niru has a painful secret: he is queer—an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents. No one knows except Meredith, the one person who seems not to judge him.

  

Heart's invisible furiesThe Heart’s invisible furies : a novel

By John Boyne

Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community, and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamorous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself.