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Title: 2019 Canada Reads
Author: Various
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies & discussion guide containing questions from televised debates Televised debate recap online
Location: West Perth Public Library
2 copies of each of the titles that were debated in the 2019 edition of Canada Reads. Books were chosen on the theme 'One Book to Move You'. Titles include: Homes: a refugee story Abu Bakr al Rabeeah -- By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz Max Eisen -- Brother David Chariandy -- Suzanne Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette -- The Woo Woo : How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family Lindsay Wong.
 
Title: Akin
Author: Emma Donoghue
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
The life of a retired New York professor is thrown into chaos when he takes his great-nephew to the French Riviera in the hopes of uncovering his own mother's wartime secrets. Noah is only days away from his first trip back to Nice since he was a child when he receives an unexpected request. A social worker is looking for a temporary home for Michael, his eleven-year-old great-nephew. Although he has never met the boy, Noah is convinced to take Michael with him to France. Suffering from jet lag and culture shock, the odd couple argue about everything from steak haché to screen time, and the trip shows every sign of being a disaster. But Michael's skill with tech and his sharp eye help Noah unearth troubling details about their family's past. Eventually they both come to understand that people of all eras run risks on behalf of their loved ones. In learning this they discover that they are more akin than they knew. Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room a huge bestseller, Akin is a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a boy who unpick the threads of their painful stories and start to write a new one together.
 
Title: Albatross
Author: Terry. Fallis
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, generic discussion questions
Location: Stratford Public Library
From two-time Leacock Medal winner Terry Fallis comes a funny and smart new novel about destiny--and what it means to forge your own path. Adam Coryell is your average high-school student--well, except for that obsession with fountain pens--when his life changes forever. Based on a study by a quirky Swedish professor that claims that every human being, regardless of athletic inclination, has a body that is suited to excel in at least one sport, it turns out that Adam is good--very good, in fact--at golf. Even though he'd never even picked up a golf club. Almost instantly, and with his coach, hard-nosed Bobbie Davenport by his side, Adam and his new-found talent skyrocket to a prodigy-level stardom that includes tournament titles, sponsorship deals, throngs of fans following his every move, and fodder for tabloids. But here's the catch: Adam doesn't really like golf. And as the life he once knew slips away--including the love of his life, the dream of being a writer, and everyday normalcy--he can't help but wonder if all this success and fame is worth it ... or if it's enough for him. Heartwarming and funny, sweeping and entertaining, Terry Fallis's new book takes readers on a journey of self-discovery.
 
Title: Alias Grace
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Margaret Atwood takes the reader back in time and into the life and mind of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century. In 1843, at the age of sixteen, servant girl Grace Marks was convicted for her part in the vicious murders of her employer and his mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Grace herself claims to have no memory of the murders. As Dr. Simon Jordan – an expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness – tries to unlock her memory, what will he find? Was Grace a femme fatale – or a weak and unwilling victim of circumstances? Taut and compelling, penetrating and wise, Alias Grace is a beautifully crafted work of the imagination that vividly evokes time and place. The novel and its characters will continue to haunt the reader long after the final page.
 
Title: The Alice network
Author: Kate Quinn
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
It's 1947 and American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a fervent belief that her beloved French cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive somewhere. So when Charlie's family banishes her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister. In 1915, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance to serve when she's recruited to work as a spy for the English. Sent into enemy-occupied France during The Great War, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents, right under the enemy's nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launching them both on a mission to find the truth ...no matter where it leads
 
Title: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Author: Bryn Greenwood
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 reading guide
Location: Perth East Public Library
"As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold. By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy's family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. Kellen may not be innocent, but he is the fixed point in Wavy and Donal's chaotic universe. Instead of playing it safe, Wavy has to learn to fight for Kellen, for her brother, and for herself"--Provided by publisher.
 
Title: All things consoled : a daughter's memoir
Author: Elizabeth Hay
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Novelist Elizabeth Hay has written a poignant, complex, and hugely resonant memoir about the shift she experienced between being her parents' daughter to their guardian and caregiver.
 
Title: Apron Strings
Author: Jan Wong
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 11 copies; generic discussion question
Location: North Perth Public Library
A memoir about family, an exploration of the globalization of food cultures, and a meditation on the complicated relationships between mothers and sons, Apron Strings is complex, unpredictable, and unexpectedly hilarious
 
Title: The Atomic weight of love
Author: Elizabeth J. Church
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
In her sweeping debut novel, Elizabeth J. Church takes us from the World War II years in Chicago to the vast sun-parched canyons of New Mexico in the 1970s as we follow the journey of a driven, spirited young woman, Meridian Wallace, whose scientific ambitions are subverted by the expectations of her era.
 
Title: Beartown
Author: Fredrik Backman
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.
 
Title: Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America - the first African-American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations - and whose story inspires us to do the same.
 
Title: Becoming Mrs. Lewis
Author: Patti Callahan Henry
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 13 copies; one discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
The love story of C.S. Lewis and his wife, Helen Joy Davidman Gresham, was improbable--and seemingly impossible. Their Eros-story led to some of Lewis's greatest works, yet Joy is most commonly known for how she died. Becoming Mrs. Lewis allows us to see how this brilliant and passionate woman lived--and why she stole Jack's heart
 
Title: Before We Were Yours
Author: Lisa Wingate
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 12 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
Born into a world of wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all. A loving daughter to her father, a U.S. Senator, with her own ambitious career as a lawyer and a handsome fiancé waiting for her in Baltimore, she has lived a charmed life. But when Avery returns to Aiken to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with May Bonher, an elderly woman she's never met before, leaves Avery deeply shaken. Avery's decision to learn more about May's life will take her on a journey through her family's long-hidden history, illuminating the heart of Avery's story. Based on the true story of a system of orphanages that was ultimately deemed responsible for the kidnapping and selling of thousands of children in illegal adoptions, in this story Wingate has created a riveting, heart-wrenching read.
 
Title: Beloved
Author: Toni Morrison
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.
 
Title: The Best exotic Marigold Hotel
Author: Deborah Moggach
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 8 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, reaches the breaking point with his difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: "Can't we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away." His prayer is seemingly answered when Ravi's entrepreneurial cousin sets up a retirement home in India, hoping to re-create in Bangalore an elegant lost corner of England. Several retirees are enticed by the promise of indulgent living at a bargain price, but upon arriving, they are dismayed to find that restoration of the once sophisiticated hotel has stalled, and that such amenities as water and electricity are . . . infrequent. But what their new life lacks in luxury, they come to find, it's plentiful in adventure, stunning beauty, and unexpected love.
 
Title: The Best kind of people
Author: Zoe Whittall
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
An affable teacher and beloved husband and father is arrested for sexual impropriety at the school where he teaches, sending his family into turmoil.
 
Title: A Better Man
Author: Louise Penny
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; one discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
An Inspector Gamache novel (#15). It's Gamache's first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shared with his previous second in command, Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil, a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter. As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. but with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her father.
 
Title: Between gods
Author: Alison Pick
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 8 copies, generic discussion questions
Location: Stratford Public Library
Pick, a bestselling Canadian poet and author, describes being caught between beliefs in this thoughtful memoir. After being raised in a Christian household, she discovers that her father's grandparents fled the Czech Republic at the beginning of WWII, escaping the imminent genocide of their Jewish relatives and friends. Her grandparents landed in Canada and began a new life as converted Christians. The long-kept secret sends Pick into a gut-wrenching search for some truth in a seemingly endless stream of secrets. As a married woman in her 30s, Pick, now suffering from depression, embarks on a personal search by reaching out to her local Jewish community. In her interactions and moments of discovery, she becomes inspired to write a novel (Far to Go), which borrows heavily from her family's story of persecution at the hands of the Third Reich. Now more determined than ever to reclaim her Jewish heritage, she begins her conversion to Judaism, at first underestimating the complexity involved in pursuing such a goal. Pick writes her memoir by combining her fight against deep depression with the tenacious sense of hope she maintains in recovering her true identity as a Jew. She finds that everything she ever believed, and all that she hopes to believe, can be found in family, truth, tradition, and God.
 
Title: The Blue between sky and water
Author: Susan Abulhawa
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
In the small Palestinian farming village of Beit Daras, the women of the Baraka family inspire awe. Nazmiyeh is brazen and fiercely protective of her clairvoyant little sister, Mariam, with her mismatched eyes, and of their mother, Um Mahmoud, known for the fearsome djinni that sometimes possesses her. When the family is forced by the newly formed State of Israel to leave their ancestral home, only Nazmiyeh and her brother survive the long road to Gaza. Amidst the violence and fragility of the refugee camp, Nazmiyeh builds a family, navigates crises, and nurtures what remains of Beit Daras's community. But her brother continues his exile's journey to America, where, upon his death, his granddaughter Nur grows up alone, in a different kind of exile, the longing for family and roots eventually beckoning her to Gaza. Internationally bestselling author Susan Abulhawa's powerful new novel explores the legacy of dispossession across continents and generations. With devastatingly clear-eyed vision of political and personal trauma, The Blue Between Sky and Water is the story of flawed yet profoundly courageous women, of separation and heartache, endurance and renewal.
 
Title: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Author: Kim Michele Richardson
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; one discussion guide
Location: West Perth Public Library
Cussy Mary Carter is the last of her kind, her skin the color of a blue damselfly in these dusty hills. But that doesn't mean she's got nothing to offer. As a member of the Pack Horse Library Project, Cussy delivers books to the hill folk of Troublesome, hoping to spread learning in these desperate times. But not everyone is so keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and the hardscrabble Kentuckians are quick to blame a Blue for any trouble in their small town. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's determination to bring a little bit of hope to the darkly hollers
 
Title: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Author: Abbi Waxman
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 12 copies; one discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
Nina Hill's life may not seem like much, but for a person battling anxiety, it's more than enough. She enjoys her job at a bookstore and her small circle of friends. Until a visit from a lawyer changes everything. The father that Nina never knew existed has died, leaving behind an enormous extended family. Nina now has innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, and cousins all living within a twenty-mile radius -- some welcoming and some not so welcoming, but all demanding her attention. If that's not enough, Nina's talent for worrying is taking the thrill out of falling in love. Tom, a fellow trivia nerd -- who's totally into her -- is obviously too good to be true. Everything is moving too fast for Nina. Caught in a whirlwind of new people, emotions and experiences, she feels the need to protect herself. But maybe opening her world -- and her heart -- is a risk worth taking
 
Title: Brother
Author: David Chariandy
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Chariandy's powerful and incendiary second novel (following Soucouyant) probes the ramifications of police violence on marginalized communities and delivers a nuanced portrait of a family struggling to stay afloat as circumstances stack against them. Set during the summer of 1991 in the Park, a suburban Toronto housing complex, the narrative tracks the coming of age of two mixed-heritage brothers as they cling to and ultimately test the patience of their hardworking Trinidadian single mother,
 
Title: Change of Heart
Author: Jodi Picoult
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; one discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen. For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child. Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?
 
Title: The Children's Crusade
Author: Ann Packer
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 reading guide
Location: Perth East Public Library
In 1954 Bill Blair and Penny Greenway marry and have four children. Thirty years later, the three oldes Blair children, adults now and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of the youngest, whose sudden presence and all-too-familiar troubles force a rechoning with who they are, separately and together, and set off a struggle over the family's future.
 
Title: Come, thou tortoise
Author: Jessica Grant
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 9 copies; one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
A delightfully offbeat story that features an opinionated tortoise and an IQ-challenged narrator who find themselves in the middle of a life-changing mystery. Audrey (a.k.a. Oddly) Flowers is living quietly in Oregon with Winnifred, her tortoise, when she finds out her dear father has been knocked into a coma back in Newfoundland. Despite her fear of flying, she goes to him, but not before she reluctantly dumps Winnifred with her unreliable friends. Poor Winnifred. When Audrey disarms an Air Marshal en route to St. John's we begin to realize there's something, well, odd about her. And we soon know that Audrey's quest to discover who her father really was -- and reunite with Winnifred -- will be an adventure like no other.
 
Title: Cool water
Author: Dianne Warren
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Juliet, Saskatchewan, is a blink-of-an-eye kind of town -- the welcome sign announces a population of 1,011 people -- and it¿s easy to imagine that nothing happens on its hot and dusty streets. Situated on the edge of the Little Snake sand hills, Juliet and its inhabitants are caught in limbo between a century -- old promise of prosperity and whatever lies ahead But the heart of the town beats in the rich and overlapping stories of its people: the foundling who now owns the farm his adoptive family left him; the pregnant teenager and her mother, planning a fairytale wedding; a shy couple, well beyond middle age, struggling with the recognition of their feelings for one another; a camel named Antoinette; and the ubiquitous wind and sand that forever shift the landscape. Their stories bring the prairie desert and the town of Juliet to vivid and enduring life. This wonderfully entertaining, witty and deeply felt novel brims with forgiveness as its flawed people stumble towards the future
 
Title: Coventry
Author: Helen Humphreys
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, generic discussion questions
Location: Stratford Public Library
Harriet, a widow, stands on the roof of Coventry Cathedral as part of the nightly fire watch, when first the factories and then the church itself are set on fire in an air attack. In the ensuing chaos Harriet and a young man have to find the way back to his home where he left his mother.
 
Title: Dear Evelyn
Author: Kathy Page
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Dear Evelyn follows a seventy-year-long wartime marriage, and explores how two very different people come together to shape and reshape each other over a lifetime.
 
Title: Dear Mrs. Bird
Author: A. J. Pearce
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
London, 1940. Emmeline Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant notes from women who may have gone too far with the wrong men, or who can't bear to let their children be evacuated, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids, and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly begins to write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles
 
Title: The Dearly beloved book club kit]
Author: Cara. Wall
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Set in the years 1950-1970 in a changing America and London, follow[s] two married couples - ministers and academics - whose intricate bonds of faith and friendship, jealousy and understanding, are tested by the birth of an autistic child.
 
Title: The Difference
Author: Marina Endicott
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, generic discussion questions
Location: Stratford Public Library
Two sisters, Thea and Kay, live aboard one of the last merchant ships to sail the South Pacific in the early 1900s. After the death of their father, Thea is free to marry her love, the captain of a ship. But she will not abandon her younger sister, so Kay comes aboard too, and together they embark on a life-changing voyage through the South Pacific and around the Cape of Good Hope. After Thea experiences a devastating miscarriage, she "purchases" a young boy from an island in Micronesia for four tins of tobacco, adopting him as her own. The repercussions of this act reverberate through the story.
 
Title: Do not say we have nothing
Author: Madeleine Thien
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations--those who lived through Mao's Cultural Revolution in the mid-twentieth century; and the children of the survivors, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989, in one of the most important political moments of the past century.
 
Title: Dumplin'
Author: Julie Murphy
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 reading guide
Location: Perth East Public Library
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed "Dumplin" by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked...until Will takes a job at Harpy's, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn't surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant--along with several other unlikely candidates--to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she'll shock the hell out of Clover City--and maybe herself most of all.
 
Title: Educated
Author: Tara Westover
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; one discussion guide
Location: West Perth Public Library
The author recounts her life growing up with her survivalist Mormon family in Idaho. She lacked any formal education, but began to educate herself and taught herself enough to be admitted to Brigham Young University and then Cambridge.
 
Title: Educated : a memoir
Author: Tara Westover
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
The author recounts her life growing up with her survivalist Mormon family in Idaho. She lacked any formal education, but began to educate herself and taught herself enough to be admitted to Brigham Young University and then Cambridge.
 
Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; one discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kind of friends who rescue each other from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one
 
Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author: Muriel Barbery
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 13 copies; one discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
Philosophy professor Barbery--the author of one previous novel, Une gourmandise--has fashioned a slow and sentimental fable out of her own personal interests--art, philosophy, and Japanese culture--about a widow who serves as caretaker of a Parisian apartment building and a troubled girl living in the building.
 
Title: The Elegance of the hedgehog
Author: Muriel Barbery
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building's tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence. Then there's Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue behaving as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter. Paloma and Renée hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma's trust and to see through Renée's timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.
 
Title: Etta and Otto and Russell and James
Author: Emma Hooper
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 reading guide
Location: Perth East Public Library
Eighty-three-year-old Etta has never seen the ocean. So early one morning she takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots and begins walking the 3,232 kilometres from rural Saskatchewan eastward to the sea. As Etta walks further toward the crashing waves, the lines among memory, illusion, and reality blur. Otto wakes to a note left on the kitchen table. "I will try to remember to come back," Etta writes to her husband. Otto has seen the ocean, having crossed the Atlantic years ago to fight in a far-away war. He understand, but with Etta gone, the memories come crowding in and Otto struggles to keep them at bay. Meanwhile, their neighbour Russell has spent his whole life trying to keep up with Otto and loving Etta from afar. Russsell insists on finding Etta, wherever she's gone. Leaving his own farm will be the first act of defiance in his life.
 
Title: The Farm
Author: Joanne Ramos
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; one discussion guide
Location: West Perth Public Library
Ensconced within a Hudson Valley retreat where expectant birth mothers are given luxurious accommodations and lucrative rewards to produce perfect babies, a Filipino immigrant is forced to choose between a life-changing payment and the outside world.
 
Title: Fifteen dogs : an apologue
Author: Andre Alexis
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
To settle a bet about the nature of humanity, Greek gods Hermes and Apollo grant human intelligence to a group of fifteen dogs at a Toronto veterinary clinic and then watch from above as the dogs escape from the clinic and form a pack, only to become divided among themselves as they struggle with their new thoughts and feelings.
 
Title: Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family
Author: Mitch Albom
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; one discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Mitch Albom and his wife, Janine, operate. At age five, Chika was suddenly diagnosed with a terminal disease that no doctor in Haiti could help with. Mitch and Janine took Chika to America, hoping that treatment there would enable her to go back home. Instead, Chika became a permanent part of their lives, as they embarked on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed - a devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.
 
Title: The Fire by Night
Author: Teresa Messineo
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 9 copies, 1 large print copy, 1 reading guide
Location: Perth East Public Library
In war-torn France, Jo McMahon, an Italian-Irish girl from the tenements of Brooklyn, tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. Enemy bombs have destroyed her hospital convoy, and now Jo singlehandedly struggles to keep her patients and herself alive in a cramped and freezing tent close to German troops. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo's heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. She fights to hold on to memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school. Half a world away in the Pacific, Kay is trapped in a squalid Japanese POW camp in Manila, one of thousands of Allied men, women, and children whose fates rest in the hands of a sadistic enemy. Kay clings to memories in Hawaii, and the handsome flyer who swept her off her feet in the weeks before Pearl Harbor. She also battles to maintain her sanity and save lives as best she can.
 
Title: Five roses
Author: Alice Zorn
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Five Roses is a wonderful, rich story of four women from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds who are connected by one place – the neighbourhood of Pointe St-Charles in Montreal.
 
Title: Five wives
Author: Joan Thomas
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
In 1956, a small group of evangelical Christian missionaries and their families journeyed to the rainforest in Ecuador intending to convert the Waorani, a people who had never had contact with the outside world. The plan was known as Operation Auca. After spending days dropping gifts from an aircraft, the five men in the party rashly entered the "intangible zone." They were all killed, leaving their wives and children to fend for themselves.
 
Title: The Flight Girls
Author: Noelle Salazar
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; one discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
The Flight Girls is inspired by the real team of female pilots who trained World War II soldiers; a stunning debut novel about friendship and its power to make us soar. Audrey Coltrane has always wanted to fly. It is why she implored her father to teach her at the little airfield back home in Texas.It's why she signed up to train military pilots in Hawaii when the war in Europe began. And it's why she insists she is not interested in any dream-derailing romantic involvements, even with the disarming Lieutenant James Hart, who fast becomes a friend as treasured as the women she flies with.
 
Title: The Garden of Small Beginnings
Author: Abbi Waxman
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
When widowed illustrator -Lilian, a single mom to two young daughters, has to take a six-week gardening class to help inform her next assignment, she expects to learn about preparing soil and growing tomatoes, not how to move on more than three years after her husband died in a car accident. She brings her children and helpful sister along and meets a diverse group of people, including the handsome and divorced instructor. The group clicks and members become friends who support one another through life's surprises while Lilian struggles to overcome her guilt and sadness.
 
Title: A Gentleman in Moscow
Author: Amor Towles
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval. Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?
 
Title: The Girl in the road
Author: Monica Byrne
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Monica Byrne bursts on to the literary scene with an extraordinary vision of the future. In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys--each harrowing and urgent and wholly unexpected. When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India. As she plots her exit, she learns of the Trail, an energy-harvesting bridge spanning the Arabian Sea that has become a refuge for itinerant vagabonds and loners on the run. This is her salvation. Slipping out in the cover of night, with a knapsack full of supplies including a pozit GPS, a scroll reader, and a sealable waterproof pod, she sets off for Ethiopia, the place of her birth. Meanwhile, Mariama, a young girl in Africa, is forced to flee her home. She joins up with a caravan of misfits heading across the Sahara. She is taken in by Yemaya, a beautiful and enigmatic woman who becomes her protector and confidante. They are trying to reach Addis Abba, Ethiopia, a metropolis swirling with radical politics and rich culture. But Mariama will find a city far different than she ever expected--romantic, turbulent, and dangerous. As one heads east and the other west, Meena and Mariama's fates are linked in ways that are mysterious and shocking to the core. Written with stunning clarity, deep emotion, and a futuristic flair, The Girl in the Road is an artistic feat of the first order: vividly imagined, artfully told, and profoundly moving.
 
Title: Girl, woman, other
Author: Bernardine Evaristo
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Girl, Woman, Other is a celebration of the diversity of Black British experience. Moving, hopeful, and inventive, this extraordinary novel is a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and the legacy of Britain's colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean. The twelve central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives: Amma is a newly acclaimed playwright whose work often explores her black lesbian identity; her old friend Shirley is a teacher, jaded after decades of work in London's funding-deprived schools; Carole, one of Shirley's former students, works hard to earn a degree from Oxford and becomes an investment banker; Carole's mother Bummi works as a cleaner and worries about her daughter's lack of rootedness despite her obvious achievements. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, these unforgettable characters also intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class. Sparklingly witty and filled with emotion, centering voices we often see othered, and written in an innovative and fast-moving form that borrows from poetry, Girl, Woman, Other is a polyphonic and richly textured social novel that reminds us of everything that connects us to our neighbors, even in times when we are encouraged to be split apar
 
Title: The Glass Hotel
Author: Emily St. John Mandel
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass and cedar palace on an island in British Columbia. Jonathan Alkaitis works in finance and owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it's the beginning of their life together. That same day, Vincent's half-brother, Paul, scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: 'Why don't you swallow broken glass.' Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship. Weaving together the lives of these characters, the story moves between the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and the wilderness of northern Vancouver Island, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts.
 
Title: Glass Houses
Author: Louise Penny
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
Superintendent Gamache struggles with his conscience during the trial for a person accused of murder, and the role in which he played.
 
Title: Glory Over Everything
Author: KATHLEEN GRISSOM
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies 1 discussion guide 1 blue cloth bag
Location: Stratford Public Library
Refusing to die as slaves on a North Carolina plantation, a man, a boy and a woman must make a terrifying run for their lives on the Underground Railroad.
 
Title: Gone girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 8 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. Gone Girl's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn. On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter--but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn't do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
 
Title: Good Morning, Monster
Author: Catherine Gildiner
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; generic discussion questions
Location: Stratford Public Library
Catherine Gildiner is a bestselling memoirist, a novelist, and a psychologist who practiced privately for 25 years. This book focuses on five brave men and women who overcame enormous trauma--in her view, heroes who should be celebrated. With a novelist's storytelling gift, Gildiner recounts the details of her patients' struggles and their paths to recovery and weaves in her own tale of her growth as a psychologist. In therapy, patients have to become vulnerable by stripping away their defenses, but so do therapists, who cannot hide behind a title, a desk, or even their specialized knowledge. The five cases described include a successful but lonely musician suffering sexual dysfunction; a young woman who, at the age of eight, had looked after her two siblings after her father, likely a murderer, abandoned them in a rural cottage; a glamorous workaholic whose wealthy, hideously negligent mother had greeted her each morning with "Good Morning, Monster"; an indigenous man who'd suffered greatly at a residential school; and a young woman whose abuse at the hands of her father led to a severe personality disorder.
 
Title: The Good Mothers
Author: Alex Perry
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; generic discussion questions
Location: North Perth Public Library
A feminist saga of true crime and justice, The Good Mothers is the riveting story of a high-stakes battle pitting a brilliant, driven woman fighting to save a nation against ruthless mafiosi fighting for their existence. Caught in the middle are three women fighting for their children and their lives. Not all will survive.
 
Title: The Gown
Author: Jennifer Robson
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
With The Gown, Jennifer Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created. Balancing behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory, she introduces readers to three unforgettable heroines, their points of view alternating and intersecting throughout its pages, whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love.
 
Title: The Gown : a novel of the Royal Wedding
Author: Jennifer Robson
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
"London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation in spite of their nation's recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers in the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their bond, along with their nascent hopes for a brighter future, are tested when they are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth's wedding gown. Toronto, 2011: More than half a century later, Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers, a legacy from her late grandmother. How did her beloved Nan, a woman who never spoke of her old life in Britain, come to possess the priceless embroideries, so similar to the exquisite motifs that embellished the stunning gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding more than sixty years before? And what was her Nan's connection to the celebrated textile artist Miriam Dassin? The Gown takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created, balancing behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory. Its heroines, whose points of view alternate and intersect throughout its pages, are connected by threads of loss and love, suffering and survival, regret and redemption
 
Title: Grace after Henry
Author: Eithne Shortall
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Grace sees her boyfriend Henry everywhere. At her counselling group, on the street, at the graveyard. She doesn't really, of course, because Henry is dead. He died six months earlier, leaving a huge hole in Grace's life and in her heart. But then Henry turns up to fix the boiler one evening, and Grace can't decide if she's hallucinating or has suddenly developed psychic powers. Grace isn't going mad - the man in front of her is not Henry at all, but someone else who looks uncannily like him. The hole in Grace's heart grows ever larger. Grace becomes captivated by this stranger, Andy - to her, he is Henry, and yet he is not. Reminded of everything she once had, can Grace recreate that lost love with Andy, resurrecting Henry in the process, or does loving Andy mean letting go of Henry?"--Provided by publisher.
 
Title: The Great alone
Author: Kristin. Hannah
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Lenora Allbright is 13 when her father convinces her mother, Cora, to forgo their inauspicious existence in Seattle and move to Kaneq, AK. It's 1974, and the former Vietnam POW sees a better future away from the noise and nightmares that plague him. Having been left a homestead by a buddy who died in the war, Ernt is secure in his beliefs, but never was a family less prepared for the reality of Alaska, the long, cold winters and isolation. Locals want to help out, especially classmate Matthew Walker, who likes everything about Leni. Yet the harsh conditions bring out the worst in Ernt, whose paranoia takes over their lives and exacerbates what Leni sees as the toxic relationship between her parents. The Allbrights are as green as greenhorns can be, and even first love must endure unimaginable hardship and tragedy as the wilderness tries to claim more victims.
 
Title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Author: Mary Ann Shaffer
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 15 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
"I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers." January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb. . . . As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends--and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society--born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island--boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society's members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever. Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.
 
Title: Half-blood blues
Author: Esi Edugyan
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 9 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
A brilliant jazz musician, Hiero, is arrested by the Nazis and never heard from again. He is twenty years old. He is a German citizen. And he is black. Fifty years later, his friend and fellow musician, Sid, must relive that unforgettable time, revealing the friendships, love affairs and treacheries that sealed Hiero's fate.
 
Title: The Handmaid's tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
In a future world where the birth rate has declined, fertile women are rounded up, indoctrinated as "handmaids," and forced to bear children to prominent men.
 
Title: The Hate u give
Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does--or does not--say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
 
Title: Heart and Soul
Author: Maeve Binchy
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 11 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
Clara Casey, a cardiologist, is hired to set up and run a new heart clinic in Dublin. She is concerned for the welfare of her two adult daughters, whose lives seem to be more complicated now than when they were teenagers. Also, she is soon caught up in the lives of the people who come to work for her at the clinic.
 
Title: The Heart
Author: Maylis de Kerengal
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books; 1 discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Just before dawn on a Sunday morning, three teenage boys go surfing. Returning home, exhausted, the driver lets the car drift off the road into a tree. Two of the boys are wearing seat belts; one is sent through the windshield. He is declared brain-dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. His heart is still beating.The Heart takes place over the twenty-four hours surrounding a fatal accident and a resulting heart transplant as life is taken from a young man and given to a woman close to death. In gorgeous, ruminative prose it examines the deepest feelings of everyone involved--grieving parents, hardworking doctors and nurses--as they navigate decisions of life and death.
 
Title: Home fire
Author: Kamila Shamsie
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
From an internationally acclaimed novelist, the suspenseful and heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart by secrets and driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences. Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother's death, an invitation from a mentor in America has allowed her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half the globe away, Isma's worst fears are confirmed. Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to--or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz's salvation? Suddenly, two families' fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined, in this searing novel that asks: What sacrifices will we make in the name of love?
 
Title: The Home for unwanted girls
Author: Joanna Goodman
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
When she becomes pregnant at age 15, Maggie's parents force her to give up her baby daughter Elodie. Elodie is raised in an orphanage turned psychiatric hospital until her release at age 17. Maggie, now married, reconnects with her first love and begins actively searching for her daughter, who she has never forgotten.
 
Title: How it all began
Author: Penelope Lively
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike. A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message; a posh yet financially strapped interior designer meets a business partner who might prove too good to be true; an old-guard historian tries to recapture his youthful vigor with an ill-conceived idea for a TV miniseries; and a middle-aged central European immigrant learns to speak English and reinvents his life with the assistance of some new friends. Through a richly conceived and colorful cast of characters, Penelope Lively explores the powerful role of chance in people's lives and deftly illustrates how our paths can be altered irrevocably by someone we will never even meet. Brought to life in her hallmark graceful prose and full of keen insights into human nature, How It All Began is an engaging, contemporary tale that is sure to strike a chord with her legion of loyal fans as well as new readers. A writer of rare wisdom, elegance, and humor, Lively is a consummate storyteller whose gifts are on full display in this masterful work.
 
Title: The Husband's secret
Author: Liane Moriarty
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 9 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret--something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . . Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all--she's an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia--or each other--but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband's secret. Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses--and, ultimately, ourselves.
 
Title: In the midst of winter
Author: Isabel Allende
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Richard Bowmaster--a 60-year-old human rights scholar--hits the car of Evelyn Ortega--a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala--in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor's house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz--a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile--for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia
 
Title: The Innocents
Author: Michael Crummey
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; Book Club discussion questions
Location: West Perth Public Library
A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland's northern coastline. Their home is a stretch of rocky shore governed by the feral ocean, by a relentless pendulum of abundance and murderous scarcity. Still children with only the barest notion of the outside world, they have nothing but the family's boat and the little knowledge passed on haphazardly by their mother and father to keep them. As they fight for their own survival through years of meagre catches and storms and ravaging illness, it is their fierce loyalty to each other that motivates and sustains them. But as seasons pass and they wade deeper into the mystery of their own natures, even that loyalty will be tested.
 
Title: The Island of Sea Women
Author: LISA SEE
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 9 regular print copies 1 large print copy 1 discussion guide 1 blue cloth bag
Location: Stratford Public Library
Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village's all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook's mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they realize they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility--but also of danger. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.
 
Title: Josephine Baker's last dance
Author: Sherry Jones
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden Figures. Discover the fascinating and singular life story of Josephine Baker--actress, singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, member of the French Resistance during WWII, and a woman dedicated to erasing prejudice and creating a more equitable world--in Josephine Baker's Last Dance. In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones spans Josephine's early years in servitude and poverty in America, to her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt, to her activism against discrimination, and her many loves and losses. From 1920s Paris to 1960s Washington, to her final, triumphant performance, one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century comes to stunning life on the page. With intimate prose and comprehensive research, Sherry Jones brings this remarkable and compelling public figure into focus for the first time in a joyous celebration of a life lived in technicolor, a powerful woman who continues to inspire today
 
Title: King Leopold's Ghost
Author: Adam Hochschild
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books; 1 discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million-all the while shrewdly cultivating his reputation as a great humanitarian. Heroic efforts to expose these crimes eventually led to the first great human rights movement of the twentieth century, in which everyone from Mark Twain to the Archbishop of Canterbury participated. King Leopold's Ghost is the haunting account of a megalomaniac of monstrous proportions, a man as cunning, charming, and cruel as any of the great Shakespearean villains. It is also the deeply moving portrait of those who fought Leopold: a brave handful of missionaries, travelers, and young idealists who went to Africa for work or adventure and unexpectedly found themselves witnesses to a holocaust. Adam Hochschild brings this largely untold story alive with the wit and skill of a Barbara Tuchman. Like her, he knows that history often provides a far richer cast of characters than any novelist could invent. Chief among them is Edmund Morel, a young British shipping agent who went on to lead the international crusade against Leopold. Another hero of this tale, the Irish patriot Roger Casement, ended his life on a London gallows. Two courageous black Americans, George Washington Williams and William Sheppard, risked much to bring evidence of the Congo atrocities to the outside world. Sailing into the middle of the story was a young Congo River steamboat officer named Joseph Conrad. And looming above them all, the duplicitous billionaire King Leopold II. With great power and compassion, King Leopold's Ghost will brand the tragedy of the Congo-too long forgotten-onto the conscience of the West.
 
Title: Know My Name
Author: Chanel Miller
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
She was know to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral--viewed by almost eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time. Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. It was the perfect case, in many ways--there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured. But her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life. "Know My Name" will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic
 
Title: The Last days of Cafe Leila
Author: Donia, Bijan
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
When Noor returns to her native Iran for the first time in thirty years, with her very American daughter, Lily, so much about her homeland is different. But Café Leila--the restaurant Noor's family has run for three generations--hasn't changed. A neighborhood café in Tehran is at the center of this powerful and transporting story of love, family, friendship, and homecoming told against the backdrop of Iran's rich, yet tragic, history
 
Title: The Last wave
Author: Gillian Best
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: West Perth Public Library
A beautifully rendered family drama set in Dover, England, between the 1940s and the present day, The Last Wave follows the life of Martha, a woman who has swum the English Channel ten times, and the complex relationships she has with her husband, her children, and her close friends. The one constant in Martha's life is the sea, from her first accidental baptism to her final crossing of the channel. The sea is an escape from her responsibilities as a wife and a mother; it consoles her when she is diagnosed with cancer; and it comforts her when her husband's mind begins to unravel.
 
Title: Less
Author: Andrew Sean Greer
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past.
 
Title: The Library book
Author: Susan Orlean
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Susan Orlean reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution--our libraries
 
Title: The Lightkeeper's daughters
Author: Jean Pendziwol
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Elizabeth, an aging woman in a nursing home, is given her late father's journals upon their discovery, and with the help of Morgan, a delinquent teenager, Elizabeth delves into her family history.
 
Title: Little fires everywhere
Author: Celeste Ng
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
In a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.
 
Title: Little fires Everywhere
Author: Celeste Ng
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; one discussion guide
Location: West Perth Public Library
In a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.
 
Title: A Man called Ove
Author: Fredrik Backman
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
There is something about Ove. At first sight, he is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so? In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible... The word-of-mouth bestseller causing a sensation across Europe, Fredrik Backman's heartwarming debut is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step - and less ready to judge on first impressions a man you might one day wish to have as your dearest friend.
 
Title: The Man With the Black Valise
Author: John Goddard
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; generic discussion questions
Location: Stratford Public Library
Tracks the killer of 13-year-old driver Jessie Keith who was murdered in Ontario in 1894. Of local interest.
 
Title: The Marrow thieves
Author: Cherie Dimaline
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive after the world is nearly destroyed by global warming and the Indigenous people of North America become hunted once it's discovered that they are the only people who have retained the ability to dream and that their bone marrow can provide a cure.
 
Title: Medicine walk
Author: Richard Wagamese
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Set in the dramatic landscape of the BC Interior, 16 year-old Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, Eldon, a man he barely knows. The rare moments they have shared trouble Frank, but, he answers the call, a son's duty to a father. He finds Eldon dying of liver failure after years of heavy drinking. Eldon asks his son to take him into the mountains, so he may be buried in the traditional Ojibway manner.
 
Title: Moon of the crusted snow
Author: Waubgeshig Rice
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community is cut off from power. Winter months pass slowly and food supple dwindles, but the greatest threat to survival comes from within the community itself.
 
Title: Mother country
Author: Irina Reyn
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, generic discussion questions
Location: Stratford Public Library
Nadia's daily life in south Brooklyn is filled with small indignities: as a senior home attendant, she is always in danger of being fired; as a part-time nanny, she is forced to navigate the demands of her spoiled charge and the preschooler's insecure mother; and as an ethnic Russian, she finds herself feuding with western Ukrainian immigrants who think she is a traitor. The war back home is always at the forefront of her reality. On television, Vladimir Putin speaks of the "reunification" of Crimea and Russia, the Ukrainian president makes unconvincing promises about a united Ukraine, while American politicians are divided over the fear of immigration. Nadia internalizes notions of "union" all around her, but the one reunion she has been waiting six years for - with her beloved daughter - is being eternally delayed by the Department of Homeland Security. When Nadia finds out that her daughter has lost access to the medicine she needs to survive, she takes matters into her own hands.
 
Title: The Mothers
Author: Brit Bennett
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.
 
Title: Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore
Author: Robin Sloan
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco web-design drone and landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything. Soon he embarks on a complex analysis of the customers' behaviour and ropes his friends into helping him figure out just what's going on.
 
Title: My Italian bulldozer
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
When food writer Paul Stuart heads to the idyllic Italian hill town of Montalcino to finish his late manuscript, it seems like the perfect escape from complicated city life, and his recent heartbreak. Upon landing, however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he discovers his rental car is nowhere to be found. With no record of any reservation and no other cars available, Paul is stuck at the airport until an enterprising stranger offers him an unheard-of alternative. While there may be no cars available, there is something else on offer: a bulldozer. With little choice in the matter, Paul accepts and so begins a series of surprising adventures in food, wine, Tuscan history and modern romance as Paul rumbles through the countryside on his Italian bulldozer, pursued soon after by unplanned visitors from home.
 
Title: The Night tiger
Author: Yangsze Choo
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
A vivacious dance-hall girl in 1930s colonial Malaysia is drawn into unexpected danger by the discovery of a severed finger that is being sought by a young houseboy in order to protect his late master's soul.
 
Title: The Nightingale
Author: Kristin Hannah
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France?a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.
 
Title: No friend but the mountains : writing from Manus Prison
Author: Behrouz Boochani
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, generic discussion questions
Location: Stratford Public Library
In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island, a refugee detention centre off the coast of Australia. He has been there ever since. This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.
 
Title: Old baggage
Author: Lissa Evans
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
1928. Riffling through a cupboard, Matilda Simpkin comes across a small wooden club--an old possession that she hasn't seen for more than a decade. Immediately, memories come flooding back to Mattie--memories of a thrilling past, which only further serve to remind her of her chafingly uneventful present. During the Women's Suffrage Campaign, she was a militant who was jailed five times and never missed an opportunity to return to the fray. Now in middle age, the closest she gets to the excitement of her old life is the occasional lecture on the legacy of the militant movement. After running into an old suffragette comrade who has committed herself to the wave of Fascism, Mattie realizes there is a new cause she needs to fight for and turns her focus to a new generation of women. Thus the Amazons are formed, a group created to give girls a place to not only exercise their bodies but their minds, and ignite in young women a much-needed interest in the world around them. But when a new girl joins the group, sending Mattie's past crashing into her present, every principle Mattie has ever stood for is threatened
 
Title: On earth we're briefly gorgeous
Author: Ocean Vuong
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original - poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born--a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam--and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity
 
Title: Once Upon A River
Author: Diane Setterfield
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 13 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
On a dark night in a small English village, townsfolk gather at the local inn to finish their day with drinks and storytelling. A mysterious man enters carrying an unconscious four-year-old girl. Before he can explain who they are, and how they both came to be injured, he collapses. Meanwhile, two families are searching for their missing daughters. One has been missing for twenty-four hours, the other vanished without a trace two years prior. When the families hear about the lost girl at the inn, each wonders if their child has been found, and each claims her as their own.
 
Title: Oona Out of Order
Author: Margarita Montimore
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: West Perth Public Library
Time Traveler's Wife meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in a wondrous novel exploring the burdens of time, the endurance of love, and the timelessness of family. Just because life might be out of order, doesn't mean it's broken. It's New Year's Eve 1982, and Oona Lockhart has her whole life before her. At the stroke of midnight she will turn nineteen, and the year ahead promises to be one of consequence. Should she go to London to study economics, or follow her heart and remain at home in Brooklyn to be with her boyfriend? As the countdown to the new year begins, Oona feels lightheaded, woozy, and it's not from the champagne. At the stroke of midnight Oona is torn from her life and everyone she loves, finding herself in her 51 year old body thirty-three years into the future. Greeted by a friendly stranger in a beautiful house she's told is her own, Oona learns that with each passing year she will leap to another age at random. Still a young woman on the inside, but ever changing on the outside, who will she be next year? Philanthropist? Club kid? World traveler? Wife to a man she's never met? Hopping through decades and a lifetime, Oona Out of Order is a surprising, magical novel that explores the power of love, the bonds of family, and the wonders of life.
 
Title: An Orchestra of minorities
Author: Chigozie Obioma
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
A contemporary twist on the Odyssey, An Orchestra of Minorities is narrated by the chi, or spirit of a young poultry farmer named Chinonso. His life is set off course when he sees a woman who is about to jump off a bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, he hurls two of his prized chickens off the bridge. The woman, Ndali, is stopped in her tracks. Chinonso and Ndali fall in love but she is from an educated and wealthy family. When her family objects to the union on the grounds that he is not her social equal, he sells most of his possessions to attend college in Cyprus. But when he arrives in Cyprus, he discovers that he has been utterly duped by the young Nigerian who has made the arrangements for him. Penniless, homeless, we watch as he gets further and further away from his dream and from home.
 
Title: The Orphan Mother
Author: Robert Hicks
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 9 copies, 1 large print copy, 1 reading guide
Location: Perth East Public Library
In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock--the "Widow of the South"--has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But when her ambitious, politically minded grown son, Theopolis, is murdered, Mariah--no stranger to loss--finds her world once more breaking apart. How could this happen? Who wanted him dead?
 
Title: The Painted girls
Author: Cathy Marie Buchanan
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Following the death of their father, both Marie and Antoinette find their lives change drastically as one girl is sent to become a ballet dancer while the other's line of work moves her lower and lower in Parisian society.
 
Title: The Perfect circle : a novel
Author: Pascale Quiviger
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 8 copies, generic discussion questions
Location: Stratford Public Library
Marianne, a young Montrealer, has come to live in Tuscany to draw and write and examine her life. Here she meets Marco, a temptingly seductive man who still lives in his mother's house in the village and who's not prepared to commit himself to anything resembling a shared life. Though he breaks her heart, again and again, Marianne can only avoid him by returning to Canada. This first novel by Pascale Quiviger is marked by its luminous language and its unstinting look at what makes Marianne, and Marco, and, indeed, an entire village and the world beyond it, tick.
 
Title: The Perfect nanny
Author: Leila Slimani
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family's chic apartment in Paris's upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau.
 
Title: Piecing me together
Author: Renee Watson
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies;1 reading guide
Location: Perth East Public Library
Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.
 
Title: Radiant Shimmering Light
Author: Sarah Lucille Selecky
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Lilian Quick has looked up to her cousin Florence her whole life. Florence is everything Lilian is not: brave, confident, quick to find adventure, and American. The women have been out of touch for years due to a family rift. But Lilian, childless, single and self-employed as a pet portraitist, has been watching Florence for years. Florence is now internet-famous as Eleven Novak, the face of a compelling new feminine lifestyle empowerment brand.
 
Title: Rare Objects
Author: Kathleen Tessaro
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books; 1 discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
In Depression-era Boston, a city divided by privilege and poverty, two unlikely friends are bound by a dangerous secret in this mesmerizing work of historical fiction from the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfume Collector. Maeve Fanning is a first generation Irish immigrant, born and raised among the poor, industrious Italian families of Boston's North End by her widowed mother. Clever, capable, and as headstrong as her red hair suggests, she's determined to better herself despite the overwhelming hardships of the Great Depression. However, Maeve also has a dangerous fondness for strange men and bootleg gin--a rebellious appetite that soon finds her spiraling downward, leading a double life. When the strain proves too much, Maeve becomes an unwilling patient in a psychiatric hospital, where she strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic young woman, who, like Maeve, is unable or unwilling to control her un-lady-like desire for freedom. Once out, Maeve faces starting over again. Armed with a bottle of bleach and a few white lies, she lands a job at an eccentric antiques shop catering to Boston's wealthiest and most peculiar collectors. Run by an elusive English archeologist, the shop is a haven of the obscure and incredible, providing rare artifacts as well as unique access to the world of America's social elite. While delivering a purchase to the wealthy Van der Laar family, Maeve is introduced to beautiful socialite Diana Van der Laar--only to discover she's the young woman from the hospital. Reunited with the charming but increasingly unstable Diana and pursued by her attractive brother James, Mae becomes more and more entwined with the Van der Laar family--a connection that pulls her into a world of moral ambiguity and deceit, and ultimately betrayal. Bewitched by their wealth and desperate to leave her past behind, Maeve is forced to unearth her true values and discover how far she'll to go to reinvent herself
 
Title: Reader Come Home
Author: Maryanne Wolf
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books; 1 discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Wolf considers the future of the reading brain and our capacity for critical thinking, empathy and reflection as we become increasingly dependent upon digital technologies.
 
Title: The Rosie project
Author: Graeme C. Simsion
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 8 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Don Tillman sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife. His starts off with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along, especially once he meets Rosie. Rosie is everything he’s not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father. Of course it helps that he is a Professor of Genetics so know a things or two about DNA and how to obtain it.
 
Title: Save Me the Plums
Author: Ruth Reichl
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the glamorous, high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet, during which she spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food.
 
Title: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Author: Stuart Turton
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath.
 
Title: Seven fallen feathers : racism, death, and hard truths in a no
Author: Tanya Talaga
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Presents the story of seven Indigenous high school students who died in Thunder Bay, Ontario from 2010 to 2011. They were sent hundreds of kilometres away from their families because there was no sufficient high school on their reserves.
 
Title: The Shape of Family
Author: Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
The Olander family embodies the modern American Dream in a globalized world. Jaya, the cultured daughter of an Indian diplomat and Keith, an ambitious banker from middle-class Philadelphia, make a life together in suburban California. Love and prosperity cannot protect them from sudden, unspeakable tragedy, and the family's foundation cracks as each member struggles to seek a way forward.
 
Title: She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons : a life in novels
Author: Kathleen Hill
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
This memoir takes readers around the world, from New York to Nigeria, exploring a life illuminated by novels. As a child in music class, Kathleen Hill comes upon Willa Cather's Lucy Gayheart, and the novel prepares her for a drowning death that soon occurs in her own life. Later, recently married and working as a teacher in a newly independent Nigeria, Hill assigns Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart to her students, which leads to learning from them about the violent legacy of colonialism, and visiting an old slave port whose disturbing relics make her aware of her benighted American innocence. Also in Nigeria, she is given Henry James's A Portrait of a Lady and deeply ponders her new marriage through the lens of Isabel Archer, remembering her adolescent fear that reading might be a way of avoiding experience. But is it possible that the act of reading itself may be a form of ardent, transforming experience'? She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons is both a wide-ranging autobiographical journey and a deeply felt appreciation of literature and its power to reflect our immediate reality and open windows onto vast new worlds.
 
Title: The Silent wife : a novel
Author: A. S. A. Harrison
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 8 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. He is a committed cheater, she lives and breathes denial. But when Todd decides to play for keeps she has nothing less to lose as the couple heads for catastrophe.
 
Title: Sing, Unburied, Sing
Author: Jesmyn Ward
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Living with his grandparents and sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his mother's addictions and his grandmother's cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.
 
Title: Somewhere towards the end
Author: Diana Athill
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, generic discussion questions
Location: Stratford Public Library
What is it like to be old? Diana Athill made her reputation as a writer with the candour of her memoirs - her commitment, in her words, 'to understand, to be aware, to touch the truth'. Now in her nineties, and freed from any inhibitions that even she may once have had, she reflects frankly on the losses and occasionally the gains that old age brings, and on the wisdom and fortitude required to face death. This is a lively narrative of events, lovers and friendships: the people and experiences that have taught her to regret very little, to resist despondency and to question the beliefs and customs of her own generation.
 
Title: Stories from the Vinyl Cafe
Author: Stuart McLean
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 11 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Like an old friend who's turned up in town, Stuart McLean returns with Stories from the Vinyl Cafe , his bestselling collection of tales based on his enormously popular Vinyl Cafe radio program. The collection features Canada's much-loved fictional family: Dave, Morley, Stephanie and Sam. Stories from the Vinyl Cafe also introduces a host of other wonderfully imagined characters, such as Margaret Dwyer, a suburban housewife who startles herself by shoplifting a pepperoni sausage, and Flora Perriton, who is consumed with thoughts of lost opportunities when an old friend passes away. Then there's Ed, who-overcome by the death of his favourite rock star-embarks on a pilgrimage to New York City to meet the singer's widow.
 
Title: The Summer Guest
Author: Alison Anderson
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
In 1888, illness forces a young Ukrainian doctor, Zinaida Mikhailovna, into premature retirement on her family’s rural estate. When a St. Petersburg family rents their guest house for the summer, Zinaida—newly blind from the condition that will eventually kill her—befriends the son, Anton Pavlovich. He is a writer of modest but growing fame who will soon be known to the world simply as Chekhov, an author renowned for his mastery of the short story . . . and for the fact that he never published a novel. In the frigid winter of 2014, Zinaida’s diary lands in translator Ana Harding’s inbox, sent by the proprietor of a small London publisher. Katya Kendall hopes to rescue the failing press, and her failing marriage, by publishing an English translation. Ana accepts the low-paying project as a distraction from her own professional and romantic disappointments, and is soon consumed by Zinaida’s intense, introspective narrative of two summers spent with the Chekhovs as she confronts her death. The diary contains tantalizing hints that Chekhov wrote a novel that was inspired by Zinaida during their time together, and Ana becomes obsessed with tracking it down. But as her search intensifies, she realizes the hidden novel is just one of several mysteries
 
Title: The Sun Does Shine
Author: Anthony Ray Hinton
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 13 copies plus 1 audiobook; 1 discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.
 
Title: Sweet Caress : the many lives of Amory Clay
Author: William Boyd
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
In her late 60s, Amory Clay recounts her life story which revolves around photography after her uncle Greville gives her a camera and some photography lessons. She initially moves to London as an apprentice photographer, then to Berlin in the late '20s and to New York in the '30s, and then back to London and to France during the Second World War to be a war photographer, all the while chasing her dreams and personal demons.
 
Title: Swimming Between Worlds
Author: ELAINE NEIL ORR
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies 1 discussion guide 1 blue cloth bag
Location: Stratford Public Library
A story of three young adults in a North Carolina town embroiled in the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, Swimming Between Worlds is a novel about desires, privilege and perspective—and the capacity for change inherent in every individual.
 
Title: The Taster
Author: V. S. Alexander
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, generic discussion questions
Location: Stratford Public Library
Amid the turbulence of World War II, a young German woman finds a precarious haven closer to the source of danger than she ever imagined--one that will propel her through the extremes of privilege and terror under Hitler's dictatorship. In early 1943, Magda Ritter's parents send her to relatives in Bavaria, hoping to keep her safe from the Allied bombs strafing Berlin. Young German women are expected to do their duty--working for the Reich or marrying to produce strong, healthy children. After an interview with the civil service, Magda is assigned to the Berghof, Hitler's mountain retreat. Only after weeks of training does she learn her assignment: she will be one of several young women tasting the Führer's food, offering herself in sacrifice to keep him from being poisoned. Perched high in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof seems worlds away from the realities of battle. Though terrified at first, Magda gradually becomes used to her dangerous occupation--though she knows better than to voice her misgivings about the war. But her love for a conspirator within the SS, and her growing awareness of the Reich's atrocities, draw Magda into a plot that will test her wits and loyalty in a quest for safety, freedom, and ultimately, vengeance. Vividly written and ambitious in scope, The Taster examines the harrowing moral dilemmas of war in an emotional story filled with acts of extraordinary courage.
 
Title: The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Author: Heather (Screenwriter) Morris
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.
 
Title: The Things We Cannot Say
Author: Kelly Rimmer
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 12 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
Slipping between Nazi-occupied Poland and the frenetic pace of modern life, Kelly Rimmer creates an emotional and finely wrought narrative. The Things We Cannot Say is an unshakable reminder of the devastation when truth is silenced…and how it can take a lifetime to find our voice before we learn to trust it.
 
Title: This is how it always is
Author: Laurie Frankel
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 reading guide
Location: Perth East Public Library
"This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them. This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated. This is how children change…and then change the world. When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it's another baby boy. At least their large, loving chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn aren't panicked at first. Kids go through phases, after all, and make-believe is fun. But Soon the entire family is keeping Claude's secret. Until one day it explodes. This is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it's about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again; parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts; children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don't get to keep them forever"--Provided by publisher.
 
Title: Three Things about Elsie
Author: Joanna (Psychiatrist) Cannon
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Eighty-four year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly a man who died sixty years ago?
 
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Author: Kate Atkinson
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
From the bestselling author of Life After Life, a new novel that explores the repercussions of one young woman's espionage work during World War II. Juliet Armstrong is a dissatisfied radio producer in a 1950s London that is recovering from the war as much as she is. During World War Two, Juliet was conscripted into service, transcribing conversations between an MI5 agent and a ring of suspected German sympathizers. The seemingly dull work quickly plunged Juliet into a treacherous world of code words and secret meetings where Juliet herself was sent into the field. These moments of intrigue and romance feel like a lifetime ago as Juliet trudges through her commute, her job and her new life. But as Juliet and the rest of London find ways to return to normal, her routine is upended by an encounter with a mysterious man from her past life. Haunted by the relationships and actions of her past and facing a very real threat in the present, Juliet cannot escape the repercussions of her work for the government. With no other choice, Juliet is quickly pulled back into the life of espionage she thought she'd left behind. Kate Atkinson's latest novel brings mid-century London to life in a gripping tale of deception and consequences
 
Title: Truth and Beauty
Author: Ann Patchett
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
What happens when the person who is your family is someone you aren't bound to by blood? What happens when the person you promise to love and to honor for the rest of your life is not your lover, but your best friend? In Truth & Beauty, her frank and startlingly intimate first work of nonfiction, Ann Patchett shines a fresh, revealing light on the world of women's friendships and shows us what it means to stand together. Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and, after enrolling in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work was. In her critically acclaimed and hugely successful memoir, Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy wrote about losing part of her jaw to childhood cancer, the years of chemotherapy and radiation, and then the endless reconstructive surgeries. In Truth & Beauty, the story isn't Lucy's life or Ann's life, but the parts of their lives they shared. This is a portrait of unwavering commitment that spans twenty years, from the long, cold winters of the Midwest, to surgical wards, to book parties in New York. Through love, fame, drugs, and despair, this book shows us what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined. This is a tender, brutal book about loving a person we cannot save. It is about loyalty, and about being lifted up by the sheer effervescence of someone who knew how to live life to the fullest.
 
Title: Truth Be Told
Author: Beverley McLachlin
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; generic discussion questions
Location: Stratford Public Library
Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Beverley McLachlin offers an intimate and revealing look at her life, from her childhood in the Alberta foothills to her career on the Supreme Court, where she helped to shape the social and moral fabric of the country--for readers of Educated and Becoming. Beverley McLachlin has led an extraordinary life. One of the few women studying law in the 1960s, she graduated at the top of her class and began her long career--first as a dedicated lawyer and professor, later as a judge serving on the highest court in the country, and finally as the first woman to be named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. The journey wasn't easy. The options for women growing up in rural Pincher Creek, Alberta, were limited. But McLachlin was willful and spirited, and she wanted an education. She also had an innate sense of justice, which was reinforced by the lessons her parents taught her about equality and the value of hard work. It was this faith in justice that pulled her through dark times, especially when faced with sexism and exclusion at work and personal tragedy at home. Over time, McLachlin became a champion for Canadians from all walks of life. As a judge on the Supreme Court, she presided over charged debates on topics such as same-sex marriage, euthanasia, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. With each judgment, she laid down a legal legacy proving that fairness and justice are not luxuries of the powerful but rather rights owed to each and every one of us. With warmth, honesty, and deep wisdom, McLachlin recounts her remarkable life on and off the bench. Truth Be Told is an inspiring reminder that integrity and the rule of law are our best hopes for a progressive and bright future
 
Title: The Underground Railroad
Author: Colson Whitehead
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood--where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor--engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Like the protagonist of Gulliver's Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey--hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.
 
Title: Up from Freedom
Author: Wayne Grady
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
A powerful and emotional novel about the dangers that arise when we stay silent in the face of prejudice, or are complicit in its development. As a young man, Virgil Moody vowed he would never be like his father, he would never own slaves. When he moves from his father's plantation in Savannah to New Orleans, he takes with him Annie, a tiny woman with sharp eyes and a sharper tongue, who he is sure would not survive life on the plantation. She'll be much safer with him, away from his father's cruelty.
 
Title: The Wake; the Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami
Author: Linden MacIntyre
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 14 copies; generic discussion questions
Location: North Perth Public Library
An account of the tsunami that struck Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula in 1929 and killed twenty-eight people.
 
Title: Washington Black
Author: Esi Edugyan
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Washington Black, an eleven-year-old slave, is chosen to be the manservant of Christopher Wilde who takes him on adventures around the globe.
 
Title: Watching You Without Me
Author: Lynn Coady
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
After her mother's sudden death, Karen finds herself back in her childhood home in Nova Scotia for the first time in a decade, acting as full-time caregiver to Kelli, her older sister. Overwhelmed with grief and the daily needs of Kelli, who was born with a developmental disability, Karen begins to feel consumed by the isolation of her new role. On top of that, she's weighed down with guilt over her years spent keeping Kelli and their independent-to-a-fault mother, Irene, at arm's length. And so when Trevor-- one of Kelli's support workers-- oversteps his role and offers friendly advice and a shoulder to cry on, Karen gratefully accepts his somewhat overbearing friendship. When she discovers how close Trevor was to Irene, she comes to trust him all the more. But as Trevor slowly insinuates himself into Karen and Kelli's lives, Karen starts to grasp the true aspect of his relationship with her mother-- and to experience for herself the suffocating nature of Trevor's "care.".
 
Title: When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
Proof that the dying are the ones who have the most to teach us about life."--Atul Gawande "Thanks to When Breath Becomes Air, those of us who never met Paul Kalanithi will both mourn his death and benefit from his life. This is one of a handful of books I consider to be a universal donor--I would recommend it to anyone, everyone.
 
Title: When We Believed In Mermaids
Author: Barbara O'Neal
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 11 copies + 1 audiobook; 1 discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet all it takes is a few heart-wrenching seconds to upend Kit’s world. Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. Her resemblance to Josie is unbelievable. And unmistakable. With it comes a flood of emotions—grief, loss, and anger—that Kit finally has a chance to put to rest: by finding the sister who’s been living a lie.
 
Title: Whenever you're ready : Nora Polley on life as a Stratford Festi
Author: Shawn DeSouza-Coelho
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; generic discussion questions
Location: Stratford Public Library
A biography of stage manager Nora Polley who has worked for decades at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario.
 
Title: Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens.
Author: Delia Owens
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
In 'Where the Crawdads Sing', Delia Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens's debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
 
Title: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: West Perth Public Library
For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens.
 
Title: Where'd you go, Bernadette
Author: Maria Semple
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this whip-smart novel. Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is her best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette vanishes. It all began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, and secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and surprisingly touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
 
Title: The Widow of Wall Street
Author: Randy Susan Meyers
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies; 1 reading guide
Location: Perth East Public Library
A provocative new novel by bestselling author Randy Susan Meyers about the seemingly blind love of a wife for her husband as he conquers Wall Street, and her extraordinary, perhaps foolish, loyalty during his precipitous fall. Phoebe recognizes fire in Jake Pierce's belly from the moment they meet as teenagers. As he creates a financial dynasty, she trusts him without hesitation--unaware his hunger for success hides a dark talent for deception. When Phoebe learns her husband's triumph and vast reach rests on an elaborate Ponzi scheme her world unravels. As Jake's crime is uncovered. the world obsesses about Phoebe. Did she know her life was fabricated by fraud? Was she his accomplice? While Jake is trapped in the web of his deceit, Phoebe is caught in an unbearable choice. Her children refuse to see her if she remains at their father's side, but abandoning him feels cruel and impossible. From penthouse to prison, with tragic consequences rippling well beyond Wall Street, Randy Susan Meyers's latest novel exposes a woman struggling to survive and then redefine her life as her world crumbles.
 
Title: Wildflower Hill
Author: Kimberly Freeman
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 17 copies; 1 discussion guide
Location: North Perth Public Library
Emma Blaxland-Hunter, a prima ballerina from London, must re-evaluate her life after doctors declare her knee unfit for dancing. At the behest of her mother, Emma returns home to Sydney, where she discovers her affluent and loving grandmother, Beattie Blaxland, has left her an inheritance: Wildflower Hill, an old sheep farm in Tasmania. When Emma settles in temporarily to clean out Wildflower Hill and sell it, she discovers a photo of her grandmother with a mysterious child. Determined to discover the girl's identity, Emma is pulled closer to Wildflower Hill's sordid history and ultimately, her grandmother's untidy secrets. In this sentimental narrative, readers learn the answers to Emma's questions just as she begins to ask them, which makes for a fairly predictable read. The novel's strength instead lies in Freeman's complex characters-capable of love and hate, shame and redemption. Both Beattie and Emma find themselves having to start over, and it is for these two women that readers cheer and sympathize.
 
Title: Women talking
Author: Miriam Toews
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
The novel is based on real events that happened between 2005 and 2009 in a remote Mennonite community where more than 100 girls and women were drugged unconscious and raped in the night by what they were told were "ghosts" or "demons." Women Talking is an imagined response to these real events. It takes place over 48 hours, as eight women hide in a hayloft while the men are in a nearby town posting bail for the perpetrators. They have come together to debate, on behalf of all the women and children in the community, whether to stay or leave before the men return. Taking minutes is the one man invited by the women to witness the conversation--a former outcast whose own surprising story is revealed as the women talk. By turns poignant, furious, witty, acerbic, tender, devastating, and heartbreaking, the voices in this extraordinary novel are unforgettable.
 
Title: The World that We Knew
Author: Alice Hoffman
Genre: Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 copies, one discussion guide
Location: Stratford Public Library
From New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman comes a beautiful story of one Jewish child refugee's flight to safety in Nazi German and her mother's impossible decision to set her free.
 
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