Celebrity Reading List

Not only did library staff donate all of the books for the new recreational reading program, they have also been busy borrowing paperbacks from the collection. Here are four recommendations of books check out and enjoy.

Susan Tudin, Reference Services
The Divide by Nicholas Evans
The Divide is a rather a tragic story that not only recounts, in the opening scenes of the book, the mysterious death of a young, radical university student but also traces the many fissures among her family members who visit a Montana ranch called The Divide each summer. Evans does a great job of weaving his beautiful landscape backdrop together with an eco-terrorist plotline, troubled relationships and a senseless tragedy.

Scott Turner, Access Services
Q & A by Vikas Swarup
Q & A is the basis for the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. When a book becomes a movie, often the novel provides richer details and a more in-depth look into the characters than what is seen on-screen—Q & A is no exception. The book offers a closer look into the minds and hearts of the characters, and is a fulfilling glimpse into a world unknown to most of us here in Canada.

Nancy Peden, Reference Services
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
This is book is one of those novels that you don’t want to end because the characters are so delightful and their lives so interesting. Its form, epistolary, is unusual but works brilliantly with the plotline. Reviewers say: “part Jane Austen, part history lesson”; “smart and delightful”; and “charming and timeless”.

Carole MacDonald, Access Services
Bones to ashes, by Kathy Reichs
I have read many of the books in this forensic thriller series. The central character, forensic scientist Temperance Brennan, keeps me coming back as she is funny, smart, very independent and outspoken. Since I enjoyed the books so much I started watch the TV series Bones that is based on the character of Temperance and Reichs, a certified forensic anthropologist, writes some of the scripts as well as consults on the production of the show. The setting for her books is usually the areas around Charlotte, North Carolina or Montreal, Quebec.

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