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Week of 6 October 2017- New and Noteworthy


Sweet – a very delicious new baking and dessert cookbook from Yatam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. Recipes that feature exotic spices and Mediterranean flavours, all beautifully photographed.

A History of Canada in Ten Maps by Adam Shoalts, a modern day explorer, tells epic stories of charting a mysterious land by explorers from the past.

Uncle John’s Old Faithful Bathroom Reader. The 30th Anniversary edition is an all-new fount of facts!


Peter May is back with Cast Iron the 6th and final Enzo Macleod mystery that takes place in the present time with a past that goes back to 1989 and an incident in Western France.

Origin by Dan Brown brings readers a new novel featuring Robert Langdon – claiming,  “Whoever you are. Whatever you believe. Everything is about to change.”

For the kids

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the 3rd volume in the series to be illustrated by Jim Kay. A great big beautiful book for a family read-aloud.


Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. A novel for teens about love, resilience and the power of friendship from the author of the hugely popular A Fault in Our Stars.

Rick Riordan is the most popular of all authors for teens – The Ship of the Dead is the 3rd in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series.


New and notable this week


The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott writes about the life of an Irish immigrant in Catholic Brooklyn. A writer of “generous intelligence, sly wit and compassion for our longings, our griefs and revelations” says Jane Hamilton.

Under a Pole Star by Stef Penny is a great big novel set against the stark, timeless beauty of Northern Greenland and also New York and London in the late 1800s. A tale of the golden age of exploration, the corrosive power of ambition, and an epic, incendiary love story.



I was delighted to discover that Whitecap Books has re-issued one of my favourite cookbooks. Second Helpings, Please! was a book I received as a wedding present in 1974 and often refer to when looking for Jewish holiday recipes. This book was originally a project of women in a Montreal chapter of the B’nai Brith, and is full of their family recipes, often the food their own mothers prepared.


The Five Roses Guide to Good Cooking has also been reprinted, once again, also by Whitecap. This is the cookbook my mother and grandmother used, as have I for almost 50 years. A must have for any young person setting out on their own!


The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary – The Next Chapter by Jeff Kinney, the latest installment of this popular series for young readers, is a behind the scenes look at the making of the movie, The Long Haul.


News week of 22 September


New books continue to fly in the door as this amazingly summer like month of September comes to an end.

The book of the week is John Le Carre's A Legacy of Spies. George Smiley returns after a literary absence of 25 years, in a novel ingeniously interweaving past and present.

A Reckoning by Linda Spalding will move to the top of my “to read” pile. Linda won the Governor General’s Literary Award for her novel The Purchase in 2012. She again turns to the past to weave a story of a family on the edge of ruin, in a country on the verge of civil war.


Dead Reckoning – The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage is Ken McGoogan’s most ambitious book yet, as he delivers a vivid, comprehensive history of Arctic exploration. The Arctic, and especially the fate of the Franklin expedition and the recently discovered ships Erebus and Terror have been Ken McGoogan’s life passion, which he shares with us in this richly illustrated volume.


Well known Canadian mystery author Linwood Barclay turns his attention to teenagers with a new series The Chase, about a dog and a boy who must become a team to survive in the first instalment Get Ready to Run.


Canada 123 follows Paul Covello’s Canada ABC. Bright big board books for little ones.




News week of 15 September 2017


This is the big season for new books – everyday here is like Christmas as we open boxes full of books we just can’t wait to read!


The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy is a WW2 story that begins in the Netherlands and follows a young boy into France and Germany. This one is going to the top of my “to read next” pile.

The Scarred Woman , a Department Q novel from Jussi Adler-Olsen, as Detective Carl Morek meets his toughest challenge yet with a sinister unsolved murder.


That’s My Baby by Francis Itani continues the story she began in earlier novels, as the Second World War looms.

Smile by Roddy Doyle is a psychological suspense novel about the uncertainty of memory and how we contend with the past.

The Good People by Hannah Kent takes place in 19th century Ireland, based on true events it is a tale of absolute belief and devoted love.

Runny Babbit Returns by Shel Silverstein is a wonderfully silly book of verse in a return to the topsy-turvey world of Runny Babbit and friends.

The Friendship Book – a thought each day – 2018   Always a favouite!  




NEWS   week of 8 September 2017



Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood is being read by a whole new generation with a television series about to be released. Published over 20 years ago it is a thrilling novel based on a 19th century murder. 


What Happened by Hillary Rodman Clinton – she tells it all.

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett – another doorstopper – follows The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End.

The Ghost Orchard by Helen Humphreys – The Hidden History of the Apple in North America. Helen Humphreys brings, once again, her skill and compassion to the subject of the history of apple trees, art, settlement, and so much more.

The Redpath Canadian Bake Book – Over 200 Delectable Recipes for Cakes, Breads, Desserts and More. Redpath sugar is a Canadian staple – and this new cookbook is sure to become a staple in kitchens everywhere!

Blow Back by Peter May   An Enzo Macleod Investigation, the 5th in the series. Michelin stars, the murder of a chef, and the world of haute cuisine makes for a delicious mystery novel.


First Snow, Last Light by Wayne Johnston    The latest from this superb writer – Newfoundland in the 1930s – some characters are new and some familiar – wonderful writing and storytelling.

At The Strangers’ Gate by Adam Gopnik   Both a Canadian and a New Yorker, Adam Gopnik shares his love for the city in this memoir.    

When the Moon Comes by Paul Harbridge – a picture book for children about the joys of an outdoor ice rink.

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