The Homecoming, by Andrew Pyper (2019)

Horror Fiction
Adult

The Homecoming, by Andrew Pyper

Four members of the Quinlan family – surgeon Aaron, his adored teenaged sister Bridget called Bridge, middle child Franny mourning the son she lost because of her addiction to heroin, and mother Eleanor – gather at Belfountain Estate to hear the terms of Ray Quinlan’s will. A largely absent father and husband, he was a secretive man – no one knew of this spectacular estate, not to mention a sizeable fortune which they stand to inherit. But there’s a catch. The four must stay at Belfountain for 30 days, with no technology or outside contact, starting immediately, or all the money goes to a charity.

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Canadian Rockies, 9th ed., by Andrew Hempstead (2018)

Nonfiction
Adult

Canadian Rockies: Including Banff & Jasper National Parks, by Andrew Hempstead

This is the second of two book reviews this week, encouraging you to travel British Columbia. Moon travel guides are known for their extensive and off-the-beaten-track approach, and this latest edition of the Canadian Rockies guidebook is no exception. The Rockies are big, and you can spend a lifetime exploring park trails, lakes, and parks, and not see it all. This book is best for those who are relatively new to the parks. Hampstead lives in Banff and knows his Rockies. He starts with an overview for first-time visitors, including the 12 best day hikes (I’ve done only three), offering one-week and two-week itineraries that showcase the region’s highlights.

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Camping British Columbia, the Rockies, and Yukon, 8th ed., by Jayne Seagrave (2018)

Adult
Nonfiction

Camping British Columbia, the Rockies and Yukon, 9th edition, by Jayne Seagrave

This is the first of two reviews this week. Both are on travel in B.C. and the Rockies, as I hope to inspire you to plan a road trip in our beautiful region. I have an earlier edition of this book, so I was happy to discover an updated version on the New Books shelf at my library. With more than half the 100,000 B.C. Parks campsites reservable online, guides like this help you discover exactly what you are looking for, whether that’s a destination park for the family or a hidden getaway as a backpacking haven. Seagrave opens with an introduction aimed at first-time campers, from reserving to selecting a spot at a first-come-first-served campground and setting up your temporary home.

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This Fallen Prey (Rockton #3), by Kelley Armstrong (2018)

Mystery
Adult

This Fallen Prey, by Kelley Armstrong (2018)

Kelley Armstrong is a well-known Canadian author, with a strong backlist in young adult and science fiction. I’ve read her before, but not lately, so when I spotted this on our library’s new book shelf, I picked it up and added it to a growing pile. Turns out it’s the third book in series I have not read. I think it would be best to start with book 1, but in summary, Casey Butler is a deputy in a tiny off-the-grid settlement in the Yukon, where its residents come to stay to escape some kind of threat in the real world. Some of them are there willingly, and others not. She’s in a relationship with Eric Dalton, who is her boss, the town’s sheriff. Both are about 30 years old. The book opens in mid-May when a plane lands and delivers an unexpected “package” – an accused serial killer “sentenced” to stay there instead of facing the law, thanks to a hefty payoff by his stepdad.

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In Other Words: How I Fell in Love with Canada One Book at a Time, by Anna Porter (2018)

Biography
Adult

Anna Szigethy landed in Canada in 1968, carrying a battered suitcase, a bachelor’s degree, and a lot of dreams. With a working knowledge of French, Russian, and German as well as English and her native Hungarian, she took a job with McClelland & Stewart, starting a career that has spanned decades and connected her with Canada’s literati from Pierre Berton and Farley Mowat to Dennis Lee and Margaret Laurence. The book is a memoir of her time in Toronto publishing; the first half covers 1968 to 1980 when she was with M&S, followed by the formation of Key Porter Books. Within the narrative, details of her personal history emerge: escaping Hungary with her mother during the 1956 revolution, university studies in New Zealand, falling in love in with a Toronto lawyer and raising two daughters.

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Kootenay Trips & Trails, 2nd ed., by Murphy Shewchuk (2018)

Nonfiction
Adult

Kootenay Trips & Trails: : A Guide to Southwestern British Columbia's Kootenay-Columbia Region, by Murphy Shewchuk

Living in the Boundary Country of British Columbia, we’re technically in the West Kootenays, that region just east of the Okanagan Valley. It’s home to mining towns, ski havens, and meccas for hiking and snowshoeing. You can explore on foot, on bike, on ATV, or in a car, and this guide will make sure you don’t miss a sight. It’s the second edition, and this one includes all the awesome rail trails, the former rail lines that are converted to other ways of travel, primarily non-motorized though some are multi-use. Shewchuk grew up in B.C. and knows the Kootenays well, offering a book that is more than a travel guide; it includes fascinating bits of local lore and history on every page.

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Women Talking, by Miriam Toews (2018)

Contemporary Fiction
Adult

Women Talking, by Miriam Toews

In 2009, six men are arrested in Bolivia for drugging and raping the women and girls of a Mennonite community over several years. That horrific but true event is the inspiration for this powerful novel. Canadian Miriam Toews, an ex-Mennonite, delivers a compelling and devastating critique of patriarchy in what she calls “an imagined response” to the events. In the novel, a 2018 Governor-General Literary Award finalist, nearly every woman and girl in the fundamentalist Mennonite community of Molotschna, Bolivia, is a victim. The women are divided on whether they should leave or stay, and the book opens as eight of the women meet to decide for them all. Time is of the essence, as the men of the community are about to return from posting bail for the eight accused.

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