The Summer Place

Posted on: August 11, 2022 at 3:10 pm, in

by Jennifer Weiner Summertime often brings an influx of beach time – and with it, beach reads (at least, it does if you’re a librarian). Jennifer Weiner can easily be counted on for an unputdownable blend of family secrets, love, loss and humour, and her latest hit, The Summer Place, is no exception. The story […]

A River Enchanted

Posted on: July 20, 2022 at 4:47 pm, in

by Rebecca Ross After ten years away from his ancestral home, the magical island of Cadence, Jack Tamerlaine has been summoned back by his laird. He returns, unsure of what he’ll find, or what he’ll feel, being back on the island that he was forced to leave at age twelve. Turns out, it was his […]

The Lyrics, 1956 to the Present

Posted on: July 20, 2022 at 4:40 pm, in

by Paul McCartney I was born 10 years after the Beatles broke up. My prime music listening years were the ‘90s, but my tastes were firmly stuck a generation behind, with the Moody Blues, Fleetwood Mac, the Who, the Guess Who, and of course, the Beatles being among my favourite bands.  While I’ve read plenty […]

The Kaiju Preservation Society

Posted on: July 20, 2022 at 4:38 pm, in

by John Scalzi Sometimes you need to turn off your brain, whether you are a reader or the writer.  In his note at the end of The Kaiju Preservation Society, author John Scalzi explains why this was the book he wrote instead of a heady science fiction novel of big ideas: he’d had a rough […]

Sea of Tranquility

Posted on: July 20, 2022 at 4:36 pm, in

by Emily St. John Mandel  A novel that explores characters living across six centuries, through several pandemics and amid human-manufactured rivers and skies is no small feat, let alone one to be accomplished smoothly. Yet, such a read exists in Emily St. John Mandel’s newest book, Sea of Tranquility. Like many recent novels, this is […]

Mindful of Murder

Posted on: July 20, 2022 at 4:30 pm, in

by Susan Juby This summer, Richmond Public Library invites the community to read and talk about Mindful of Murder, a brand-new, humorous mystery novel by award-winning BC author, Susan Juby. Ms. Juby, a Vancouver Island resident, has won numerous awards and accolades for her teen and adult titles, including the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour […]

Red Thread of Fate

Posted on: July 20, 2022 at 4:27 pm, in

by Lyn Liao Butler Days away from finalizing the adoption of a boy from a Chinese orphanage, Tony and Tam are looking forward to welcoming him home and to repairing their at times shaky marriage. Just as we take a moment to celebrate their joy, Tam receives word that Tony has been suddenly taken from […]

The Arrangement

Posted on: June 18, 2021 at 12:34 pm, in

Natalie is a 21 year old student who has moved from her predicable life in her hometown of Blaine, Washington, to attend the Visual Arts College in New York. She is glad to be away from home, her creepy high school ex-boyfriend, and her mom and step-dad, looking forward to the independent opportunities New York […]

Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman

Posted on: June 18, 2021 at 11:32 am, in

This is a short book covering three main topics, but the issues it struggles with are complex and while the author lays out his arguments very clearly and with rigorous case studies and data backing him up. Originally written in Dutch, this is an excellent translation, and most of the case studies and examples are […]

Greenwood

Posted on: March 25, 2021 at 11:13 am, in

It’s 1974 and Willow Greenwood is living in her Westfalia, travelling to various logging camps with her son, Liam, in tow.  Willow’s intent is to sabotage logging operations and generally interfere with the industry that is destroying B.C.’s vast and beautiful forests.  In fact, she has devoted her life to this endeavour. Unexpectedly, Willow is […]