February Picks - Favourite Books Continued

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The Alexandria quartet

The Alexandria quartet

Durrell, Lawrence, author
2012


Angle of repose

Angle of repose

Stegner, Wallace, 1909-1993
2000


Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

Montgomery, L. M. (Lucy Maud), 1874-1942
1968

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

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At peace : choosing a good death after a long life

At peace : choosing a good death after a long life

Harrington, Samuel (Physician), author
2018


Blindness

Blindness

Saramago, José
1997


Children of Eden : a novel

Children of Eden : a novel

Graceffa, Joey, 1991- author
2016


Do not say we have nothing : a novel

Do not say we have nothing : a novel

Thien, Madeleine, 1974- author
2016


Galore : a novel

Galore : a novel

Crummey, Michael
2009

Sprawling and fantastical, "Galore" is a novel about the power of stories to shape and sustain us. An intricate family saga and love story spanning two centuries, Galore is a portrait of the improbable medieval world that was rural Newfoundland, a place almost too harrowing and extravagant to be real.

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Girl with a pearl earring

Girl with a pearl earring

Chevalier, Tracy
2001

Griet, a 16-year-old Dutch girl, becomes a maid in the house of the painter Johannes Vermeer. Her calm and perceptive manner not only helps her in her household duties, but also attracts Vermeer's attention. He slowly draws her into the world of his paintings and ultimately has her sit for him as a model.

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The giver

The giver

Lowry, Lois
1993


The good earth

The good earth

Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973.
2004


Good morning, monster : five heroic journeys to recovery

Good morning, monster : five heroic journeys to recovery

Gildiner, Catherine, 1948- author
2019

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. Each patient presents a mystery at first, one that will only be unpacked over years. They arrive, sometimes unwillingly, to try to overcome an immediate challenge in their lives, but discover that the source of their suffering is an entirely different matter. It will take courage to face those realities, and it requires creativity and resourcefulness from their therapist. Each patient embodies the virtues of self-reflection, stoicism, perseverance, and forgiveness as they confront the real source of their problems and work unflinchingly to face the truth. Gildiner's account of her journeys with them is moving and insightful and sometimes humorous. It offers a behind-the-scenes look into the therapist's office and explains how the process can heal even the most unimagineable wounds.

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Johnny got his gun

Johnny got his gun

Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976.
1939

This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing mattered, not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives ... This is no ordinary novel. this is a novel that never takes the easy way out: it is shocking, violent, terrifying, horrible, uncompromising, brutal, remorseless and gruesome ... but so is war.

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The library book

The library book

Orlean, Susan, author
2018

The morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As one fireman recounted, "Once that first stack got going, it was 'Goodbye, Charlie.' Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who? Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, reporter and bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.

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Life of Pi : a novel

Life of Pi : a novel

Martel, Yann.
2001

Pi Patel, having spent an idyllic childhood in Pondicherry, India, as the son of a zookeeper, sets off with his family at the age of sixteen to start anew in Canada, but his life takes a marvelous turn when their ship sinks in the Pacific, leaving him adrift on a raft with a 450-pound Bengal tiger for company.

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A man called Ove : a novel

A man called Ove : a novel

Backman, Fredrik, 1981-, author
2014



No great mischief

No great mischief

MacLeod, Alistair
2001

Alexander joins the family uranium mining company out of loyalty, and learns about his family's rich heritage.

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Sweetland : a novel

Sweetland : a novel

Crummey, Michael, 1965- author
2014



The woman in black

The woman in black

Hill, Susan, 1942-
1986

Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor, travels to the north of England to settle the estate of Alice Drablow, but unexpectedly encounters a series of sinister events.

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