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The following are a collection of titles selected by Library Bound staff as their favourites for the month.


Ron Stadnik Print Manager ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it your comments)

"Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean" by Morten Stroksnes

Living off the coast of Norway, the Greenland shark is an outlandish creature weighing more than a ton, over 25 feet long, its toxic flesh when consumed is capable of inducing hallucinatory trances. Norwegian historian and journalist Morten Stroksnes sets out to catch one, with his friend Hugo, in a rubber boat, in this original, wide ranging tale. While the publisher seems to be selling this as something like Hunter S. Thompson’s Curse of Lono, Stroksnes’ book shares more with Bryson, Matthiessen, Darwin and Melville. This is travel writing at its finest, meaning it deserves more subject headings than any MARC record could reasonably accommodate.

Winner of the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature.

Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover LBN 1257631

"Burntown: A Novel" by Jennifer McMahon

Quirky without being fey, Burntown is a coming of age genre mash-up combining mystery and fantasy, set in a decaying New England mill town. Misfit characters in an easy to read work of suspense pulls you along quickly. McMahon is the author of Winter People.

Adult Fiction

Hardcover LBN 1255673

Large Print LBN 1253835

Audio Book LBN 1255715

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Helen Wilding Cook Children's Collection Development Coordinator ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it your comments)

"Matylda, Bright & Tender" by Holly M. McGhee

In this juvenile debut novel, Sussy and Guy – best friends – convince their parents that nine year-olds can look after a leopard gecko. At “Total Pets” they find Matylda and set her up in Sussy’s room.  But when Sussy and Guy go back to “Total Pets” Guy is hit by a car and Sussy’s grief is crushing. The first person narrative is brutally effective in conveying the suddenness of Guy’s death, as well as Sussy’s perspective and feelings. Her initially patchy perception of time is immediate. Her scattered reasoning and jumbled thoughts reflect how devastated she is as she comes to believe that she owes it to Guy to love Matylda for both of them. Matylda becomes an excellent, subtle metaphor for Sussy’s love and then grief for Guy.

I am lucky enough never to have experienced what Sussy did. I do vividly remember times in my childhood when I felt things but didn’t have the words or composure to express them. The author conveys very well what Sussy is thinking and feeling juxtaposed with what she is able to communicate.

Not since Missing May or The Bridge to Terabithia, have I read such an excellent book about a grieving child. I’m delighted to see an audio book is publishing in May.

Juvenile Issues FICTION - Hardcover LBN 1233169

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Dan Patterson Graphic Novel Specialist/Cataloguing Coordinator ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it your comments)

"The Flintstones. Volume 1" by Mark Russell

Part of DC Comics new hip, modern takes on classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, The Flintstones takes the classic bedrock characters and infuses them with modern sensibilities.  Fred and Barney are veterans of the fight for Bedrock, Wilma is a local artist and Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are tweens in this biting satire of modern life via a prehistoric setting.  I can’t say I fondly remember the original cartoon but this comic is a great read.

GRAPHIC NOVEL Paperback LBN 1234426

"The Stone Heart" by Faith Erin Hicks

The adventures of Kai and Rat continue in Faith Erin Hick’s second volume in the Nameless City trilogy.  The two are doing well after stopping the assassination of the General of Blades but there is still tension in the City and secrets to be revealed.  It seems there are more challenges to face before the Nameless City finds peace.

JUVENILE GRAPHIC NOVEL

Hardcover LBN 1234328

Paperback LBN 1220523

"Getting Out of Hope" by James Cadelli

Life isn’t great in small town Hope.  Justin, Leo and Dean are on a road-trip in an old RV that breaks down, while Marie manages a local apartment with tenants like JoJo, an old woman dealing with aging, and Thomas, a small-town drug dealer.  Cadelli weaves the stories of all six together as they hope to get out of Hope town and head towards a better life.

GRAPHIC NOVEL Paperback LBN 1249592

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"Lost On You" by LP (Deluxe Edition)

Laura Pergolizzi, better known as LP, follows up her 2014 major label debut Forever For Now with her new album Lost On You. She has had multiple successes as a songwriter, penning tunes for Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Rita Ora, the Backstreet Boys and more. The first single, an infectious, atmospheric song titled 'Lost On You', is already sweeping through southern Europe. LP is also no stranger to licensing as tracks from Death Valley have appeared on everything ranging from Netflix’s popular original Orange Is The New Black to the UFC 199 MMA sporting event. Deluxe Version contains 16 tracks - 4 bonus tracks and 2 additional acoustic tracks.

Genre: Rock Compact Disc - VRN 307755

"Memoires... Do Not Open" by The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers’ debut album, Memories… Do Not Open, will release on April 7, 2017 via Columbia Records. The album will feature 'Something Just Like This' and their other hits including 'Paris.'

Genre: Rock Compact Disc - VRN 306602

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Anna Kardas
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Time stops when you hear this young Torontonian's disarmingly sparse gospel-soul songs. Even more stunning than the richness of her voice is the patience of her delivery. She’s not afraid to stand alone in unadorned space, an intense-but-reassuring presence that coaxes classic R&B into a zone of zero-gravity.

Genre: R&B Compace CD - VRN 305030

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