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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)

"Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt" by Kristin Hersh

Raw rock memoir of the drunken angel in a wheelchair who left behind a lot of unique and brilliant music before his 2009 OD.

Singer, songwriter and author Hersh toured with Chesnutt and was a close friend. More of a poetic dirge or lamentation than a typical music bio. It’s unbelievably sad to go to Chesnutt’s website and see all of the CDN dates under On Tour and realize he’s never coming back again: www.vicchesnutt.com

Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover LBN 1145544

"The Smack" by Richard Lange

Tautly written noir about a down on his luck grifter. Pitch perfect characters, believable situations, story and place all seeming painfully real. One of those read in a single sittings then look for everything else the guy wrote kind of books.

Crime Fiction Hardcover LBN 1243396

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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)

"The Diabolic" by S. J. Kincaid

Patrons who are Kristin Cashore fans and long for another Katsa novel, take heart! You will find some solace in this book’s ferocious, ruthless, yet irresistible heroine.

Nemesis lives on a remote planet with Sidonia, a senator’s daughter, and Sidona’s parents. Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid servant altered, enhanced and trained since birth to be the lethal, devoted protector of Sidonia. Nemesis has not, however, been trained in courtly manners, as a diplomat or spy. Too bad as when Sidonia is called to court – essentially as a hostage, to thwart her father’s rebellious ideas – Sidonia’s father decides to send Nemesis in her place. Their planet is so isolated that no one has seen Sidonia since she was a child, nor is anyone aware of Nemesis’ existence. Once ensconced at court, Nemesis forms alliances, makes enemies, and in the process reveals her own integrity and honor. She makes a friend whose ideas appeal to her but differ from Sidonia’s. Also Nemesis attracts the dangerous affections of the emperor’s son and she is baffled to realize that Sidonia sincerely returns her devotion. In all these aspects, Nemesis learns - and teaches the reader - about humanity.

This is one of two favourite outstanding books I’ve read recently (I’ll review the second next month). I went back and started reading Kincaid’s previous Insignia series (Insignia LBN: 820788, Vortex LBN: 909515 - haven’t made it to book three yet, Catalyst, LBN: 996260. That series is also fantastic) Nemesis’ story continues in October. Can’t wait! (The Empress, LBN: 1273536).

YA FICTION

Hardcover LBN 1203005

Audio Book LBN 1205648

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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)

"Roughneck" by Jeff Lemire

Jeff Lemire returns his focus to a small Ontario town in Roughneck.  Derek Ouelette’s days playing hockey are long in the past, ended by a violent incident on ice.  Living on faded glory and alcohol Derek spends his days fighting and drinking in Northern Ontario.  Barely capable of taking care of his own life he is unprepared for the arrival of his long-lost sister fleeing an abusive boyfriend and the painful secrets of the past that get dredged to the surface.  However in the pain there may be an opportunity for a way forward.

GRAPHIC NOVEL Hardcover LBN 1234624

"Eartha" by Cathy Malkasian

For thousands of years the unfinished dreams of the city have come to Echo Fjord. Guided by the fjord folk the dreams are shepherded through to their fulfillment and allowed to fade away.  But the dreams have stopped coming and nobody knows why.  Eartha is one of the fjord folk, large, trusting, and earnest, and soon she finds herself journeying to the city to see what happened to the dreams.  Eartha is a beautiful allegory with fantastic art and an undeniable charm.

GRAPHIC NOVEL Hardcover LBN 1225870

"Morton: A Cross-Canada Rail Journey" by David Collier

A couple of brushes with death prompt David Collier to take his family on a long talked about trip across Canada by train and Morton is his graphic memoir about the trip.  Trying to keep it relatively cheap, the family camps and crashes across the country.  Rather than being a straight memoir Collier often looks to the past, either his own recollections or digressions into Canadian history. Morton is a graphic lament at the loss of train travel and the human condition.

GRAPHIC NOVEL Paperback LBN 1249456

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Tracy Reid Music & Video Game Manager ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it your comments)

"Utopia" by Serena Ryder

Six-time Juno Award winning artist Serena Ryder is set to release her forthcoming album, Utopia on May 26, 2017. Utopia is a collection of winning songs written on the fly in Los Angeles, London, Nashville, Los Angeles and Toronto with such friendly collaborators as Simon Wilcox, Thomas “Tawgs” Salter, John Grant, Todd Clark and Derek Furnham.

Genre: Popular Compact Disc - VRN 307770

"Canada 150: A Celebration of Music" by Various Artists

Assembling a package that sums up Canada’s 150 years would be impossible. A country as vast and diverse as ours, with rich histories from countless perspectives could not be contained in one place. This 6 CD Boxed Set covers a great musical snapshot of some of the biggest and best in Canadian music and is themed across 6 discs that include current hit tracks, classic pop & AC hits and a special themed disc of Canadian songs!

6CD packaged in a Special edition 60 page 10 x 14 hard‐cover book featuring a double cover with Marc Jordan & Murray McLauchlan commissioned paintings featured on each! This book also includes illustrations that represent Canada, and written contributions and liners from some of the artists on the project as well as well‐known Canadians including Rick Hansen.

Genre: Popular Compact Disc - VRN 308998

"Canada 150: Now/Next" by Various Artists

This special Canada 150 2 disc edition celebrates some of the finest current and next generation artists. Disc 1 highlight’s music from this Now generation’s current stars that are topping the charts both here and abroad, while Disc 2, adds the spotlight to some of the biggest and brightest up Next!

Genre: Popular Compact Disc - VRN 309000

"Canada 150: ICON" by Various Artists

As part of the Canada 150 celebration, this Single CD highlights 11 ICONIC Canadian songs that have become classic radio staples across multiple formats.

Genre: Popular Compact Disc - VRN 308999

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Anna Kardas
DVD Coordinator ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it your comments)

11.22.63

TV Miniseries- High school teacher Jake Epping travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy - but his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, falling in love, and the past itself, which doesn't want to be changed and shouldn't be changed.

Genre: TV Series DVD - VRN 300488

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