Music for Tigers
By Michelle Kadarusman
Eden Mills Writers' Festival Online series MAY 21 - A young violinist discovers her mother's family secretly harbor a sanctuary for extinct Tasmanian tigers in the remote Australian rainforest.
What Grew in Larry's Garden
By Laura Alary, Kass Reich
Eden Mills Writers' Festival Online Series May 26 - A girl and her neighbour grow a community from their garden.Grace thinks Larry's garden is one of the wonders of the world. In his tiny backyard, Larry grows extraordinary vegetables, with Grace as his helper.
You and Me Both
By Lisa Cinar, Mahtab Narsimhan
June 9 - This is the story of two classmates who love all the same things: building tall block towers and knocking them down; strawberry jam on toast; jumping into big puddles in their matching boots.
By Charlene Chua, Sherry J. Lee
June 9 - An elevator ride to a birthday party turns into a shared experience bursting with joy in this multicultural story about community, togetherness and the special feeling of belonging.
Moments of Glad Grace: A Memoir
By Alison Wearing
Eden Mills Writers' Festival Online June 11 - Dancing between hilarity and the poignancy of a last sojourn with her father, Alison Wearing once again reveals herself as a sharp and tender observer of this mortal coil we call life.
Alone: A Love Story
By Michelle Parise
Eden Mills Writers' Festival June 11 - A memoir of falling in love, the fallout of infidelity, and everything messy in between - and the inspiration behind the hit CBC podcast.
Dead Mom Walking: A Memoir of Miracle Cures and Other Disasters
By Rachel Matlow
Eden Mills Writers' Festival June 11 - A traumedy about life and death (and every cosmic joke in between)
When her mother is diagnosed with cancer, Rachel Matlow is concerned but hopeful.
Recipe for a Perfect Wife
By Karma Brown
June 11 - Told in the voices of two women living in different decades and sprinkled with recipes and advice on how to be a good wife, it makes the reader consider how the roles of women have changed and how they've stayed the same.
The Glass Hotel: A Novel
By Emily St. John Mandel
In preparation for The Eden Mills Writers' Festival Online Bookclub with Emily St. John Mandel on June 25 at 8 p.m. we now have SIGNED BOOKPLATES for each book. Prepare for the bookclub now and buy one before they run out. She's bound to be fascinating and prophetic!
How to Pronounce Knife: Stories
By Souvankham Thammavongsa
July 9 - This revelatory debut collection from O. Henry Award winner Souvankham Thammavongsa establishes her as an essential new voice in Canadian and world literature.
By Shani Mootoo
July 9 - Some secrets never die...Priya and Alexandra have moved from the city to a picturesque countryside town. What Alex doesn't know is that in moving, Priya is running from her past-from a fraught relationship with an old friend...
On Pandemics: Deadly Diseases from Bubonic Plague to Coronavirus
By David Waltner-Toews
Containing important information about the coronavirus, this comprehensive, easy-to-follow primer on pandemics, epidemics, and the panics they ignite around the world also shares solutions for a safer, healthier future. David is a Guelph area resident!
Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present
By Frank M Snowden
A brilliant and sobering look at the history and human costs of pandemic outbreaks. The World Economic Forum #1 book to read for context on the coronavirus outbreak
Soap and Water & Common Sense: The Definitive Guide to Viruses, Bacteria, Parasites, and Disease
By Bonnie Henry
BARB - The book that you never thought you'd need is out!....The definitive guide to fighting coronaviruses, colds, flus, pandemics, and deadly diseases, from Canada's newest heroine, Bonnie Henry.
The Lying Life of Adults
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein
A powerful new novel set in a divided Naples by Elena Ferrante, the beloved best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend. Giovanna's pretty face has changed: it's turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent.
This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart: A Memoir in Halves
By Madhur Anand
BARB - A multi-narrated memoir by University of Guelph professor and poet Madhur Anand. Experience the fracturing of her parent's lives in partition and their memories of immigration to Canada. And of course Madhur's life as the daughter of immigrants. Detailed, compelling and beautifully written. Published June 30.
I Keep My Worries in My Teeth: A Novel
By Anna Cox
Kudos to Guelph resident Anna Cox. This has been called a dazzling, sublimely funny debut that follows three unforgettable women who fight back after life kicks them in the teeth.
Death in Her Hands: A Novel
By Ottessa Moshfegh
Perhaps the most jarring genre of fiction is the kind that takes you deep into the gradual unraveling of a person's mind. Moshfegh does a masterful job with Death In Her Hands, which follows a protagonist who believes she's solving a murder.
Utopia Avenue: A novel
By David Mitchell
The highly anticipated new novel from the internationally bestselling author of Cloud Atlas, Utopia Avenue may be the most extraordinary British band you've never heard of.
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America: Second Edition
By David Sibley
Once you open this you won't be able to put it down. 4600 digitally remastered paintings with coloured range maps on each page.
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Sixth Edition
By Jonathan Alderfer, Jon L. Dunn
Perhaps a little heavy for a field guide but this one includes east and west!
Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America
By Patricia Manzano Fischer, Kenn Kaufman, Hector Gomez de Silva
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America
By Roger Tory Peterson
Roger Tory Peterson is the grandfather of field guides. Perhaps not as beautiful as some other guides but the info is top notch!
What It's Like to Be a Bird: What Birds Are Doing, and Why--from Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing
By David Allen Sibley
And while the text is aimed at adults--including fascinating new scientific research on the myriad ways birds have adapted to environmental changes--it is nontechnical, making it the perfect occasion for parents and grandparents to share their love of birds with young children, who will delight in the big, full-color illustrations of birds in action.
Black Books Matter: Recommended Reading
Cultural representation matters. Read, evolve, repeat!
REVIEW: APEIROGON: A Novel
Colum McCann’s new novel is a remarkable book about two extraordinary men, their families and their cause.
The Village Podcast: Mother's Day in Absentia
It will be a Mother's Day weekend to remember, and it's not because of the snow predicted to land in Southern Ontario over the weekend!
Review: The Fowl Twins
Think big adventures with bad guys, evil nuns, and a duke with an army of robots!
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The Bookshelf is now offering same-day delivery of Organized Crime wines to our Guelph Community!