By Joshua Whitehead
Canada Reads Winner 2021!!! It contrasts beautifully with tales of constancy and profound love of his Grandmother who always made sure to be there without any surprise or fanfare, celebrate his two spirit experience. Moved to tears by that one.
Butter Honey Pig Bread
By Francesca Ekwuyasi
An intergenerational saga about three Nigerian women: a novel about food, family, and forgiveness.
Two Trees Make a Forest: In Search of My Family's Past Among Taiwan's Mountains and Coasts
By Jessica J. Lee
Winner of the Hilary Weston Prize for Non-Fiction Two Trees Make a Forest is a finely faceted meditation on memory, love, landscape--and finding a home in language. Its short, shining sections tilt yearningly toward one another; in form as well as content.
Hench: A Novel
By Natalie Zina Walschots
Walschots playfully pokes at both office politics and comic book absurdity while offering gripping action and gut-wrenching body horror. The inventive premise, accessible heroine, and biting wit will have readers eager for more from this talented author.
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.
A Promised Land
By Barack Obama
Finally available, get yours now as quantities in North America have been limited. A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making-from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy.
REVIEW: ENTANGLED LIFE
By Barb MinettWe are the lucky recipients of Merlin Sheldrake's knowledge and life experience.
Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee
By Shannon Lee
The teachings of Bruce Lee brought to life by his daughter Shannon Lee. Articulate, philosophical, helpful and interesting.
Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society
By Ronald Deibert
In the 2020 CBC Massey Lectures, bestselling author and renowned technology and security expert Ronald J. Deibert exposes the disturbing influence and impact of the internet on politics, the economy, the environment, and humanity!
Magdalena: River of Dreams
By Wade Davis
A captivating new book from Wade Davis--renowned, award-winning, bestselling author and photographer, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence for more than a decade-- that brings vividly to life the story of the great Río Magdalena.
War: How Conflict Shaped Us
By Margaret Macmillan
Thoughtful and brilliant insights into the very nature of war--from the ancient Greeks to modern times--from the world's foremost expert historian.
The Expendables: How the Middle Class Got Screwed By Globalization
By Jeff Rubin
A provocative, far-reaching account of how the middle class got stuck with the bill for globalization, and how the blowback--from Brexit to Trump to populist Europe--will change the developed world.
If I Knew Then: Finding wisdom in failure and power in aging
By Jann Arden
It could be said that Jann Arden is a renaissance woman. She has so many outlets for her creative intelligence. But she says the most important thing in her life has been her failures!
Rapture: Fifteen Teams, Four Countries, One NBA Championship, and How to Find a Way to Win -- Damn Near Anywhere
By Phil Jackson, Nick Nurse, Michael Sokolove
Nick Nurse distills the wisdom, insight, and experiences that helped him lead the Toronto Raptors to the NBA championship in his first year as head coach. GO RAPTORS!!!
The Company: The Rise and Fall of the Hudson's Bay Empire
By Stephen Bown
Stephen R. Bown has a scholar's profound knowledge and understanding of the Company's history, but wears his learning lightly in a narrative as compelling, and rich in well-drawn characters, as a page-turning novel.
Burke's Law: A Life in Hockey
By Stephen Brunt, Brian Burke
The gruffest man in hockey opens up about the challenges, the feuds, and the tragedies he's fought through.
The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
By Erik Larson
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz
The Age of Creativity: Art, Memory, My Father, and Me
By Emily Urquhart
A moving portrait of a father and daughter relationship and a case for late-stage creativity from Emily Urquhart, the bestselling author of Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes.
REVIEW: WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A BIRD
By Barb MinettIt’s not a long shot to predict that those living in the future might look at David Sibley as we now look at Audubon.
The Bedside Book of Birds: An Avian Miscellany
By Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson
In this stunning assemblage of words and images, novelist and avid birdwatcher Graeme Gibson offers an extraordinary tribute to the venerable relationship between humans and birds.
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
The most up-to-date field guide, including dozens of changes by the American Ornithologists' Union in official names of birds; the addition of new species to reflect the latest scientific discoveries; and dozens of updated range maps.
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!
Feed the Birds: Attract and Identify 196 Common North American Birds
By Chris Earley
Guelph resident and bird lover Chris Early has designed Feed the Birds as a resource for beginners and experienced birdwatchers alike.
The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think
By Jennifer Ackerman
If there's one thing Ackerman's illuminating book makes clear, it's that there is no single way to be a bird.
The Genius of Birds
By Jennifer Ackerman
Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence.
Sibley Backyard Birding Flashcards: 100 Common Birds of Eastern and Western North America
By David Allen Sibley
From leading ornithologist David Sibley, this flashcard deck is designed for the beginner and backyard bird watcher. Soon your backyard will be full of birds - and a great way to sharpen your mind!
REVIEW: THE CREEP
This thrilling debut novel manages to harmonize the clangor of the past twenty years of decline and disenfranchisement and disinformation.
REVIEW: THE GIRL WHO LOVED GIRAFFES
When Rockwood resident and writer Kathy Stinson sat down to watch the latest offering of The Bookshelf’s Sunday Secret Cinema, The Woman Who Loved Giraffes, she had no idea that this movie would be the inspiration for a future book.
REVIEW: A MAN NAMED DOLL
When a mystery barely tops two hundred pages, you know that whatever's going to happen is going to happen fast and hard.
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