October 1st, 2016

Book of the Month – October

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nest-theThe Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Every family has its problems. Bet even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs’ joint trust fund, “The Nest”, which they are but months away from finally receiving. Meant by their now deceased father to be a modest midlife supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched the nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.
Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and two looming college tuitions for her twin teenage daughters. Jack an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her over-due novel.
Can Leo rescue his siblings and by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone have to reimagine the futures they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.

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September 6th, 2016

Book of the Month – September

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light-between-oceansThe Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a ‘gift from God’, and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

Book of the Month
Every month we will be featuring a new book to be showcased in our Book of the Month. Staff members and friends will be reading the book and posting their reviews. We’d love to hear what you thought of these books as well. Post your comments and let us know.

The Light Between Oceans is available at London Drugs along with many other great titles and is on sale for the month of September.



August 25th, 2016

The Best Books for Fall 2016

As the weather turns cooler and swimsuits get packed away in favour of sweaters, it’s a great time to start a fun fall read. Grab one of these great reads and de-stress with a quiet evening with a book. You deserve it!

The Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende

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Preview: We could summarize this novel in one word – EPIC. This multi-generational love story spans both space and time. It is global in scope and starts before the Second World War, keeping the reader wrapped up in the powerfully emotional story until it reaches present day. A word of advice, keep tissues handy.

Good For: Bathtub reading, Romance fans.

The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman

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Preview: An Australian soldier returns home from WWI and takes a job as a lighthouse keeper with his young, vivacious wife. Unable to conceive, they one day find a baby alongside a dead man in a boat that washes ashore on their small island. They adopt the child in secret, but such choices always have consequences.

Good For: Rainy days, Book clubs.

Stranger Than We Can Imagine, By John Higgs

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Premise: This whirlwind tour through the 20th century demonstrates how it was deeply unlike the rest. The book covers everything from relativity to the internet, global wars to global warming, as Higgs, a truly gifted communicator of complex ideas, helps readers to finally unpack just what the heck happened.

Good For: Provoking thought, History buffs.

Ordinary Light, by Tracy K. Smith

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Premise: Providing a timely and much-needed point of view, this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet tells the true story of her youth and coming-of-age as a black, female artist. Raised by a fiercely loving single mother, Smith relates her struggles to define herself within and against complex cultural and historical forces.

Good For: Memoir lovers, Mothers & daughters.

The Dirty Life

The Dirty Life, by Kristin Kimball

Premise: What happens when Kimball, a plucky New York writer with no rural experience, takes up impulsively with a highly ambitious young farmer planning to revolutionize the industry? An amazing true-life success story.

The Dirty Life chronicles their first year together both as a couple and as business partners running their farm. The catch? They ethically produce complete weekly grocery plans for their customers.

They even use compost as fertilizer and horses instead of tractors!

Good For: Gardening buffs, Getting inspired.



August 2nd, 2016

Book of the Month – August

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The-Japanese-LoverThe Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis and the world goes to war, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her overseas to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the son of the family’s Japanese gardener, and between them a tender love blossoms. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family – like thousands of other Japanese-Americans -are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world.

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June 17th, 2016

Book of the Month – June

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RelativityRelativity by Antonia Hayes
Twelve-year-old Ethan Forsythe, a precociously talented boy obsessed with physics and astronomy, has been raised alone by his mother in Sydney, Australia. Claire, a former professional ballerina, has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he’s becoming increasingly curious about his father’s absence in his life. Claire is fiercely protective of her gifted, vulnerable son – and of her own feelings. but when Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event that occurred during his infancy, her tight grip on their world falters.
Thousands of miles away on the western coast of Australia, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart, but an unexpected call forces him to confront his past and return home. When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that – like gravity – pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness.

Book of the Month
Every month we will be featuring a new book to be showcased in our Book of the Month. Staff members and friends will be reading the book and posting their reviews. We’d love to hear what you thought of these books as well. Post your comments and let us know.

Relativity is available at London Drugs along with many other great titles and is on sale for the month of June.



May 9th, 2016

Book of the Month – May

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Mountain-StoryThe Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
On his eighteenth birthday, WolfTruly takes the tramway to the top of the mountain that looms over Palm Springs, intending to jump to his death. But fate intervenes in the form of three women wandering in the mountain wilderness: Nola, Bridget and Vonn Devine.
Through a series of missteps, this unusual group is stranded together on the mountain, in full view of the lights of the city below, with no food and little water – and no way down. As one day without rescue spirals dramatically into the next, these four broken souls begin to form an inextricable bone, realizing that their only defense against the unforgiving wilderness is one another.
Wolf, now a grown man, has never told anyone what really happened on the mountain. In telling the story to his only child, Daniel, he at last explores the nature of the ties that bind and the sacrifices people will make for love.

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April 1st, 2016

Book of the Month – April

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at-the-waters-edgeAt the Water’s Edge
by Sara Gruen
In January 1945, when Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a retired army colonel who is ashamed of his son’s inability to serve, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favor is to succeed where the Colonel very publicly failed – by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster. Leaving her sheltered world behind, Maddie reluctantly follows Ellis and his best friend, Hank, to a remote village in the Scottish Highlands. Gradually the friendships Maddie forms with the townspeople open her up to a larger world than she knew existed. Maddie begins to see that nothing is as it first appears, and as she embraces a fuller sense of who she might be, she becomes aware not only of darker forces around her but of life’s surprising possibilities.

Book of the Month
Every month we will be featuring a new book to be showcased in our Book of the Month. Staff members and friends will be reading the book and posting their reviews. We’d love to hear what you thought of these books as well. Post your comments and let us know.

At the Water’s Edge is available at London Drugs along with many other great titles and is on sale for the month of April.



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