Staff Spins and Selections

AWARD WINNERS

  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
OUR PICKS

  • Wife by Design by Tara Taylor Quinn
  • Shattered by Kevin Hearne
  • Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson
  • Ascension by Steven Galloway
  • Stitches by David Small
  • The Girl with the All The Gifts by M.R. Carey
  • Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus by Gris Grimly and Mary Shelley
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • How Firm a Foundation by David Weber
  • Toriko 21: Showdown at Chowlin Temple
  • The Confabulist by Steven Galloway
  • Velvet by Ed Brubaker
  • Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
  • The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • Summer House with a Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
  • Unlucky 13 by James Patterson
  • Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay
  • The Beautiful Land by Alan Averill
  • Hunted by Kevin Hearne
  • Blankets by Craig Thompson
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Midst Toil and Tribulation by David Weber
  • The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • D. Salinger: The Escape Artist by Thomas Beller
  • Like a Mighty   Army by David Weber
  • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
  • The Dolphin Way: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Successful Kids, Without Turning into a Tiger by Shimi K. Kang
  • Dust by Patricia Cornwell
  • Growing Up Duggar by Jana Duggar
  • Fire and Ice by Julie Garwood
  • Everything I Need to Know I Learned From A Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow
BEACH READS

  • Once a Family by Tara Taylor Quinn
  • Mirror Image by Sandra Brown
  • Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler
  • Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich
BIOS & MEMOIRS

  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
CANADIAN

  • Fruit by Brian Francis
CLASSICS

  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Song of Soloman by Toni Morrison
  • Inferno by Dante Alighieri
FANTASY

  • The Companions by R.A. Salvatore
GRAPHIC NOVEL

  • Locke & Key #1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill
HISTORICAL FICTION

  • The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
  • Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang by Joyce Carol Oates
HUMOUR

  • Dance, Gladys, Dance by Cassie Stocks
  • Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffery Brown
  • Top Secret 21 by Janet Evanovich
MYSTERIES, THRILLERS, TRUE CRIME

  • The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Robinstein
  • Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • The Water Rat of Wanchai by Ian Hamilton
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch
  • Murder List by Julie Garwood
ROMANCE

  • A Room with a View by E.M. Forrester
SCIENCE FICTION

  • Abaddon’s Gate by James Corey
  • Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
SENSE OF PLACE

  • China Dolls by Lisa See
  • What the Pilgrim Told the Psychic by Jane Christmas
  • The Fine Color of Rust by P.A. O’Reilly
  • Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
SHORT STORIES AND POETRY

  • A Faraway Smell of Lemon by Rachel Joyce
  • The Other Language by Francesca Marciano
  • As If by E.D. Blodgett
  • The World Afloat: Miniatures by M.A.C. Farrant
STAFF PICKS

  • Invisible Cities by Italo Clavino (Geoff’s Pick)
  • Fast Track by Julie Garwood
TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE

  • How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden
  • White Fever: A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia by Jacek Hugo-Bader
  • A Tourist in the Arab Spring by Tom Chesshyre
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What We Read in Week Six

Last day to spin the wheel, and all entries are due by Sunday August 25, 5 pm.  Here’s what we read in the final stretch.

Award-Winners

  • The White Tiger Aravind Adiga
  • A Colder Kind of Death Gail Bowen
  • Embassytown China Mieville
  • Tinkers Paul Harding
Customer Picks

  • Vintage Design Workshop: Knitting Techniques for Modern Style Geraldine Warner
  • Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic Peter Green & Rory Jones
  • Sh*t My Dad Says Justin Halpern
  • Destined to Fly Indigo Bloome
  • The Overlook Michael Connelly
  • The Borgias Alexandre Dumas
  • House at Riverton Kate Morton
  • The Preacher Camilla Lackberg
  • Doomed to Repeat: The Lessons of History We’ve Failed to Learn Bill Fawcett
  • Red Sparrow Jason Matthews
  • Canadian Pie Will Ferguson
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic Sophie Kinsella
  • Selected Stories William Trevor
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out of a Window and Disappeared Jonas Jonasson
  • Tripwire Lee Child
  • Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier et. al.
  • Someone Else’s Life
    Katie Dale
  • You and Your Anxious Child Anne Marie Albano
  • I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats Francesco Marciuliano
  • Joyland Stephen King
  • Boys Adrift Leonard Sax
  • The Black Prism  Brent Weeks
  • The Sentimentalists Johanna Skibsrud
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain
  • The Fire Witness Lars Kepler
  • Treachery in Death J.D. Robb
  • 9th Judgment James Patterson
  • The Runaway Jury John Grisham
  • Caught Lisa Moore
  • With Open Arms Nora Roberts
  • Second Honeymoon James Patterson
  • How Markets Fail John Cassidy
  • Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs Ronald Koertge
  • 419 Will Ferguson
  • The Inconvenient Indian Thomas King
  • The Bone Bed Patricia Cornwell
  • Cannery Row John Steinbeck
  • 10th Anniversary James Patterson
  • Tinkers Paul Harding
  • And The Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini
  • Visions of Magic Regan Hastings
  • Sarah’s Key Tatiana De Rosnay
  • Something Fierce Carmen Aguirre
  • Clash of Kings George R.R. Martin
  • High Profile Robert B. Parker
  • The Water’s Lovely Ruth Rendell
  • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection Alexander McCall Smith
  • Mathematics Tom Jackson
  • What Alice Forgot Liane Moriarty
  • The Silver Linings Playbook Matthew Quick
  • Rich Dad’s Conspiracy of the Rich Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Brave Souls Douglas Todd
  • The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh Stephanie Laurens
Beach Reads

  • The Perfect Hope Nora Roberts
  • Silver Girl Elin Hilderbrand
  • Calico Joe  John Grisham
Bios & Memoirs

  • Wave Sonali Deraniyagala
  • Chorus of Mushrooms Hiromi Goto
  • One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are Ann Voskamp
  • Geisha, A Life Mineko Iwasaki
  • Complete Surrender Dave Sharp
  • Dancing Lesson Cheryl Burke
Canadian

  • Imperfections Bradley Somer
  • They Call Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School Bev Sellars
  • Speaking from the Bones Alan Bradley
  • Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw: Travels in Search of Canada Will Ferguson
  • Emancipation Day Wayne Grady
Classics

  • The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
  • 1984 George Orwell
Fantasy and Science Fiction

  • The Explorers [There is No Turning Back] James Smythe
  • Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
    Seth Grahame-Smith
Graphic Novel

  • The Sandman: Dream Country Neil Gaiman
Historical Fiction

  • Twilight Elie Wiesel
  • In the Arms of a Marquess Katharine Ashe
  • The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie Jennifer Ashley
  • Dodger Terry Pratchett
  • The Golden Mean Annabel Lyon
  • Freddy’s War Judy Schultz

Humour

  • Radio Iris Anne-Marie Kinney
Mystery

  • Pale Horses Jassy MacKenzie
  • Now You See Her Joy Fielding
  • Snow White Must Die  Nele Neuhaus
  • Into the Darkest Corner Elizabeth Haynes
Not Just for Teens

  • Where Did You Go, Bernadette? Maria Semple
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas  John Boyne
  • If I Stay Gayle Forman
  • City of Bones Cassandra Clare
Romance

  • Something to Remember You By Gene Wilder
  • Mimi Lucy Ellmann
  • Marrying Up Wendy Holden
  • The Bull Rider’s Baby Brenda Minton
Sense of Place

  • Cannery Row John Steinbeck
  • Frozen in Place: An Epic Story of Survival and A Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II Mitchell Zuckoff
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Deborah Moggach
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
Short Stories and Poetry

  • The Golden Apples of The Sun and Other Stories Ray Bradbury
  • The Raven Edgar Allen Poe
Travel & Adventure

  • My Mercedes is Not for Sale: From Amsterdam to Ouagadougou–An Auto-Misadventure across the Sahara Jeroen Van Bergeijk
  • Faraway Lucy Irvine
  • A Small Place Jamaica Kincaid
  • The Great Wall Julia Lovel
Staff Pick

  • How To Be Canadian  Will Ferguson
  • The Rapture of the Nerds Cory Doctorow
  • Bedtime Story  Robert J. Wiersema

What Library Staff Are Reading…

The staff at St. Albert Public Library play their own summer reading game.  Same rules–spin the wheel, read one book from the spin and one book of your choice.  Check out the books read “behind the scenes”…

Award Winners
Death with Interruptions Jose Saramago
Romance

Sense of Place

Short Stories & Poetry

Travel & Adventure

Not Just for Teens

Your Picks

 

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Canadian
The Reinvention of Love Helen Humphreys
The Antagonist Lynn Coady
Always Looking Up Michael J. Fox
Beach Reads
Undeniably Yours Becky Wade
The Rosie Project Graeme C. Simsion
Classics
The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit Sloan Wilson
Bios & Memoirs
If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name: News from Small-town Alaska Heather Lende
The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy Seal Sniper Corps and How I Trained America’s Deadliest Marksmen Brandon Webb
Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2 Jennifer Jordan
Lessons from the Mountain: What I Learned from Ellen Walton Mary McDonough
Cornered: Hijinks, Highlights, Late Nights and Insights Ron Maclean
Girl Walks into a Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, adn A Midlife Miracle Rachel Dratch
Happy, happy, happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander Phil RobertsonLucky Man Michael J. FoxCarly’s Voice: Breaking Through Autism Arthur and Carly Fleischmann
Graphic Novel
A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting Guy Delisle
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale Art Spiegelman
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Last Gleaming Joss Whedon
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Vol 1 & 2 Joss Whedon
Troublemaker Janet & Alex EvanovichHumour

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened Jenny LawsonBig Girl Panties Stephanie Evanovich

Fantasy & Science Fiction
A Discovery of Witches Deborah Harkness
The Twinning Project Robert Lipsyte
Shades of Milk & Honey Mary Robinette Kowal
Every Boy Should Have a Man Preston L. Allen
Historical Fiction
The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great Eva Stachniak
Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate Diana Wallis Taylor
Loving a Lost Lord Mary Jo Putney
Love in a Cold Climate Nancy Mitford
Doctor in Petticoats Mary Connealy
22 Britannia Road Amanda Hodgkinson
Mysteries, Thrillers & True Crime
One for the Money Janet Evanovich
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler
Sammy Keyes and the Curse of the Moustache Mary   Wendelin Van Draanen
The Cuckoo’s Calling Robert Galbraith
Before I Go to Sleep S.J. Watson
The Outfit Richard Stark
Pampered to Death Laura Levine
Started Early, Took My Dog Kate AtkinsonCode Words Traci Hunter Abramson