By Katie Turzansky
Check out some of our favourite books from 2016. Take a break and enjoy some of last year’s best!
Five Favourite Fiction Titles of 2016
We're All in This Together by Amy Jones
A woman goes over a waterfall, a video goes viral, a family goes into meltdown -- life is about to get a lot more complicated for the Parker family. A 49th Shelf Book of the Year. Available from EPL as an eBook if you need that break from the holidays now!
Redemption Road by John Hart
A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen… This is a town on the brink. A Publisher's Weekly Pick.
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
The author of The Aviator’s Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s—and the scandalous, headline-making and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley. People’s Book of the Week • Entertainment Weekly’s Must List • Library Reads Top Ten Pick.
Don't I Know You? by Marni Jackson
What if some of the artists we feel as if we know―Meryl Streep, Neil Young, Bill Murray―turned up in the course of our daily lives? This is what happens to Rose McEwan, an ordinary woman who keeps having strange encounters with famous people. In this engrossing, original novel-in-stories, we follow her life from age 17, when she takes a summer writing course led by a young John Updike, through her first heartbreak (witnessed by Joni Mitchell) on the island of Crete, through her marriage, divorce, and a canoe trip with Taylor Swift, Leonard Cohen and Karl Ove Knausgaard. A 49th Shelf Book of the Year.
Kingfisher by Patricia A. McKillip
In the new fantasy from the award-winning author of the Riddle-Master Trilogy, a young man comes of age amid family secrets and revelations, and transformative magic. A Kirkus pick, and a Publisher's Weekly pick.
Five Favourite Nonfiction Titles of 2016
The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer
Joshua Hammer's book describes how librarians and archivists in Timbuktu smuggled rare manuscripts out of Mali to protect them from invading Al Qaeda forces. One of our favourites for obvious reasons!
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
One of the brightest minds in modern physics explains seven concepts in ways even the least scientifically inclined will find enjoyable.
Foodie or no, this collection of recipes from local chefs is worth flipping through for the gorgeous photos alone. Or maybe you need some inspiration for Christmas dinner?
The Hidden Life of Trees - What They Feel, How They Communicate: Discoveries From A Secret World by Peter Wohlleben
The bestseller no one expected. Written by a German naturalist this book about how trees communicate is great for the nature nut in all of us.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer just as he was about to complete his training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi's book is a beautiful reflection on life and mortality.
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