Here are more good reads for 2018

The Sudbury Star - - TRAVEL - CHELSIE ABRA­HAM COLUMNIST Chelsie Abra­ham is the man­ager of Li­braries & Her­itage Re­sources at Greater Sud­bury Pub­lic Li­brary.

There’s no bet­ter es­cape than through a good book. From new nov­els to com­pelling non-fic­tion ex­am­i­na­tions of our mod­ern world, 2018 de­liv­ered some good reads for staff at Greater Sud­bury Pub­lic Li­brary. Here are a few more we’ve cho­sen.

Kathryn’s Pick – Strange Prac­tice, by Vi­vian Shaw

Greta Hels­ing is a fast talk­ing­doc­tor to the un­dead. Keep­ing the su­per­nat­u­ral com­mu­nity no­tal­ive and well in Lon­don has been her fam­ily’s spe­cialty for gen­er­a­tions. Greta in­her­ited the fam­ily’s high spe­cial­ized and highly pe­cu­liar med­i­cal prac­tice and she treats the un­dead for a host of ills such as vo­cal strain in ban­shees, arthri­tis in bar­row-wights and en­tropy in mum­mies.

She barely makes ends meet, this is just the quiet, su­per­nat­u­ral-ad­ja­cent life Greta’s been groomed for since child­hood. Un­til a sect of mur­der­ous monks emerges, killing hu­man and un­dead Lon­don­ers alike. As ter­ror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her un­usual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to saw her prac­tice and her life.

Kathryn was drawn to its wit­ti­ness and the char­ac­ters hooked her from start to fin­ish. The plot was in­tri­cate enough that she was left at the edge of her sea and it still left her with won­der­ful warm fuzzies at the end mak­ing this her favourite book of 2018.

Bev­erly’s Pick – Ap­petites, by An­thony Bour­dain

An­thony Bour­dain was a man of many ap­petites. And for many years, first as a chef, and then later as a world-trav­el­ling chron­i­cler of food and cul­ture on CNN’s Parts Un­known, he made a pro­fes­sion of un­der­stand­ing the ap­petites of oth­ers. Ap­petites boils down to the 40 years of pro­fes­sional cook­ing and globe-trot­ting to a tight reper­toire of per­sonal favourites – dishes that ev­ery­one (should know) how to cook.

Cook­books are made to have im­ages and that is why Bev­erly chose this as her favourite book of 2018. She adored the sim­plic­ity and time­less­ness in each page.

Nelly’s Pick – Starlight, by Richard Wagamese

Franklin Starlight had long set­tled into a quiet and pre­dictable life work­ing his re­mote farm and his com­pli­cated ex­is­tence is turned up­side down when Emmy ar­rives. Emmy is a woman who has com­mit­ted a des­per­ate act so she and her child can es­cape a har­row­ing life of vi­o­lence.

Af­ter Emmy has a run-in with the law, Starlight agrees to take her and her daugh­ter to help them get back on their feet. Over time, he in­tro­duces them to the land and pa­tiently teaches them the skills that have al­lot­ted him not only to sur­vive, but to find com­mu­nion with the world. But Emmy’s abu­sive ex isn’t con­tent to just let her go and he wants re­venge. And he’s hunt­ing her down.

The power of love is very prom­i­nent in Starlight and Nelly chose this book for its won­der­ful and mov­ing story, both tragic and hope­ful.

Jea­nine’s Pick – The Out­sider, by Stephen King

An 11-year old boy’s vi­o­lated corpse is found in a town park. Eye­wit­nesses and fin­ger­prints print un­mis­tak­ably to one of Flint City’s most pop­u­lar cit­i­zens. He is Terry Mait­land, Lit­tle League coach, English teacher, hus­band, and fa­ther of two girls.

Det. Ralph An­der­son, whose son Mait­land once coached, or­ders a quick and brief ar­rest. Mait­land has an alibi, but An­der­son and the dis­trict at­tor­ney soon add DNA ev­i­dence to go with the fin­ger­prints and wit­nesses. Their case seems iron­clad, but as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion ex­pands and hor­ri­fy­ing an­swers be­gin to emerge, the story kicks into high gear.

Stephen King draws the reader into the bat­tle be­tween good and evil, says Jea­nine. He uses his abil­ity to write hor­ror and mys­tery with long-es­tab­lished foun­da­tions of the su­per­nat­u­ral which makes this her favourite book of 2018

Monique’s Pick – Hedge­hog Needs a Hug, by Jen Bet­ton

When Hedge­hog wakes up feel­ing down in the snout and droopy in the prick­les, he knows a hug will make him feel bet­ter. But none of his friends are ea­ger to wrap their arms around Hedge­hog ’s prick­les, and he’s too smart to fall for Fox’s sly of­fer.

Monique chose this book be­cause no mat­ter how prickly, stinky or un­happy you are, ev­ery­one needs a lit­tle love in their lives. And a hug is just the way to show it!


Starlight, by Richard Wagamese, is a favourite book among staff the Greater Sud­bury Pub­lic Li­brary.

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