Here are more good reads for 2018
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.