Poor Richard

Photo of cover of Daughter of TimeThe discovery last week of the bones of Richard III, found buried under a parking lot, reminded us of The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. Her fictional detective Alan Grant turns his deductive powers to the mystery of Richard’s behavior and intentions on his route to the English throne.  This Globe and Mail article details the influence Tey’s book has had on historians and lovers of historical fiction.


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200 years of Pride and Prejudice

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Pride and PrejudiceSo begins Jane Austen’s masterpiece Pride and Prejudice, published 200 years ago. Raise your cup and saucer today, in celebration of this witty and influential book.

Here’s a link to our catalogue listing for Pride and Prejudice, which will include the original book, and some of the many spinoffs and film/tv versions of the story in our collection.

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Book Review: Crossing the Line: The outrageous story of a hockey original

Cover image of Crossing the Line by Derek SandersonCrossing the line: the outrageous story of a hockey original
Derek Sanderson with Kevin Shea; foreword by Bobby Orr

Adult Non-Fiction: 796.962092 Sande

I witnessed May 10, 1970 live on television: Derek Sanderson fed Bobby Orr with the overtime pass to give the Boston Bruins their first Stanley Cup championship since 1941. Forty-two years later, I’m delighted to read Derek Sanderson’s new book. If you happen to be a die-hard Bruin fan, this book is for you.

Derek really tells it like it was. As a Bruin, he enjoyed a celebrity lifestyle with money, drugs and women. All that, for a shy boy from Niagara Falls!

Bobby Orr wrote the foreword, and Derek expresses his gratitude for Bobby’s support throughout the book. If you’re a hockey fan, or an Orr fan (like me!) you won’t be able to put it down. I give it 5 out of 5.

~Heidi Northover

Some other notable hockey biographies of 2012:

The goal of my life: a memoir by Paul Henderson with Roger Lajoie    Adult Non-fiction 796.962092 Hende

Journeyman: the many triumphs (and even more numerous defeats) of a guy who’s seen just about everything in the game of hockey by Sean Pronger with Dan Murphy   Adult Non-fiction 796.962092 Prong

Straight shooter: the Brad Park story by Thom Sears   Adult Non-fiction 796.962092 Park-S

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Book Review: Dearie: the remarkable life of Julia Child

Dearie: the remarkable life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz

Adult Non-Fiction 641.5092 Child-S

I have always been a fan of Julia Child. I remember rushing home from school to watch The Galloping Gourmet and Julia and Jacques with my Uncle. We laughed and marveled through the show but, I must confess, I never tried a recipe. I read Julie and Julia by Julie Powell [Adult Non-Fiction 641.5092 Pow] and enjoyed the movie with Meryl Streep [DVD FIC Jul]. So it didn’t take much to persuade me to read Dearie.

The author, Bob Spitz, is obviously also a fan. He  has written a hefty 500+ page book detailing the extraordinary life of Julia Child. Her determination to make French cooking accessible to North American cooks and her insistence on accurate measurements and complete instructions revolutionized cookbook writing. Julia Child had a quirky personality that engaged the TV audience and encouraged them to try her new way of cooking.

Julia Child was well-loved by the American public and Spitz describes this fully. It appears that Julia became a bit of a curmudgeon at the end of her life but  she remained feisty, determined, opinionated and a remarkable advocate both for French cooking and accessible cooking for everyone.

I know that my next move will be to take home one of her cookbooks (the library has several) and maybe try one of the recipes – how about Crème Brule?

~ Liz Fenwick

Have you read this book, or another one about Julia Child? Let us know what you think by commenting. Click on the post title to leave the Library homepage and go to the post page. Below the post, you’ll find the comment box.

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Young Adult Classics

Photo of colourful old book spinesAnnouncing a brand new collection, especially for high school students. YA Classics are major works of literature, perfect for Independent Studies. Award winners, timeless classics, important novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction, from Canada and around the world.  These are the books your English teachers want you to read and report on. All in one place – in the Teen District.

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