THE GREAT AND AWFUL SUMMER, by Mitzi Dale
THE GREAT AND AWFUL SUMMER, by Mitzi Dale
Sarah is spending the summer working at a resort, even though it means missing her favorite soap opera, Willow Heights. Things get exciting when they find that the star of Willow Heights lives on a private island near the resort. Why is everyone so tight-lipped when it comes to the famous actor? Sarah and Ellen find out more than they ever wanted to know when they sneak onto Ellis's island, and Sarah discovers that even the immensely wealthy can have dark and ugly secrets. Price $9.95
WEAK TWO, by Selwyn Kossuth
WEAK TWO, by Selwyn Kossuth
The two hoods grinned at the terrified girl. The girl was about to be taught a lesson that she and her friends would never forget and make them think twice about trying to thwart the brilliant scheme. The scheme is the brainchild of lawyers in New York and Bermuda. Huge quantities of Colombian and Russian mob money are to be laundered through the "new" South Africa and the Canadian province of Ontario. Two key bureaucrats in the province with expensive personal tastes - the "weak two" - are paid substantial sums by the lawyers to ensure the success of the scheme. But the head of enforcement of the securities commission and his bridge partner have other ideas. Can they stop the hoods and expose the scheme before it is too late? Price $19.99
DEEP FINESSE, by Selwyn Kossuth
DEEP FINESSE, by Selwyn Kossuth
In the author's first novel, Weak Two, George Bertram of the Ontario Securities Commission and his duplicate bridge partner, Tony Phillips, manage to thwart an attempt to launder drug and other money into Ontario. In the sequel, Deep Finesse, the same crooks hatch another laundering scheme, this one involving deep sea treasure, the Vancouver Stock Exchange, a provicial minister of finance with unusual nocturnal habits, and a young woman who uses her personal claims to advance her business career. George Bertram and Tony Phillips team up with other regulators in North America and the plot moves swiftly towards a horrifying climax. Price $19.99
SEA-CHANGE, by Frank & Gillian
SEA-CHANGE, by Frank & Gillian
Sea-Change is a novel about humanity's relationship to itself, to other species, and to the sea. At the turn of the twentieth century, two boys, twin brothers, are born in a Newfoundland outport. One goes to school and becomes a powerful financier and industrialist. The other goes sealing off Labrador where he almost drowns and is rescued by the Inuit. One changes the sea through the commodification of fishing and the other is changed by the sea through a shamanic experience. Their intriguing story involves a beautiful Bostonian woman whose strange fate it is to engender a new form of humanity.By turns tragic, funny, and erotic, Sea-Change is a perplexing book, but no more perplexing than the changes humanity must undergo if we are to survive with other creatures on this blue planet. Price $22.00
SEARCHING FOR GREY-BRUCE, by Telfer Wegg
SEARCHING FOR GREY-BRUCE, by Telfer Wegg
Explore both the celebrated and the lesser known attractions as resident photographer Telfer Wegg shares 120 of his favourite colour photographs from 5 distinct regions in Grey-Bruce. This comprehensive visual survey will become a treasured keepsake for residents and serve as an invaluable resource for visitors and tourists. Price $35.00
GREAT FOOD AT HOME, by Mark McEwan
GREAT FOOD AT HOME, by Mark McEwan
Includes over 100 recipes for any occasion. Many of the dishes reflect the sort of simple, rustic fare that Mark likes to make at home. Others are favourites from his restaurants. All of the recipes are flexible so that you can easily create great family-style meals. Mark is one of Canada's top celebrity chefs. Price $26.00.
COPERNICUS AVENUE, by Andrew J. Borkowski
COPERNICUS AVENUE, by Andrew J. Borkowski
Set primarily in the neighbourhood of fictional Copernicus Avenue, Andrew’s debut collection of short stories is a daring, modern take on life in Toronto’s Polish community in the years following World War II. Featuring a cast of young and old, artists and soldiers, visionaries and madmen, the forgotten and the unforgettable, Copernicus Avenue captures, with bold and striking prose, the spirit of a people who have travelled to a new land, not to escape old grudges and atrocities, but to conquer them. Price $21.00
MORNING STAR, by Judith Plaxton
MORNING STAR, by Judith Plaxton
The Underground Railroad links two girls living more than a century apart. Flower and her family have escaped from the plantation where they were kept as slaves and are making their way north to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Their journey is dangerous and often desperate, as they are helped and sheltered by some, and hunted by others. Interwoven with Flower's narrative is the story of Felicia, a young girl living more than 150 years later in a small Canadian community that was once an end-point of the Underground Railroad. Felicia, one of the few black children in her school, is researching her ancestry for a class project. As she learns about her ancestors' struggles and successes, their bravery gives her the strength to confront the racism and bullying of a classmate.  Price $10.95
UNDER THE HOLY LAKE, by Ken Haigh
UNDER THE HOLY LAKE, by Ken Haigh
Inaccessible for most of its history, the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has long fascinated the West. Today, wealthy travelers are admitted in small groups, but in 1987, when Ken Haigh arrived as a volunteer to teach in a small high school, foreign travelers were as hard to find in the kingdom as telephones or toilet paper. Under the Holy Lake describes a two-year sojourn in the valley of Khaling in eastern Bhutan. Ken learns to cope with leeches, rabid dogs, and culture shock, and in return finds his life transformed. He rents a small cottage next to an old Buddhist monastery and quickly settles into a pattern of existence that is hundreds of years removed from the world he’d known in Canada. Under the Holy Lake is a love song to a mountain valley and its people, a story of youth, and discovery, and, ultimately, of loss. Price $29.95
CITY WOLVES, by Dorris Heffron
CITY WOLVES, by Dorris Heffron
Born in 1870 on a farm near Halifax, Meg Wilkinson resolves from childhood experiences with wolves to become a veterinarian. Supported in this quest by the seemingly eccentric Randolph Oliphant and inspired by the ancient story of Inuit who first turned wolves into sled dogs, Meg surpasses the “horse doctors” at vet college and becomes Halifax’s notorious “dog doctor” in the 1890s. After her unusual marriage to Oliphant ends abruptly in Boston, Meg shakes free by travelling to the Yukon in search of the legendary sled dogs. Arriving just as the Klondike gold rush begins, she is soon making her way amidst Mounties, dance hall girls, Klondike Kings, mushers, priests and swindlers. Observed in part through the restless spirit of ancient Inuit musher Ike, City Wolves subtly reveals the wolf-like nature of humans and the human nature of wolves. Price $22.95
SHARK IN THE HOUSE, by Dorris Heffron
SHARK IN THE HOUSE, by Dorris Heffron
Everyone has a story in them and Holly Kowalski is no exception. A successful dentist with two grown children, living alone in Toronto, she decides to write her autobiography, which leads her through poignant and painful memories of the triumphs and tragedies of her life. Dorris Heffron tells the engrossing tale of Holly's awkward childhood; her entrapment in her pursuit for middle-class respectability through her marriage to Paul, a successful dentist; and the horrific moment of violence that forever changes her life, and forces her to forge a new beginning for herself and her children. A Shark In The House is a story of love and ambition, death and survival, and the strangeness that lurks within the most seemingly ordinary lives. Price $19.95
PARIS TIMES EIGHT, by Deidre Kelly
PARIS TIMES EIGHT, by Deidre Kelly
A poignant and often amusing reminiscence of growing to womanhood through eight visits to Paris. For Deirdre Kelly, Paris is not only a dream city but also the place where she attains a deeper understanding of herself. Having always defined herself in opposition to her mother, Kelly finds in the city itself her “other mother,” the mother of her imagination.
At nineteen, Kelly first arrives in Paris as a starry-eyed ingénue. In a subsequent visit she appears as a budding writer, eager for intellectual and sexual adventure, who interviews the legendary Nureyev and crashes an exclusive fashion show. In an emotionally charged return, Kelly takes her mother to Paris to meet her “other mother,” with not altogether happy results. She also takes her future husband, who has his own connection to the city. On her last trip, she is a mother herself.
During all these visits, Paris is the constant, but Kelly’s shifting emotional world creates varying perspectives on both the city and her evolving self. Price $22.95
BALLERINA, by Deidre Kelly
BALLERINA, by Deidre Kelly
Ballerina - Sex,Scandal, and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection
A controversial look at the brutal backstage existence of some of the world's most celebrated ballerinas. It's a behind-the-scenes history of the ballerina, from the court of Louis XIV to the present day. Price $29.95
PERSUASION, by Arlene Dickinson
PERSUASION, by Arlene Dickinson
At 30, Arlene Dickinson was divorced, had a high school diploma, no savings, and no idea how to feed four young children. She is now the CEO of Venture Communications, a co-star of the CBC TV hit Dragons' Den, and one of the country's most sought-after female entrepreneurs.The secret of her journey from poverty to the corner office? The art of persuasion, as she explains with wit and unusual candour in this, her first book. Blending her own frank and highly entertaining stories with compelling social science, Dickinson explains how to master the art of persuasion, without an M.B.A., to achieve maximum success in business—and in life.  Price $20.00
ONE ON ONE, by Peter Mansbridge
ONE ON ONE, by Peter Mansbridge
Canadians have long relied on award-winning anchor and journalist Peter Mansbridge to inform and enlighten us, whether at the helm of The National or on Mansbridge One on One, his weekly interview show. In this, his first book, he collects the most illuminating and timely interviews from the past ten years, book-ending each with his behind-the-scenes recollections and anecdotes. Mansbridge acts as our guide as we get the inside story from prominent figures from all walks of life, including world leaders, music legends and sports heroes. Price $22.00