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Michelle Obama's memoir Becoming is the big book of the week but there are a few other books of interest. This week brings us new books from David Baldacci and Janet Evanovich. I'm really looking forward to Seduction by Karina Longworth who is the creator of the You Must Remember... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Buzz...About Books
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Autumn is the biggest time of year for book releases, so it's no surprise that so many of our favourite authors have new books coming out. These are a few of the titles being released between November 5-9, 2018. November 5 Past Tense by Lee Child Audiobook Large Print CD... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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It's that time of year again! Leaves are changing, pumpkins are showing up everywhere and people are planning their Halloween costumes. It's a perfect time for horror but what if you don't want total terror? This is a selection of mysteries that will get you into the spirit of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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The reliable folks at Days of the Year assure me that Dessert Day is a legitimate thing and not something they've just made up. They suggest that one celebrate Dessert Day by indulging in dessert--revisit your favourites or explore new flavours. There are many different types of dessert--pies, cakes, puddings.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
My favourite Miss Marple is A Murder is Announced. In it an invitation to a murder is posted in the town newspaper, surprising citizens and the residents of the home where the murder is scheduled to take place. The event has a large turnout and at the designated time the lights go out and shots are fired. When the lights come back on, someone is dead. Fortunately Miss Marple is visiting the town and she solves the crime with her customary geniality.
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2018 on Agatha Christie's Birthday at The Buzz...About Books
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In the early days of telephone communication, switchboard operators were male, often teenage boys whose rudeness and lack of patience with callers was a problem. Alexander Graham Bell realized that women were successfully employed in telegraph offices and believed that their natural grace and calmness would be a good match... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
I have such clear memories of The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat from my childhood, actually a poem called The Duel by Eugene Field. Today my mother denies that she told us such a violent story. It's even more violent when you consider I didn't know that gingham and calico were fabric. Anyway, thanks Michal for reminding me of this childhood trauma!
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Domestic suspense novels, sometimes called Grip Lit have been massively popular in recent years. They usually feature ordinary people who are either directly or indirectly involved with a crime. Bad relationships are almost always part of the mix too. This genre includes books like Gone Girl, Girl on the Train,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
I know, I was shocked by how much violence occurs around baked goods. Still cafés are my second home so I'll just have to be more alert in future.
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2018 on Cozy Café Mysteries at The Buzz...About Books
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Sometimes you just want to relax with a book that lets you escape from the troubles of the world for a few hours on a summer afternoon. Cozy mysteries are perfect for doing that. The genre keeps graphic violence and sex off the page and often feature amateur detectives who... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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These books have a few things in common: They are all thrillers. They were all published within the last two years. They all have a plot that revolves around a secret or secrets from the recent or distant past. And each of them has a title that includes a variation... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
Time after Time is wonderful. Have you read Jack Finney's Time and Again? No serial killers but a great read anyway.
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When NBC announced the cancellation of Timeless, fans of the television show launched a passionate campaign to save it. I love time travel on screen and on the page even when there are gaping logic holes, so I began watching it on Netflix. The show is about an Elon Musk-type... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
Thank you for this post.
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Kanye West is one of my favourite performers and his music helped me, a white, Canadian librarian, think about race in a completely different way. Sometimes a few lines in a song can open your eyes to things you haven't seen before. So, his recent comments about slavery being a... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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"You'll be silent forever and I'll be gone in the dark." -- The Golden State Killer to one of his victims The Golden State Killer is a serial rapist who was active in California between 1976-1986. During this time, he was responsible for at least 50 sexual assaults and hundreds... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
Six Wakes is nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel. I loved it!
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It's an amazing story. She was incredible. Thank you for bringing her story to a wider audience. All the best!
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Today's strange news story comes from Arizona, where a Phoenix area mother has been accused of using a touch taser stun gun on her son to encourage him to get ready for church on Easter Sunday. Sharron Dobbins admits that she was frustrated when her teenage son refused to get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Last week, prominent Fox News personality Tucker Carlson decided to get to the root of California politics by interviewing noted supermodel Fabio Lanzoni, pictured here on the cover of Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey. Fabio and his glorious hair are not happy at all. An outraged Fabio declared, "You go... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Common Courtesy Day is observed annually on March 21, but feel free to be courteous every day of the year. To celebrate Common Courtesy Day, here are some of the most polite books in the Toronto Public Library collection: After You by Jojo Moyes Audiobook e-audiobook ebook Large Print Talking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
Walter's murder was never solved. He and his company of adventurers were preparing a yacht for their next expedition and he was killed one night on board. One man who had caused trouble on a previous trip was tried and acquitted--he had an alibi. Another man was suspected but never charged. Aloha was spending the night on shore and was not present.
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When I was trying to decide on a topic for this year's International Women's Day post, I stumbled across Aloha Wanderwell. I can't believe I was unaware of this Canadian adventurer with the most amazing name ever. Aloha Wanderwell was born in Winnipeg in 1906. It will not surprise you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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In Japan, February 22 is National Cat Day. It's celebrated on this day because the Japanese word for meow is nyan and the word for two is pronounced "ni", so when the date 22/2 is spoken it sounds a lot like nyan, nyan, nyan or meow, meow, meow. Japan, home... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Because the world is just getting stranger, on Wednesday members of the Finnish Olympic team held a press conference to discuss knitting. Since the Sochi Olympics, knitting has been a stress relief method for athletes and coaches on the team. Snowboarding coach Antti Koskinen has become something of a legend,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books