Biblio File

  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/7/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    December 11, 2017


    ‘Tis the season to be reading!

    Please join us at the library on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 6:45 to 7:30 pm for Christmas Story Time! There will be special guest readers along with your hostess for the evening, Michelle McMahon.  Step out of the cold and into the reading area for stories, rhymes, songs and a snack.  PJs, Santa hats and Christmas sweaters welcome.

    Please note that afternoon story time (Thursdays at 2:15) will be held at the F. W. Gilbert school during the winter weather and will return to the library in the spring.

    Congratulations to Gary and Grace Simmons who won the book raffle at the Pinawa Winter Market – thanks to them and everyone for your support of the PPL!

    Librarian’s Choice book review:

    “I wanted a captivating book to help beat the November blahs and Kristen Hannah’s Night Road did not disappoint.  The story is both tragic and hopeful as Judy Farraday, a mother of twin teenagers, is faced with the challenge of when to hold on, and when to let go.  A spellbinding narrative that drives home the message that forgiveness of both self and others is the only way to free yourself and your loved ones from a life of misery.”


  • The Biblio File: Library News (12/4/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    December 4, 2017

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    Happy December!

    In keeping with the season, we have added a few timely books to our shelves this week:

    Home for the Holidays by Debbie Macomber, Secret Santa by Fern Michaels, Hot Flash Holidays by Nancy Thayer and A Very Merry Christmas by Geronimo Stilton. Fans of the Kratt brothers will be happy to see that  we have added A Creature Christmas to our kids DVD collection this week as well.

    With all the white outside it seems like a good time to bring a little green into the conversation.  On the librarian desk you will find a stack of “Green Planet for kids” booklets – drop by and pick one up. This little publication uses fun cartoons to teach kids about energy consumption and how to save water and electricity.  It also discusses  the reduce/reuse/recycle trio, composting, making good choices and offers up many other neat tips that help to make a difference.

    Speaking of segues…do you have any extra plastic bags?  We would love a few at the library for our “books by the bag” sales shelves.  Please consider dropping off a few next time you are in.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/27/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    November 27, 2017

    Come and see us at Pinawa’s 13th Annual Winter Town Market on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:00-3:00! This great event is held in the Pinawa Community Centre, 20 Vanier Drive.  The library will have a table of nearly-new and buy-by-the-bag books!  Perfect to add alongside the gifts under the tree.  Pinawa’s own Mike Luke will be there with his books, as will Gerald Kuehl with his book “Portraits of the North.” Support local!

    EXCITING NEWS!  For those who like to enjoy Sunday afternoons at the library – we are now open Sundays from 1:00-4:00!  It’s amazing how much you canf it into an extra hour!

    Kay Harvey has donated another BBC hit series to the library – Keeping Up Appearances.  This series highlights the life of Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet, if you please) who lives to impress. And she has no patience for people who pretend to be superior — because that makes it “so much harder for those of us who really are.” Assured of her own eminence, she spends her days trying to make sure everyone else is, too. Her down-market sisters, Rose and Daisy, are a challenge, but she’s always willing to talk about her rich sister Violet.  This snobbish housewife is determined to climb the social ladder, in spite of her family’s working class connections and the constant chagrin of her long suffering husband.  You will find all 8 seasons at the PPL!

    A few other DVDs have been added recently as well including Ballerina, Beauty and the Beast, The Book of Henry, and Sit and Be Fit.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/20/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    November 20, 2017

    Do you ever find yourself influenced by Oprah’s Book Club picks?  Heather’s Picks at Chapters? Suggested reading and Top 10 lists on Sometimes it’s interesting to see what others are reading and their favorites. Or maybe it’s fun to step outside of your regular genre and try something new.

    We would like to introduce a new idea – PPL’s very own “Librarian’s Choice” book reviews!  Every now and then you will find a book review by one of our own.  Why not start now?

    The Good Luck Girl by Kerry Reich was a pleasant surprise.  Originally chosen to be a quirky and fun beach read about a post-college slacker, this book takes an interesting turn half-way.  In the beginning we meet Maeve,  a 20-something girl who can’t decide on which road to take in life. She is tired of being labeled irresponsible and after consulting Facebook, decides on a whim to drive across the country to L.A.  Her car breaks down en route and she ends up being stranded in Unknown, Arizona. It is here that she ends up facing the reality of her past.  It is both funny and moving in equal measures.”

    Abibliophobia: the fear of running out of reading material.  Don’t let this happen to you!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/13/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    November 13, 2017


    Well, it looks like the snow is here to stay.

    Did you know that the library has 97 books and 3 DVDs with the word “snow” in the title? These span every genre including Fiction (A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diane Gabaldon), Teen (Snow Apples by Mary Razzell), Crime (Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark), Picture books (Dream Snow by Eric Carle), Junior Fiction (Crystal the Snow Fairy by Rosie Meadows), Non-Fiction (Tigers in the Snow by Peter Matthiessen), and in Large Print books, Whiter than Snow by Sandra Dallas.

    Books are like snowflakes – no two are alike.

    When it snows you have two choices – shovel, or read.  Put your boots on and come see us at the library!


  • The Biblio File: Library News (11/6/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    November 6, 2017

    We are doing some rearranging and will be looking for new homes for our National Geographic collection – do you need just one? The year?  The whole collection?  Could you use these for crafts?  For reference?  Are they vintage collectibles worth millions on eBay? You decide.

    A few of the many new books added to the shelves this week include Fairytale by Danielle Steel, Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer, and Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King in Fiction, Haunted by James O. Born and James Patterson and The Rooster Bar by John Grisham in Crime, and The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman in Teen.

    Knowledge is free at the library – just bring your own container.

    Don’t forget to join us for Story Time on Wednesdays at 2:15 and The Knit Shift Thursdays at 1:00!

    “The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library” Albert Einstein.  We are more than just books.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/30/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    October 30, 2017

    Life is busy.  Here are a few tips on how to add more reading moments to your life:

    1. Throw your phone into the river. (or at least turn it off)
    2. Carry a book at all times.
    3. Have another book (or seven) ready before you finish the first one.
    4. If you aren’t enjoying a book, stop reading it immediately. Life is too short for unsatisfying reads.
    5. Schedule one hour a day for reading on your calendar like you would an important meeting. Ideas: commutes, lunch breaks, go to bed an hour earlier (whaaaat?)
    6. Keep a reading log and share it with your friends and your local library. People love suggestions and might even reciprocate by sending you their favorites to read.

    With new shelving comes new space!  A sample of our new additions includes The King’s Deception by Steve Berry and The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter in Crime.  I’ll Always Have You by Nora Roberts, Tandia by Bryce Courtenay, and One Brother Shy by Terry Fallis in Fiction.  The Deep and Stormswept by Helen Dunmore, Crush Control and Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley and the 5-book Selection series by Kiera Cass in Teen. We have added to the Non-Fiction, Science Fiction and Junior Fiction shelves as well so stop by and fill your book bag!

    Have a fun and safe Halloween!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/23/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    October 23, 2017

    Get your costumes ready!  There will be a MONSTERIFIC evening storytime at the library on Monday, October 30, 2017 from 6:45 to 7:30.  Join us for stories and songs for families.  There will be a SPOOKTACULAR snack provided. This event is sponsored by Grassroots: Pinawa Early Childhood Development Committee.

    Are you looking for something good to read?  Our very own Head Librarian has read and recommends Entry Island by Peter May.

    “Readers of Peter May’s Lewis trilogy will enjoy Entry Island.  The Lewis trilogy mysteries take place on the rugged Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides off the northwest tip of Scotland.  The setting is spectacular and the history and customs of this desolate but beautiful area are what remains long after the thread of the whodunit is forgotten.

    Entry Island is again set in a remote location, this time closer to home in the Magdalen Islands, part of the Province of Quebec in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  Once more, both history and location are inseparable, blending the less-known potato famine in Scotland and the story of immigrants arriving in Canada at Entry Island into the narrative.  The plot of the whodunit is gripping, but it’s the history that you’ll remember.”

    Do you have a book to recommend?  We love hearing from readers!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/16/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    October 16, 2017

    The Knit Shift with Anne Shifflett will be returning to the library on Thursdays, beginning on October 19th, 2017 from 1:00-4:00. Join us for knitting and crocheting – relax, share tips and patterns and get help if you’re stuck.

    Are you a fan of the hit series Justified?  Seasons 4, 5, and 6 have just arrived!  Settle in for a weekend of binge-watching.  Additionally, a few dozen new books have been added to the shelves over the past week in all genres so drop by for a browse.

    Did someone say renovation?  Doesn’t the arrival of fall mean re-arrange the furniture?  Buy new leaf-colored cushions? We have a wide collection of books about organization, decoration, de-cluttering and construction – everything you need to start, design, or change up your home. And speaking of change – our new shelves are in! We are feeling much more organized.

    For those who have been borrowing the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission reports from the Home Grown section – these are now available online at

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/9/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    October 9, 2017


    Happy Thanksgiving!  What are you thankful for?  Health? Happiness? Friends? Family? Food? Books? If you are looking for something to read while relaxing post dinner (after the dishes are done of course), we have many new titles on the shelves this week.  A sample includes:

    Lights, Camera, Action! and Mice on the Runway (Mouseford Academy series) by Thea Stilton (Junior Fiction)

    Whatever After #9, Genie in a Bottle by Sarah Mlynowski and Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz (Junior Fiction)

    Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen (Teen)

    Proof of Life (J.P. Beaumont #23) by J. A. Jance, and I Know a Secret (Rizzoli and Isles #12) by Tess Gerritsen. (Crime)

    Almost a Crime by Penny Vincenzi, Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell, The Spy by Paulo Coelho and Cold War (Power Plays #5) by Tom Clancy. (Fiction)

    The Great Grey Owl by Robert R. Taylor, and Paddy by R. D. Lawrence. (Non-Fiction)

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    Reminder that Story Time starts this week!  Join us at the library on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 2:15 p.m., for stories, snacks, and a simple craft.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (10/3/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    October 2, 2017

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    Hats off to the 2017 Quiz Night winning team:  Don & Louise Daymond, Ken McCallum, Andrew Chambers, Shelley McLean, Rhonwen Mikkelson, Amber & Ryan Bilinsky.  This is the 3rd win for the ‘Dazed and Confused’ team, they’ve won on alternate years since 2013.  Congrats also to Florence Vilks, winner of the Club/Diamond/Heart/Spade game and to Crystal Stanley, the True/False champ – her second time accomplishing this feat.  J Horton was ecstatic to have his ticket drawn for the 50/50 prize.  Maria Allan won the lovely wine/snack gift basket, thanks very much to Solo Market for donating this prize.

    Thanks to all who participated in Quiz Night this year!  We enjoy hosting this fun event and appreciate your support of the Library.

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    Our large print block of books has been recently refreshed so please drop by and browse the new titles!

    Looking to get a start on your Christmas shopping?  Of course you are.  We have limited signed copies Gerald Kuehl’s fantastic book, Portraits of the North, on sale at the library for $35.00!   Perfect for under the tree.


    Don’t be alarmed!  The library doesn’t look like this, but you might notice some disruption over the next few weeks as we move things around in anticipation of our new shelving.  There is method to our madness and all of the books will still be easily found.  Please bear with us during this short period of reorganization.

    Please note that the library will be closed on Sunday, October 8, 2017 and Monday, October 9, 2017 for the Thanksgiving weekend.


  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/25/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    September 25, 2017


    October is Canadian Library month.  It’s an opportunity for libraries to celebrate and raise awareness of their importance in the community and in people’s lives.  Libraries are so much more than just books. They are a place for interaction, conversation, support, friendship, events and fun for both adults and children.  Come by and relax in our cozy reading areas or if you feel inclined, add some pieces to our ongoing and ever-changing puzzle.  At our library we often have presentations, get-togethers, and fun events such as our annual QUIZ NIGHT (September 29, 2017 – get your team registered!).


    With the return of school comes the return of Story Time!  Story Time is on Wednesdays and will begin on October 11, 2017 at 2:15.  Join us at the library for stories, songs, a snack and a simple craft.  This weekly get-together is run by Grassroots – Pinawa Early Childhood Development Committee.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/19/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    September 18, 2017

    Who doesn’t love a good book about animals?  Over the last few weeks our shelves have seen a burst of new animal themed books for all ages and interests, including:

    The Usborne Little Book of Dogs and Puppies by Phillip Clarke

    Cats by Anna Milbourne

    If Your Cat Could Talk by Bruce Fogle

    The Horse: A Miscellany of Equine Knowledge by Julie Whitaker and Ian Whitlow

    Wolf: Legend, Enemy, Icon by Rebecca L. Grambo

    ASPCA Complete Guide to Dogs by Sheldon L. Gerstenfeld

    A quick peek through our shelves finds many more “guides to”, informational, photo, story and fun books about animals of all kinds.

    If you are interested in more exotic animals along with stories of travel and adventure please join us at the Pinawa Library for Donna and Ray Warenko’s “An African Journey” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.  Donna and Ray will take you through their 2-month journey through Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa.  Everyone welcome!




  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/11/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    September 11, 2017

    Is everyone “falling” back into a routine?  We hope this includes some reading time because the return of our fall hours means more new books on the shelves! Checklist:  hot chocolate, sweaters, wool socks, books!  Come over and browse – we love patron requests, suggestions and reviews!

    Connie Hill highly recommends News of the World and writes “the setting may suggest a Western, but this lovely novel by Paulette Jiles is so much more.  An old man and a twice orphaned girl journey through a dangerous landscape to deliver the child to relatives and the news to isolated towns. Their developing relationship is at the heart of the story”.

    A few new books on the shelf include Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology & the Business of Keeping us Hooked by Adam Alter, Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton and Glass Houses by Louise Penny (The latest in the popular Inspector Gamache series!).

    We hope to see you at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the library to meet and chat with Pinawa’s own Gerald Kuehl about his amazing book, Portraits of the North.  Join us for reading, conversation, and refreshments.

    Don’t forget to drop in and register for Quiz Night which will be held on September 29, 2017!  And equally as important – start thinking of your top secret team name!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (9/4/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    September 4, 2017

    Why do we have a picture of a black rhino on our page this week?  Mark your calendars because Donna and Ray Warenko will be at the library on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:00 to share their experiences during their 2-month, 12,000 km  journey through Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa.  Yes, that is their camper that the rhino is checking out! Their presentation will include a slide show and tales from their trip.  Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.

    The library would like to say a big thank-you to our wonderful summer students Rebecca and Terra for a job superbly done!  We wish them and all others a great return to school this week.

    With school resuming, we will be returning to our regular hours effective Tuesday, September 5, 2017:

    Monday 6:30-9:00
    Tues-Thurs 9:00-4:00 & 6:30-9:00
    Friday 9:00-4:00
    Sunday 1:00-3:00

  • The Biblio File: Library News (8/28/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    August 28, 2017

    Meet author and artist Gerald Kuehl on Wednesday September 13, 2017 at 7:00 in the Pinawa Public Library!

    Gerald is a self-taught pencil artist that grew up in Pinawa. Over the past 30 years he has drawn everything from fish to hockey skates. On a trip to northern Manitoba in 1997, the seed was planted for Portraits of the North, when he became fascinated by the stories of the people he met.  He was determined to capture the spirit and vitality of these people through pencil portraiture.  This decision has taken him over 90,000 km by car, plane, bus and train to many settlements and communities in the north.

    During the years that Gerald has been pursuing this project, he has been directly involved in Aboriginal culture, which has given him a great understanding of his subject matter. His amazing collection of drawings includes the First Nations groups: Cree, Ojibway, Oji-Cree and Dene, as well as the Metis people.

    Portraits of the North, Pencil drawings of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Elders of Northern Manitoba offers an incomparable glimpse into the experiences and history of more than one hundred elders from Canada’s North.  This is a stunning collection of portraits along with intimate profiles collected from oral accounts and anecdotes.

    The evening will include reading and conversation with the author, along with book sales and signing.  Everyone welcome – refreshments provided.

    Also please note that the library will be closed on Sunday, September 3, 2017 and Monday, September 4, 2017 for the Labor Day weekend.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (8/14/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    August 14, 2017

    Now that the plus 30 temperatures seem to have slowed, it’s time to consider turning on the oven again.  Want to try out a new recipe but would prefer to browse before buying the whole book? Ever wonder how many things you can actually do with beans?  The library has over 130 food and food related books, along with a few magazines dedicated to, or filled with, recipes and meal ideas.

    Speaking of food…let’s take a moment to highlight some local talent! The Exchange District brunch spot, Clementine Café, has been nominated for enRoute magazine’s annual list of Canada’s best new restaurants.  Clementine is the only Winnipeg restaurant among 30 on the list for the 2017 edition of the magazine’s annual compilation.  The top 10 will be unveiled in October.  The café is co-owned by Pinawa’s Adam Donnelly, who also co-owns Segovia – one of the best known spots in the city.  Segovia and Clementine were designed by Fiona Sanipelli, also from Pinawa, and the coffee that you enjoy with your brunch comes from Dogwood Coffee Company, co-owned by Nils Vik of Pinawa (who also co-owns Parlour Coffee in Winnipeg).

    The library has a special “Home Grown” section that features local authors and interest.  Be sure to browse this section the next time you stop by.  There’s a lot of talent in, around, and originating from this small town!

  • The Biblio File: Library News (8/7/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    August 7, 2017

    Are you planning a road trip this month?  What is the driver supposed to do while the passengers are relaxing, sleeping, reading and watching movies?  Well, we’re glad you asked!  The library has over 150 audio-books to educate or entertain while those miles are piling up.

    Speaking of travel, it’s so inconvenient to have to bring a separate suitcase just for books.  Luckily there are eBooks!  Recently a new app has been launched to access the eLM (eLibraries Manitoba) collection.  The set up process is smooth and the app is streamlined and visually appealing. The app is called Libby and can be found in the iOS (Apple) and Play (Android) app stores to download. More information about Libby can be found at

    Prefer to travel by human-power?  New to the library is the set of 6 Trans Canada Trail maps with navigational and interpretive guides. These colorful and easy to read maps include a listing of photo-op points, museums, historic sites, points of interest, wildlife viewing areas, birding hot spots, geo-spots and more.

    Don’t forget about armchair travel!  Originally this term was used to describe reading travel books to learn about a country, people, or area.  The definition has expanded to include reading any kind of book to transport oneself to a different place, time or experience without ever having to leave your chair. Who doesn’t love this idea?  Stop by, grab a few books and get comfortable.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (7/31/2017)

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    For July 31

    The Biblio File
    July 31, 2017

    Did you know that our library has over 1000 DVDs?  They can be borrowed for free and yours for 3 weeks to enjoy!  We have many genres and a huge children’s section for those rainy summer days.

    We have added a few more titles recently, including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, When Nature Calls, and the Pet Detective Animated Series. Also new to us are Blue Smoke (based on the novel by Nora Roberts), Doubt (based on the multiple award-winning play), and Evening.  Kay Harvey has donated Series 3 of The Indian Doctor and for the kids we have Mr. Strong and Mr. Tickle from the well-known Mr. Men and Little Miss series.

    The Man Booker Prize is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language and published in the UK. The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured international renowned and success; therefore, the prize is of great significance for the book trade.  The 13 title longlist has been released.  This will be voted down to a 6-book shortlist in September and the winner will be announced on October 17, 2017.  From this list we have on our shelves  The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy, Autumn by Ali Smith, Swing Time by Zadie Smith, and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.  On order are 4321 by Paul Auster and Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. You can see the full list at

    Reno alert! We will be changing our shelving in the fall and will have some bookshelves to give away! If you are interested please stop by and take a look.  We would love to find new homes for these – they are solid wood and very sturdy.  Perfect for a basement, storage room or garage.

  • The Biblio File: Library News (7/24/2017)

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    The Biblio File
    July 24, 2017

    We hope that everyone is having a great summer so far!  For parents with young children, we know that beach-reading is just a pipe dream.  Drop in and choose from our great selection of magazines – easy to flip through and handy to put down every 45 seconds when you need to do a head count!

    New and “new to us” books are added weekly to our shelves, but not always listed in the Biblio File because of other timely news, or because the list is just too long! To stay on top of our most recent 100 tiles added, go to our website at and “Search Our Catalogue”.

    We love book reviews and recommendations!  Genie Johnston describes A Beaver is Eating my Canoe: True Tales to Make You Laugh by Matt Jackson as “the best book of short stories that I’ve ever read!” Connie Hill highly recommends LaRose by Louise Eldrich and writes that it is “A powerful novel of love and loss, revenge and forgiveness.  The title character is a young boy with an old soul, the beloved son who is offered to another family in recompense for the death of their own.”

    “Books are uniquely portable magic” – Stephen King.