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Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill Set in Montreal and New York between the wars, a spellbinding story about two orphans whose unusual magnetism and talent allow them to imagine a sensational future, from the bestselling, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted author.
The Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra One of our most important public intellectuals reveals the hidden history of our current global crisis
Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi In twenty-five pieces from Rolling Stone—plus two original essays—Matt Taibbi tells the story of Western civilization’s very own train wreck, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion.
The Evenings by Gerard Reve THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF A POSTWAR MASTERPIECE 'I work in an office. I take cards out of a file. Once I have taken them out, I put them back in again. That is it.'
The Strays by Emily Bitto For readers of Atonement, a hauntingly powerful story about the fierce friendship between three sisters and their friend as they grow up on the outskirts of their parents' wild and bohemian artistic lives.

The Solitary House by Lynn Shepherd

Solitary_HouseThe Solitary House, Lynn Shepherd, Bantam, $18.00

I can't tell you how long I have been out of school but safe to say, it has been awhile.  But August always gets me thinking about it which is why I was probably drawn to this novel.  Ms. Shepherd has turned her hand at a literary mystery novel in "Murder in Mansfield Park" and I was curious to see what she would achieve with Charles Dickens.  Surprisingly enough, Bleak House was always one of my favourites. In 1890 London, Charles Maddox, is struck off the police force with a charge of insubordination.  Raised to the trade by an uncle who was a master Thief Taker, he has turned his sharp skills to private matters.  When approached to take a case of threatening correspondence to a high financier by none other than Edward Tulkinghorn, Maddox agrees.  But little does he know what this simple investigation will uncover and with his uncle steadily slipping into dementia he may be all on his own; and very much over his head.

Shepherd has the language and atmosphere down to a tee and her obvious love of the writer and his work is clearly evident.  While not as politically charged as the original, you can smell London, hear the drains dripping and feel the mist down the back of your neck.  The language has a cadence and charm that plays homage to her hero without weighing down either the plot or action. 

Very reminiscent of Louis Bayard's "Mr. Timothy" (my favourite book to read around Christmas), I look forward to what seems to be the beginning of a series with Charles Maddox as investigator and to be followed by "A Fatal Likeness".  Recommended highly to both classic and mystery lover.

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Wednesday, February 22nd - Dennis McConaghy

 Join us on Wednesday, February 22nd  as we welcome Dennis McConaghy and his new book Dysfunction

Dennis will be in the store from 7 to 9p.m. to discuss the book and sign copies.

Canada Reads

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