Assiginack Public Library Feature

Author Max Arthur interviewed the last 21 British veterans of WWI. They vividly described and reported in their own words the terror, dread and hollowness of combat. These brave men saw many changes throughout their lifetime but their experience in that terrible war always took centre stage. ‘Last Post: The Final Word From Our First World War Soldiers’ is a remarkable chronicle of the men who were there in the trenches and the heart of battle in the ‘war to end all wars.’ It is an enduring document and legacy of memory, friendships, bravery and the feeling of general helplessness of ordinary enlisted men caught up in the grinding mechanism of war and the politics that fuel it.

Five hundred years ago the ‘book’ was one of the greatest creations in the history of human achievement. The ‘book’ has been harangued and harassed, banned and burned–it’ glorious works often sullied by film interpretations. Now a digital tidal wave is threatening even as it finishes steamrolling the music industry beyond recognition. American humourist, Joe Queenan, an avid reader since childhood is on the defence for the written word. ‘One For the Books’ is his ode to ‘books.’

It is a passionate, funny and heartfelt tale that all true book lovers will enjoy.

‘Coffin Road’ by Scottish novelist Peter May is once again set on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides Islands. When a man washes up on the beach in bad shape and with amnesia the authorities are hard-pressed for clues to his or history. It is up to local homicide detective, George Gunn to get to the bottom of the mystery. This thriller is complex, fast-paced and looks at the issues of sacrifice and identity.

An unusual marriage proposal by a young, reclusive British lady catches a cash-strapped Earl off guard. The question is, can they make it work for both of them? ‘Someone to Wed’ by author Mary Balogh is a sweet romantic treat with a cast of appealing characters and some very witty conversations. It was a pleasure to read!

Young Adult Pick : ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘Shadowland’ by Alyson Noel

DVD Pick: ‘LION’ – true story of a lost little boy in India and his life search for his family and home starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman.

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