Shelf Life - Jan. 8
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Shelf Life - Jan. 8

Stratford Gazette

If you’re finding yourself at a loss for things to do in the post-holiday lull, never fear! 2015 promises to be a banner year for books, with new titles from long-silent authors like Kazuo Ishiguro.

Here are are picks for books we’re looking forward to this year, in no particular order. The best part? We’ve already ordered them, so place your holds now!

Etta and Otto and

Russell and James,

by Emma Hooper

Canadian author Hooper starts her tale in Saskatchewan, introducing us to an elderly woman who yearns to see the ocean. Who wouldn’t want to walk 2000 miles with an 82-year-old woman who packs a rifle, some chocolate and her favourite boots just to see something new?

Place a hold, and experience the journey from her point of view - as well as those of her husband and an amorous neighbour, both of whom miss her dearly.

The First Bad Man,

by Miranda July

The first novel by this acclaimed artist and film-maker is being hyped as a funny, dirty, edgy investigation into the condition of being a middle-aged woman with children who still wants to be loved and desired.

Protagonist Cheryl is admittedly more neurotic than some readers will likely find relatable. Then again, others will find her quirks are exactly what draw them in.

The Buried Giant,

by Kazuo Ishiguro

Ishiguro’s first novel in more than a decade is a bit of a departure from topical form for the author. Anglo and Saxon populations in post-Roman England exist in an uneasy peace, as memories of King Arthur’s reign begin to fade.

One couple journeys across Britain searching for their lost son among the ruins. The novel promises beautiful, emotionally dense prose and a mythic tale.

And that’s just the beginning! Other authors breaking their silence this year include Jonathan Franzen and Toni Morrison, so be sure to keep checking in.

Happy New Year, from everyone at Stratford Public Library!

– Shauna Costache,

Public service supervisor

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