Book Talks: The Piano Maker and Money Talks

the piano makerThe Piano Maker by Kurt Palka

The Piano Maker by Kurt Palka is a novel set in a Canadian town in the 1930s. It follows Helene Giroux, a mysterious French woman with a troubled past. When she arrives in the town, she joins the church as a choirmaster and pianist, dazzling the small community with her talent and refined elegance. The story moves back and forth in time as Helene recalls the piano factory her family owned in prewar France and recounts the extraordinary experiences that brought her to this place. The events  include the early loss of her soldier husband and the reappearance of an old suitor who rescues her and her daughter when she is most desperate; the journeys that very few women of her time could even imagine, into the forests of Indochina in search of ancient treasures and finally, and fatefully, to the Canadian north. When the town policeman confronts her, past and present suddenly converge and she must face an episode that she had thought had been left behind forever. Beautifully crafted, suspenseful and rich in historical detail, this has been described as the perfect book to get snowed in with.The Piano Maker can be requested through any of the eight branches of the Haliburton County Public Library.


money talksMoney Talks: when to say yes and how to say no by Gail Vaz-Oxlade

Money guru Gail Vaz-Oxlade gets hundreds of letters every month from people who can’t figure out how to get their sister off their couch, their mother to stop hitting them up for money, or their mates to recognize that saving is part of having a solid financial foundation. The letters have a common theme: Gail, how do I get through to them? Money Talks: when to say yes and how to say no is Gail’s answer to that tough—and common—problem that sits at the heart of money and relationships: how to tell your mate, your father, your best friend or your grandmother it’s time for a change. Whether it’s sisters fighting over the future of the family home, life partners arguing over whose shopping is really messing with the budget, or parents wondering when their adult child will ever leave the nest, the “money” gets blamed for what is actually an inability to figure out the real problem and deal with it objectively. That’s where Gail steps in. With over seventy-five different scenarios drawn from years of working with real Canadians, Gail helps readers see their own situations through stories that reflect what they’re experiencing. Then she gives readers the language to negotiate effectively, showing them that for each problem there are steps they can take to find a solution. Money Talks can be requested through the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM January 10th – 23rd, 2016.


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