Sherrill Sherwood, Collection Development Coordinator: Hello, I’m Sherrill Sherwood from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.
Bestseller lists are an easy way to look for the next great book to read. I like to look at Amazon Best Sellers, not only for ideas for myself but to see if there are any titles that we should put in the library collection. There are many other bestseller lists of course; the Toronto Star, the New York Times, and the Globe & Mail, to name just a few.
Today on Library Moments, Nancy Therrien and I will each talk about a book that jumps out at us from all of these lists.
Nancy Therrien, Programming and Community Outreach Coordinator: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah has been near the top of the New York Times bestseller list ever since it came on the market in February 2018. The novel tells the story of Ernt, a Vietnam Vet with PTSD and a wicked temper, his beautiful hippie wife Cora, and his 13-year-old daughter Leni, who is just trying to keep the peace in their household and fit in with a new crowd every time they move.
When the family is willed a plot of land in Alaska, they pick up and move again, hoping this will be their salvation. Despite the remote area, there is a tight-knit community spirit and the neighbours are helpful and welcoming. Leni even meets a boy her age and they develop a strong friendship. Unfortunately, the unforgiving harshness of the Alaskan wilderness and the profound isolation during the long winter nights cause Ernt to become unhinged and highly volatile, endangering the entire family.
The Great Alone is a story of wilderness survival and resilience, the insidiousness of emotional and physical abuse, and about finding love amidst it all. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.
Sherrill Sherwood, Collection Development Coordinator: Canadian author Jordan B. Peterson’s new title 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is #1 in Amazon Bestsellers Rank as of this writing. The celebrated psychologist’s answer to “what does everyone in the modern world need to know?” uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street. He answers why the ancient Egyptians worshiped the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods and what dreadful paths people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful. Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world’s wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules For Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.
While the fact that a book is on a bestseller list doesn’t guarantee that you will like it, it is a good readers’ advisory tool and worth the look. If the library doesn’t have a bestseller title that you would like to read, please request it for our consideration to purchase. That’s it for this week’s Library Moments, thanks for listening here on 100.9 Canoe FM.
*Originally aired in March 2018 on 100.9 CANOE FM