Holiday reading list

Christmas Reading List, Part 4

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How will the Library staff relax this holiday season? By reading a few good (non-law-related) books, of course. This is our final installment of staff picks for the holidays.

Alan, our Librarian in Regina:

  • The Long Ships – Frans G. Bengtsson (Viking Historical Fiction): Frans Gunnar Bengtsson’s The Long Ships resurrects the fantastic world of the tenth century AD when the Vikings roamed and rampaged from the northern fastnesses of Scandinavia down to the Mediterranean. Bengtsson’s hero, Red Orm—canny, courageous, and above all lucky—is only a boy when he is abducted from his Danish home by the Vikings and made to take his place at the oars of their dragon-prowed ships.
  • Neuromancer – William Gibson (Science Fiction): With Neuromancer William Gibson virtually invented cyberpunk, his imaginative vision of a matrix of interconnected computer systems is a true a landmark of Sci-Fi; the tale of a data thief who risks everything to re-establish his lost connection with the drug that is cyberspace. (Review by Daniel Andres)
  • Law Librarianship in the Digital Age – Ellyssa Kroski (Non-Fiction): It is absolutely essential that today’s law librarians are digitally literate as well as possess an understanding and awareness of recent advancements and trends in information technology as they pertain to the library field. Law Libraries in the Digital Age offers a one-stop, comprehensive guide to achieving both of those goals.

Kelly L., our Publications Co-ordinator:

  • Every Day – David Levithan (Teen Fiction): Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
  • The Woefield Poultry Collective – Susan Juby (Adult Fiction): Woefield Farm is a sprawling thirty acres of scrub land, complete with dilapidated buildings and one half-sheared, lonely sheep named Bertie. It’s run in the loosest possible sense of the word by Prudence Burns, an energetic, well-intentioned twenty-something New Yorker full of back-to-the-land ideals, but without an iota of related skills or experience.
  • Ines of My Soul – Isabelle Allende (Adult Fiction): In the early years of the conquest of the Americas, Inés Suárez, a seamstress condemned to a life of toil, flees Spain to seek adventure in the New World.


Christmas Reading List, Part 3

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How will the Library staff relax this holiday season? By reading a few good (non-law-related) books, of course. This is our third installment of staff picks for the holidays. Take a look.

Ken, our Librarian in Saskatoon:

  • Space is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra – John Szwed (Music Biography): Composer, keyboardist, bandleader, philosopher, poet, and self-proclaimed extraterrestrial from Saturn, Sun Ra led his “Intergalactic Arkestra” of thirty-plus musicians in a career that ranged from boogie-woogie and swing to be-bop, free jazz, fusion, and New Age music.
  • Selected Poetry and Prose – Stéphane Mallarmé (Poetry and Prose): Collects a sampling of the verse, letters, essays, and critical reviews of the nineteenth-century French writer, Stéphane Mallarmé.
  • The Formation of Hell: Death and Retribution in the Ancient and Early Christian Worlds – Alan E. Bernstein (Non-Fiction): What becomes of the wicked? Hell – exile from God, subjection to fire, worms, and darkness – for centuries the idea has shaped the dread of malefactors, the solace of victims, and the deterrence of believers.

Kelly C., our Web/SaaS Administrator:

  • Job: A Comedy of Justice – Robert A. Heinlein (Science Fiction): After he firewalked in Polynesia, the world wasn’t the same for Alexander Hergensheimer, now called Alec Graham. As natural accidents occurred without cease, Alex knew Armageddon and the Day of Judgement were near. Somehow he had to bring his beloved heathen, Margrethe, to a state of grace, and, while he was at it, save the rest of the world…
  • The Anubis Gates – Tim Powers (Science Fiction): Brendan Doyle, a specialist in the work of the early-nineteenth century poet William Ashbless, reluctantly accepts an invitation from a millionaire to act as a guide to time-travelling tourists. But while attending a lecture given by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1810, he becomes marooned in Regency London, where dark and dangerous forces know about the gates in time.
  • No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam – Reza Aslan (Religion): Though it is the fastest-growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded in ignorance and fear for much of the West. In No god but God, Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed scholar of religions, explains this faith in all its beauty and complexity.

Check back next Monday for our last installment of good reads.

Christmas Reading List, Part 2

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How will the Library staff relax this holiday season? By reading a few good (non-law-related) books, of course. Our second installment of staff picks for the holidays has some excellent choices! Take a look.

Jenneth, our Admin Assistant:

  • Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn (Psychological Thriller)): Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong.
  • A Girl I Knew – JD Salinger (Short Story): A boy fails out of college and is sent to Europe to learn languages that will help with his father’s business. Before going back to America, he befriends a Jewish girl in Vienna who gives him lessons in German. When the Nazis invade Vienna, the boy enlists as an infantryman and returns to locate his friend.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (Historical Thriller): As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world.

Melanie, our Director:

  • The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt (Adult Fiction): Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die: Eli and Charlie Sisters can be counted on for that. Though Eli has never shared his brother’s penchant for whiskey and killing, he’s never known anything else. On the road to Warm’s gold-mining claim outside San Francisco — and from the back of his long-suffering one-eyed horse — Eli struggles to make sense of his life without abandoning the job he’s sworn to do.
  • In One Person – John Irving (Adult Fiction): John Irving’s In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love–tormented, funny and affecting–and an intimate, unforgettable portrait of the novel’s bisexual narrator and main character, Billy Abbott.
  • Panic – Lauren Oliver (Young Adult Fiction): Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do. Heather never thought she would compete in panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Check back tomorrow for more good reads.

Christmas Reading List

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How will the Library staff relax this holiday season? By reading a few good (non-law-related) books, of course. Over the next week before Christmas vacation, let us help you fill in your holiday reading lists as we highlight our staff picks. So snuggle up in front of the fire with a cup of cocoa and one of these great books…

Sarah, our Library Technician in Regina:

  • The Magicians – Lev Grossman (Fantasy) Book 1 in the trilogy: Quentin Coldwater is a high school senior, but he’s still secretly obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read when he was little, about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory. Compared to that, everything in his real life just seems gray and colorless. That changes when Quentin finds himself admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the practice of modern sorcery.
  • Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer (Adult Non-Fiction): In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.
  • Cold Magic – Kate Elliot (Steampunk) Spritwalker #1: As they approach adulthood, Cat Barahal and her cousin Bee think they understand the society they live in and their place within it. At a select academy they study new airship technologies and the dawning Industrial Revolution, but magical forces still rule. And the cousins are about to discover the full ruthlessness of this rule.

Pat, our Library Technician in Saskatoon:

  • A Peanut Christmas – Charles M. Schultz (Children’s Holiday Fiction): Christmas is a joyous time of year—and what could be more fun than sharing it with dear friends? Celebrate the season with the Peanuts characters you’ve loved so long.
  • Paris – Edward Rutherfurd (Adult Non-Fiction): From the grand master of the historical novel comes a dazzling epic portrait of Paris that leaps through centuries as it weaves the tales of families whose fates are forever entwined with the City of Light.

Check back tomorrow for more good reads.