New Books: FICTION


By Adam Proteau

A veteran hockey writer takes on hockey culture and the NHL, addressing the game’s most controversial issue. Whether it’s on-ice fist fights or head shots into the glass, hockey has become a nightly news spectacle, with players pummeling and bashing each other across the ice like drunken gladiators. And while the NHL may actually condone on-ice violence as a ticket draw, diehard hockey fan and expert Adam Proteau argues against hockey’s transformation into a thuggish blood sport.



The Evolution of a Carnegie Library


By J. Patrick Boyer

Andrew Carnegie as a boy earning $1.20 a week in a Pittsburgh mill discovered a free library that helped transform his life. When he became the richest man in the world, he began giving new library buildings worth $68 million to several thousand communities in the United States, Canada, the U.K. and many other countries around the world. This is the story of one of them. Local Library, Global Passport is an inspired presentation of the patterns and perils that typically hold true for most local libraries.



Edited By Amy Walker

Bike culture is exploding in cities like Portland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Montreal, and Vancouver. Whether people are riding folding bikes to the commuter train, slipping through traffic on streamlined single speeds, or carrying children and groceries on their cargo bikes, bicycles are making urban life more dynamic and enjoyable — simply better.



By Ken Dryden

Widely acknowledged as the best hockey book ever written and lauded by Sports Illustrated as one of the Top 10 Sports Books of All Time, The Game is a reflective and thought-provoking look at a life in hockey. Intelligent and insightful, former Montreal Canadiens goalie Ken Dryden captures the essence of the sport and what it means to all hockey fans. He gives us vivid and affectionate portraits of the characters that made the Canadiens of the 1970s one of the greatest hockey teams in history. But beyond that, Dryden reflects on life on the road, in the spotlight, and on the ice, offering up a rare inside look at the game of hockey and an incredible personal memoir.



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