I AM HALF-SICK OF SHADOWS
By Alan Bradley
It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives to shoot a movie. Amid a raging blizzard, the entire village gathers to watch, yet nobody is prepared for the evening’s shocking conclusion: a body found, past midnight, strangled to death with a length of film. But who among the assembled guests would stage such a chilling scene? As the storm worsens and the list of suspects grows, Flavia must use every ounce of sly wit at her disposal to ferret out a killer hidden in plain sight.
THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET
By Brian Selznick
Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
THE LINCOLN LAWYER NOVELS
By Michael Connelly
The Lincoln Lawyer – For Mickey Haller, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence, it’s about negotiation and manipulation. When he gets hired by a Beverly Hills rich boy arrested for assault, Mickey sees a franchise case: a long, expensive trial with maximum billable hours-until it puts him face-to-face with pure evil and with a man who may truly be innocent. For a lawyer who has always gone for the easy score, getting justice means risking everything.
This collection also contains the second and third novels in the Lincoln Lawyer series – The Brass Verdict and The Reversal.
By Scott Chantler
In March of 1943, Scott Chantler’s grandfather, Law Chantler, shipped out across the Atlantic for active service with the Highland Light Infantry of Canada, along with his best friend, Jack, a fellow officer. Not long afterward, they would find themselves making a rocky crossing of the English Channel, about to take part in one of the most pivotal and treacherous military operations of World War II: the Allied invasion of Normandy. Two Generals tells the story of what happened there through the eyes of these two young men — not the celebrated military commanders or politicians we often hear about, but everyday heroes who risked their lives for the Allied cause. Meticulously researched and gorgeously illustrated, Two Generals is a harrowing story of battle and a touching story of friendship — and a vital and vibrant record of unsung heroism.
By Robison Wells
Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life. He was wrong. Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive. Where breaking the rules equals death. But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible.
The Oxford Companion to
CANADIAN MILITARY HISTORY
By Dean F. Oliver
The Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Dieppe Raid, the Italian Campaign: the Canadian military has been indispensable to many of the greatest victories-and disasters-of our time. The evolution of Canada as a military power is chronicled here by military historians Dean Oliver and J.L. Granatstein.
Rare photographic material and original wartime paintings illustrate the people, events, and hardware that define Canada’s military history. Additional material includes a timeline chart and other historical and bibliographical reference information.
CHILDREN AT WAR
By P.W. Singer
From U.S. soldiers having to fight children in Afghanistan and Iraq to juvenile terrorists in Sri Lanka to Palestine, the new, younger face of battle is a terrible reality of 21st century warfare. Children at War is the first comprehensive examination of a disturbing and escalating phenomenon: the use of children as soldiers around the globe. Singer explores the evolution of this phenomenon, how and why children are recruited, indoctrinated, trained, and converted to soldiers and then lays out the consequences for global security, with a special case study on terrorism.
A HISTORY OF RUSSIA
By Nicholas Riasanovsky & Mark Steinberg
Now completely revised in this eighth edition, A History of Russia covers the entire span of the country’s history, from ancient times to the post-communist present. Keeping with the hallmark of the text, Riasanovsky and Steinberg examine all aspects of Russia’s history–political, international, military, economic, social, and cultural–with a commitment to objectivity, fairness, and balance, and to reflecting recent research and new trends in scholarly interpretation. New chapters on politics, society, and culture since 1991 explore Russia’s complex experience after communism and discuss its chances of becoming a more stable and prosperous country in the future.
PARKIN: Canada’s Most Famous Forgotten Man
By William Christian
Sir George Parkin probably had as great an influence on American education in the first two decades of the twentieth century as any other single individual. In 1902 alone he traveled 17,000 miles to set up committees to choose scholars. Through the Rhodes Scholarships, he has had a lasting impact on American education, politics, and culture. At the time, Parkin was known on four continents by his surname alone; today, this Canadian-born educator is all but forgotten. William Christian’s engaging biography now reintroduces us to perhaps the most famous Canadian in the world. This beautifully written and witty biography is the story of ideas lived through Parkin and those in his wide circle of shared influence with leaders of many countries, including our own.
THE AXE AND THE OATH
By Robert Fossier
Robert Fossier, one of the world’s leading medieval historians presents a compelling picture of daily life in the Middle Ages as it was experienced by ordinary people. He vividly describes how these vulnerable people confronted life, from birth to death, including childhood, marriage, work, sex, food, illness, religion, and the natural world. We learn how people related to agriculture, animals, the weather, the forest, and the sea; how they used alcohol and drugs; and how they buried their dead. The result is a sweeping new vision of the Middle Ages that will entertain and enlighten readers.
The Golden Age of Arabic Science
By Jim Al-Khalili
Most historical accounts today suggest that the achievements of the ancient Greeks were not matched until the European Renaissance in the 16th century, a 1,000-year period dismissed as the Dark Ages. In the ninth-century, however, the Abbasid caliph of Baghdad, Abu Ja’far Abdullah al-Ma’mun, created the greatest centre of learning the world had ever seen, known as Bayt al-Hikma, the House of Wisdom. The scientists and philosophers he brought together sparked a period of extraordinary discovery, in every field imaginable, launching a golden age of Arabic science. Few of these scientists, however, are now known in the western world.
The West needs to see the Islamic world through new eyes and the Islamic world, in turn, to take pride in its extraordinarily rich heritage. Anyone who reads this book will understand why.
PLAYING WITH FIRE:
Pakistan at War With Itself
By Pamela Constable
A volatile nation at the heart of major cultural, political, and religious conflicts in the world today, Pakistan commands our attention. Constable takes us on a panoramic tour of contemporary Pakistan, exploring the fears and frustrations, dreams and beliefs, that animate the lives of ordinary citizens in this nuclear-armed nation of 170 million. From the opulent, insular salons of the elite to the brick quarries where soot-covered workers sell their kidneys to get out of debt, this is a haunting portrait of a society riven by inequality and corruption, and increasingly divided by competing versions of Islam.
THE POVERTY OF CORRUPT NATIONS
By Roy Cullen
According to the African Union, some $150 billion is lost every year to corruption in Africa. In China, it is estimated corruption diminishes the annual value of gross domestic product country by 15%. The pattern repeats itself elsewhere. Corrupted officials cause development of their country’s scarce natural resources in ways not environmentally sustainable. They can also create health and safety risks to citizens in the marketplace by compromising product standards to enrich themselves.
Cullen examines the links between world poverty, corruption, terrorism, global migration patterns, and money laundering, and outlining a practical 20-point program to increase transparency and accountability in governments and parliaments around the world to break this cycle of corruption and poverty.
THE SOVIET EXPERIMENT:
Russia, the USSR and the Successor States
By Ronald Grigor Suny
The Soviet Experiment examines the complex themes of Soviet history, ranging from the last Tsar of the Russian empire to the first president of the Russian republic. Suny examines the legacies left by former Soviet leaders and explores successor states and the challenges they now face. He captures familiar as well as little-known events–the crowds on the streets during the February Revolution, Stalin’s collapse into a near-catatonic state after Hitler’s invasion, and Yeltsin’s political maneuvering and public grandstanding–combining gripping detail with insightful analysis.
By Frances Swyripa
A sweeping examination of the evolving identity of major ethno-religious immigrant groups in the Canadian West. Viewed through the lens of attachment to the soil and specific place, and through the eyes of both the immigrant generation and its descendants, the book compares the settlement experiences of Ukrainians, Mennonites, Icelanders, Doukhobors, Germans, Poles, Romanians, Jews, Finns, Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes. Through a close study of myths, symbols, commemorative traditions, and landmarks, Storied Landscapes boldly asserts the inseparability of ethnicity and religion both to defining the prairie region and to understanding the Canadian nation-building project.
By Teresa Earle, Photography by Fritz Mueller
In this remarkable collection of photographs, Fritz Mueller captures fleeting, compelling moments in a timeless Yukon landscape, one of the world’s wildest and most overlooked wilderness areas. Mueller takes readers on the annual migration of the Porcupine caribou herd, and he captures intimate portraits of icy grizzly bears gorging on salmon at the Arctic Circle. As wilderness vanishes and intact ecosystems deteriorate, the Yukon remains one of the last wild hot spots, a conservation treasure of international significance.