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Shelf Talkers

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Every month Canada's indie booksellers tell Rob Wiersema about the books they're hand-selling to customers, and the result is a series we call Shelf Talkers. This list represents April, May, June, July, and August 2014 Shelf Talkers; we'll add to it every month. Please make sure to click on Why It's On the List for booksellers' reviews. NB: We can only pull the books in our database, so a couple may be missing from the original posts. Search our blog using "Shelf Talkers" for full posts.
The Whisper of Legends

The Whisper of Legends

An Inspector Green Mystery
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
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Picked by Tracey Higgins, Bryan Prince Bookseller, Hamilton, ON

"This mystery by Ottawa author, Barbara Fradkin, takes place in the wilds of the Northwest Territories. Inspector Green has gone to search for his daughter who went missing during a canoeing expedition. While searching the wilderness, he becomes embroiled in a case that involves murder, corruption, and the dirty business of northern mining. I had a great time reading this book, especially the plot involving underhanded dealings with protected lands up north. The isolation of the Nahanni River lends itself very well to the psychological, sometimes eerie, aspects of the mystery."
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Where The Air Is Sweet
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Picked by David Worsley, Words Worth Books, Waterloo, ON

"Kitchener's Tasneem Jamal has put together a rock-solid first novel with Where The Air is Sweet. Set in 1920s' Uganda, the novel tells the story of one of many South Asian immigrant families who emigrated for a shot at a better life. Raju is the patriarch whose entrepreneurial smarts result in a thriving merchant concern, and all is well until Idi Amin engineers a military coup and whips up anti-Asian sentiment. By this time Raju's a grandfather and his large family is under direct threat, forcing them to leave the only home they've ever known.
The notion of home as a shifting ideal, and the immigrant experience (the novel winds up in Canada) is smartly explored, and Jamal's writing is both fluid and controlled. She does many small things well in this novel and the result is something that should show up in the fall around Giller time. Watch this one: it's a beauty."
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Heart & Soil

Heart & Soil

The Revolutionary Good of Gardens
edition:Paperback
tagged : essays
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Picked by Colin Holt, Bolen Books, Victoria, BC

"For those of us who like the idea of gardening slightly more than the actual practice of it, Des Kennedy's Heart & Soil makes for a perfect read in the shade. A collection of Kennedy's best gardening essays, Heart & Soil is bound to leave a smile on your face and at least a desire to feel the earth between your fingers."
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Juliet Was a Surprise

Juliet Was a Surprise

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
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Picked by Lindsay Williams, Galiano Island Books, Galiano Island, BC

"Do you recognize Bill Gaston's name as one of the most amazing BC writers ever, but keep walking because this is a story collection and not a meaty novel a la The World? Don't pass Juliet by. This is a sumptuous collection of stories. Each one is huge and soaring in its own way. I was completely hooked at the first story, and loved it all the way through.
It's a brilliant collection ... a guaranteed good read. Devour it with some potato chips and a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio. Or whatever you like to devour alongside quality, endearing, and sexy fiction. (Oh yes, it's sexy. Just enough.)"
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