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Grey County Reads

Grey County Reads

Posted by Emma on January 17, 2022

Grey County Reads is an exciting competition between local libraries to pick a favourite Canadian read from a list of nominees (chosen by the libraries) - and YOU will be the judge. We need your help! The Blue Mountains Public Library could win $200 in free books thanks to your votes and there are also small individual cash prizes to be won.

Here are the 2022 nominees. Read them all and vote for your favourite. You can vote once a day at SouthGreyNews.Ca.

  1. The Library of Legends by Janie Chang (TBM Pick) - A convoy of student refugees travel across China, fleeing the hostilities of a brutal war with Japan. During the journey, Lian learns of a tale from the Library of Legends. This revelation comes with profound consequences, for as the ancient books travel across China, they awaken immortals and guardian spirits who embark on an exodus of their own, one that will change the country's fate forever.
  2. The Girls by Lori Lansens  - Rose and Ruby, twenty-nine-year-old conjoined twins, are born during a tornado to a shocked teenaged mother in a small town in Ontario. They are raised by the nurse who helped usher them into the world. Read their story and get to know and love these two remarkable characters.
  3. Manikanetish by Naomi Fontaine - A young teacher's return to her remote Innu community transforms the lives of her students through the redemptive power of art, reminding us of the importance of hope in the face of despair. An honest portrayal of a year of teaching and of the lives of students, dislocated, abandoned, and ultimately triumphant.
  4. Deafening by Frances Itani - Deaf since she was five years old, Grania has learned that watching is not always enough to survive in the world of the hearing. When she falls in love with a young man, her life seems complete, but the First World War soon tears them apart and sweeps him into the worst of experiences--trench warfare. A deeply moving journey through the strands of strength and vulnerability that weave heart and spirit together.
  5. The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield - 1973. A final, top-secret mission to the Moon. Three astronauts in a tiny module and a quarter of a million miles from home. A quarter of a million miles from help. As Russian and American crews sprint for a secret bounty hidden away on the lunar surface, old rivalries blossom and the political stakes are stretched to the breaking point back on Earth. But not everyone on board is quite who they appear to be.
  6. The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue - Dublin, 1918. In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, a nurse works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have fallen sick are quarantined into a separate ward to keep the plague at bay. Experience the intensity of this ward, over three brutal days, as the nurse and the women come together in unexpected ways.
  7. What Comes From Spirit by Richard WagameseThis new collection of non-fiction brings together more of the prolific author's short writings, many for the first time in print, and celebrates his ability to inspire. Drawing from essays and columns, along with preserved social media and blog posts, this beautifully designed volume is a tribute to Wagamese's literary legacy.

Happy Reading and don't forget to vote!

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