A Better Man, Louise Penny

Even in the first twenty pages, one can see why Louise Penny has such a wonderful reputation as a storyteller and engaging mystery writer. The reader is hooked, and quickly. The story takes place during early spring in Quebec, and Armand Gamache, a chief inspector with the provincial police, is on the case of a missing woman. The father of the missing young woman challenges Gamache to pursue the search for his daughter. Penny paints a beautiful picture of the Eastern Townships setting, and to all Bibliophile readers, whether or not you live in Quebec, welcome to this book!

 

I Wanted Fries with That: How to Ask for What You Want and Get What You Need, Amy Fish

Fish, a Montrealer, is telling us to speak up and stand up for ourselves by being effectively assertive. This pragmatic book is geared towards people who are searching to get unstuck or find a place to start. Topics include How to Get Your Appliance Repaired and How to Get the Break You Deserve at Work. Humorous real-life stories illustrate Fish's points. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said, "Amy provides a smile on every page," and I agree.

 

Estelle recommends:
Count on me, Miguel Tanco

This is a beautiful picture book for youngsters 3-8. The pale watercoloured illustrations add to the dreamy quality of the prose. Unlike her painter father, entomologist mother, and budding musician brother, the narrator, a young girl, has a deep passion for mathematics. She sees different shapes everywhere in her environment- on the playground, in the water. According to her, because of math, "there are infinite ways to see the world and solve problems." At the end of the book there is a whimsical illustrated notebook explaining different mathematical concepts and terms. Recommended for any youngster who is curious about the world like our narrator.

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