Alzheimer’s Awareness Month Reading Guide

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month Reading Guide

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and we’re sharing some great fiction and non-fiction resources for anyone experiencing this disease (either personally or as a caregiver). A list with additional items in our collection can be found on our online catalogue.

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Non-Fiction Memoirs – In Love by Amy Bloom

A powerful memoir by a New York Times bestselling author who shares her painful experience living through her husband’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s and later supporting him in his decision to end his life on his own terms through a medically assisted death in Switzerland.

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Non-Fiction Memoir – Four Umbrellas by June Hutton and Tony Wanless

A Canadian writing couple share their journey through early-onset Alzheimer’s. Available in print, ebook and audiobook.

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Non-Fiction Memoir – On Pluto by Greg O’Brien

For close to 10 years, writer Greg O’Brien, diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, has chronicled its progression as an embedded reporter inside the mind of this monster of a disease. Taking detailed notes and working off cognitive reserve, O’Brien offers an illuminating blueprint of strategies, faith, and humor needed to fight this disease, a day-to-day focus on living with Alzheimer’s, not dying with it.

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General Non-Fiction – Living in the Moment by Elizabeth Landsverk

Perfect for caregivers and patients, this is a great guide to overcoming challenges and finding moments of joy in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Available as an e-book and e-audiobook.

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Fiction – How Lulu Lost Her Mind by Rachel Gibson

A mother-daughter story about living life to the fullest when the end is in sight. Told with heart and humor this book is a great look at the challenges of caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Fiction – Still Alice by Lisa Genova

From New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova, Still Alice is still the definitive–and illuminating–novel about Alzheimer’s disease. Also a major motion picture starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore.

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Films – The Father

An academy award nominated film starring Anthony Hopkins in which a man suffering from Alzheimer’s refuses all assistance from his daughter as he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances. He begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

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Films – The Notebook

Based on the classic Nicholas Sparks book, this is still one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking love stories about a couple who lose each other to Alzheimer’s.

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Middle Grade Fiction – The Space Between Lost and Found by Sandy Stark-McGinnis

A great middle grade fiction book about a young girl dealing with her mother’s early-onset Alzheimer’s.

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Middle Grade Fiction – Roll With It by Jamie Sumner

Twelve-year-old Ellie, who has cerebral palsy, finds her life transformed when she moves with her mother to small-town Oklahoma to help care for her grandfather, who has Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Middle Grade Fiction – The Way Back Home by Allan Stratton

When Zoe Bird’s grandmother is put in a home due to her worsening Alzheimer’s, Zoe decides to break her out to search for her long-lost uncle.

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Picture Book – Really and Truly by Émilie Rivard; illustrated by Anne-Claire Delisle

Charlie’s grandpa used to tell him all kinds of magical stories when he was young. But now a terrible disease has stolen away Grandpa’s memory, his words, and even his smile. Charlie decides to try to reconnect with his grandpa by telling him some of the old stories they used to share.

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The Best of 2022

The Best of 2022

There were some amazing books published throughout 2022 and library staff are happy to share their top picks for the year. A list with even more of the year’s favourites can be found on our online catalogue.

 

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Historical Fiction – Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall

Incredibly timely and beautifully written! This was inarguably one of Staff’s favourite books of the year and we’re lucky enough to call this debut, BESTSELLING Canadian author a local treasure! We can’t wait to see what she writes next!

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Historical Fiction – Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

This feminist historical fiction debut was utterly AMAZING!!! If you want to read about a smart, funny, strong-willed resilient woman look no further. The tag line alone had us hooked from the start: “Children set the table. Your mother needs a moment to herself.” 

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Fiction – Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

A deeply moving and humanistic story about the power of friendship, learning to overcome grief and grappling with loss and mortality told through the eyes of a dying Octopus and the older woman he befriends.

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Mystery/Thriller – The Maid by Nina Prose

Another unforgettable Canadian debut with a protagonist you won’t be able to help rooting for as she tries to clear her name for a murder she didn’t commit!

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Fantasty Fiction – Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

A captivating debut YA fantasy inspired by the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess, in which a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm. 

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Romance – The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

A feel good romcom full of fake dating and lots of laughs as a female body guard is forced to protect a famous actor.

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Non-Fiction/Memoir – Run Towards the Danger by Sarah Polley

Oscar-nominated Canadian actor/director/screenwriter speaks up in this collection of essays in which she reflects on her life as a child actress on Road to Avonlea, living with a disabled body due to scoliosis, losing her mother at a young age, her experience with sexual abuse, chronic pain, endometriosis and high risk pregnancies, being a working mother and so much more.

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Non-Fiction/Memoir – How to Keep House While Drowning by K.C. Davis

A relatable and helpful mental health guide written by a neurodiverse mother with ADHD who struggled trying to manage the simple things of life like cleaning and the various mundane, never-ending chores that often feel overwhelming and anxiety-inducing, especially with tiny humans during a pandemic.

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Young Adult Fiction – The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jenny Ferguson

A wonderful debut YA novel featuring Lou, a demi/asexual Métis girl living on the Canadian prairies. Ferguson masterfully balances the light with the dark as Lou struggles with generational trauma, family secrets and her sexuality over a summer working with her friends at the family creamery.

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Picture Book – Con Pollo by Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Lopez

Con Pollo: A Bilingual Playtime Adventure is an engaging and hilarious picture book that serves young readers as an introduction to basic Spanish vocabulary, brought to life by superstar team-up Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Lopez.

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Staff holiday favourites

Staff holiday favourites

Wishing you the very merriest this holiday season, Huron County Library staff have shared some of their favorite books, movies and CDs to help get you in the holiday spirit. A list with even more of our favourites can be found on our online catalogue.

 

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Family Movies – A Charlie Brown Christmas 

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Snoopy’s garishly decorated dog house and Charlie Brown’s sad little tree. – Margot, Branch Assistant

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Family Movies – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Christmas traditions in my home include turning up Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s Once Upon a Christmas album and watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. – Trina, Branch Manager

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Family Movies – The Family Stone

The Family Stone is all about one family’s experience of coming together during the holiday season. One of the sons brings home his girlfriend to meet the family, which leads to all sorts of hilarity. And unknown to most of the family, devastating news awaits them all. Starring multiple big name actors, The Family Stone is warm-hearted, funny, real, and just the right amount of corny. – Hamilton, Branch Assistant

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Fiction – In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Reading Christina Lauren’s book In a Holidaze feels exactly like stepping into your favourite Hallmark Christmas special. It’s a perfect festive Rom-Com to enjoy over the holidays while sipping hot cocoa. – Danielle, Branch Manager

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Fiction – The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan

I love Karen Swan’s books but her Christmas stories are my favourite! The Christmas Secret is full of family secrets, some fascinating details about the Scotch whisky business and of course a touch of romance. I couldn’t put it down! – Megan, Branch Assistant

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Fiction – A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

A beautiful telling of Christmas traditions from a child’s perspective. First written as a piece for radio, the book evokes warm holiday memories and feelings. It is a perfect book to read with family or to cozy up with over the holiday. I found myself making fruit cake after reading this book. – Christa, Branch Manager

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Picture Book – Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle

We love all of the Little Blue Truck books but the Christmas one is our favourite. The expected rhyme and rhythm is there and the twinkling lights on the last page never disappoint readers – young and old alike. – Beth, County Librarian and Director of Cultural Services

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Picture Book – Happy All-idays by Cindy Jin

A beautifully illustrated board book featuring a diverse cast of characters who celebrate the holidays in different ways. – Shannon, Branch Assistant

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Holiday Album – A Legendary Christmas by John Legend

I think holiday music should always have a jazzy feel. Perfect background music while you bake Christmas cookies! – Rachel, Branch Assistant

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Holiday Album – Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan

My go-to holiday CD is the perfect mix of classics along with a few of her own. – Jenni, Deputy County Librarian

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Remembrance Day Reading Guide

Remembrance Day Reading Guide

In honour of Remembrance Day, Huron County Library staff have put together a list of notable new and favourite books that focus on some of the forgotten stories from the men, women, children (and animals) who fought and served during the First and Second World Wars. The full reading list can be found on our online catalogue.

 

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Non-Fiction/Biography – The Dressmakers of Auschwitz by Lucy Adlington

A powerful chronicle of the twenty-five Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp inmates who used their sewing skills to survive the Holocaust by stitching beautiful clothes at an extraordinary fashion workshop, the Upper Tailoring Studio. Established by Hedwig Höss, the camp commandant’s wife, these women were forced to produce fashionable garments for Nazi wives to wear to SS functions in the hopes it would save them from the gas chambers.

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Fiction – The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn

A vividly written historical fiction account based on the real life of Russian history student turned sniper, Mila Pavlichenko. Dubbed ‘Lady Death,’ Mila racked up 309 official kills before being sent to America as part of a Soviet delegation trying to garner American support on the Eastern front.

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Fiction – Sisters in Arms by Kaia Alderson

An incredible debut historical fiction novel about the true story of the Six Triple Eight, the only all-Black battalion of the Women’s Army Corps, who made the dangerous voyage to Europe to ensure American servicemen received word from their loved ones during World War II.

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Fiction – Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey by Kathleen Rooney

An extremely interesting look at the role homing pigeons played during World War I written from the perspective of one of the most famous of them all, Cher Ami, a real bird who was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with palm for his heroic service.

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Young Adult Fiction – Great or Nothing by Joy McCullough, Caroline Tung Richmond, Tess Sharpe & Jessica Spotswood

A creative YA reimagining of the Little Women sisters told from their individual perspectives as America enters the War in 1942. A different author writes each sister in this heartwarming coming of age story told both in prose and verse.

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Middle Grade Book – Louisa June and the Nazis in the Waves by Laura Elliott

A moving middle grade novel that highlights the efforts of an ordinary fishing family as they help to spot German U-boats off the East Coast after America joins the War in 1942. A great look at the way the War affected Americans on the home front and the ways they helped the cause.

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Middle Grade Book – Hidden on the High Wiare by Kathy Kacer

As the Nazis come to power in Germany and her father is taken away, a young Jewish high wire performer and her mother are forced to hide in plain sight traveling around with a new circus during World War II.

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Middle Grade Book – Just a Girl by Lia Levi

An award-winning memoir translated from Italian to English and adapted for young readers follows the life of Lia Levi, a Jewish Italian girl who grew up during a difficult time of racial discrimination and war, and discovered light in unexpected places during World War II.

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Picture Book – Sergeant Billy by Mireille Messier

This charming true story follows Sergeant Billy from his small prairie town to the trenches of World War I and back, through harrowing moments, sad moments, moments of camaraderie and moments of celebration.

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Picture Book – Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick

A picture book about real life Captain Harry Colebourn, a Canadian veterinarian who rescued a bear cub on his way to Europe and took her with him during World War I.

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Huron County Library Staff have compiled a list of 100 books to read in honor of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day on Sept. 30. These stories highlight and explore the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and stories of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The full list can be found here and the following are some of the most recent titles added to the Library’s collection.

 

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Memoir – Our Voice of Fire: A Memoir of a Warrior Rising by Brandi Morin

A wildfire of a debut memoir by internationally recognized French/Cree/Iroquois journalist Brandi Morin. Known for her clear-eyed and empathetic reporting on Indigenous oppression in North America. She is also a survivor of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls crisis and uses her experience to tell the stories of those who did not survive the rampant violence. This book chronicles Morin’s journey to overcome enormous adversity and find her purpose, and her power, through journalism.

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Non-fiction – Valley of the Birdtail: An Indian reserve, a white town, and the road to reconciliation by Douglas Sanderson and Andrew Stobo Sniderman

A heart-rending true story about racism and reconciliation that explores the history of two families, one white and one Indigenous, across multiple generations and weaves their lives into the larger story of Canada, ultimately offering hope for the future.

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Poetry – Scars and Stars by Jesse Thistle

A beautiful and moving new collection of poems and stories from the author of the #1 bestselling memoir, From the Ashes.

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Fiction – The Theory of Crows by David A. Robertson

A beautifully moving and heartfelt story about an estranged father-daughter relationship, the importance of being there for those you love and the healing power of the land.

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Young Adult Fiction – The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson 

A wonderful debut YA novel featuring Lou, a demi/asexual Métis girl living on the Canadian prairies. Ferguson masterfully balances the light with the dark as Lou struggles with generational trauma, family secrets and her sexuality over a summer working with her friends at the family creamery. CW: violence against Indigenous women, rape, racism

Content warning: Violence against Indigenous women, rape, racism

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Picture Fiction – Finding My Dance by Ria Thundercloud; illustrated by Kalila J. Fuller

In her debut picture book, professional Indigenous dancer Ria Thundercloud tells the true story of her path to dance and how it helped her take pride in her Native American heritage.

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Must-read summer thrillers

Must-read summer thrillers

Looking for your next great beach read this summer? Check out some of these amazing standout mystery and thrillers by best-selling and debut authors. These books cover a variety of tropes, from vacations gone wrong, memory loss, family drama, grifters to cults and beyond. There is sure to be something for everyone! Visit our online catalogue for a full list of recommended reads.

Vacations gone wrong…
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The Island by Adrian McKinty

A horrible accident is just the start to one family’s vacation on a remote Australian island that has them running for their lives.

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The Retreat by Sarah Pearse

The follow up to best-selling Reese Book Club pick’s The Santitorium sees the return of Detective Elin Warner as she’s called to investigate when dead bodies start turning up at an eco-wellness retreat on a remote island off the English coast.

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If you love a good con…
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The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark

An incredible cat and mouse game between a veteran con artist and the journalist trying to expose her.

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Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Ocean’s eleven meets Fast and the furious in this fast-paced art heist story featuring a group of Asian college friends who steal Chinese artifacts from around the world.

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No one to trust…
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Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

A reunion turns deadly when a gathering to celebrate Daisy Darker’s 80th birthday sees family members trapped on a remote island while someone starts killing people off one by one.

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The Blame Game by Sandie Jones

A psychologist starts to fear for her life when one of her patients goes missing and her files start disappearing in this twisty, unputdownable thriller.

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Lost in the dark…
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Stay Awake by Megan Goldin

An edge-of-your-seat suspenseful psychological murder mystery featuring a woman who forgets everything after she goes to sleep and is on the run from both the police who think she killed a man and the actual killer.

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In the Dark We Forget by Sandra SG Wong

A standout Canadian debut about a woman who wakes up in the woods with no memory of how she got there and tries to piece together her last few days with help from her brother and a policewoman.

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Get a little cult-y…
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The Swell by Allie Reynolds

Things get deadly when bodies start turning up among a private group of surfers living on a remote island off the Australian coast.

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The Last Housewife by Ashley Windstead

A dark thriller about a woman seeking justice for her dead college friend and the vow she makes to destroy the cult her friend was involved with. Perfect for fans of true-crime podcasts and the psychology of cults.

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