Posted: November 21, 2019
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There’s a chill in the air – perfect time to curl up with a blanket and a new book! Our Early Winter 2019 PDF icon Featured Titles List is ready to help you discover your next great read.

Fiction

If dismemberment, serial killers and complex police procedurals don’t make you squirm, try The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup. Written by the creator and writer of TV’s The Killing, this book has full, complex and realistic characters, which fans of The Killing will recognize as Sveistrup’s forte. 

Secret Societies, murder and ghosts – oh my! After multiple successes as a teen author, Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo first adult fiction. The creepy and fantastical elements that her teen fans can’t get enough of are front and center in this part mystery, part occult tale, that is 100% a page-turner.

Enter the world of spies, collecting and dispensing information from Soviet Russia to the CIA. Cold War buffs and lovers of Doctor Zhivago aren’t the only ones who will be enthralled by The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott. There are characters aplenty, but that doesn’t detract from the intriguing setting.

The cover of this novel – a locked storage unit – perfectly reflects the secrets, trauma, junk and treasure that can be uncovered when you start to declutter long buried secrets. All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg is a great pick for fans of family dramas and emotional unearthing of secrets.

Find Me by André Aciman, is the sequel to Call Me By Your Name – the same novel that inspired the multi award winning film. Picking up two decades later we are planted back into the lives of Oliver and Elio, alongside new characters, to lavish in all of the subtleties of different kinds of love.  

At 80, Noah decides to travel to Italy to discover his heritage, but before he can, he is saddled with his 12-year-old grand-nephew Michael. There are historical elements and a touch of mystery, but what will draw readers in is the ever-evolving relationship between Noah and Michael in Emma Donoghue’s Akin.

Non-Fiction

Fans of the Instagram page need no introduction to Paul Seesquasis or Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun. The book began as a visual project to show the everyday life of First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities. Here we not only get the beautiful images, but the stories behind them.

On the heels of Rocketman, Elton John tells his own story in Me. His successes, insecurities, addictions and the growth that came from his experiences are at the forefront, but his unique humour really shines through. Of note, Rocketman star Taron Egerton narrates the audiobook. 

We all know and love the intricate but entirely readable way Charlotte Gray introduces us to people and events in Canada’s History. In Murdered Midas, Charlotte Gray takes us behind the scenes of the life of Harry Oakes, a millionaire philanthropist, gold tycoon and victim of an unsolved murder.

In The Body, Bill Bryson does what only Bill Bryson can do. He takes you on a trip, enthralls you with details you didn’t know you’d cared about and teaches without making you feel like you’re being taught. Enjoy a trip is through your anatomy, it’s evolution and the things that keep trying to break it down.

The Celtic tradition of understanding mind, body and soul were part of Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s upbringing. In To Speak for the Trees Diana combines her knowledge as a scientist with her upbringing, showing us the warnings we would hear from nature and trees, if we knew how to listen.

In his new book Foer expands on ideologies that were introduced in his uber-popular Eating Animals. Those who will never alter what they consume won’t connect, but those open to discussing how the food we produce and eat affects our environment will be enthralled by We Are the Weather.

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Book covers from the Featured Titles list for Early Winter 2019