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Title Description Location
Confessions of a Funeral Director We are a people who deeply fear death. While humans are biologically wired to evade death for as long as possible, we have become too adept at hiding from it, vilifying it, and—when it can be avoided no longer—letting the professionals take over.

Sixth-generation funeral director Caleb Wilde understands this reticence and fear. He had planned to get as far away from the family business as possible. He wanted to make a difference in the world, and how could he do that if all the people he worked with were . . . dead? Slowly, he discovered that caring for the deceased and their loved ones was making a difference—in other people’s lives to be sure, but it also seemed to be saving his own. A spirituality of death began to emerge as he observed:

  • The family who lovingly dressed their deceased father for his burial
  • The act of embalming a little girl that offered a gift back to her grieving family
  • The nursing home that honored a woman’s life by standing in procession as her body was taken away
  • The funeral that united a conflicted community

Through stories like these, told with equal parts humor and poignancy, Wilde offers an intimate look into the business and a new perspective on living and dying

Burnaby, Call Number:

BT 825 .W546 2018

First Man On the heels of their six-time Academy Award (R)-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar (R)-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost on Armstrong and on the nation of one of the most dangerous missions in history. Burnaby, Call Number:



The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump In 1831, an unknown, horrifying, and deadly disease from Asia swept across continental Europe and North America, killing millions and throwing the medical profession into confusion. A killer with little respect for class or wealth, cholera ravaged the squalid streets of Soho and rocked the great centers of Victorian power. In this gripping book, Sandra Hempel tells the story of John Snow, a reclusive doctor without money or social position, who—alone and unrecognized—had the genius to look beyond the conventional wisdom of his day and uncover the truth behind the pandemic. She describes how Snow discovered that cholera was spread through drinking water and how this subsequently laid the foundations for the modern, scientific investigation of today’s fatal plagues.

A dramatic account with a colorful cast of characters, The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump features diversions into fascinating facets of medical and social history, such as Snow’s tending of Queen Victoria in childbirth, Dutch microbiologist Leeuwenhoek’s deliberate breeding of lice in his socks, Dickensian children’s farms, and riotous nineteenth-century anesthesia parties. An afterword discusses the new threat of infectious diseases—including malaria, yellow fever, and cholera—with today’s global warming.

Burnaby, Call Number:

RA 644 .C3H46 2006

You Were Never Really Here A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe’s nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening. Burnaby, Call Number:


Ocean’s 8 Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting — that’s how long Debbie Ocean has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows what it’s going to take — a team of the best people in the field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller. Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including jeweler Amita, street con Constance, suburban mom Tammy, hacker Nine Ball, and fashion designer Rose. Their target — a necklace that’s worth more than $150 million. Burnaby, Call Number:


The Devotion of Suspect X


A Mother’s determination to protect her daughter drives her to a brutal act. A man’s unspoken decotion inspires him to cover up her crime. A detective’s drive for justice leads him into the ultimate battle of wits. With one surprising twist after another, leading to a stunning final turn, The Devotion of Suspect X will linger in the reader’s mind long after the last page is turned. Vancouver, Call Number:

PL 871.I33 Y6413 2011

Dunbar Henry Dunbar, the once all-powerful head of a global media corporation, is not having a good day. In his dotage he handed over care of the corporation to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Mega. But relations quickly soured, leaving him to doubt the wisdom of past decisions. Now imprisoned in a care home in the Lake District with only a demented alcoholic comedian as company, Dunbar starts planning his escape. As he flees into the hills, his family is hot on his heels. Burnaby, Call Number:

PR 6069 .T15D86 2017


Kafka on the Shore In Kafka on the Shore we meet a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who is on the run, and Nakata, an aging simpleton who is drawn to Kafka for reasons that he cannot fathom. As their paths converge, acclaimed author Haruki Murakami enfolds readers in a world where cats talk, fish fall from the sky, and spirits slip out of their bodies to make love or commit murder, in what is truly remarkable journey. Vancouver, Call Number:

PL 856 .U673U48 2005


The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories Thiis fantastic varied and exciting collection celebrates the great Japanese short story, from its modern origins in the nineteenth century to the remarkable works being written today. Short-story writers already well known to English-language readers are all included here – Tanizaki, Akutagawa, Murakami, Mishima and  Kawabata— along with many surprising new finds. Vancouver, Call Number:

PL 782 .E8P46 2018

Kanopy Trial Extended!

Due to popular demand, our trial for Kanopy has been extended until April 5. This time around, access is only to the following collections:

  • Classic Film
  • Early Film
  • World Cinema
  • Film Studies

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