Atwater Library Recommendations

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
“If you have not yet read this book (or listened to it recorded—the Library has both), consider yourself lucky because you are in for a rare literary treat of the most marvellous kind. The story of two children—one German, one French—converge and climax in the Second World War in St. Malo in Brittany. The locale is especially interesting for Canadians because that was the port Jacques Cartier sailed out of and the home city of many French Canadians who emigrated from that part of France. Tragedy, intrigue, suspense, love–it all comes together in this book that I qualify as a real page turner that works on so many levels. It’s at once literary and highly accessible, a true tour-de-force novel by an American writer whose voice in this work seems genuinely European and of the time. If you read only one book this summer, make it All the Light We Cannot See.”
— John Aylen, Atwater Library member and Board President

Skyfall [DVD] (2013). Directed by Sam Mendes;
Interstellar [DVD] (2014). Directed by Christopher Nolan;
Invictus [DVD] (2009). Directed by Clint Eastwood.
SkyfallInterstellarInvictus… what do all of these movies have in common? Yes, they all are at your favorite library, but they also feature poetry. I could have recommended Tennyson, Dylan Thomas, Keats, but let’s be real: very few people would read poetry on the fly. (I know from experience that being passionate and vocal about poetry won’t turn your friends into poetry reading goers, alas). We need to be lured intro poetry, and who does it better than cinema? So my hope is that you start with the movie, move on to the books, and end up in the fantastic poetry workshop Atwater Library offers. Just saying.”
— Daisy Winling, circulation desk volunteer

Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie by Anne Martinetti, Guillaume Lebeau and Alexandre Franc (Published by SelfMadeHero)
“I, for one, am really excited Hollywood has decided to make a big screen, big budget adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Having read almost all of the Queen of Crime’s illustrious Belgian detective’s adventures in my teens, I was drawn to Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie by Anne Martinetti et al. I wonder how much fiction is contained in this short graphic novel, but I was truly entertained and gripped by this story of a woman who was adored by millions, but cheated by men she loved. A woman who sourced her inspiration for characters and settings from her many travels and experiences, but was haunted by personalities that went beyond the page.
— Kimberley Ryan, Head Librarian