Another year is in the books, and we would like to take this opportunity to look back and celebrate some of the finest books to come out of the Prairies in 2019.
After the jump you will find our annual bestsellers lists for 2019 featuring books by Manitoban and Saskatchewan authors, separated into categories for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Kids & Teen.Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Bestseller
With 2013 coming to a close, it's time to reflect on the year in books. Here are the top ten fiction and non-fiction bestsellers of the year, as reported from both our Winnipeg and Saskatoon stores:
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|1. Dude, Where's My Stethoscope? by Donovan Gray||1. When the Saints Go Marching In by Anthony Bidulka|
|2. At the Edge by Marjorie Andersen et. al||2. Life of Pi by Yann Martel|
|3. The Age of Hope by David Bergen||3. Dance, Gladys, Dance by Cassie Stocks|
|4. North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette||4. The Gifted by Gail Bowen|
|5. Manitowapow by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair & Warren Cariou||5. Dollybird by Anne Lazurko|
|6. Tombstone Blues by Chadwick Ginther||6. Kaleidoscope by Gail Bowen|
|7. The Bridge Between by Milos Lekic||7. The Angelic Occurrence by Henry Kipplinger|
|8. The Wittenbergs by Sarah Klassen||8. Swedes' Ferry by Allan Safarik|
|9. Thunder Road by Chadwick Ginther||9. While the Sun Is Rising Above Us by Melanie Schnell|
|10. The House on Sugarbush Road by Méira Cook||10. Just Pretending by Lisa Bird-Wilson|
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|1. Hutterites: Our Story to Freedom by The Nine||1. Indian Ernie by Ernie Louttit|
|2. Stuck in the Middle by Bartley Kives & Bryan Scott||2. The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List by Robin & Arlene Karpan|
|3. The Lucky Ones by Anne Mahon||3. The Man Behind Handsome by Pat Trask|
|4. Manitoba Butterflies by Simone Allard||4. A Geography of Blood by Candace Savage|
|5. Henry Kalen's Manitoba by Henry Kalen||5. Taste: Seasonal Dishes From a Prairie Table by C.J. Katz|
|6. 300 Years of Beer by Bill Wright & Dave Craig||6. Sketches Of Saskatoon by Patricia Katz|
|7. The Complete Book of North American Owls by James Duncan||7. The Secret Lives of Sgt. John Wilson by Lois Simmie|
|8. "Indians Wear Red" by Elizabeth Comack et al.||8. Clearing the Plains by James Daschuk|
|9. The Hermetic Code by Frank Albo||9. Cooking with Cherries from the Prairies by Loretta Bors|
|10. Pimachiowin Aki Cultural Landscape Atlas by Iain J. Davidson-Hunt||10. Eating Myself Crazy by Treena Wynes|
Each of the titles listed are well-stocked in the store they're categorized under, though most titles and authors can be found in both of our bookstores. Call or email ahead to check current availability in your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore.Categories: buzz, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Bestseller, Bestsellers
Canadian readers are enthralled by Henry Ripplinger's Angelic Letters series. Pewter Angels, Another Angel of Love, and Angel of Thanksgiving all made The Globe and Mail Canadian Bestsellers this week.
Angelic Letters is "an epic, tenderhearted saga of love, angels and miracles, which is deeply inspiring and laced with pearls of wisdom". The series follows the lives of two fifteen year-olds who fall in love in 1956, through life's struggles, setbacks, and victories, through to the present day. Along the way their spiritual odyssey is aided by their guardian angels.Categories: Saskatoon, Bestseller
1. The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List by Robin & Arlene Karpan
Saskatchewan abounds with wonderful places to see, but The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List cuts to the chase and takes you to the best of the best. In every case, it?s something special about nature that leaves you with a sense of wonder, that when you see it, you can't help but say, "Wow! This is really cool."
Follow award-winning writers and photographers, Robin and Arlene Karpan, to almost every corner of Saskatchewan, from the deep south to the far north, to experience the cream of the crop. Watch the rising sun magically transform Castle Butte into a brilliant red monolith. Enjoy the view from Canada's longest pedestrian bridge, or from the top of Canada's largest sand dunes. Marvel at the mysterious Eye Cave on the mountain-like "Dead Man's River", or ponder the puzzle of the other-worldly Crooked Bush. Stand on the brink of Saskatchewan's largest waterfall, or gaze over Lake Diefenbaker's fairy-tale Sand Castle. Get up close and personal with wildlife that you find nowhere else in Canada. These and many more natural wonders await. Oh yes, let's not forget about your ring-side seat at a spring-time orgy!
With over 170 stunning colour photographs, plus maps and coordinates, The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List not only shows you 50 top natural wonders, but also helps you get there. Each place is even rated as to how difficult it is to visit. A surprising number are fairly easy, but some will take more effort. After all, any quest worth its salt should have a few challenges. Now is the perfect time to start checking things off your bucket list.
2. Leave No Doubt by Mike Babcock
Mike Babcock is the only hockey coach in the history of the game to lead teams to victory in the Stanley Cup, the World Championship, and the Olympic Games. Currently head coach for the Detroit Red Wings, he is arguably the best coach in the game today. In this book, against the dramatic backdrop of the Canadian men's gold medal victory in Vancouver, Babcock provides an inspiring roadmap for achieving goals and fulfilling dreams.
This is not just a book about hockey but a book about life, rooted in Babcock's "Leave No Doubt" credo. Written by Babcock and his longtime friend Rick Larsen, the credo hung on Team Canada's dressing-room wall during their historic run to Olympic gold. It provides a compelling framework for excelling in life. Illuminated by revealing stories about overcoming doubt, "owning pressure," and making a difference, Leave No Doubt is based on a firm belief in everyday commitment and a step by step approach to being "better than good enough."
The words originally written for Canada's Olympic gold medal hockey team - leave no doubt, every day counts, our determination will define us - inspire an approach to succeeding in life that is relevant to people of all interests and ambitions. Athlete or not, each of us will find valuable guidance in this succinct primer from one of the most respected leaders in sports.
3. The Secret Lives of Sgt. John Wilson by Lois Simmie
John Wilson came to Canada from Scotland in 1912, leaving his wife and family with the promise to return in a year. In 1914 he joined the Mounties, and while stationed in Saskatchewan village, he caught TB and fell hopelessly in love with the young woman who took care of him. He would do anything for her, anything at all. Played out against a backdrop of catastrophic events - World War I, economic depression, the TB and Spanish Flu epidemics - The Secret Lives of Sgt. John Wilson is the riveting account of a mounted policeman and the women who loved him.Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Bestseller, Newsletter
1. Dos Equis by Anthony Bidulka
After a year-long, self-imposed exile, ten whispered words in a cryptic telephone message change everything for Russell Quant: "Quant, you are the only one who can help me." Returning to his life as a prairie private eye, he comes face to face with the greatest horror of his career. When an old rival is found dead, Quant is thrust into his most personal and dangerous case yet. Up against a cold, calculating villain, Russell risks everything, including the lives of those he loves. Fighting to right a wrong, Russell recruits his entire entourage of family and friends in an unforgettable caper that races from the frigid winterscapes of Saskatchewan to the pristine beaches of Mexico's Costa Grande, in a tale of love, loss, lies, and coming home.
2. A Good Man by Guy Vanderhaeghe
Multi-award-winning author Guy Vanderhaeghe's eagerly awaited new novel is a dazzling follow up to his bestselling The Englishman's Boy and The Last Crossing (a Canada Reads winner!).
A Good Man culminates what could be thought of as a trilogy of books set in the late nineteenth-century Canadian and American West, and it is a masterpiece. Vanderhaeghe skilfully weaves a rich tapestry of history with the turns of fortune of his most vividly and compellingly drawn cast of characters yet. Vanderhaeghe entwines breathtaking, intriguing, and richly described narratives that contain a compelling love story, a tale of revenge and violence, a spectacular battle scene, the story of an incident in Welsely's past that threatens his relationship with Ada, and much, much more. While raising moral questions, this novel weaves the historical with the personal and stands as Vanderhaeghe's most accomplished and brilliant novel to date.
3. Cherry Blossoms by Wes Funk
Frustrated and disenchanted with farm life and her marriage, Cherry Markowsky grabs her dog and heads toward a brand new beginning in the City of Saskatoon. Yet between dealing with a new career, a potential suitor, a drifting son, and a newly-discovered quirk of her brother's, Cherry discovers this is only the first of the hurdles she must jump.
"Set in Saskatchewan, Cherry Blossoms is women's fiction, written by a man, and very good." - Mary BaloghCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Bestseller, Newsletter
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