Featured Titles

Our Collections Department staff scour the new book releases and select books with buzz that we think you’ll want to know about. These buzz-worthy books make up our Featured Titles lists.

We're excited to share our PDF iconSummer 2017 list!


We’ve got the fun of Kevin Kwan (remember Crazy Rich Asians?), another Nina George "Paris" title, some first rate mysteries with Anthony Horowitz’ Magpie Murders and The Marsh King’s Daughter, a father and daughter tale that brings murder close to home. Julia Glass is back with a beautiful book about an artist who is a fictionalized Maurice Sendak. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is the first new book from Arundhati Roy since her acclaimed novel The God of Small Things. Then there’s the buzz surrounding The Essex Serpent in which two unlikely characters are brought together by a common idea. We’re rooting for the debut novel Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore (who can resist a bookstore after hours?) and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. And finally The Wanderers, a book that will appeal to folks who got caught up in The Martian by Andy Weir.


Imagine not being allowed to drive on account of being a woman. Manal Al-Sharif shares the consequences of Daring to Drive in Saudi Arabia. And what summer would be complete without baseball – take a summer stroll to the ball diamond with Baseball Life Advice from Stacey May Fowles. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is hitting all the right notes and sure to be popular here in Waterloo. Billy Bishop’s story is told by Diana Bishop in Living Up to a Legend. We’ve got history (Churchill & Orwell), the space race (Apollo 8), and some behavioural economics (Everybody Lies) – always interesting. Feast is a beautiful cookbook that is the product of a cross-Canada-food-love-expedition. You may want your own copy once you spend a little time with it. The Bright Hour and Driving Miss Norma both face the end of life, one with reflection (what makes a meaningful life?) and one with a bucket-list kind-of-a-road trip. If humour is what’s called for, maybe try: Would Everybody Please Stop?

Don't forget to also browse through our Staff Picks lists for even more terrific new books and for staff reviews, visit WPL's More Books Please! blog. 

Featured Titles - Summer 2017 list

Past Lists


PDF iconSummer 2017

PDF iconNational Aboriginal History Month

PDF iconSpring 2017

PDF iconEarly Spring 2017

PDF iconWinter 2017


"PDF iconFeatured Titles: Kiss the Cook.pdf" (Nov 2016)

Winter 2016

Spring 2016

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