BOOKS: March/April 2016

Far From True
by Linwood Barclay

New York Times and #1 international bestselling local author Linwood Barclay returns with the suspenseful new thriller Far From True. Following the collapse of a screen at a drive-in movie theatre that kills four people, the daughter of one of the victims hires private investigator Cal Weaver to look into a break-in at her father's house, where he then discovers a hidden room where salacious activities have taken place, and evidence of missing DVDs with signs the discs may not have been the only thing the thief was interested in. Meanwhile, Detective Barry Duckworth is still trying to solve two murders he believes are connected due to similar and distinctive wounds. When another murder takes place, Cal and Barry are driven to pursue their individual investigations no matter where they take them ““ and where they lead may be more horrific than either man could ever imagine. Available March 8.

The History of Great Things: A Novel
by Elizabeth Crane

The entwined stories of mother and daughter Lois and Elizabeth are told in counterpoised narratives in an attempt to make sense of their lives by revisiting what they know about each other in The History of Great Things: A Novel. The daughter of the Depression Midwest, Lois came to New York to transform herself into an opera star; and Elizabeth, an aspiring writer who came of age in the forbidding shadow of her often-absent, larger-than-life mother in the 70s and 80s. Each woman tells the stories of the other, revealing lifelong secrets, challenging and interrupting each other, defending their own behaviour, brandishing or swallowing their pride, and coming to understand the other in an extraordinary and universal way. Available April 5.

It's the Little Things: Creating Big Moments In Your Home Through The Stylish Small Stuff
by Susanna Salk

Susanna Salk knows that when it comes to designing a space in your home, the little things can transform a room from mundane to magical. Through a wealth of vignettes and arrangements from top designers such as Alessandra Branca, Bunny Williams, John Derian an India Hicks, It's the Little Things: Creating Big Moments In Your Home Through The Stylish Small Stuff focuses on the details that make up a room's décor. Organized by type of design arrangement from full rooms to walls and intimate still lifes It's the Little Things shows us how to display beloved objects to create sophisticated interiors. Available March 15.

Food to Grow: A simple, no-fail guide to growing your own vegetables, fruits and herbs
by Frankie Flowers

In his fifth book, local gardening expert Frankie Flowers breaks down every growing decision you'll need to make in order to feast on homegrown goodies straight from your garden. In Food to Grow: A simple, no-fail guide to growing your own vegetables, fruits and herbs Frankie helps you evaluate your growing space and decide how much time you want to invest so you can make the smartest choices about which plants will yield the best bang for your buck. With gorgeous photography and a detailed A to Z index of more than 50 of Canada's most popular home crops, you are guided through the entire growing season from planning and prepping to planting, weeding and harvesting. Available March 8.

Hot Thai Kitchen: Demystifying Thai Cuisine with Authentic Recipes to
Make at Home
by Pailin Chongchitnant

Growing up in Thailand, Pailin Chongchitnant spent her days in the kitchen, later expanding on this passion by becoming a Cordon Bleu-educated chef in San Francisco. Today, the Vancouver resident has garnered quite the following through her YouTube channel Hot Thai Kitchen where she combines her love of teaching and devotion to Thai food to make this beloved cuisine more approachable. Chongchitnant has gone one step further with the release of her first cookbook Hot Thai Kitchen: Demystifying Thai Cuisine with Authentic Recipes to Make at Home. Beginning with a beautifully photographed trip to Thailand to explore the culture and building blocks at the centre of Thai food, Chongchitnant provides readers with foolproof and easy-to-follow instructions and breaks down the key ingredients, flavours, equipment and techniques needed to master authentic Thai cooking while sharing her must-make recipes alongside QR codes to video tutorials to expand in more detail. Available March 8.

Lick Your Plate: A Lip-smacking Book for Every Home Cook
by Julie Albert & Lisa Gnat

Sisters Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat answer the age old question, “What's for dinner?” with their latest cookbook Lick Your Plate: A Lip-smacking Book for Every Home Cook. Through 160 recipes spread across ten chapters from appetizers to desserts, including a section on brunch, special attention is given to seasonal ingredients, hearty and healthy fare, time restraints and cooking for a crowd. Mouthwatering visuals, funny anecdotes and drool-worthy descriptions breathe life into recipes for fast, fresh and family-friendly meals. Available March 29.

Designing Life's Celebrations
by DeJuan Strowd with foreword by Jon Bon Jovi & Dorothea Bon Jovi

Celebrity event designer DeJuan Strowd provides a fresh guide to entertaining with his first book. Focusing on tabletop and floral design, Strowd presents 17 at-home celebrations ranging from a Venetian-inspired birthday dinner party with ribbon poles to Christmas in the country using fruits, spices and herbs, each placing an emphasis on the joy of celebrating life's occasions. From learning how to map a table to getting over your flower “stem fear” these spectacular tabletops, centerpieces and how-to floral projects will inspire you to bring beauty into your celebrations in an effortless way. Available April 5.