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What's on YOUR bookshelf?
Great reading about books
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Fictional works with a New Brunswick flavour
(New Brunswick has been an inspiration for authors for centuries. Here are some enjoyable works featuring New Brunswick people, places or themes I have found)

David Adams Richards books

A Dismal Thing to Do by Alisa Craig (aka Charlotte MacLeod) (Fredericton area)  ISBN 0-380-70338-6  Avon Books

A Spy in my House by J. Kenneth Langdon (1987) (Fredericton and Saint John areas featured)

Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs

The Case Against Owen Williams by Alan Donaldson (fictional town of Wakefield, NB)

East to the Sea by Heidi Stoddart (St Martins, Saint John City Market) -- nominated for two Governor General awards for its story and illustrations

45 Acres of Fun and Tears by Jim Morrison (Goose Lane Editions, 1989)

Fishes in the Sea: Poems for Maritime Kids by Shirley Downey (Bay of Fundy, St. Croix River)

Friday Night, Fredericton by Robert Cockburn (poem)

Maclean by Allan Donaldson (Woodstock setting)

Return to the Sea by Heidi Stoddard (St. Martins)

River Boy series by James Chapman (Gagetown)

Robert Gibbs poetry, novels, short stories based around Saint John, including Gannet Eyes

The Bonner Deception by Dale Estey (Newcastle end of Grand Lake)

The Bookfair Murders by Anna Porter (Gagetown, Grand Manan, etc.)

The Home Repair is Homicide series by Sarah Graves (mentions St. Stephen, Passemaquoddy Bay)

The Sisters by Elizabeth Brewster (Newcastle end of Grand Lake)

The Stunted Strong by Fred Cogswell (Centreville mentioned)

The Watch that ends the Night by Hugh McLennan (a woman murdered in a Miramichi logging camp)

The Hatbox Letters by Beth Powning (Mary’s Point, Kennebecasis River Road in Hampton for one)

The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor, the First Woman Settler of Miramichi by Sally Armstrong (2007, Random House)

Stuart Trueman books

The Americans are Coming by Herb Curtis


Canadian history


Dear Canada series (Scholastic)


Books about books (or the story behind the story)

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester (The story of two of the most influential men behind the writing of the Oxford Dictionary)

The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason (Two college students investigate the ancient mystery hidden in the 15th-century manuscript, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili.



Animal welfare


Beautiful Joe by Maureen Saunders

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Animal Ark series by Ben Baglio

Jenny Dale Pup Patrol series and other books

James Herriot veterinarian series

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Nayor


Non fiction

Out of Harm's Way The Extraordinary Story of one Woman’s Lifelong Devotion to Animal Rescue by Terri Crisp and Samantha Glen (1996)

Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff  ISBN-10: 0813824486