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Eight books by Vernon and area authors to put under the tree this year

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December 23, 2015 - 4:30 PM

VERNON - For die-hard book worms, there’s no greater Christmas gift than a good read.

A book, especially one with a personal inscription, makes a thoughtful gift for the book lover in your life. If you’re on the hunt for local titles, we’ve got a few suggestions. 


For the fiction lover

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Turtle Valley by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Not only does author Gail Anderson-Dargatz live part-time in the Shuswap, her novel Turtle Valley is also set in the Shuswap-Thompson region. Part mystery, part romance, and part ghost story, Turtle Valley brings the protagonist, Kat, back home to Turtle Valley, where a wildfire is sweeping toward her mother’s farm. Kat senses her mother is keeping a secret, and is determined to unearth it before the fire destroys all that is left of her family’s memories.

Available on and at select local book stores.

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The Path to Ardroe by John Lent

Vernon resident John Lent’s latest novel, The Path to Ardroe, follows the life of a fictionalized author wrestling with his craft and lacking direction at age 42. The novel explores friendship, life changes, and the challenges and aspirations of writers.

Available on and at select local book stores.


For the poetry lover

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Washita by Patrick Lane

This recent collection of poems by author Patrick Lane, who was born in Nelson and attended high school in Vernon, delves into some of the most inexpressible experiences a human being can undergo: the loss of a parent, the breakdown of a body, the perversion of nature, and the acquiring of wisdom.

Available on and at select local book stores.

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Pluck by Laisha Rosnau

Vernon poet Laisha Rosnau’s Pluck explores sexuality, female vulnerability, and parenthood. The collection of poems also explores the creative process and finding meaning in every day, domestic life.

Available on and at select local book stores.


For the kids

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The Doubt Booger by Beth McCarthy Marks, illustrated by Nadine Wilson

Written by Beth McCarthy Marks and illustrated by Nadine Wilson, both of Vernon, this comical children’s book is about the pesky effect of self-doubts.

Books are available in paperback or ebook, and can be purchased online at Barnes and Noble, and Amazon. Locally the book is available in Vernon at Nadine’s Fine Art and Frames.


For the thrill-seeker

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The Ultimate Threat by James Osborne

Vernon author James Osborne weaves a thrilling tale about religious terrorism in his latest novel, The Ultimate Threat.

Available in Kindle edition on Amazon.


For the young reader

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The Trouble With Mandy by Shirley Bigelow DeKelver

The Trouble With Mandy, a book geared at readers between 10 to 15, is about a 13-year-old girl who finds an injured eagle and goes on an adventure to return it to the wild. You can order the book through the publisher’s website.


For the cook

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The Italian Kitchen Company Cook Book

It might not have a plot line exactly, but this cookbook does tell the story of Vernon’s Italian Kitchen Company through its Mediterranean-inspired dishes. The cookbook also includes a section of customer favourites. Buy it through the company's website.


To contact a reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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