Weekend Picks

Transgender Awareness Week Picks

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Gender Revolution

Katie Couric sets out across America to meet with leading scientists, physicians, and experts to answer questions about gender and gender identity. She speaks with everyday people who find their lives and bodies on the front line of a changing world. This documentary examines the roles of science, society and culture with regard to gender, and sheds light on stories of struggle, understanding, ignorance and love.

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Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens

Through the compelling stories of eight performers in the thriving drag scene in the unlikely location of Columbus, Ohio, the film dives into the often misunderstood topic of ‘gender’ itself. Giving rare insight into an underground scene, KQIB captures how an unlikely Midwestern city full of vibrant performers tackles complexities of gender expression, personal identity, and human rights, all with humor, great music, big hair, and duct tape.

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Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story
Former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin’s journey in search of the American ideals that she protected has a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman. After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield.

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Laurence Anyways

In the ’90s, Laurence tells his girlfriend Fred that he wants to become a woman. In spite of the odds, they confront the prejudices of their friends, ignore the counsel of their families, and brave the phobias of the society they offend. For ten years, they try to live through this transition, and embark on an epic journey which, unbeknownst to them, may cost Fred and Laurence their love.

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Paris is Burning

A chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

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St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the November 15, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

RefugeRefuge : a novel

By Dina Nayeri

An Iranian girl escapes to America as a child, but her father stays behind. Over twenty years, as she transforms from confused immigrant to over achieving Westerner to sophisticated European transplant, daughter and father know each other only from their visits: four crucial visits over two decades, each in a different international city.

 

 

All we leave behindAll we leave behind : a reporter’s journey into the lives of others

By Carol Off

The gripping story of a family’s desperate attempts to escape Afghan warlords and the persecutions of refugee life, in hopes that their sons and daughters could dare to dream of peace and opportunity. Behind the scenes, one of Canada’s most respected journalists, Carol Off, is working assiduously to help the family achieve freedom and a promising future.

Joanne’s Mystery Picks

SLEEP NO MORE by P. D. James

61dm8s9u1ql-_sx318_bo1204203200_Since her death in 2014, fans of P.D. James have eagerly awaited any previously unpublished works by this undisputed “Queen of Crime”.  In 2016 we were presented with The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories, a tome containing four clever and often-times delightful short stories.  With Sleep No More six more stories are on offer to James’ eager followers.  As the subtitle (Six Murderous Tales) suggests, these six are about murder.  But these are not “cozy” murders and Commander Dalgliesh is nowhere to be found to sort the wheat from the chaff and to bring the guilty to justice. Each of these stories is about revenge and retribution and the diabolical nature of human justice.  They are dark and at times disturbing, and devoid of any humour.  But there’s always that clever little twist at the end, something that James does better than anyone else.

 

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the November 8, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

War and turpentineWar and turpentine : a novel

By Stefan Hermans

 An international best seller: a vivid, masterly novel about a Flemish man who reconstructs his grandfather’s story–his hopes, loves, and art, all disrupted by the First World War–from the unflinching notebooks he filled with pieces of his life. The life of Urbain Martien–artist, soldier, survivor of World War I–lies contained in two notebooks he left behind when he died in 1981.

 

Women in the castleThe Women in the castle : a novel

By Jessica Shattuck

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined. All three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war–each with their own unique share of challenges.