Book picks as published in the July 17, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
When Patsy finally gets a visa to visit her best friend and secret romantic interest, Cicely, in America, she is filled with hope for her future, even though she has to leave her young daughter, Tru, behind in Jamaica. When she arrives, her hopes quickly disintegrate and she must face the dispiriting reality of being an undocumented worker. Her mother’s abandonment deeply impacts Tru, who is facing her own struggles.
The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland’s Buried Past and Our Perilous Future
by Jon Gertner
Greenland has long attracted intrepid scientists and explorers. Gertner balances exciting stories of discovery and exploration with a straightforward discussion of the impact of Greenland’s rapidly melting ice sheet, which is both a time capsule, and a disturbing portent of the future. The far-reaching consequences of the global climate change crisis are conveyed with an eye towards spurring readers to action.
Book picks as published in the July 10, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Lazarus Files: A Cold Case Investigation by Matthew McGough
When Sherri Rasmussen was found murdered in her home in 1986, investigators assumed she was killed during an attempted burglary. More than 20 years later, Stephanie Lazarus, a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, was convicted of her murder. McGough details the investigation that led to her downfall, and argues that the LAPD’s instinct for self protection led them to ignore evidence which pointed to one of their own.
Gone Too Long by Lori Roy
Following the death of her father, a Ku Klux Klan leader, Imogene must fight her own family and the local Klan as she uncovers the scale of her father’s crimes. When she enters her father’s property, she makes a shocking discovery – a young boy is being held captive in his basement. Imogene’s path intertwines with the story of a missing ten-year-old girl who disappeared years earlier following a hate crime.
It’s every parent’s nightmare – that call in the middle of the night to say that your child has been in an accident. Abi answers the phone one night to be told that very thing about her seventeen-year old daughter, Olivia. Only it’s far worse: Olivia is brain-dead and on life support in order to keep her unborn baby alive, a baby that Abi knew nothing about. I was hooked at this point, but slowly I started to look at this novel more carefully.
The author utilizes “weather” in almost every chapter – but it goes nowhere to creating atmosphere. They are just words on the page. I found myself saying “fast forward” after the fifth or sixth passage talking about rain, sunshine, fog, or wind and it got very tiresome. And I just couldn’t believe these characters, expecially Abi, the martyred single-mom who could be called a “helicopter parent” except for the fact that she didn’t actually hover over her daughter, but had her locked in the helicopter with her! There just wasn’t anything genuine about any of the players in this story or the fact that an investigation into Olivia’s fall was deemed as unnecessary.
So, definitely not the top pick of the bookshelf for me, but some might enjoy it.
Book picks as published in the July 3, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Daisy Jones and the Six : a novel
By Taylor Jenkins Reid
It the early 1970s, all Daisy Jones wants is to write her own songs, but the record studio has its own ideas. Billy Dunne and his brother have a band called The Six that won’t be playing weddings for long. When they land a record deal, Billy’s girlfriend follows them to the west coast and life begins. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
Boy wonders : a memoir
By Cathal Kelly
Cathal Kelly grew up in the seventies and eighties, decades when dressing like Michael Jackson seemed like a good idea and The Beachcombers –“an adventure show about logging”–seemed to make sense.By turns funny, elegiac and insightful, Boy Wonders is an unvarnished celebration of growing up and stumbling toward identity. Winner of the 2019 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.