Book picks as published in the November 14, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Ensemble : a novel
By Aja Gabel
Jana. Brit. Daniel. Henry. They would never have become family without their love for music. After the group’s youthful, rocky start, they experience devastating failure and wild success, heartbreak and marriage, triumph and loss, betrayal and enduring loyalty. They are always tied to each other – by career, by the intensity of their art, by the secrets they carry, by choosing each other over and over again.
Song of a nation : the untold story of Canada’s national anthem
By Robert Harris
This biography documents the amazing and controversial short life of Calixa Lavallée – the composer of “O Canada” – and the tumult of 19th-century North America. He was a composer, a performer, an entrepreneur, and an educator; played pop and classical music; and appeared in his quasi-colonial society, tragically, just ahead of his time.