St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the January 15, 2020 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Out of darkness, shining lightOut of darkness, shining light : a novel

By Petina Gappah

The captivating story of the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone’s body across the continent of Africa, so his remains could be returned home to England and his work preserved there. This is a story that encompasses all of the hypocrisy of slavery and colonization while celebrating resilience, loyalty, and love.


Shadow kingThe Shadow king : a novel

By Maaza Mengiste

With the threat of Mussolini’s army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid in Kidane and his wife Aster’s household. Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie’s army, rushes to mobilize his strongest men before the Italians invade. A heartrending, indelible exploration of what it means to be a woman at war.

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