Book picks as published in the August 15, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Heartbreaker : a novel
By Claudia Dey
Set in an isolated town founded decades ago by a charismatic cult leader, Heartbreaker is the story of a mysterious woman who abruptly disappears, and those who try to find her. At the intersection of The Handmaid’s Tale and Twin Peaks, this is the wildly imaginative American debut of a prize-winning Canadian author.
A Terrible country : a novel
By Keith Gessen
When Dima insists that Andrei return to Moscow to care for their grandmother, Andrei must take stock of his life in New York. His girlfriend has stopped returning his text messages. It’s the summer of 2008, and his bank account is dangerously low. Perhaps a few months in Moscow are just what he needs. A wise and funny novel about Russia, exile, family, love, history and fate.
Book picks as published in the August 8, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Lands of lost borders : a journey on the Silk Road
By Kate Harris
The chronicle of Harris’s odyssey and an exploration of the importance of breaking the boundaries we set ourselves; an examination of the stories borders tell, and the restrictions they place on nature and humanity; and a meditation on the existential need to explore–the essential longing to discover what in the universe we are doing here.
The Measure of my powers : a memoir of food, misery, and Paris
By Jackie Kai Ellis
Armed with nothing but a love of food and the words of the great 20th century food writer M.F.K. Fisher, Ellis begins a journey – from France to Italy, then the Congo and back again – to find herself. Along the way, she goes to pastry school in Paris, watches gorillas grazing deep in the Congolese brush, has her heart broken and, ultimately, finds a path to life and joy.
Book picks as published in the August 1, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Dear Mrs. Bird : a novel
By A.J. Pierce
London, 1940. Emmeline Lake takes a job as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant notes from women, she secretly begins to write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles.
The Glitch : a novel
By Elizabeth Cohen
A fast, funny, deeply hilarious debut–The Glitch is the story of a high-profile, TED-talking, power-posing Silicon Valley CEO and mother of two who has it all under control, until a woman claiming to be a younger version of herself appears, causing a major glitch in her over-scheduled, over-staffed, over-worked life.
Book picks as published in the July 25, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
It all falls down : a novel
By Sheena Kamal
Finding the truth about her father’s life and his violent death takes Nora Watts from Vancouver to Detroit. Thanks to a disastrous government policy starting in the 1950s, thousands of Canadian native children like Sam Watts were adopted by American families. Nora discovers that the circumstances surrounding Sam’s suicide are more unsettling than she’d imagined.
Fierce kingdom : a novel
By Gin Phillips
The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo. A masterful thrill ride and an exploration of motherhood itself.
Book picks as published in the July 18, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Origin story : a big history of everything
By David Christian
Christian takes readers on a wild ride through the entire 13.8 billion years we’ve come to know as “history.” By focusing on defining events, major trends, and profound questions about our origins, he exposes the hidden threads that tie everything together — from the creation of the planet to the advent of agriculture, nuclear war, and beyond.
Tesla : inventor of the modern
By Richard Munson
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) invented the radio, robots, and remote control. His electric induction motors run our appliances and factories, yet he has been largely overlooked by history. Munson presents a comprehensive portrait of this farsighted and underappreciated mastermind. His most advanced ideas went unrecognized for decades, yet he never stopped imagining.