Book picks as published in the Dec. 11, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Celestial bodies : a novel
By Jokha Alharthi
In the village of al-Awafi, in Oman, two families are joined by marriage: Mayya, the eldest of three sisters, marries Abdallah, son of a wealthy merchant, after suffering her first heartbreak. The first ever novel originally written in Arabic to win the Man Booker International Prize, and the first book by a female Omani author to be translated into English.
10 Minutes 38 seconds in this strange world : a novel
By Elif Shafak
Our brains stay active for ten minutes after our heart stops beating. For Tequila Leila, each minute brings with it a new memory – growing up with her father and his two wives in a grand old house in a quiet Turkish town; running away to Istanbul to escape an unwelcome marriage. Each memory reminds Leila of the five friends she met along the way – the friends who are now desperately trying to find her.
Book picks as published in the Dec. 4, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Reproduction : a novel
By Ian Williams
Felicia and Edgar meet as their mothers are dying. Felicia, a teen from an island nation, and Edgar, the lazy heir of a wealthy German family, come together only because their mothers share a hospital room. This is a profoundly insightful exploration of the bizarre ways people become bonded that insists that family isn’t a matter of blood. Winner of the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Trust exercise : a novel
By Susan Choi
In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. This novel will incite conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties. Winner of the 2019 National Book Award (US) for Fiction.
Book picks as published in the Nov. 27, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Late in the day : a novel
By Tessa Hadley
Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been friends since they first met in their twenties. Thirty years later, Alex and Christine receive a call from a distraught Lydia: Zach is dead. Inconsolable, Lydia moves in with Alex and Christine. But instead of loss bringing them closer, the three of them find over the following months that old entanglements and grievances rise from the past.
Watching you without me : a novel
By Lynn Coady
Karen has come home to Nova Scotia for the first time in a decade to oversee her mother’s funeral and tend to her affairs. Coady delivers a creepy and wholly compelling novel about the complex relationship between mothers and daughters and sisters, women and men, and who to trust and how to trust in a world where the supposedly selfless act of caregiving can camouflage a sinister self-interest.
Book picks as published in the Nov. 20, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Maybe you should talk to someone : a therapist, HER therapist, and our lives revealed
By Lori Gottlieb
From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist’s world–where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she).
Love lives here : a story of thriving in a transgender family
By Amanda Jette Knox
Raising her three children, the author was unprepared when her son came out as transgender at the age of eleven. Shocked, but knowing how important it was to support her daughter, Jette Knox became an ardent advocate for trans rights. A little over a year after their child came out, her partner also came out as transgender. When she found no role models, she determined that her family would become one.
Book picks as published in the Nov. 13, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Days by moonlight : a novel
By Andre Alexis
Botanist Alfred Homer is invited on a road trip by his parents’ friend Professor Bruno. This is a journey through an underworld that looks like southern Ontario’s. It is a land of house burnings, werewolves, witches, and plants with unusual properties. The novel is a darkly comic portrait of two beings: Alfred Homer and the Southern Ontario he loves. Winner of the 2019 Writers Trust Award for Fiction.
Older sister. Not necessarily related : a memoir
By Jenny Heijun Wills
Wills was born in Korea and adopted as an infant into a white family in small-town Canada. In her late twenties, she reconnected with her first family in Seoul. She describes in visceral, lyrical prose the painful ripple effects that follow a child’s removal from a family, and the rewards that can flow from both struggle and forgiveness. Winner of the 2019 Writers Trust Award for Nonfiction.