Book picks as published in the April 25, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Maze at Windermere : a novel
By Gregory Blake Smith
A richly layered novel of love, ambition, and duplicity, set against the storied seascape of Newport, Rhode Island. A reckless wager between a tennis pro with a fading career and a drunken party guest–the stakes are an antique motorcycle and an heiress’s diamond necklace–launches a narrative odyssey that braids together three centuries of aspiration and adversity.
Peculiar ground : a novel
By Lucy Hughes-Hallett
It is the seventeenth century and a wall is being raised around Wychwood, transforming the great house and its park into a private realm of ornamental lakes, grandiose gardens, and majestic avenues. Three centuries later, far away in Berlin, another wall is raised. In 1989, as the Cold War peters out, a threat from a different kind of conflict reaches Wychwood’s walls.
Book picks as published in the April 18, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Chalk man : a novel
By C.J. Tudor
In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same. This British debut novel is being touted as the “must-read” thriller of 2018.
Hysteria : a novel
By Elisabeth de Mariaffi
Heike Lerner’s life looks perfect from the outside. But lately, Heike’s noticed there are some things out of place – her husband Eric is becoming increasingly more controlling. Something sinister that Heike cannot quite put her finger on is lingering just beneath the surface of this idyllic life. Another nail biter by this up-and-coming Canadian author.
Book picks as published in the April 11, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Water will come : rising seas, sinking cities, and the remaking of the civilized world
By Jeff Goodell
By century’s end, hundreds of millions of people will be retreating from the world’s shores as our coasts become inundated and our landscapes transformed. From island nations to the world’s major cities, coastal regions will disappear. Goodell employs fact, science, and on-the-ground journalism to show vivid scenes from what already is becoming a water world.
Enlightenment now: the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress
By Steven Pinker
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data and avoid corrosive fatalism.
Book picks as published in the April 4, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Sun and her Flowers : poems
By Rupi Kaur
From the bestselling author of milk and honey, a long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.
Heart Residence : collected poems, 1967-2017
By Dennis Lee
Heart Residence collects for the first time work from all corners of the extraordinary career of one of Canada’s literary icons. His depth and range encompass a wide spectrum from nursery rhymes and skipping songs to uncompromising moral introspection to full-tilt love songs, plaintive psalms, and ecstatic, solitary prayer.
Book picks as published in the March 28, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Feel free : essays
By Zadie Smith
Pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all are dissected with razor-sharp intellect, set brilliantly against the context of the utterly contemporary, and considered with humanity and compassion. With the intimacy of a local and the piercing clarity of an outsider, Smith casts a sharp critical eye over the creative luminaries that have shaped our world.
What are we doing here? : essays
By Marilynne Robinson
Robinson trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. Whether she is investigating how the work of great thinkers inform our political consciousness or discussing the way that beauty informs and disciplines daily life, Robinson’s peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display.