Book picks as published in the March 25, 2020 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
A Map Is Only One Story : Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home
edited by Nicole Chung and Mensah Demary
These essays highlight the human side of immigration policies and polarized rhetoric, as twenty writers share provocative personal stories of existing between languages and cultures and offer a new definition of home in the twenty-first century.
Days of distraction : a novel
By Alexandra Chang
A wry, tender portrait of a young woman–finally free to decide her own path, but unsure if she knows herself well enough to choose wisely–from a captivating new literary voice. Equal parts tender and humorous, and told in spare but powerful prose, Days of Distraction is an offbeat coming-of-adulthood tale, a touching family story, and a razor-sharp appraisal of our times.
Book picks as published in the March 18, 2020 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
How a woman becomes a lake : a novel
By Marjorie Celona
It’s New Year’s Day and Leo takes his two young sons out to the lake to write resolutions on paper boats. That same frigid morning, Vera sets out for a walk. But she never returns. In the months ahead, Vera’s absence sets off a chain of reverberating events in Whale Bay. The cop investigating the case falls for Leo’s ex-wife but finds himself slipping further away from the truth. Author of “Y.”
The Dutch house : a novel
By Ann Patchett
At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.
Book picks as published in the March 11, 2020 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Son of a trickster : a novel
By Eden Robinson
Eden Robinson blends humour with heartbreak in this compelling coming-of-age novel. Jared is only sixteen but feels like he is the one who must stabilize his family’s life, even look out for his elderly neighbours. But he’s puzzled over why his maternal grandmother has never liked him, why she says he’s the son of a trickster, that he isn’t human. Shortlisted for Canada Reads 2020.
Radicalized : a novel
By Cory Doctorow
Told through one of the most on-pulse genre voices of our generation, Radicalized is a timely collection consisting of four SciFi novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near, near future. Shortlisted for Canada Reads 2020. Join us for the Library’s own Canada Reads debate with local celebrities on Saturday, March 14.
Book picks as published in the February 12, 2020 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
A Small silence : a novel
By Jumoke Verissimo
Prof is an ex-prisoner, activist and retired academic, who resolves to live a life of darkness after his release from prison. He holes up in his apartment, pushing away friends and family, and embraces his status as an urban legend in the neighbourhood until a knock at the door shakes his existence. Join us at the Library on Feb. 29 for an event with the author and Edmonton Journal columnist Lisa Martin.
Small game hunting at the local Coward Gun Club : a novel
By Megan Coles
This is a blistering Newfoundland Gothic for the twenty-first century, a timely portrait of a place in the throes of enormous change, where two women confront the traumas of their past in an attempt to overcome the present and pick up the future. Shortlisted for Canada Reads 2020. Join us for the Library’s own Canada Reads debate with local celebrities on Saturday, March 14.
Book picks as published in the February 19, 2020 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
How to do nothing : resisting the attention economy
By Jenny Odell
When the technologies we use every day collapse our experiences into 24/7 availability, platforms for personal branding, and products to be monetized, nothing can be quite so radical as . . . doing nothing. Here, Jenny Odell sends up a flare from the heart of Silicon Valley, delivering an action plan to become more meaningfully connected in the process.
All things being equal : why math is the key to a better world
By John Mighton
Mighton argues that math study is an ideal starting point to break down social inequality and empower individuals to build a smarter, kinder, more equitable world. Bringing together the latest cognitive research and incremental learning strategies, Mighton goes deep into the classroom and beyond to offer a hopeful–and urgent–vision for a numerate society.