Book picks as published in the April 24, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
All our relations: finding the path forward
By Tanya Talaga
Every single year in Canada, one-third of all deaths among Indigenous youth are due to suicide. Award-winning author Tanya Talaga documents suicide prevention strategies, Facebook’s development of AI software to actively link kids in crisis with mental health providers, and the push by First Nations leadership in Northern Ontario for a new national health strategy.
Don’t label me: an incredible conversation for our divided times
By Irshad Manji
How do we stand our ground yet seek common ground? Infused with scholarly insights and punctuated with stories about Manji’s experiences as a refugee from Africa, a Muslim immigrant to the U.S., and a professor of moral courage, Don’t Label Me offers a gift to every global citizen: concrete tips on how to start and sustain the toughest, most taboo conversations.
Book picks as published in the April 17, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Leading men : a novel
By Christopher Castellani
An expansive yet intimate story of desire, artistic ambition, and fidelity, set in the glamorous literary and film circles of 1950s Italy In July of 1953, at a glittering party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino, Italy, Tennessee Williams and his longtime lover Frank Merlo meet Anja Blomgren, a mysteriously taciturn young Swedish beauty and aspiring actress. Their encounter will go on to alter all of their lives.
Learning to see: a novel of Dorothea Lange, the woman who revealed the real America
By Elise Hooper
In 1918, a fearless twenty-two-year old arrives in bohemian San Francisco from the Northeast, determined to make her own way as an independent woman. Renaming herself Dorothea Lange she is soon the celebrated owner of the city’s most prestigious and stylish portrait studio and wife of the talented but volatile painter, Maynard Dixon.
Book picks as published in the April 10, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Lost words : a spell book
By Robert Macfarlane
All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world–dandelion, otter, bramble and acorn, all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds. The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke.
Listening to the bees
By Mark L. Winston and Renee Saklikar
Through the distinct but complementary lenses of science and poetry, Mark Winston and Renée Saklikar reflect on the tension of being an individual living in a society, and about the devastation wrought by overly intensive management of agricultural and urban habitats. A unique collaboration that makes for perfect reflective reading for both, Poetry Month and Earth Month.
Book picks as published in the April 3, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Tilly and the Crazy Eights : a novel
By Monique Gray Smith
When Tilly receives an invitation to help drive eight elders on their ultimate bucket-list road trip, she impulsively says yes. Before she knows it, Tilly has said good-bye to her family and is on an adventure that will transform her in ways she could not predict, just as it will for the elders who soon dub themselves “the Crazy Eights.”
Bad ideas : a novel
By Missy Marston
Wildly funny and wonderfully moving, Bad Ideas is about a string of bad ideas and the absurdity of love.
Loosely inspired by Ken “the Crazy Canuck” Carter’s attempt to jump the St. Lawrence River in a rocket car, and set in a 1970s hollowed-out town in eastern Ontario, Marston paints an indelible portrait of people on the forgotten fringes of life. Witty and wise, this is a novel that will stay with you a long time.
Book picks as published in the March 27, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Paragon Hotel : a novel
By Lyndsay Faye
The new historical thriller by this Edgar-nominated author follows Alice “Nobody” from Prohibition-era Harlem to Portland’s Paragon Hotel. The year is 1921, and Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong. She has her sights set on Oregon: a distant frontier that seems the end of the line.
The Cassandra : a novel
By Sharma Shields
The Cassandra follows a woman who goes to work in a top secret research facility during WWII, only to be tormented by visions of what the mission will mean for humankind. A timely novel about patriarchy and militancy, using both legend and history to look deep into man’s capacity for destruction, and the resolve and compassion it takes to challenge the powerful.