Book picks as published in the January 22, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Winterlust : finding beauty in the fiercest season
By Bernd Brunner
A sweeping, beautiful survey of all things winter. A farmer painstakingly photographs five thousand snowflakes. Indigenous peoples thrive on frozen terrain, where famous explorers perish. This lovingly illustrated meditation on winter entwines the spectacular with the everyday, expertly capturing the essence of a beloved yet dangerous season, which is all the more precious in an era of climate change.
Magnetic North : sea voyage to Svalbard
By Jenna Butler
From the endangered Canadian boreal forest to the environmentally threatened Svalbard archipelago off the coast of Norway, Jenna Butler takes us on a sea voyage that connects continents and traces the impacts of climate change on northern lands. With a conservationist, female gaze, she questions explorer narratives and the mythic draw of the polar North.
Book picks as published in the January 15, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Out of darkness, shining light : a novel
By Petina Gappah
The captivating story of the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone’s body across the continent of Africa, so his remains could be returned home to England and his work preserved there. This is a story that encompasses all of the hypocrisy of slavery and colonization while celebrating resilience, loyalty, and love.
The Shadow king : a novel
By Maaza Mengiste
With the threat of Mussolini’s army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid in Kidane and his wife Aster’s household. Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie’s army, rushes to mobilize his strongest men before the Italians invade. A heartrending, indelible exploration of what it means to be a woman at war.
Book picks as published in the January 8, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Body : a guide for occupants
By Bill Bryson
The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, “We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted.” The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.
Talking to strangers : what we should know about the people we don’t know
By Malcolm Gladwell
Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.
Book picks as published in the January 1, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Power shift : the longest revolution
By Sally Armstrong
The facts are indisputable. When women get even a bit of education, the whole of society improves. When they get a bit of healthcare, everyone lives longer. In many ways, it has never been a better time to be a woman: a fundamental shift has been occurring. Yet from Toronto to Timbuktu the promise of equality still eludes half the world’s population. The 2019 Massey lecture.
By Douglas Rushkoff
These are digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s most urgent thoughts on civilization and human nature. In one hundred lean and incisive statements, he argues that we are essentially social creatures, and that we achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together–not as individuals. Yet today, society is threatened by a vast antihuman infrastructure that undermines our ability to connect.
Book picks as published in the Dec. 25, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Royal holiday : a novel
By Jasmine Guillory
Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality.
One day in December : a novel
By Josie Silver
Through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, Laurie sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic – and then her bus drives away. Certain they’re fated to find each other again, they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when Laurie’s best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus.