Book picks as published in the June 12, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
A Brightness long ago : a novel
By Guy Gavriel Kay
A masterful new novel set in a vivid world evoking early Renaissance Italy and offering an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition. Unforgettable figures include a healer determined to defy her expected lot; a charming, frivolous son of immense wealth; a powerful religious leader more decadent than devout; and, two larger-than-life mercenary commanders.
Bina : a novel of warnings
By Anakana Schofield
Bina, a plain-spoken older Irishwoman, is under police surveillance for a crime considered so unspeakable that she cannot refer to it directly upon threat of immediate arrest. As a last resort, Bina has taken to her bed to write out her own version of her story. Slowly, we piece together the truth: at the heart of this book is a deliberate act of merciful euthanasia that brings with it an awful burden.
Book picks as published in the June 5, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Red address book : a novel
By Sofia Lundberg
When Doris was a girl, she was given an address book by her father, and ever since she has carefully documented everyone she met and loved throughout the years. A charming novel that prompts reflection on the stories we all should carry to the next generation, and the surprises in life that can await even the oldest among us.
Late-life love : a memoir
By Susan Gubar
On Susan Gubar’s seventieth birthday, she receives a beautiful ring from her husband, a gift that startles her into an appreciation of their luck. As she contemplates their sustaining relationship, Susan considers how older lovers differ from their youthful counterparts–and from ageist stereotypes. A memoir proving that love and desire have no expiration date, Late-Life Love is a retort to negative valuations of old age.
Book picks as published in the May 29, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Club : a novel
By Takis Wurger
Hans’s English aunt Alex will ensure his application to Cambridge University is accepted, but in return he must help her investigate an elite university club of young aristocrats and wealthy social climbers, the Pitt Club. As Hans makes his best efforts to prove club material, he is drawn into a world of extravagance, debauchery, and macho solidarity. But there are dangerous secrets in the club’s history.
Boy swallows Universe : a novel
By Trent Dalton
This highly praised Australian debut novel is the tale of an adolescent boy on the cusp of discovering the man he will be. Eli Bell’s life is complicated. His father is lost, his mother is in jail, and his stepdad is a heroin dealer. The most steadfast adult in Eli’s life is Slim–a notorious felon and national record-holder for successful prison escapes–who watches over Eli and August, his silent genius of an older brother.
Book picks as published in the May 22, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Normal people : a novel
By Sally Rooney
In Rooney’s highly anticipated second novel Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life.
Machines like me : and people like you : a novel
By Ian McEwan
Set in 1980s London, the story revolves around Charlie: young and reckless, and in love with his upstairs neighbour, the enchanting Miranda whose hidden, murky past hangs between them. He has spent his inheritance on the acquisition of one of twenty-four highly developed new robotic humans – named Adam or Eve, each one beautiful, strong and clever.
Book picks as published in the May 15, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Babel : around the world in twenty languages
By Gaston Dorren
Babel whisks the reader on a delightful journey to every continent of the world, tracing how these world languages rose to greatness while others fell away and showing how speakers today handle the foibles of their mother tongues. Witty, fascinating and utterly compelling, Babel will change the way you look at and listen to the world and how it speaks.
Why religion? A personal story
By Elaine H. Pagels
Why is religion still around in the twenty-first century? Why do so many still believe? And how do various traditions still shape the way people experience everything from sexuality to politics, whether they are religious or not? In Why Religion? Elaine Pagels looks to her own life to help address these questions. A provocative and moving account from one of the most compelling religious thinkers at work today.