Book picks as published in the January 10, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Ghost orchard : the hidden history of the apple in North America
By Helen Humphreys
Delving deep into the storied past of the apple, Humphreys explores the intricate link between agriculture, settlement, and human relationships. In telling this hidden history, Humphreys writes movingly about the experience of her research. The result is a book that is both personal and universal, combining engaging storytelling, historical detail, and deep emotional insight.
Apron strings : navigating food and family in France, Italy and China
By Jan Wong
When Wong set out to write a book about home cooking in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. The result is a memoir about family, an exploration of the globalization of food cultures, and a meditation on the complicated relationships between mothers and sons. Apron Strings is complex, unpredictable, and unexpectedly hilarious.
Book picks as published in the January 3, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Morningstar : growing up with books
By Ann Hood
Growing up in a mill town in Rhode Island, in a household that didn’t foster a love of literature, Hood discovered nonetheless the transformative power of books. She recollects how books influenced her teen psyche and introduced her to topics that could not be discussed at home. Later, books helped develop her political thinking and stoked her ambitions to travel the world.
Poetry will save your life : a memoir
By Jill Bialosky
An unconventional and inventive coming-of-age memoir organized around fifty-one remarkable poems by poets such as Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens and Sylvia Plath, from a critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author and poet. While Bialosky’s personal stories animate each poem, they touch on many universal experiences.
Book picks as published in the December 27, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
In Search of a better world : a human rights odyssey
By Payam Akhavan
A work of memoir, history, and a call to action, In Search of a Better World, the 2017 CBC Massey Lecture, is a powerful and essential work on the major human rights struggles of our times. This timely, essential, and passionate work is a tour de force by an internationally renowned human rights lawyer.
Tools of titans : the tactics, routines, and habits of billionaires, icons, and world-class performers
By Timothy Ferriss
For the last two years, Ferriss interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The unusual depth of two-to-three hour interviews made the show a huge success. This book is his “ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools” gleaned from these interviews. Everything has been vetted, explored, and applied to his own life.
Book picks as published in the December 20, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Mr. Dickens and his carol : a novel
By Samantha Silva
Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their family and friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer’s block sets in… Laced with humour and rich historical detail.
Seven days of us : a novel
By Francesca Hornak
It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Olivia, a doctor, having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, has been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family. In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long… A witty and heartfelt holiday story.
Book picks as published in the December 13, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
That’s my baby : a novel
By Frances Itani
At the end of Frances Itani’s Giller Prize—shortlisted Tell, a baby is adopted by a young Deseronto couple who are coming to terms with the end of the Great War. Eighteen years on, the baby, Hanora, now a young woman, is told about her adoption, but given no details. As a second world war looms, Hanora is determined to uncover the mysteries of her identity.
First snow, last light : a novel
By Wayne Johnston
Ned Vatcher, only 14, ambles home from school in the chill hush that precedes the first storm of the winter of 1936 to find the house locked, the family car missing, and his parents gone without a trace. From that point on, his life is driven by the need to find out what happened to the Vanished Vatchers. An epic family mystery with a powerful, surprise