Book picks as published in the December 5, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
A Shot in the dark : a Constable Twitten mystery
By Lynne Truss
With a new murder case on his hands and a lazy captain at the helm of the police department, the keen and clever Constable Twitten and his colleague Sargent Jim Brunswick set out to solve the decade-old mystery of the Aldersgate Stick-Up, but soon discover a criminal conspiracy that dates back decades. A new foray into mystery fiction by the popular author of Eats, shoots & leaves.
The 7 ½ deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle : a novel
By Stuart Turton
Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others… This book has been described as an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery in a Groundhog Day time loop. Many twists and turns and a surprise ending.
Book picks as published in the November 28, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Washington Black : a novel
By Esi Edugyen
Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born. When his master’s eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified. But “Titch” is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor, and abolitionist. Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize and winner of the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
The Friend : a novel
By Sigrid Nunez
A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog. When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane. Winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction (US).
Book picks as published in the November 21, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Red word : a novel
By Sarah Henstra
The Red Word is a campus novel like no other. As her sophomore year begins, Karen enters into the back-to-school revelry — particularly at a fraternity called GBC. When she wakes up one morning on the lawn of Raghurst, a house of radical feminists, she gets a crash course in the state of feminist activism on campus. The Red Word is this year’s Governor General’s Fiction Award winner.
Dear Evelyn : a novel
By Kathy Page
Twisting and startling, harrowing and deeply tender, Dear Evelyn explores how two very different people come together to shape and reshape each other over a lifetime. It is a compelling and unconventional love story that will leave its mark on any reader who has ever loved. Dear Evelyn is this year’s winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
Book picks as published in the November 14, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Ensemble : a novel
By Aja Gabel
Jana. Brit. Daniel. Henry. They would never have become family without their love for music. After the group’s youthful, rocky start, they experience devastating failure and wild success, heartbreak and marriage, triumph and loss, betrayal and enduring loyalty. They are always tied to each other – by career, by the intensity of their art, by the secrets they carry, by choosing each other over and over again.
Song of a nation : the untold story of Canada’s national anthem
By Robert Harris
This biography documents the amazing and controversial short life of Calixa Lavallée – the composer of “O Canada” – and the tumult of 19th-century North America. He was a composer, a performer, an entrepreneur, and an educator; played pop and classical music; and appeared in his quasi-colonial society, tragically, just ahead of his time.
Book picks as published in the November 7, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Son of a Trickster : a novel
By Eden Robinson
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. A compelling blend of humour and heart-break. Come to the StarFest event with Eden Robinson on November 9, 7 pm.
Mamaskatch : a Cree coming of age
By Darrel J. McLeod
Beautifully written, honest and thought-provoking, Mamaskatch–named for the Cree word used as a response to dreams shared–is ultimately an uplifting account of overcoming personal and societal obstacles. In spite of the traumas of Darrel’s childhood, deep and mysterious forces handed down by his mother helped him survive and thrive. Winner of the 2018 Governor General’s Non-Fiction award.