Book picks as published in the August 16, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Blackout : a novel
By Marc Elsberg
Across Europe, controllers watch in disbelief as electrical grids collapse. There is no power, anywhere. A former hacker and activist, Piero investigates a possible cause of the disaster. The authorities don’t believe him, and he soon becomes a prime suspect himself. With the US now also at risk, Piero goes on the run with Lauren, a young American CNN reporter based in Paris.
See what I have done : a novel
By Sarah Schmidt
In this riveting debut novel, Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love. Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed.
Book picks as published in the August 9, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Hope has two daughters : a novel
By Monia Mazigh
Unwilling to endure a culture of silence and submission, and disowned by her family, Nadia leaves her native Tunisia in 1984 amidst deadly violence, chaos, and rioting brought on by rising food costs, eventually emigrating to Canada to begin her life. More than twenty-five years later, Nadia’s daughter Lila reluctantly travels to Tunisia to learn about her mother’s birth country.
The Language of Solitude : a novel
By Jan-Philip Sendker
Brooding expat and journalist Paul Leibovitz is seeking a new life for himself in Hong Kong, one in which the grief over a recent family tragedy doesn’t consume him and his love for Christine Wu brings him great joy. Then Christine gets an unexpected and emotionally-charged letter from her estranged brother, Paul. This suspenseful novel offers a glimpse into contemporary China.
Book picks as published in the August 2, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Midnight Sun : a novel
By Cecilia Ekback
It’s Sweden, 1855. There’s been a massacre on one of Lapland’s mountains by one of the indigenous Sami people. The Minister of Justice dispatches his son-in-law, a geologist, along with his daughter, to investigate. There, the shocking truth they discover about the murders and what lies behind them will only be matched by what they discover about themselves.
The Forgotten Girls : a novel
By Owen Laukkanen
She was a forgotten girl, a runaway found murdered on a train through the northern Rocky Mountains and, with little local interest, put into a dead file. But she was not alone. When Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint FBI-BCA violent crime force stumble upon the case, they discover a horror far greater than anyone expected–a string of murders of young women drifters.
Book picks as published in the July 26, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Little Sister : a novel
By Barbara Gowdy
It is high summer, and a band of storms is rolling across the city. Something unusual is also happening to Rose. She loses consciousness and has vivid, realistic dreams of living someone else’s life. Is Rose merely dreaming? Or is she, in fact, inside the body of another woman? Disturbed and entranced, she tries to find out what is happening to her.
Be my Wolff : a novel
By Emma Richler
Emma Richler returns with a major novel about a sister and her adopted brother with a one-of-a-kind connection: a profoundly moving, original love story about the choices we make or create for ourselves. This is a novel of astonishing range and imagination: a love story, an exuberant adventure through time and place, a tale of the most unbreakable ties that bind.
Book picks as published in the July 19, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Feast : recipes and stories from a Canadian road trip
By Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller
Two friends. Five months. One car. Ten provinces. Three territories. Seven islands. Eight ferries. Two flights. One 48-hour train ride. And only one call to CAA. The result: over 100 incredible Canadian recipes from coast to coast and the Great White North. Stories, photographs and recipes from Saveur Magazine’s “Best Culinary Travel Blog” award winners.
Speaking in Cod Tongues : a Canadian culinary journey
By Lenore Newman
Lenore Newman explores Canada’s rich and evolving culinary landscape in Speaking in Cod Tongues. From oceans to prairie, from bakeapples to fiddleheads, from maple syrup to k’aaw, from the height of urban dining to picnics in parks, Newman describes a delicious and emerging mélange representing the multifaceted nature of Canada.