Book picks as published in the June 13, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Wisdom in nonsense : invaluable lessons from my father
By Heather O’Neill
O’Neill structures her book around key lessons she learned in childhood from her father. Wryly humorous and generous, she shares stories that illustrate why it is good to steal things, why one should learn to play the tuba, and why one should never keep a journal. Her unusual mentors went well beyond her janitor father to include ex-bank robbers and homeless men.
Nine lessons I learned from my father
By Murray Howe
As a child, Murray Howe wanted to be like his father. He was an adult before he realized that didn’t necessarily mean playing hockey. Gordie Howe may have been the greatest player in the history of hockey, but greatness was never defined by goals or assists in the Howe household. Greatness meant being the best person you could be, not the best player on the ice.
Book picks as published in the June 6, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Speak no evil : a novel
By Uzodinma Iweala
Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, D.C., Niru is a top student and a track star at his prestigious private high school. Bound for Harvard in the fall, his prospects are bright. But Niru has a painful secret: he is queer—an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents. No one knows except Meredith, the one person who seems not to judge him.
The Heart’s invisible furies : a novel
By John Boyne
Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community, and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamorous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself.
Book picks as published in the May 30, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Temptation to be Happy : a novel
By Lorenzo Marone
Cesare is 77 years old, a widower and cynical troublemaker, a man who has always had trouble caring for others and has given up trying. He prefers to live his own life, avoiding contact with his neighbors and even his own children wherever possible. Until one day, the enigmatic Emma moves into the neighboring flat and he begins to rediscover an appetite for life.
Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian lions : a novel
By Mario Giordano
On her sixtieth birthday, Auntie Poldi retires to Sicily, intending to while away the rest of her days with good wine, a view of the sea, and few visitors. But Sicily isn’t quite the tranquil island she thought it would be, and something always seems to get in the way of her relaxation. When her handsome young handyman is discovered murdered–she can’t help but ask questions.
Book picks as published in the May 23, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
West : a novel
By Carys Davies
When widowed Cy Bellman reads in the newspaper that colossal ancient bones have been discovered in the salty Kentucky mud, he sets out to see for himself if the rumors are true: that the giant monsters are still alive and roam the uncharted wilderness beyond the Mississippi River. A spellbinding and timeless epic-in-miniature, an eerie parable of the American frontier.
The Gunners : a novel
By Rebecca Kauffman
Mikey Callahan, a thirty-year-old who is suffering from macular degeneration, struggles to establish human connections. As the novel begins, he is reconnecting with “The Gunners,” his group of childhood friends, after one of their members has committed suicide. This becomes a search for the core of truth, friendship, and forgiveness.
Book picks as published in the May 16, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Bluebird, bluebird : a novel
By Attica Locke
Darren Mathews’ travels up East Texas Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders–a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman–have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes–and save himself in the process–before Lark’s long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. 2018 Edgar (Mystery) Awards Winner for Best Novel.
She rides shotgun : a novel
By Jordan Harper
When enemies from his time in prison put a bounty on his head and target his family, Nate McClusky takes his eleven-year-old daughter Polly from in front of her school into a world of robbery, violence, and the constant threat of capture, or death. 2018 Edgar (Mystery) Awards Winner for Best First Fiction.