Book picks as published in the August 21, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Seven or eight deaths of Stella Fortuna : a novel
By Juliet Grames
Stella’s childhood is full of strange, life-threatening incidents–moments where ordinary situations like cooking eggplant or feeding the pigs inexplicably take lethal turns. Even Stella’s own mother is convinced that her daughter is cursed. When the Fortunas emigrate to America on the cusp of World War II, Stella and her sister Tina must come of age in a hostile new world with strict expectations for each of them.
Travelers : a novel
By Helon Habila
A Nigerian graduate student who has made his home in America knows what it means to strike out for new shores. On a trip to Berlin, Habila’s central character finds himself thrown into contact with African immigrants and refugees whose lives previously seemed distant from his own. The walls between his privileged existence and the stories of these other Africans on the move soon crumble.
Book picks as published in the August 14, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Flight portfolio : a novel
By Julie Orringer
In 1940, Varian Fry–a Harvard educated American journalist–traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to rescue within a few weeks. Instead, he ended up staying in France for thirteen months, working under the veil of a legitimate relief organization to set up an underground railroad. Based on a true story.
State of the union : a marriage in ten parts
By Nick Hornby
Tom and Louise meet in a pub before their couple’s therapy appointment. Married for years, they thought they had a stable home life–until a recent incident pushed them to the brink. Unfolding in the minutes before their weekly therapy sessions, the ten-chapter conversation that ensues is witty and moving, forcing them to look at their marriage–and, for the first time in a long time, at each other.
Book picks as published in the August 7, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Last resort : a novel
By Marissa Stapley
To the guests at The Harmony Resort, Doctors Miles and Grace Markell appear to be a perfect power couple. They run a couples’ therapy retreat in a luxurious resort in the Mayan Riviera where they help spouses deal with their marriage struggles. When two couples begin Harmony’s intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all that it seems – and neither are Miles and Grace.
Henry, himself : a novel
By Stewart O’Nan
Soldier, son, lover, husband, breadwinner, churchgoer, Henry Maxwell has spent his whole life trying to live with honor. A native Pittsburgher and engineer, he’s always believed in logic, sacrifice, and hard work. Now, seventy-five and retired, he feels the world has passed him by. A wry, warmhearted portrait of an American original who believes he’s reached a dead end only to discover life is full of surprises.
Book picks as published in the July 31, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Reality bubble : blind spots, hidden truths, and the dangerous illusions that shape our world
By Ziya Tong
A groundbreaking, fascinating book for our times. Ziya Tong brings to bear her scientific worldview and formidable understanding of the urgent problems that confront our world. The Reality Bubble provides a vivid picture of what stalks our blind spots and reveals how the way we look at the world has the power to shake civilization. Fast-paced, utterly fascinating, and deeply humane.
Becoming Dr. Seuss : Theodor Geisel and the making of an American imagination
By Brian Jay Jones
Whimsical and wonderful, Dr. Seuss’ work has defined our childhoods and the childhoods of our own children. Theodor Geisel, however, had a second, more radical side. It is there that the allure and fasciation of his Dr. Seuss alter ego begins. He had a successful career as an advertising man and then as a political cartoonist, his personal convictions appearing, not always subtly, throughout his books.
Book picks as published in the July 24, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
By Kate Atkinson
Iconoclastic detective Jackson Brodie returns in a triumphant new novel by the brilliant Kate Atkinson about secrets, sex and lies. Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an aging Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It’s picturesque, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes.
Searching for Sylvie Lee
By Jean Kwok
Sylvie, the beautiful, successful older daughter of the Lee family, flies to the Netherlands for one final visit with her dying grandmother–and then vanishes. Amy, the sheltered baby of the Lee family, is too young to remember a time when her parents were newly immigrated and too poor to keep Sylvie. Sylvie, the golden girl, kept painful secrets . . . secrets that will reveal more than Amy ever could have imagined.