Book picks as published in the February 20, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
They call me George: the untold story of the Black train porters
By Cecil Foster
Smartly dressed and smiling, Canada’s Black train porters were a familiar sight to the average passenger—yet their minority status rendered them politically invisible, second-class in the social imagination that determined who was and who was not considered Canadian. It was their struggle against the racist Dominion that laid the groundwork for the multicultural nation we know today.
Up from freedom : a novel
By Wayne Grady
As a young man, Virgil Moody vowed he would never be like his father, he would never own slaves. When he moves from his father’s plantation, he takes with him pregnant Annie. She’ll be much safer with him, away from his father’s cruelty. This is a powerful and emotional novel about the dangers that arise when we stay silent in the face of prejudice or are complicit in its development.
Book picks as published in the February 13, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Winters : a novel
By Lisa Gabriele
After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter–a wealthy politician and recent widower–and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties…
An Unwanted guest : a novel
By Shari Lapena
It’s winter in the Catskills and Mitchell’s Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing maybe even romantic weekend away. So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity and all contact with the outside world the guests settle in for the long haul. Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead–at first it looks like an accident…
Book picks as published in the February 6, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Dragon Springs Road : a novel
By Janie Chang
Abandoned in the courtyard of a once-lavish estate outside Shanghai, seven-year-old Jialing learns she is Eurasian—and thus doomed to face a lifetime of contempt from both Chinese and Europeans. As Jialang grows into womanhood during the tumultuous early years of the Chinese republic, she must find a way to survive political intrigue, jealousy, forbidden love and even murder.
The Woo-Woo : how I survived ice hockey, drug raids, demons, and my crazy Chinese family
By Lindsay Wong
In this darkly comedic memoir, a young woman comes of age in a dysfunctional Asian family who blame their woes on ghosts and demons when they should really be on anti-psychotic meds. At once a witty and touching memoir about the Asian immigrant experience and an honest depiction of the vagaries of mental illness, The Woo-Woo is a gut-wrenching and beguiling manual for surviving family, and oneself.
Book picks as published in the January 30, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Good neighbor: the life and work of Fred Rogers
By Maxwell King
As the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously. An engaging story, rich in detail, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.
The Sun does shine: how I found life and freedom on death row
By Anthony Ray Hinton
This story is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.
Book picks as published in the January 23, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Force of nature : a novel
By Jane Harper
When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker.
Nine perfect strangers : a novel
By Liane Moriarty
Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.