Book picks as published in the January 16, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
21 Lessons for the 21st century
By Yuval Harari
Yuval Noah Harari provides a kind of instruction manual for the present day to help readers find their way around the 21st century, to understand it, and to focus on the really important questions of life. Harari answers the overarching question: what is happening in the world today, what is the deeper meaning of these events, and how can we individually steer our way through them?
How to invent everything : a survival guide for the stranded time traveler
By Ryan North
What would you do if a time machine hurled you thousands of years into the past. . . and then broke? Ryan North shows you how to invent all the modern conveniences we take for granted–from first principles. This illustrated manual contains all the science, engineering, art, philosophy, facts, and figures required for even the most clueless time traveler to build a civilization from the ground up.
Book picks as published in the January 9, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Unsheltered : a novel
By Barbara Kingsolver
The story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum in Vineland, New Jersey, navigating what seems to be the end of the world as they know it. With history as their tantalizing canvas, these characters paint a startlingly relevant portrait of life in precarious times when the foundations of the past have failed to prepare us for the future. On many “Best of 2018” lists.
Where the Crawdads sing : a novel
By Delia Owens
For years, rumours of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home. On many “Best of 2018” lists.
The Seniors Drop-In Book Club will meet at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 9 in Forsyth Hall on the main floor to discuss the novel Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva.
About the book …
Samantha Silva’s fiction debut offers a take on how Charles Dickens came to write his famous holiday story, A Christmas Carol. Dickens has just excitedly finished his latest installment of Martin Chuzzlewit and welcomed his sixth child when his publishers inform him that Chuzzlewit isn’t selling and he needs to write a Christmas story or lose money from his advance. Dickens is adamantly opposed, but with family depending on him, he accepts the challenge. Beset by demands from everyone he encounters, he struggles to write the story. Finally, he’s captivated by an unexpected muse and his holiday spirit comes back, inspiring the much-loved and enduring classic. (Library Journal)
About the author…
Samantha Silva is an author and screenwriter based in Idaho. Mr. Dickens and His Carol is her debut novel. Over her career she’s sold film projects to Paramount, Universal, New Line Cinema and TNT. A film adaptation of her short story, The Big Burn, won the 1 Potato Short Screenplay Competition at the Sun Valley Film Festival in 2017. Silva will direct, her first time at the helm.
Silva graduated from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, where she studied in Bologna, Italy and Washington, D.C. She’s lived in London three times, briefly in Rome, is an avid Italophile, and a forever Dickens devotee.
The Man Who Invented Christmas: A timeline of Charles Dickens life
An interview with Samantha Silva (Los Angeles Public Library)
Conversation with Samantha Silva (International Press Agency)
Book review (Washington Independent Review of Books)
Mr. Dickens and His Carol: The Ghosts of Dickens and Grenfell
Book picks as published in the January 2, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Library book
By Susan Orlean
Full of wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, The Library Book is Susan Orlean’s journey through the stacks that reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books—and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of a country. It is also a master journalist’s reminder that, perhaps especially in the digital era, they are more necessary than ever.
Reader, come home : the reading brain in a digital world
By Maryanne Wolf
Wolf draws on neuroscience, literature, education, technology, and philosophy and blends historical, literary, and scientific facts with down-to-earth examples and warm anecdotes to illuminate complex ideas that culminate in a proposal for a biliterate reading brain. Provocative and intriguing, this is a roadmap that provides a cautionary but hopeful perspective on the impact of technology on our brains.
Book picks as published in the December 26, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
I’ve been meaning to tell you: a letter to my daughter
By David Chariandy
When a moment of quietly ignored bigotry prompted his three-year-old daughter to ask “what happened?” David Chariandy began wondering how to discuss with his children the politics of race. A decade later, in a newly heated era of both struggle and divisions, he writes a letter to his now thirteen-year-old daughter. David is the son of Black and South Asian migrants from Trinidad.
All things consoled: a daughter’s memoir
By Elizabeth Hay
In this courageous memoir, written with tough-minded candour, tenderness, and wit, Elizabeth Hay lays bare the exquisite agony of a family’s dynamics–entrenched favouritism, sibling rivalries, grievances that last for decades, genuine admiration, and enduring love. In the end, she reaches a more complete understanding of the most unforgettable characters she will ever know, her parents.