Book picks as published in the March 20, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
By chance alone : a remarkable true story of courage and survival at Auschwitz
By Max Eisen
More than seventy years after the Nazi camps were liberated by the Allies, this Canadian Holocaust memoir details the rural Hungarian deportations to Auschwitz-Birkenau, back-breaking slave labour in Auschwitz I, the infamous “death march” of January 1945, the painful aftermath of liberation, and a journey of physical and psychological healing. A Canada Reads 2019 pick.
Suzanne : a novel
By Anais Barbeau-Lavalette
Curious to understand why her grandmother, Suzanne, a sometime painter and poet associated with Les Automatistes, a movement of dissident artists, abandoned her husband and young family, Barbeau-Lavalette hired a private detective to piece together Suzanne’s life. This is a fictionalized account of Suzanne’s life over eighty-five years. A Canada Reads 2019 pick.
Book picks as published in the March 13, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Witch Elm : a novel
By Tana French
Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who’s dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life – he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we’re capable of, when we no longer know who we are.
Smile : a novel
By Roddy Doyle
A breakout from the Booker-prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle. A psychological suspense novel unlike any he’s written before, about how we contend with the past, trauma, guilt and regret, and the uncertainty of memory. It’s the memories of high school, and of one particular Brother, that he cannot control and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity.
Book picks as published in the March 6, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Women rowing North : navigating life’s currents and flourishing as we age
By Mary Bray Pipher
Pipher offers a timely examination of the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. Women growing older contend with ageism, misogyny, and loss. Yet as the author shows, most older women are deeply happy and filled with gratitude for the gifts of life. Their struggles help them grow into the authentic, empathetic, and wise people they have always wanted to be.
The Real Lolita : the kidnapping of Sally Horner and the novel that scandalized the world
By Sarah Weinman
Sally Horner’s story echoes the stories of countless girls and women who never had the chance to speak for themselves. By diving deeper in the publication history of Lolita and restoring Sally to her rightful place in the lore of the novel’s creation, The Real Lolita casts a new light on the dark inspiration for a modern classic.
Book picks as published in the February 27, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
If Beale Street could talk
By James Baldwin
In this stunning novel, now a major motion picture, Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, the story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned.
Bel canto : a novel
By Ann Patchett
Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country’s vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxanne Coss, opera’s most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. Ann Patchett’s award winning novel balances themes of love and crisis —now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore.
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.