Book picks as published in the July 10, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Lazarus Files: A Cold Case Investigation
by Matthew McGough
When Sherri Rasmussen was found murdered in her home in 1986, investigators assumed she was killed during an attempted burglary. More than 20 years later, Stephanie Lazarus, a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, was convicted of her murder. McGough details the investigation that led to her downfall, and argues that the LAPD’s instinct for self protection led them to ignore evidence which pointed to one of their own.
Gone Too Long
by Lori Roy
Following the death of her father, a Ku Klux Klan leader, Imogene must fight her own family and the local Klan as she uncovers the scale of her father’s crimes. When she enters her father’s property, she makes a shocking discovery – a young boy is being held captive in his basement. Imogene’s path intertwines with the story of a missing ten-year-old girl who disappeared years earlier following a hate crime.
Book picks as published in the July 3, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Daisy Jones and the Six : a novel
By Taylor Jenkins Reid
It the early 1970s, all Daisy Jones wants is to write her own songs, but the record studio has its own ideas. Billy Dunne and his brother have a band called The Six that won’t be playing weddings for long. When they land a record deal, Billy’s girlfriend follows them to the west coast and life begins. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
Boy wonders : a memoir
By Cathal Kelly
Cathal Kelly grew up in the seventies and eighties, decades when dressing like Michael Jackson seemed like a good idea and The Beachcombers –“an adventure show about logging”–seemed to make sense.By turns funny, elegiac and insightful, Boy Wonders is an unvarnished celebration of growing up and stumbling toward identity. Winner of the 2019 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.
Book picks as published in the June 26, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Bush runner : the adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson
By Mark Bourrie
Sourced from Radisson’s journals, which are the best first-hand accounts of 17th century Canada, Bush Runner tells the extraordinary true story of this protean 17th-century figure, a man more trading partner than colonizer, a peddler of goods and not worldview—and with it offers a fresh perspective on the world in which he lived. Radisson was a co-founder of the Hudson’s Bay Company.
Bolder : making the most of our longer lives
By Carl Honore
The time has come to cast off prejudices and to blur the lines of what is possible and permissible at every stage of life. In other words: we need to learn to re-imagine our approach to later life. Emboldening ourselves in older age demands big structural changes. Bolder is a radical re-think of our approach to everything from education, healthcare and work, to design, relationships and politics.
Book picks as published in the June 19, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Provisionally yours : a novel
By Antanas Sileika
After World War I and the collapse of Czarist Russia, former counterintelligence officer Justas Adamonis returns to Lithuania, a fragment of the shattered Empire. He’s not entirely sure what he’ll find. His parents are dead, he hasn’t seen his sister since she was a teenager, and Kaunas has become the political center of the emerging state. He’s barely off the train when he’s recruited back into service.
The Cook : a novel
By Maylis de Kerangal
More like a poetic biographical essay on a fictional person than a novel, The Cook is a coming-of-age journey centered on Mauro, a young self-taught cook. The story is told by an unnamed female narrator, Mauro’s friend and disciple who we also suspect might be in love with him. Set not only in Paris but in Berlin, Thailand, Burma, and other far-flung places over the course of fifteen years.
Book picks as published in the June 12, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
A Brightness long ago : a novel
By Guy Gavriel Kay
A masterful new novel set in a vivid world evoking early Renaissance Italy and offering an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition. Unforgettable figures include a healer determined to defy her expected lot; a charming, frivolous son of immense wealth; a powerful religious leader more decadent than devout; and, two larger-than-life mercenary commanders.
Bina : a novel of warnings
By Anakana Schofield
Bina, a plain-spoken older Irishwoman, is under police surveillance for a crime considered so unspeakable that she cannot refer to it directly upon threat of immediate arrest. As a last resort, Bina has taken to her bed to write out her own version of her story. Slowly, we piece together the truth: at the heart of this book is a deliberate act of merciful euthanasia that brings with it an awful burden.