Book picks as published in the February 12, 2020 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Modern love : true stories of love, loss, and redemption
Ed. by Daniel Jones
The most popular, provocative, and unforgettable essays from the past fifteen years of the New York Times “Modern Love” column–including stories from the Netflix series starring Tina Fey, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Keener, Dev Patel, and John Slattery. This is the perfect book for anyone who’s loved, lost, stalked an ex on social media, or pined for true romance.
The Lost sister : a novel
By Andrea Gunraj
Alisha and Diana are young sisters living at Jane and Finch, a Toronto suburb full of immigrants trying to build new lives in North America. Partially inspired by the real-life experiences of a former resident of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, The Lost Sister bravely explores the topics of child abuse, neglect, and abduction against a complex interplay of gender, race, and class dynamics.
Book picks as published in the February 5, 2020 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Africville : a novel
By Jeffrey Colvin
A stunning debut with a richly woven tapestry, set in a small Nova Scotia town settled by former slaves, that depicts several generations of one family bound together and torn apart by blood, faith, time, and fate. Structured as a triptych, Africaville chronicles the lives of three generations of the Sebolt family from the 1930s to the 1980s. Vibrant, lyrical and told in a powerful, haunting voice.
Had it coming : what’s fair in the age of #MeToo
By Robyn Doolittle
The world is now increasingly aware of the pervasiveness of rape culture in which powerful men got away with sexual assault and harassment for years. Surprisingly, Canada has the most progressive sexual assault laws in the developed world, yet the system is failing victims at every stage. A nuanced and informed look at how attitudes around sexual behaviour have changed and still need to change.
Book picks as published in the January 29, 2020 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Secrets we kept : a novel
By Lara Prescott
At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice–the real-life story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago.
Double exposure : a novel
By Alfred Gough and Miles Millar
CIA Agent Lana Welles drops in to the Library of Congress’s National Film Archive with a film canister, smuggled over the Berlin Wall, that may prove WWII never really ended — it just went underground. An action-packed “triple feature” debut thriller about a war veteran and CIA officer in the 1960s swept up into a cat and mouse game with enormous, world-altering consequences where Hitler may still be alive.
Book picks as published in the January 22, 2020 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Winterlust : finding beauty in the fiercest season
By Bernd Brunner
A sweeping, beautiful survey of all things winter. A farmer painstakingly photographs five thousand snowflakes. Indigenous peoples thrive on frozen terrain, where famous explorers perish. This lovingly illustrated meditation on winter entwines the spectacular with the everyday, expertly capturing the essence of a beloved yet dangerous season, which is all the more precious in an era of climate change.
Magnetic North : sea voyage to Svalbard
By Jenna Butler
From the endangered Canadian boreal forest to the environmentally threatened Svalbard archipelago off the coast of Norway, Jenna Butler takes us on a sea voyage that connects continents and traces the impacts of climate change on northern lands. With a conservationist, female gaze, she questions explorer narratives and the mythic draw of the polar North.
Book picks as published in the January 15, 2020 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Out of darkness, shining light : a novel
By Petina Gappah
The captivating story of the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone’s body across the continent of Africa, so his remains could be returned home to England and his work preserved there. This is a story that encompasses all of the hypocrisy of slavery and colonization while celebrating resilience, loyalty, and love.
The Shadow king : a novel
By Maaza Mengiste
With the threat of Mussolini’s army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid in Kidane and his wife Aster’s household. Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie’s army, rushes to mobilize his strongest men before the Italians invade. A heartrending, indelible exploration of what it means to be a woman at war.