Book picks as published in the June 28, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Colour of Canada
By Roy MacGregor
A completely revised edition of one of the most beloved books of its kind ever published in this country. This collection of stunning, and rarely seen, photographs from many of the best photographers in Canada takes you on a breath-taking pictorial tour from Newfoundland to British Columbia to the Arctic.
By Mike Myers
Mike Myers presents his heartfelt and hilarious view of the country’s past, present, and future as he sets out to define the Canadian mystique. A true patriot who happens to be an expatriate, Myers is in a unique position to explore Canada from within and without. The book includes many images from Mike Myers’ personal archive.
Book picks as published in the June 21, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Medicine walk : a novel
By Richard Wagamese
This timeless novel tells the universal story of a father/son struggle in a fresh, utterly memorable way, set in dramatic landscape of the B.C. interior. A story about love, friendship, courage, and the idea that the land has within it powers of healing – revealing the ultimate goodness of its characters and offering a deeply moving and redemptive conclusion.
Bearskin Diary : a novel
By Carol Daniels
Taken from the arms of her mother as soon as she was born, Sandy was only one of over twenty thousand Aboriginal children scooped up by the federal government between the 1960s and 1980s. Sandy was adopted by a Ukrainian family and grew up as the only First Nations child in a town of white people. She eventually finds her way by embracing her First Nations roots.
Book picks as published in the June 14, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Reason you walk
By Wab Kinew
When his father was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Winnipeg broadcaster and musician Wab Kinew decided to spend a year reconnecting with the accomplished but distant aboriginal man who’d raised him. By turns lighthearted and solemn, this is an inspiring vision for family and cross-cultural reconciliation, and a wider conversation about the future of aboriginal peoples.
Between them : remembering my parents
By Richard Ford
A stirring narrative of memory and parental love, Richard Ford tells of his mother, Edna, a feisty Catholic girl with a difficult past, and his father, Parker, a sweet-natured soft-spoken traveling salesman, both born at the turn of the twentieth century in rural Arkansas. An exploration of memory, intimacy, and love, and a striking portrait of American life in the mid-century.
Book picks as published in the June 7, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Hide : a novel
By Matthew Griffin
The story of a hidden life and the very recent history of gay love in America. Set in a declining textile town in North Carolina, Hide is the love story of Wendell, a taxidermist, and Frank, a veteran of World War II. They meet after the war, in a time when such love holds real danger. Severing nearly all ties with the rest of the world, they carve out a home for themselves on the outskirts of town.
Moonstone: the boy who never was : a novel
Steinn is queer in a society in which the idea of homosexuality is beyond the furthest extreme. His city, Reykjavik in 1918, is homogeneous and isolated and seems entirely defenseless against the Spanish flu, which has already torn through Europe, Asia, and North America and is now lapping up on Iceland’s shores. A mind-bending miniature historical epic.
Book picks as published in the May 31, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Lillian Boxfish takes a walk : a novel
By Kathleen Rooney
She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur and a portrait of a remarkable woman in a changing America.
They may not mean to, but they do : a novel
By Cathleen Schine
Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children would prefer. She won’t take their advice, and she won’t take an antidepressant. Her marriage to their father has lasted through health and dementia, as well as some phenomenally lousy business decisions. A tender, sometimes hilarious story about searching for where you belong as your family changes with age.