St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the March 8, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Difficult womenDifficult women : short stories

By Roxane Gay

A collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection. The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. Wry, beautiful and haunting.

 

 

Bad girls throughout historyBad girls throughout history : 100 remarkable women who changed the world

By Ann Shen

The 100 revolutionary women highlighted here were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, scientists, activists, and spies, the accomplishments of these incredible women vary as much as the eras and places in which they effected change.

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the March 1, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

circle-by-eggersThe Circle : a novel

By Dave Eggers

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. But what begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge. Movie release April 28.

 

zookeepers-wifeThe Zookeeper’s Wife : a war story

By Diane Ackerman

1939: the Germans have invaded Poland. The keepers of the Warsaw zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, survive the bombardment of the city, only to see the occupiers ruthlessly kill many of their animals. Opposed to all the Nazis represented, the Zabinskis save as many as three hundred people from extermination. A moving and dramatic story of the power of empathy and the strength of love. Movie release March 31.

 

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the February 22, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

15-dogs-coverFifteen Dogs : an apologue

By Andre Alexis

A bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto veterinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking and those who embrace the change. Shortlisted for Canada Reads.

 

 

waiting-for-first-lightWaiting for First Light : my ongoing battle with PTSD

By Romeo Dallaire

A no-holds-barred self-portrait of a top political and military figure whose nights are invaded by despair, but who at first light faces the day with the renewed desire to make a difference in the world. Dallaire, traumatized by witnessing genocide in Rwanda, reflects on the nature of PTSD and the impact of that deep wound on his life since 1994, and on how he motivates himself and others to humanitarian work despite his constant struggle. On the Canada Reads longlist.

Do you know about Canada Reads 2017 @ Sapl on Friday, March 17? Find out more here.

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the February 15, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

right-to-be-cold-book-cover-onlyThe  Right to be Cold: one woman’s story of protecting her culture, the Arctic and the whole planet

By Sheila Watt-Cloutier

A story of resilience, commitment, and survival told from the unique vantage point of an Inuk woman who rose from humble beginnings in the Arctic community of Kuujjuaq, Quebec to become one of the most influential and decorated environmental, cultural, and human rights advocates in the world. Shortlisted for Canada Reads. This year’s theme: What is the one book Canadians need now?

company-town-cover-onlyCompany Town : a novel

By Madeline Ashby

New Arcadia is a city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by one very wealthy, powerful, byzantine family: Lynch Ltd. Hwa is of the few people in her community (which constitutes the whole rig) to forgo bio-engineered enhancements. As such, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig. Shortlisted for Canada Reads.

Do you know about Canada Reads 2017 @ Sapl on Friday, March 17? Find out more here.

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the February 8, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

break-k-vermetteThe Break : a novel

By Katherena Vermette

When a Métis woman sees a possible crime she phones the police. Told from the perspectives of various people connected to this violence in a Winnipeg Metis community, we hear their stories leading up to that fateful night. Shortlisted for Canada Reads. This year’s theme: What is the one book Canadians need now?

 

 

nostalgiaNostalgia : a novel

By M.G. Vassanji

In the indeterminate future in an unnamed western city, physical impediments to immortality have been overcome. As society approaches the prospect of eternal life, a new problem must be confronted: with the threat of the brain’s storage capacity being overwhelmed, people want to move forward into the future free from unwanted and interfering memories. Shortlisted for Canada Reads.

 

Do you know about Canada Reads 2017 @ Sapl on Friday, March 17? Find out more here.