Book picks as published in the July 12, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Don’t worry, life is easy
By Agnes Martin-Lugand
Diane needs to start over again. After returning from Ireland and turning the page on her stormy relationship with a brooding Irish photographer, she is determined to rebuild her life in Paris with help from her best friend Félix. She focuses on getting her literary café back on track—until she meets Olivier. The much-anticipated sequel to Happy people read and drink coffee.
Paris is always a good idea
By Nicolas Barreau
Rosalie Laurent is the proud owner of Luna Luna, a little postcard shop in Saint-Germain. Her specialty is producing “wishing cards,” but where her own wishes are concerned, the quirky graphic artist is far from lucky. Every birthday Rosalie sends a card inscribed with her heart’s desire fluttering down from the Eiffel Tower–but none of her wishes has ever been fulfilled.
Book picks as published in the July 5, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Dirty windshields : the best and worst of the Smugglers tour diaries
By Grant Lawrence
Formed when most of the members were still in high school, The Smugglers came of age during the height of the grunge explosion in the early 1990s. Told with Grant’s signature self-deprecating wit, the anecdotes develop into a compelling story of the growth of an independent, do-it-yourself touring band, a community, and a musical movement.
From cradle to stage : stories from the mothers who rocked and raised the rock stars
By Virginia Hanlon Grohl
As Virginia watched her son’s star rise, she often wondered about the other mothers who raised rock stars. Were they as surprised as she was about their children’s fame? Did they worry about their children’s livelihood and wellbeing in an industry fraught with drugs and other dangers? Did they encourage their children’s passions despite the odds against success?
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.