St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the June 28, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Colour of CanadaThe 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.

 

Canada Mike MyersCanada

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.

Science Fiction of the month

I seem to have written several posts about fantasy books in the last few months.  This month I’m going back to science fiction.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.

Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.

Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.

This book doesn’t offer much of the epic space battles that come to mind when talking about Space Operas.  What it does offer is a glimpse into how living in space among aliens isn’t always that much different from living on Earth in the present.  I really enjoyed this book.  It has a large cast of characters, but they all get their chance to shine, and they all are well developed.  The action is episodic, but all ties together into a coherent whole. I recommend this book if you are looking for a lighter science fiction book that still satisfies.

A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers) by [Chambers, Becky]

If you enjoyed this book, there is a sequel called A Closed and Common Orbit

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the June 21, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Medicine WalkMedicine 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-COVER-ALT.inddBearskin 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.

 

Weekend Picks

Pride Picks Vol. II

We’ll be at this weekend’s BBQ hosted by our friends from St. Albert Pride! So drop by and say hello as we’re really excited to tell you all about our eclectic and relevant LGTBQ collection, free Library membership and more!

Paris Is Burning

We’d sure love to have this film in our collection, but it’s proving to be a hard DVD/Blu-Ray to come by. Anyway, here is a great YouTube link to watch on of the most thought provoking and alluring docs of the ’90s.

Paris is Burning YouTube

Pride

U.K. gay activists work to assist miners during their extended strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

Trailer

The Normal Heart

A film drama that tells the dramatic, poignant and often-exasperating story of the early days of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early ’80s, taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.

Trailer

 

 

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the June 14, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Reason you walkThe 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 themBetween 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.