The books you read and love can say a lot about you.
With this in mind, CBC Radio 2's Kelly Cutrara regularly approaches Canadian musicians and asks, "what is the book you think everyone should read?" Here's what Lynn Miles had to say.
"I'm going to suggest In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Dr. Gabor Maté. He's the doctor of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside needle exchange clinic, and he's written several books. This book is about people who are addicted — it's about the people he works with. He makes the greatest case for decriminalizing drugs, and he makes the greatest case for giving people who receive the least amount of compassion, for giving them the most amount of compassion, because of the situations they come out of that lead them to the life they lead now. He's a beautiful writer. He's inspired me. I wish he was the prime minister. "
"I'm going to recommend Miriam Toews's A Complicated Kindness, because I've read that book three times now, and every time I read it, I just enjoy it so much. It's so beautiful. Her characters are so rich and honest, and they speak the way you think they would speak. The story is beautiful and there's sadness and beauty, and I just think she's a great writer."
Lynn Miles is one of Canada's most accomplished singer/songwriters. She has recorded seven albums, won multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards and took home the 2003 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year. Her most recent album, Fall For Beauty, was released in stores and online in Canada on October 5, 2010.