12 Days of CanLit: Music

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December is the time of year to get into the holiday spirit! Whether you are on the hunt for a cheery Christmas present or a Happy Hanukkah gift, CBC Books is here to help you. For the next 12 weekdays, we will be celebrating the 12 Days of CanLit. From food and fashion to sports and science, we will be highlighting the best recent books Canada has to offer in 12 different categories. Seasonal shopping has never been so easy!


Here are three great gifts for the music lover in your life!



Four Strong Winds by John Einarson with Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson

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Four Strong Winds, the song, is often considered one of the best folk songs of all time, if not the best Canadian song of all time. It was penned and recorded by the iconic folk duo Ian & Sylvia, and has since been covered by countless artists, including Neil Young, Sarah McLachlan and Joan Baez.

Four Strong Winds, the book, delves into the lives of the two people behind the song, Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson -- from their early days in Toronto coffeehouses to the Greenwich Village folk scene to their personal and professional relationship. Pick this one up for the folk aficionado on your list.




Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

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It's been a big year for Half-Blood Blues. Edugyan's book was shortlisted for four major literary awards, including the Man Booker, and won this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Half-Blood Blues tells the story of black jazz musicians living in Berlin and Paris during the Second World War. It's a tale of love, loyalty, race and music, and Edugyan's prose is as lyrical and melodic as a classic jazz number. Perfect for the literary music fan in your life.





Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen by Robert J. Wiersema

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You might think that nothing new could be said about Bruce Springsteen, but you'd be wrong. In Walk Like a Man, Robert J. Wiersema blends the Boss's life and music into his own journey into adulthood.

Wiersema grew up listening to Springsteen. He followed multiple tours and listened to every bootleg. As Wiersema got older, fell in love and became a father, Springsteen continued to be the soundtrack to his life, to becoming a man. Walk Like a Man reads like a great mixtape (and is even divided into "tracks"), and includes liner notes full of humour and music criticism.

Remember how great it was to receive a mixtape from a special someone? This year, pay it forward with Walk Like a Man.




On the first day of CanLit, CBC Books gave to you the best fashion reads from 2011! Check them out here.

On the second day of CanLit, CBC Books gave to you the best hockey reads of the year! Check them out here.

On the third day of CanLit, CBC Books gave to you 2011's best books about food! Check them out here.



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