Wednesday, October 20, 2010 |
Earlier this month, we featured fantastic videos by four librarians from the Edmonton Public Library pitching their Canada Reads picks. We loved them so much that we rounded up more recommendations from librarians across the country!
There is strength of both character and language in Urquhart's storytelling; as she chronicles the story of ordinary lives against the backdrop of extraordinary events, that are pivotal to the history of Canada, she reminds us that we must never forget the contributions of those who serve our country. The impact of WWI, both physically and emotionally, are powerfully described, as is the construction of the Vimy Memorial which honours the fallen.
The characters in this book were compelling to the point that two years later, I feel like I'm still friends with Digger and Sadie. Descriptions throughout the novel were vivid and intense. This is one of those books you "live" rather than read.
Robert Charles Wilson is a brilliant writer, whose books deserve a wider audience than they currently reach. Canadians are fond of science fiction memes, but more comfortable reading them in books not labelled with a rocket ship. Wilson's fiction is distinguished by original concepts and remarkable characterization. The characters in Wilson's novels have complicated relationships, the way real people do, and the core of his fiction revolves around these relationships. Their attempts to deal with their exotic circumstances are credible attempts by normal people to deal with the fantastic.
Wilson's novels have grown in maturity and depth since his first novel, A Hidden Place, was published in 1986. His most recent novel, Julian Comstock: A story of 22nd Century America, tells the story a young man, the nephew of the president, trying to survive love, war and family machinations in a vastly expanded United States. Success makes him a threat, and interferes with his ultimate ambition, to make a film about Charles Darwin. Wilson's book is amazing; funny, philosophical and kind. If you are only going to read one fiction book this year, pick up Julian Comstock, and let the book recommend itself.
Halifax Public Libraries' Readers Services Team recommends:
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
The Waterproof Bible by Andrew Kaufman
The team at the Canadian Children's Book Centre recommends:
Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Shi-shi-etko by Nicola Campbell
A book enjoyed by our entire book club. Great characters, story, and history.
Emotionally evocative combination of art and text in a coming-of-age story set in Toronto in the 1990s.
It's about hockey.
Paul Quarrington weaves an amazing Canadian story about an old hockey hero looking back on his career. The story takes you from the King's early training with mystical monks on ice, to his first hat trick in the NHL (and its rewards), to the last days of his life.
Every time I see "old timers" taking to the ice for a quick wave, wearing their old hockey sweaters, I think of King Leary. And when I play, I aspire to have his signature movel!
I chose this book for Canada Reads for a few reasons.
First of all, a first novel for this Canadian author, and so well written! Secondly, the story itself is so interesting and real,, you feel as if you a part of the family. The issues that are addressed in this novel are handled with acute care and are real to many of us. The story is poignant, funny, sad, happy, interesting.
I love this book!!!
Which librarian recommendation most floats your boat? Cast your vote for you favourite essential read below. Only the books that qualify are in the poll below. (Sorry King Leary). Each vote is worth one point.
Or if you have another novel in mind. send your recommendation in using our online form. Each recommendation is worth one point as well. The 40 books with the most points make the cut!
One vote=one point. One recommendation=one point. The novels with the most points win.
Erin Balser is an associate producer with Canada Reads.