Sunday, October 10, 2010 |
Happy holiday weekend, everyone! Just because it's a Sunday doesn't mean we'll stop with the daily reader recommendations! Here we go, another fabulous 15 for you to check out:
Lorie Mills recommends: The Birth House by Ami McKay
A great story that was impossible to put down! Great women characters! I learned a lot about being a women during a time when medicine was less than empowering for women!
Wayde Compton recommends: Twenty-Six by Leo McKay Jr.
It's a very important novel that fictionalizes the Westray mining accident. Deeply important in Canadian history, and a compelling story, told in a complex non-linear style.
Christian Sauve recommends: Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
Spellbinding science-fiction novel that is able to reconcile vast ideas about space, time and the evolution of the human species with intimate small-scale character drama. Clean prose, strong characters, mesmerizing plotting. Published in 2005; went on to win the 2006 Hugo Award for best SF/Fantasy novel of the year as voted upon by the members of the World Science Fiction convention: Proof that Canadian writers can compete against the best of what the world has to offer.
Lucy Ruiz recommends: All That Matters by Wayson Choy
Because it tells the story of an immigrant family in Canada; primarily because it speaks to the non-Anglo Saxon experience. One that resonates with many Canadians.
Chris Aikman recommends: Garcia's Heart by Liam Durcan
An intricate moral paradox at woven at personal, societal and political levels. It is both local and global, timely and timeless.
Rachel Geertsema recommends: Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
Winner of Amazon's Best First Novel, Come, Thou Tortoise is a captivating and poignant tale of Audrey Flower, lost after the death of her father, and her tortoise, Winnifred. This is an incredibly funny and incredibly heartbreaking book that I was unable to put down. Audrey Flowers is a unique character who we can all identify with because she struggles with finding out who she is without her father, and she struggles to learn to the truth of her childhood. A beautiful story about family and relationships, Grant uses the imaginative Audrey and self-important Winnifred as unique narrators to tell a brilliant story.
Sandra Gulland recommends: The Death of Donna Whalen by Michael Winter
"This gripping account reveals a lot about the parts of our Canadian society that usually remain hidden: the criminal underworld, the prison world, the ""justice"" system. Suspenseful, heart-rendering, and provoking. A cautionary tale.
Aaron Keeler recommends: Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson
Because it's the best book of the decade.
Chris Benjamin recommends: Away from Everywhere by Chad Pelley
Elegant prose, great character and plot, an honest portrayal of modern love, family, dislocation and mental illness in urban Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
Degan Davis recommends: Far to Go by Alison Pick
It is fantastic! The best book ever! Readers will cry, be moved, be transported back in time, and be left with the impression of a writer working at the height of her powers.
Don Moore recommends: Knights of the Black and White by Jack Whyte
I think sometimes certain genres of fiction get left out of literary awards lists. Jack Whyte is a writer of historical fiction and has a strong following in that niche. I think he deserves a wider audience. He was born in Scotland but has lived in Canada for 40 years — not sure of his citizenship.
Mahan Kulasegaram recommends: The Glenwood Treasure by Kim Moritsugu
It's a damn good story! On the surface, it is a mystery — not a whodunit, but a more textured and subtle book. But, as you start reading, it really becomes a story of family and how difficult it is to shake our past. I know a lot of writers tackle this, but Moritsugu does it so well.
Lindy Pratch recommends: Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Classic coming-of-age set in Toronto; beautiful artwork; reflects multi-ethnic Canadian society and Canadian tendency to question institutions like (school) government and organized religion.
Brad Wojak recommends: Raymond and Hannah by Stephen Marche
This is one of the finest first novels I have read in years, it's honesty and maturity belie the young age of its author. It also did not read "Canadian," it had a much more universal appeal.
Merna Summers recommends: The Ghost Brush by Katherine Govier
The answer to that is simple. I think that The Ghost Brush is an incredible achievement, one of the best novels to be written by a Canadian in this or any other year.
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Erin Balser is an associate producer of Canada Reads.