Tuesday, October 12, 2010 |
Thanks to everyone who sent in a reader recommendation last week. The response was fantastic and we received more than 1,000 responses! With week one over, we have a 40-book library to give away and the lucky winner is...Nicole Dardarian. Her name was chosen by a random draw. Here's her winning recommendation:
Nicole recommends: The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy M. Buchanan
It is extremely well written. Did not want to put it down. Beautiful love story. Intoxicating!!!
We still have two 40-book libraries to give away, so get your recommendation in! If you need some inspiration, here's today's daily dose of reader picks!
Ehoud Farine recommends: The Glenwood Treasure by Kim Moritsugu
A great heroine, an intriguing mystery, fast moving plot make this an engaging novel.
Eilidh Singh recommends: The Summer Between by Andrew Binks
It is a wonderful coming-of-age story with really well-drawn characters we can believe in. It's poignant, funny, and a great read.
Fran Gillis recommends: Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
This is a quirky, heartfelt novel that has amazing characters, a great quantity of humour and a depth of understanding and compassion for those of us who live a bit outside the box. It is a wonderful read that makes you smile on almost every page and opens your heart with tenderness and grace.
Dayna McIntosh recommends: Twenty-Six by Leo McKay Jr.
This book is a haunting story that tells what it would be like to be one of those left behind after a mining accident in Nova Scotia. The story, and the characters, are fictional, but they are based on the 1992 Westray mining accident. The emotions are raw, the people imperfect as they struggle to grieve, to feel, and to live afterwards. I feel the book is truly Canadian, from conception to finished copy... and accurately depicts the legacy we leave our children in rural Nova Scotia. It's a must read for ME, and will remain in my collection for me to share with my children when they grow up.
Jordan Stanger-Ross recommends: Sima's Undergarments for Women by Ilana Stanger-Ross
It is a beautiful story of the traps that people set for themselves and the prospects of escaping them.
Mary-Ann Yazedjian recommends: Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop
This is a piece of smart, engaging, cutting-edge fiction by a Canadian that's about books and reading, what could be better than that? I actually wish that I could experience reading it for the first time all over again.
Cassie Ward recommends: The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust
Minister Faust's writing style appealed to me with this book, because his way of describing Edmonton, within the book made it possible to feel like you were actually walking beside the characters. Growing up in Edmonton, it was easy to project yourself to the streets of Whyte Ave. or downtown area as your reading, and that was a great way, for me to relate. Also, his ability to also incorporate Egyptian culture in such a way that made me want to learn more about it enticed me to finish the book more quickly than others.
Theo Pinsky recommends: Doubting Yourself to the Bone by Thomas Trofimuk
Huge undulating heart and a wonderful story of a man trying to pull his life back together after the mysterious death of his wife. He and his two daughters move to a small mountain town. I laughed and cried. And I was thoroughly entertained.
Peter Halasz recommends: Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
Kay, an unsung master of historical fantasy — at least unsung in Canada — outdoes himself with this poetic and un-put-down-able work set in Tang Dynasty China. Rich in historical detail Kay brings even bit players to life in this master-work.
Joan McKibbin recommends: Galore by Michael Crummey
A tale of epic proportions with a host of memorable and compelling characters, told in Michael Crummey's sparse, concrete prose with his gift for humour and his uncanny ear for dialect. This book is a treasure.
Steph VanderMeulen recommends: Sandra Beck by John Lavery
There was something about this novel, I told friends, that said Canada Reads to me even before I finished it, and definitely before this new CR approach was announced. If you've not read Lavery before, you're missing out on a significant contribution to CanLit: Lavery has a way, a love affair, with words that is unparalleled by any other author I've read. Set in Montreal and the surrounding area, Sandra Beck tells a powerful, imaginative, and compelling story of love and grief, and of language itself.
Johnna MacCuish recommends: The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou
The Bone Cage was #1 on CBC Books list of top 10 Sports Books in July 2010. It is included in numerous University literature classes across Canada and the USA. The topic is one which touches many of our lives whether competing in a sport, watching our children compete or cheering on our national sports teams; what happens to our top athletes once their competing days are over. Win or lose once the athletes days of competing are over their are major adjustments to their lives. The Bone Cage gives us a look into the lives of two high level competitors aiming for the Olympic team but also nearing the end of their career. A well written, moving novel.
Michael Wheeler recommends: The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon
It's a wonderfully written book, from the words themselves to the way the novel is structured. The characters are very sincere and thoughtful.
Isabelle LeVert-Chiasson recommends: Drive-by Saviours by Chris Benjamin
This book wonders to and fro between Indonesia and Toronto, Canada. The author makes it easy for the reader to see the global connections that exist between these two very distinct part of the world (and realities) through the storytelling of two main characters. It's political, charming, and personal. A great read!
Wendy Barker recommends: Cloud of Bone by Bernice Morgan
The Beothuks of Newfoundland no longer exist but this book tells the story of how they lived and how they died. Their lifestyle was in harmony with the land and we could all learn from them. The way the author weaves this story in with a storyline from modern times was artfully done.
Frances Duke recommends: The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
This novel should be required reading in Canadian secondary schools. Exhaustively researched and beautifully written, Hill's heroine narrates the history and horrors of slavery and racism in the British Empire. She is a beautifully drawn, admirable woman who never looses her dignity.
Vic DiCiccio recommends: Consolation by Michael Redhill
A deft combination of a contemporary story with a parallel story set in 19th-century Toronto, that gives glimpses, from an immigrant's view, of establishing a business in mid-1800s Toronto, early photography and relationships forged by necessity.
Marianne Last recommends: Sylvanus Now by Donna Morrissey
Sylvanus Now is about a young Newfoundland fisherman, and his new bride, Adelaide, as they struggle to reconcile their dreams with their reality in the 1950s fishing town where Sylvanus was born. As I was reading it, I felt this book in my bones! The prose is some of the most poetic and elegant I've read in a long time. This book isn't about reading to get to the end, it's about the journey and making every word count.
Rob Chantler recommends: In the Fabled East by Adam Lewis Schroeder
In the Fabled East was written by a young, local author and spans a period of over half a century, from 19th-century France to French Indochina in the 1930s. It is fabulously detailed and gripping, and a true testament to our local authors.
Erin Balser is an associate producer of Canada Reads.