Friday, October 15, 2010 |
We're entering the home stretch for the Canada Reads open nominations. There are only 10 days left to get your recommendation in. Do so using our online form, or via Twitter or on Facebook. But first, be sure to read these reader recommendations below! Someone might change your mind!
Carin Makuz recommends: What Happened Later by Ray Robertson
"My favourite books are always those where not much happens except entire universes quietly change. Both the characters' and mine. Ray Robertson's What Happened Later is such a book. I read this three times last year. Every reading brought me deeper into the language and I have no doubt there are layers yet to be discovered.
Christina Palassio recommends: Girls Fall Down by Maggie Helwig
Set in present-day Toronto, Girls Fall Down is a mesmerizing look at what role the city, love, faith and fear play in our lives.
Blair Fields recommends: Email from Freak: The Transcripts as Compiled by Halberd James Poel by Jeffrey James Davidson
I'm pretty sure not many people have read this book, but that is a shame. It's got a great little crime story but it is not at all a genre book. The mystery is created by a woman writing a journal about these strange emails she keeps getting, and she includes the emails. Murder and mayhem ensues. Reads like non-fiction. Dark, but makes interesting social commentary. I heard about it when it was mentioned on Go! a couple years ago.
Muriel Johnston recommends: Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
This is a young Newfoundlander's first book, it is funny, different, and quite delightful. I think it would be a great choice for Canada Reads, it would stimulate a great discussion.
Joanna Ross recommends: Stanley Park by Timothy Taylor
I appreciated the author's ability to create a novel with unique characters, a landmark setting within a modern Canadian city, and which reflected the pressures of Gen Xers trying to succeed.
Carey Toane recommends: Fauna by Alissa York
A stunning book that deals with contemporary Canadian themes of urbanization, conservation, isolation and faith.
Nelson Bruff recommends JEW by D.O. Dodd
A man wakes up from a mass grave and has no idea who he is or how he got there! This is a recent publication, and is one of the most mind-blowing books I have ever read. It is a great book club selection, in that it creates a ton of dialogue about politics and the inhumanity of war. It is violent, raw, but tender, too, and beautifully written.
Mike Hunter recommends: Cibou by Susan Young de Biagi
Cibou is a wonderful historical fiction set in 17th-century Cape Breton. Told through the eyes of a young Mi'kmaw woman, it's the story of her relationship, and that of her community, with Jesuit missionary Antoine Daniel, as well as his brother Charles. Mouse, as she is called, and her village are fictitious, Daniel (we know him as St. Anthony Daniel) and his brother are not. Wonderful treatment of life in the 1600s.
Betsey Alkenbrack recommends: The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart
This speaks to me as a Canadian who has lived in different communities in Canada and abroad. The human beings really come to life and the history embedded in the story makes me both proud and ashamed to be Canadian.
Mark Landa recommends: Room by Emma Donoghue
Well deserving of the Booker shortlist. I work with children with autism and this book (unintentionally) taught me a valuable lesson about how a child "in their own world" must think. I was extremely affected by this book (which I read in two days).
Sylvia Spring recommends: Be Quiet by Margaret Hollingsworth
A compelling story of one woman's voyage both personal and into the life of Emily Carr. Carr's mysterious visit to France to an asylum and a special friend (fiction and documentary well woven into mystery of both women's lives). Personal, political and spiritual masterfully woven.
Michelle Young recommends: The Trade by Fred Stenson
The Trade is about a quintessentially Canadian subject — the fur trade — but is written with the sort of narrative panache that makes this story and its characters leap off the page. This is a fantastic story, well told, and does much to show the world of the fur trade in fresh, fascinating light. Talk about "essential," it was shortlisted for the Giller in 2000. A terrific read by a terrific writer.
Victor Pederson recommends: Basement Suite by Susan Farrell
I enjoyed this little dark drama as having lived in Vancouver in a basement suite it spoke to the dark thoughts one gets during the winter rainy season...which is once again upon us...Liked the characters and enjoyed the setup the author portrayed the story in.
Sarah Wilding recommends: Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens
A beautifully written yet heartbreaking novel that will leave you longing for more...Lori Lansens is quintessentially Canadian in her words of hope, fear, soul and landscape.
Andria Hickey recommends: Far to Go by Alison Pick
Alison is a fantastic writer and an important contributor to the literary landscape in Canada. This book brings her to a whole new level.
Wayne Rudderham recommends: The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
This novel will continue to haunt those who read it with its brilliant depiction of people surviving the ravages of war.
Nicole Nakatsu recommends: The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou
This book is a fantastic portrayal of the gruelling physical and psychological challenges faced by two elite-level athletes. As an ex-competitive swimmer I can attest to Abdou's accurate depiction of Sadie's intense training and the psychological challenges that accompany it. I almost felt like I was back in the water! Couldn't put the book down!
Bruce Krentz recommends: Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop
"Spectacular story. It is one of those books where you all suddenly feel like you are friends with all the characters. When it was done I began to wonder what was going to happen next with all my new friends. Corey is brilliant at creating scenes and situations we all can relate to and believe. This book really is the one.
Sarah Foster recommends: Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall
I liked that this novel provided a very different, almost apolitical angle to the mood of the people in Montreal during the referendum. As a Quebec-born Canadian now living in Ontario, I am always interested in exploring the personal side of this debate. This story weaves one young woman's journey to self-definition into the agitated climate of a city constantly trying to define itself within its province and country.
Lorette Yipp recommends: A Forest for Calum by Frank MacDonald
I believe that everyone in Canada should read this book. Even the Globe and Mail review named it a Canadian classic. And I know it all to be true in spirit if not in fact.
Erin Balser is an associate producer of Canada Reads.