Monday, October 3, 2011 |
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There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them? Recall the non-fiction classics? Unearth the much-loved but overlooked small press memoir? It's a difficult task. Which is why we aren't going to leave you to do it alone. We asked people from all across the publishing spectrum -- booksellers, bloggers, publishers and more -- to build their dream Canada Reads: True Stories list. We will roll these lists out through the Top 40 campaign. They can be a source of inspiration and a fantastic reading list, and they give these books an extra bump to make it to the next round in this year's debates. But you also get to have your say.
One of the non-fiction mavens we turned to was CBC host Dr. Brian Goldman.
Brian Goldman is an ER doctor and the host of White Coat, Black Art, CBC Radio One's show about the culture of health care. His first book, The Night Shift: Real Life in the Heart of the ER, was published by HarperCollins earlier this month.
When we asked Brian for his dream Canada Reads: True Stories choices, these are the books he chose and his reasons why:
The Volunteer: A Canadian's Secret Life in the Mossad by Michael Ross and Jonathan Kay
The Volunteer is the story of a fish out of water: a Canadian who not only is not Jewish but has no connection whatsoever to Israel. Despite this, he goes there and becomes a joiner to Israeli society at the highest level. I was also attracted to the story because my wife Tamara was nearly recruited by the Mossad!
Blue Trust: The Author, the Lawyer, His Wife and Her Money by Stevie Cameron
I have always loved Stevie Cameron's writing style. I enjoy non-fiction books that read like a novel and this one qualifies. I love books about shady dealings with intricate financial details. This book was unheralded at the time and deserves a second look.
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate
Gabor Mate is a brilliant doctor who writes passionately about his take on everything from attention deficit to addiction. He is able to tap into his own past in a very authentic way.
A Nurse's Story by Tilda Shalof
Tilda Shalof's book is one of the best personal accounts of what it's like to work inside the hospital's sliding doors. This book was one of the inspirations for my own memoir and I think it deserves acclaim.
Which one of Dr. Brian's picks was your favourite? Vote for the book you'd most like to see on the Canada Reads: True Stories list in each poll. The poll closes on Sunday, October 9, at midnight ET.
Each vote counts as one point, and the 40 books with the most support will be named the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40.
Want to submit a recommendation of your own? You can do so here!
Which book did you vote for and why? Let us know in the comments below!