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Reader Recommendation round-up: October 5

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories. 

Check out more of the highlights:

Paulina from Waterloo, Ontario, recommended: The Boy in the Moon by Ian Brown

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"Ian Brown describes life with his severely disabled son from both a father's and a journalist's perspective. There are deeply personal and moving descriptions in this book, but at the same time, there is an objective analysis of the situation. I believe that Brown's book has changed how I see disabled people. There is much that they can teach the rest of us."

Norlaine from Calgary recommended: It Happened in Manitoba: Stories of the Red River Province by Don Aiken


"It is well written and communicates the more colourful aspects of Manitoba's history in an engaging and humourous way. Canadian history, as taught in schools, tends to focus on Eastern Canada, with the western provinces mentioned in the context of the building of the railway and the Metis Rebellion. This book explores important but little known aspects of Manitoba history while being a very enjoyable read."

Cory from Orangeville, Ontario, recommended: On a Cold Road by Dave Bidini


"In On a Cold Road, Bidini chronicles the Rheostatics' (one of Canada's most revered bands of the last 25 years) first-ever stadium tour, opening up for the Tragically Hip. Bidini's journal entries are funny, sad and, to anymusician who has ever tried to tour in Canada, very true. On a Cold Road is bolstered as well with interviews from more than a handful of Canadian rock/usic legends, who tell their own tales of getting started as musicians, travelling on the road, and the harsh realities of being a Canadian rock and roller. On a Cold Road is one of the best books ever written about being a Canadian artist. It is not a biography. It is not dry and fact-filled and dusty as all get out. It rocks and rolls. It has solos, harmonies and melodies, groupies and riders, and tons of Goddo (which every book needs more of). Give Canada Reads a dose of rock and roll."

Jo from Wainfleet, Ontario, recommended: Klondike The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899 by Pierre Berton


"When I read this book a number of years ago, it opened my eyes to a great part of Canadian history that we all hear about, yet few learn about. It was exciting and educational all at the same time - a great combination in a read!"

Stewart from Toronto recommended: Defiant Spirits by Ross King


"We have forgotten, or never really even known, the real story of these Canadian Icons for too long. Its been left to gallery gift shops and cheap reproduction prints on morning mugs and coasters which has created a watered down and eyerolling reputation for what really is an outstanding and historically important era in the field of art as we know it today. The story of these artists is raw and dirty and heroic and lame all at the same time. Ross King finally gives them the credits they deserve and at the same time paints an amazing picture of Toronto and its surroundings in a time when Canada is coming into understanding itself and on the road to creating its own identity."

Dana from Kitchener, Ontario, recommended: The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant


"The Golden Spruce is a truly Canadian story, set in the heart of the Haida Gwaii Islands, about a man driven insane by the power of nature."

Tim from Toronto recommended: Beyond the Horizon by Colin Angus


"This fantastic book gripped me from start to finish. There are so few Canadian adventure travel writers (in fact I can't think of a single other one) so I was really happy to discover this author several years ago. I've since consumed all his books and movies and look forward to more. The story of this unbelievable journey around the world, entirely by human power, including rowing across the Atlantic after cycling the world's landmasses, is just stunning."

Alex from Saskatoon recommended: The Last Voyage of the Karluk by Captain Bob Bartlett


"While technically a Newfoundlander (Bartlett died in 1946), this harrowing tale of the 'Karluk', a brigantine destined for Herschel Island in the Beaufort Sea, the vessel became trapped in the ice. Over the winter, it drifted west and broke up as the crew made for Wrangel Island, Russia. With the crew marooned, Bartlett then made a solo journey along the Siberian coast for help, and returned to rescue his crew. This is among the best polar exploration narratives, among the likes of Mawson, Scott, and Amundson. Bartlett's writing style echos the style of a long yarn told in a pub in Brigus."

Amy from Ottawa recommended: The Game by Ken Dryden


"Not just a great hockey book, the writing is wonderful and the detail is unbelievable."


Carrie from St. Thomas, Ontario, recommended: The National Dream by Pierre Berton


"This is a book about how Canada became a nation. It is very readable. It has all the elements of a good novel but tells the story of a part of Canadian history that shaped our nation in the early years."


Jean from Toronto recommended: Locavore by Sarah Elton


"Very pertinent to our times and collective discussion about what we should grow and eat. The personal stories are great examples of what's happening across the country. Sarah Elton is a great writer and her book deserves to be acknowledged in this way."

Nina from Vancouver recommended: Who Killed Mom? by Steve Burgess


"It was so not what I expected from Mr. Burgess. It was funny but it was also sweet and deep. Of course my age is showing here but it deals with issues that are very close to me and mine right now."


Maureen from Ottawa recommended: 1494 by Stephen R. Bown


"1494 is a page-turning intrigue that vividly demonstrates how personal decisions can lead to profound changes to the world over the centuries. It is the author's eighth book and truly demonstrates that he is Canada's rival to Simon Winchester."

Pat from Burnaby, British Columbia, recommended: Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre


"Fascinating story, cutting edge author!"



Susan from Kingston, Ontario, recommended: Little Comrades by Laurie Lewis


"This book is a beautiful and personal glimpse at a world that many on the left hold in some kind of thrall. It shows the good, the bad and everything in between about growing up as a Red Diaper baby in Canada (and the US)."


Aaron from London, Ontario, recommended: A Fair Country by John Ralston Saul


"It tells us a truth about Canada that we feel in our bones could be, but our brains are washed by classic Canadian insecurity."


Jo-Anne from Oakville, Ontario, recommended: Shake Hands with the Devil by Romeo Dallaire


"This must-read book is an account of a group of UN peacekeepers led by Canadian General Romeo Dallaire in Rwanda. While the world watched in silence, 800,000 Rwandans were murdered. Dallaire's pleas for help fell on deaf ears, until it was too late."

Susan from Mississauga, Ontario, recommended: Dancing with a Ghost by Rupert Ross


"This is a beautifully written, eye opening account of the cultural gap between white society and native peoples. Rupert Ross is a Crown Attorney working with First Nations in Ontario. He gives us insight into Aboriginal world views that often conflict with non-aboriginal culture and ethics. His insights and perspective give the reader an understanding that we interpret the actions of others through the eyes of our own culture resulting in an inevitable misinterpretation of meaning. Until we understand what particular acts mean to the other, we will continually ascribe motivations and states of mind which are well off the mark."

Brittany from Bedford, Nova Scotia, recommended: Harperland by Lawrence Martin


"Because we're firmly entrenched in Harperland for a few years at least, and people should read up on the PM before forming opinions - good or bad - about him."


May in North York, Ontario, recommended: Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat

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"It was a compelling and moving story. I found myself totally absorbed in the book."


Margaret from Kirkland Lake, Ontario, recommended: Sisters in the Wilderness by Charlotte Gray


"A vivid portrayal of life in pioneer Canada, with many struggles for survival endured by sisters Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill and their families, even as they attempted to fulfill themselves intellectually by writing about their experiences, this is author Charlotte Gray's insight into the sisters' lives. It also is a revealing and memorable glimpse into Canadian history - an important book, and one that I think every Canadian should read."

Monique from Lower Coverdale, New Brunswick, recommended: The Dionne Years by Pierre Berton


"It's a tremendous human interest true Canadian story by a Canadian author, Pierre Berton."


Ian from Stoney Creek, Ontario, recommended: Neil Young Nation by Kevin Chong


"Because it's a very heartfelt, humorous, and beautifully written work about following your passion."


Emet from Vancouver recommended: Tangles by Sarah Leavitt


"The incredible honesty of this person and her family's journey coming to terms with her mother's life and death is conveyed with stunning simplicity--both visually and in writing. I laughed and I cried."

Barbara from Nanaimo, British Columbia recommended: Trauma Farm by Brian Brett


"It's not only a hilarious read about life on a small farm on Saltspring Island, it's also a somewhat sad commentary about the demise of the small mixed family farm. It's another take on the changes from family farm to agribusiness for the source of most of our food today. The stories about the animals on the farm are wonderful, one of which is Stonewall Jackson, a horse. We find out all sorts of interesting tidbits of information, such as; geese are the best guards dogs possible, and there are 84 species of dragonflies in BC."

Michael from Vancouver recommended: Louis Riel by Chester Brown


"Simultaneously one of the best Canadian comic books (ok, fine, graphic novels) and a compellingly unique take on one of Canada's most controversial and significant historical figures."

Steve from Victoria recommended: The Tiger by John Vaillant


"Simply, this book is a tribute to a magnificent animal and, by way of a skillful narrative, puts it - and us - in a perspective we seldom get a chance to see. Vaillant does a spectacular job."

Have a great true story you can to recommend for Canada Reads? You have until midnight ET on October 14 to get your submission in. Head over to the Submit Your Recommendation page now!

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