Reader Recommendation round-up: October 7

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

Check out more of the highlights:

David from Vancouver recommended: Lake of the Prairies by Warren Cariou


"A beautiful memoir of growing up in the Canadian prairies and discovering Aboriginal heritage."



Murray from Onanole, Manitoba, recommended: Who Killed Mom? by Steve Burgess


"It was heart wrenching and heart warming, both at the same time. It was also very funny and it reminded me of my youth growing up in small town Canada."




Lorelei from Surrey, British Columbia, recommended: Cockeyed by Ryan Knighton


"This book is eye-opening and inspiring. Ryan uses his extraordinary wit to hold the reader's interest while showing us that our difficulties in life can be overcome."


Michelle from Burlington, Ontario, recommended: Locavore by Sarah Elton


"Sarah has entertainingly encapsulated the local food movement in Canada with personal stories from coast to coast. It is incredibly informative about the reality of our current food system, and inspiring with the features of farmers, restaurants, and local food producers and agencies all striving to make local and sustainably grown food more accessible to Canadians. The content of this book is extremely important and very worthy of national discussion."

Claire from Vancouver recommended: The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant


"One of the best books I've ever read! It weaves a story of crime, economics and nature, spanning hundreds of years of history of first nations peoples on haida g'waii. Totally compelling from start to finish!"

Richard from Kitchener, Ontario, recommended: Riel: A Life of Revolution by Maggie Siggins


"Inspiring story, little known in history, that deals with some of the important issues in the Canadian cultural mix."


Norlyn from Blind River, Ontario, recommended: Captivity by James Loney


"After following this much publicized story in the news (Loney's home town is Sault Ste. Marie, the origin of my local daily newspaper), hearing Loney interviewed on CBC radio and going to hear him speak at Algoma University (very moving and impressive) I eagerly sought out his book. It didn't disappoint. This is a man whose principles were put to the ultimate test. This is his account, told with uncensored, unforgiving honesty, of how that went down. Never overdramatic, he portrays his experience as a captive and delves into how it impacts on his relationships with self, god, the other captives, his captors, his rescuers and his ideology. A great book, by an admirable Canadian, that generates much thought."

Kim from Nanaimo, British Columbia, recommended: The Suite Life by Christopher Heard


"Christopher Heard writes about the hotel life, particularly Toronto's Fairmont Royal York hotel where he resides as writer-in-residence. He knows it inside and out. It's through his own personal experience that he regales us with titillating anectodes from star-studded meetings and interviews in the Royal York as well as 5-star hotels around the world. He delves into the historical and architectural backgrounds of the various myth-making establishments and he's given us the whole package in an enlightening and engaging voice. Suite, indeed! A great read!"

Kathy from LaSalle, Ontario, recommended: Persuasion by Arlene Dickinson


"Great to see how she changed her life, made an impact as a woman on the business world, and gives inspiration and hope to many."


Julie from Leamington, Ontario, recommended: The Pelee Project by Jane Christmas


"The whole premise of this story is that Jane Christmas, the editor of the National Post, has had enough of her busy life in Toronto and takes drastic measures to live more simply, or perhaps isolated is the better way to term it. I mean, really, who doesn't dream of dropping everything and going somewhere to blow off steam for a while?"

Marilyn from Vancouver recommended: The Curve of Time by Muriel Wylie Blanchett


"My favorite non-fiction read, of an admirable woman and her adventures. Makes you want to drop everything and sail the west coast seas."

Anum from Waterloo, Ontario, recommended: Two Generals by Scott Chantler


"It represents a part of Canadian history (WWII) through a medium that is accessible to everyone: comic books. There is very little written about the Canadian soldiers that fought during the World War, and I feel Chantler's book does at least two of their stories justice - he writes and draws a very personal account directly experienced by his grandfather and his close friend. This book is the kind of thing that is easy to recommend to anyone, no matter what their age."

Stacey from Rusagonis, New Brunswick, recommended: My Sister's Journey by Barb Parker


"This is a true story written by a wonderful woman about her sister and the experiences they went through following a brain aneurysm. It is very inspirational and highly recommended!"

Linda from Regina recommended: Shake Hands with the Devil by Romeo Dallaire


"This is a hard book to read, but at the same time a must read for all Canadians. We should know what our forces have undergone in their roles as peacekeepers and ask ourselves why that proud legacy is disappearing as we move to the warrior nation. Nothing is harder than peacekeeping; have we lost the will to attempt this? Most of us were ignorant of the situation in Rwanda, as we are of so many similar situations today. Our eyes were opened by this book, but has it made us more vigilant?"

Linda from Sebringville, Ontario, recommended: Playing with Fire by Theo Fleury


"I first heard Theo Fleury interviewed on CBC Radio and was so impressed with his honesty that I had to read his book. After reading it I drove 3 hours to Barrie to have Theo sign it. He was at a book signing at Chapters in Barrie. His true life story is one of great despair coupled with great joy. I admire him for his determination to change his life."

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


"Little Comrades is a compelling memoir, beginning with the author's early years as a child of communist parents during the depression. Initially told in the voice of a six-year-old child whose reality is one of secret meetings, disappearing parents and constant upheaval, the author describes her experiences of being packed up, first in the middle of the night as her mother left an abusive husband, and eventually winding up in New York City where they changed apartments almost monthly as her mother chased her own dream of establishing herself as a writer. This memoir leaves the reader hungry for more."

Michelle from Thornhill, Ontario, recommended: Kenk: A Graphic Portrait by Richard Poplak


"This book totally won me over even though I would say I didn't immediately like the subject or the design. But it's incredibly well-conceived and well-told and I was soon glued to the pages and transported to the world of Igor Kenk. This book worked the way all good books do: it captured my attention and my imagination and it didn't let go."

John from London, Ontario, recommended: The Madman and the Butcher by Tim Cook


"This is a very readable history of the conflict between Canada's greatest General and Sir Sam Hughes, his one time friend and eventual most serious detractor. Well researched and written. A fascinating part of Canada's history."

Shelley from Toronto recommended: Hot Art by Joshua Knelman


"Joshua has turned a piece of investigative journalism - with it's beginnings in The Walrus magazine - into a fast-paced, intriguing, delicious peek at the world of stolen art and the way Canada is linked to the global underworld of art theft and how it affects museums, galleries, art collectors, art lovers, and the folks that prey on them."

Margaret from Oakville, Ontario, recommended: From This Moment On by Shania Twain


"This true story book is captivating! Shania pours out her heart in the story. She had such a challenging childhood, growing up in Northern Ontario in poverty. Then losing her parents in her teen years & taking care of her siblings. Making it in the music world was not easy for her. Then experiencing her best friend having an affair with her husband was heart breaking for her. Her memoirs should be considered for the short list."

Erin from Kingston, Ontario, recommended: At the End of the Day by Carolyn Smart


"This is a wonderful memoir of a woman looking for her past and in the process, discoving her father. Carolyn Smart is one of this country's greatest poets and in this memoir she uses her gift for language and insight to rebuild her childhood and in doing so gives us an incredible story of healing and growth."

Janice from Cobourg, Ontario, recommended: Jacques Plante by Todd Denault


"This is look into a part of the game of hockey that has never been explored. As a hockey fan I was totally taken in and captivated by the behind the scenes or better yet behind the mask information. Todd Denault did a great job filling the book with information but having it still read like a story."

Diane from Kingston, Ontario, recommended: Breakfast at the Exit Cafe by Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds


"Well-written, entertaining, thought-provoking, a fascinating look at America. The first collaboration between two writers who happen to be married and are both very accomplished in their own right."

Shawn from Toronto recommended: Pop Goes the Weasel: Rock and Roll Off the Record by Gerry Young


"I have chosen this book as I am a musician for the past 30 years in the underground Toronto (and surrounding cities) club scene, so this book hits very close to home for me. Entertaining, funny and informative, this memoir of Gerry Yonge is a fast and enjoyable read. Highly recommended!"

Linda from Smithville, Ontario, recommended: For Honour's Sake by Mark Zuehlke


"This seems the perfect book for 2012 as the 200th anniversary of the 1812 war considering its enormous impact on the development of this country. It is a fascinating story of a crazy sequence of event. It is well researched with an excellent bibliography. It won the Canadian Authors Association's Lela Common Award for Canadian history. If any Canadians think that Canadian history is dull they need to read this book."

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