Reader Recommendation round-up: October 8

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

Check out more of the highlights:

Richard from London, Ontario, recommended: Frontier Justice by Andy Lamey


"This is a vital contribution to the debate about asylum seekers in Canada written with profound philosophical insight and the keen eye of a seasoned political journalist."


Mary from Toronto recommended: Requiem for My Brother by Marion Fraser


"Marian Botsford Fraser is an exquisite writer whose non-fiction reads as beautifully as a novel. This story chronicles her brother Dave's nine-year struggle with multiple sclerosis, which ended with his death in 2001. The book is dramatic and emotional, never sentimental and is a powerful portrait of the variable nature of relationships between siblings and within families. I adored this book!"

Linda from Hamilton, Ontario, recommended: Sugar by Elizabeth Abbott


"A history of sugar, a simple commodity whose presence in our lives we all take for granted? You might not think that a narrative history on a product like sugar would be very compelling, but Abbott deftly outlines it major, and quite devastating impact on human history."

Sarah from Edmonton recommended: One River by Wade Davis


"In One River, Wade Davis tells the story of his first trip into the Amazon Basin, intermingled with the story of his mentor Dr. Richard Shultes. It's a great story of two amazing men, but it's also the story of the people of the amazon, their culture and their interrelationships with the plants that surround them. One River is my favourite of all Wade Davis's books."

Beth from Calgary recommended: Motorcycle Therapy by Jeremy Kroeker


"Jeremy has written a hilarious yet moving memoir/travel story which manages to put forth both a spirit of adventure and pride in being Canadian at the same time. Plus, he's a really great guy and an excellent writer who deserves to have his book widely read!"

Catherine from Rawdon, Quebec, recommended: Gold Diggers by Charlotte Gray


"This is a fascinating account of the Klondike gold rush that reads more like a novel. She brought the past to life for me by putting the focus on the people involved, intertwining their biographies in a fascinating way. I was especially thrilled to read about the women who made their way to the Yukon, since many historical accounts revolve only around major events and historical figures and don't give you such an intriguing glimpse into the overall atmosphere."

Howard from Toronto recommended: Locavore by Sarah Elton


"The book is well written, current and does a great job at characterizing a large social movement that touches everyone on such a fundamental level."


Tracy from Bedford, Nova Scotia, recommended: Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox


"This is the first of several books by and about the life of Michael J Fox. This first book discusses his career back to Family Ties, his struggles with addictions and family life, being diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's, search for a cure, and becoming a research advocate. I have a lot of admiration for how he and his family manage his illness and look to the future. Great read for fans of his work, or for someone who wants to follow the path of someone learning to live with Parkinson's."

Crawford from North Vancouver recommended: Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune by Sharon and Roderick Stewart


"This book is the definitive biography of a famous and influential Canadian. But it also gives us a fascinating glimpse of Canada in the early 20th century, which was a much tougher and harsher country than today's. Roderick and Sharon Stewart keep Bethune in that context, which makes him less of a left-wing saint and more of a driven and self-destructive man. He was a drunk, a womanizer, an egotist and a bigot. But he also cared intensely for his patients, and thought hard about the social conditions that made them sick. Conflicted by his personal failings and his political beliefs, Bethune went to China in a final act to try to save himself. And he succeeded. This book shows us both how and why he did it."

Andrew from Vaughn, Ontario, recommended: White Supremacy: Behind the Eyes of Hate by Kelly Roberts


"This book is a very enlightening and exciting look into the world of the white supremacy movement through the eyes of an infiltrator who wants to protect his family and community. Never have I read anything like this nor have I even heard of a story like this, but this is a true story that is almost too good to believe. Something this interesting and exciting is usually a work of a Hollywood screen writer but what makes this great is that it is found in the non-fiction section."

Kathleen from Winnipeg recommended: Curtains by Tom Jokinen


"I have long been curious about what goes on in the funeral world and now the answer is available in Curtains. The author has explored funeral practices across several options and it is an eye opener. Because of the information I have been able to make decisions about my inevitable funeral choices and am feeling less anxious about what choices to make."

Cathy from Vancouver recommended: Writing Out the Notes by Bob Hallett


"Bob Hallett of Canada's much loved Newfoundland band Great Big Sea has produced one very good read. What started out as Bob's personal blog entries have evolved in to a book that is biography, travel log, lessons in music appreciation, & a band survival guide all rolled into one. Bob is as entertaining a story teller as he is a musical performer. At a Great Big Sea concert there is always an encore...I hope Bob's writing one for this book."

Troy from Victoria recommended: Cockeyed by Ryan Knighton


"This book made me laugh out loud and I feel it provides those of us with sight some insight into what it would be like to lose it through the eyes of Ryan Knighton. Well written and a pleasure to read."



Ariel from Toronto recommended: 1494 by Stephen R. Bown


"The Toronto Star far surpasses my own eloquence in this manner, they bill it as a starry love story, a tale of seething jealousies and subterfuge, a political imbroglio, and religious cruelties. It sounds like Shakespeare and it could have very well been the plot of one of his plays. A truly exciting read. And I don't normally like history."

Cheryl from Charlottetown recommended: Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Gildiner


"This is a stunning memoir, a remarkable account of being a child in the 50's. A wild, wonderful, brilliant little girl (yes on the OTHER side of the US - Canadian border in Lewiston, but the author Catherine Gildiner is a Canadian resident) She is an author and a psychologist and I think her work as a therapist has so informed this work. It is funny, poignant, and intellectually insightful. I personally loved her friendship with Roy, a black man who worked for her pharmacist dad as a driver and delivery person. But Roy couldn't read and Cathy could from 5 years on, so they became a team delivering to the lowest (the disfigured woman who managed the town dump) to the exalted (marilyn Monroe in her slip, in town to film Niagara). This is one of the most wondrous compelling friendships I have encountered in all my reading. I hope someone makes a film about Cathy and Roy. A winner."

Amitava from Toronto recommended: Most of Me by Robyn Levy


"It is a book that is at once sad and funny. It documents the trials of human frailty from the perspective of the patient but also shows that with courage and wit one can rise above it and lead a full life, making it inspirational."


John from Victoria recommended: Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre


"The book is a fascinating memoir of a child of a Chilean resistance fighter. The author, Carmen Aguirre, later became heavily involved in the Canadian arts community and is an accomplished writer and actress."


Dawn from Denman Island, British Columbia, recommended: The Ice Passage by Brian Payton


"Because it is a truly engaging piece of history, which normally I do not find myself reading- preferring fiction. The Ice Passage had me shivering in my chair, was well written, making use of authentic passages from journals, and reminded me of the stern stuff of which these men were made. It seems fitting that something from the North be included in Canada Reads!"

Janine from Burlington, Ontario, recommended: The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll


"I chose this book because it is a wonderful Canadian non-fiction book that also reads as somewhat of a memoir. Author Andrew Westol's personal account of his time spent volunteering at a retirement residence for elderly laboratory chimps was so interesting and touching. Learning about each Chimp, the reader cannot help from becoming attached to these characters due to the extremely empathetic and raw emotion in which they are explained to us. A thoughtful and provocative read for any animal lover bound to leave you questioning your beliefs about animal rights."

Anita from Ottawa recommended: A New Kind of Monster by Timothy Appleby


"This book gives an insight into the mind of a Jekyll/Hyde personality as Colonel Russell Williams by day and rapist/sexual deviant by night. True crime drama!"


Cam from Winnipeg recommended: One Bird's Choice by Iain Reid


"Iain has captured three significant themes in his personal memoire: the demanding role of a CBC freelance producer, the rural eastern Ontario countryside in several seasons and most important, the personal strugle to find himself in this complex environment. The narative is both uplifting and challenging as the reader seeks to help while knowing this is a journey he must take himself. Read it!"

Charlene from Beaverton, Ontario, recommended: I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey by Izzeldin Abuelaish


"I have chosen this book because it is an amazing story of one man's journey of choosing love over hate.He chooses love over hate even after much of his family are killed. He chooses to help others even after he has been mistreated so much."

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


"This book is not an whodunnit, this is a love story. This is Mr Burgess showing his love for his Mom now that he is a grown up boy. I shed some tears while reading this book but also enjoyed a few laughs. Mr Burgess is a wonderful writer able to involve the reader in his adventures with his way with words often transporting me to various scenes and events as if I was sitting in. did enjoy this book but at the end I felt that it was too short - thought he had more stories to share."

Tekla from New Westminster, British Columbia, recommended: The Measure of a Man by J.J. Lee


"It is a unique take on the father/son relationship and an important history of the mens suit, fashion, written in a way that should have appeal for the male reader who is not normally interested in fashion."

Claire from Ajax, Ontario, recommended: The Tiger by John Vaillant


"Immensely readable, this is both a fascinating portrait of life in the farthest reaches of Russia and an ode to the vanishing Siberian tiger. I was absolutely enthralled by the story and the world that Vaillant describes so well."

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