Reader Recommendation round-up: October 9

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

Check out more of the highlights:

Liza from Halifax recommended: Welcome to the Departure Lounge by Meg Federico


"Highly entertaining and hilarious tale of a daughter trying to help her aging mother that is sharp and sweet."


Bev from Brantford, Ontario, recommended: Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister's Memoir by Heather Summerhayes Cariou


"This book champions awareness of what it means to live with Cystic Fibrosis. It is important for all of us to understand and appreciate its affliction on a family."


Gemma from Vancouver recommended: The Night Shift by Dr. Brian Goldman


"This book was a thoughtful and interesting look at emergency medicine from the other side, and gave me a greater understanding of the medical system and patient care in Canada - and provided me with some laughter as well."


Karilyn from Revelstoke, British Columbia, recommended: White Planet by Leslie Anthony


"This is an engaging, funny history of big mountain skiing in Canada and around the world that will appeal to hardcore rippers and non-skiers alike. Anthony does a fantastic job of combining personal anecdotes (silly and serious) with a comprehensive timeline of how skiing has evolved to where it is today. Particularly when big, fluffy snowflakes are falling from the sky and you're waiting for tomorrow's powder day, you will be hard-pressed to put this book down."

Sonia from Saskatoon recommended: Lifting the Veil by Karen L. Cole


"It's one of those wonderfully written stories about a personal crossroads decision and how it shapes the life of a person. The book is written with great warmth and refreshing candor."

Stephanie from Orillia, Ontario, recommended: Snakebit by Leslie Anthony


"Who'd have thunk herpetologists would have so much fun. As the subtitle 'confessions of a herpetologist' implies, there are many confessions here. Les - a good Canadian guy - has written a fun and fast-moving account of what it is like to chase snakes around the world. This read let me in on the fascinating world of snakes (should have listened more in biology) and the frantic world of hunting and documenting them."

Glen from Saskatoon recommended: Trauma Farm by Brian Brett


"The book is witty, charming, sometimes bordering outrageous in its stance, but written with passion and insight. Brett's poetic sensibilities come through in so many delightful descriptive passages as he moves around and through the strange world of the small Island farm he and his wife have created for themselves."

Bernadette from Woodstock, New Brunswick, recommended: The Boy in the Moon by Ian Brown

Thumbnail image for boyinthemoon-50.jpg

"Amazing and honest account of a parent's journey through joy, sorrow, anger, and love for a child. A look at re examining how we view our child and ourselves."


Donna from Red Deer, Alberta, recommended: Finding Rosa by Caterina Edwards


"This book is a realistic portrayal of caring for a person with dementia as well as a great story of character and landscape. Caterina captures the essence of internal and external exploration beautifully."


Margaret from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, recommended: African Chronicles by Burris Devanney

Thumbnail image for africanchronicles-50.png

"African Chronicles describes Burris's experiences working in African countries with non-government organizations. He is passionate about the African people and the development work he has done through teaching in Nigeria, community outreach in Gambia, Ghana and Sierra Leone. He also has served on an UN AIDS committee. In the past, Canada has been actively involved through NGO projects in Africa assisting various countries. However recently it appears the Canadian government does not consider this a priority for distribution of funds to non-government organizations. Discussing Burris's work would educate the Canadian people in how beneficial the contributions of Canadian funds have been to these developing countries. Burris has spent many years of his life working in the area of development in Africa. Burris and his wife have unselfishly dedicated themselves to their work in Africa. I nominate this book for Canada Reads 2012 lineup."

Mike from Calgary recommended: Pop Goes the Weasel by Gerry Young


"As a musician I loved this book. It is well written and written at a pace that is entertaining. Amazing insights to many many stars that I grew up listening to. Too bad the music business has changed so much. It must have been a wonderful time heading up a record company and meeting all the personalities covered in this book. A definite read for all lovers of music."

Linda from Vancouver recommended: Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan


"Beautifully written, it draws you in and takes you through the complexities of the aftermath of the First World War and makes them both understandable and fascinating. In particular it outlines how the foibles of the key individuals ended up having an impact on the political, geographical boundaries and economies of much of the world. It illustrates how many of the conflicts, wars and problems in various countries around the world can be directly linked to these decisions, many of which were made with no knowledge and in a hurry so they could go to lunch."

Jackie from Priddis, Alberta, recommended: The House with the Broken Two by Myrl Coulter


"This book is a story about a women now in her 60's growing up in Canada. You watch her go through giving up a child for adoption getting married and having more children, getting divorced and meeting her soul mate and how he takes on her children as his own and the reuniting with her child that was adopted. It is interesting to see how the Canadian view of family has changed over the years. This writer shows us what it was like to be a Canadian in the 60's till now, over views, the legal system and even the landscape of our country. As a women in my early 40s it opened my mind and helped me with the issues I was working through today."

Daria from Almonte, Ontario, recommended: Into the Blue by Andrea Curtis


"I really enjoy reading about family histories, especially those with some hidden secrets and about how life was in the days of yore as opposed to what we live now. I find non fiction much more gripping and this book was all that. When you know you are reading about a true story, it resonates at a much deeper level than fiction. This book defintely was worth reading, as it also gave me some insight to place in my own province that I didn't know too much about."

Harry from Breckinridge, Ontario, recommended: The Love Queen of Malabar by Merrily Weisbord


"The book captured this amazing relationship between the author and Kamala Das and it allowed us into the complex and interesting life of this lady and how the society she lived in related to her. The most interesting thing for me though, was how Kamala Das and others in her circle used and knew English. Not many people of my own acquaintance know and use the language I read in the book that was attributed to them. A very interesting read that left one thinking on many levels long after."

Athol from Pierrefonds, Quebec, recommended: As You Were by Garry Fostaty


"This is a very well-written account of a little-known incident involving the Royal Canadian Army Cadets in 1974. A live grenade somehow ended up in a box of dummy ammunition during a lecture on explosives safety, killing six teenage cadets and injuring over 50 others. Despite the severity of the incident, it received very little attention in the media. Yet the fact remains that the survivors were deeply traumatized and received no help dealing with the aftermath. Throughout the book, Fostaty draws on his own memories, using documentation he requested from DND to fill in the blanks. His writing style is conversational, able to tell a hilarious anecdote one chapter (involving a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and the Paul McCartney song Give Ireland Back to the Irish) then later on able to leave you breathless with shock and horror as he describes the chaos and carnage of the explosion. This is a worthy read for anyone but I recommend for those interested in the history of the Canadian Forces and/or the cadets."

Mike from Toronto recommended: Down to This by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall


"This book manages to be both topical and intensely personal. It chronicles the author's experience living in Tent City, Toronto's defunct but not-really-lamented waterfront squatters' community, right through to the settlement's demise. Bishop-Stall describes a wide variety of wild, doomed, drug-addled, maniacal,yearning,and complex characters, including himself, and manages to make us care about them as he chronicles their changes, growth, or self-destruction over time in and through their relationships with each other. Bishop-Stall is brutally honest and unsentimental in his perspectives-- not least so with regard to himself--but his clear-eyed affection and basic respect for people, and a wry humour, are very much in evidence throughout the book."

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


"This first book by 81 year old woman gives me hope that it's never to late to do something remarkable. The book is not a romp in the park. It is moving, sometimes sad but with sparks of humour. A view of a difficult past with a real fresh relevance of today."

Sage from Williams Lake, British Columbia, recommended: Double or Nothing by Darcy Christensen


"This is a compelling memoir of a guy who grew up in Bella Coola and the West Chilcotin during the Depression. Great local history."



Mary Jo from Brandon, Manitoba, recommended: Foxy Lady by David Kattenburg


"David is an excellent story teller. In Foxy Lady he tells the tale of a Canadian drug smuggler who becomes the only Canadian casualty of the ongoing war in Burma. How do you end up dead in a foreign war zone with drug smuggling and a Foxy Lady being referred to in your obituary, hung out for all to read? The book tells all. Put it on the list for the readers!"

Brock from North Bay, Ontario, recommended: Champlain's Dream by David Hackett Fischer


"This is a remarkable, accessible biography of Samuel de Champlain, the founding father of French Canada. Champlain was, a remarkable explorer, cartographer and governor of New France. However, perhaps was is most remarkable is was Champlain's respectful and humane dealings with the Native population. Fischer's biography of Champlain has been described as the definitive biography of Champlain by Publisher's Weekly. This is a book about about a remarkable human being and the inception of Canada."

Jacqueline from Surrey, British Columbia, recommended: A Nurse's Story by Tilda Shalof


"Because isn't it always the nurses' stories that the public should really go by? Doctors are often way too busy and I think they should listen and take Nurses advice at the best of times! Don't ya think!"

Marlo from Edmonton recommended: For the Love of Flying by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail


"Written by a vibrant Canadian author, featuring the romance of flying and the personalities of far flung communities, this book has it all. It is more than a series of stories that really happened, it had be fascinated from the first glimpse."

Andrea from Oshawa, Ontario, recommended: Hope and Despair by Monia Mazigh


"This book is fascinating, powerful, emotional, and inspires the reader to want to know more. It's informative, educational but still reads like a personal story. Mazigh tells her harrowing story -- one that all Canadians should know -- with a delicate balance between emotion and detached observance. She details her ordeal, and while her passion is evident it's never melodramatic."

Liz from Grimsby, Ontario, recommended: A Life in the Bush by Roy MacGregor


"This book is so very Canadian. By the end I feel that I know Duncan MacGregor. This book also wonderfully captures a place that is so dear to my heart, Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park."


Jennifer from Calgary recommended: My Imaginary Illness by Chloe G. K. Atkins


"This was an incredible journey into one woman's serious illness as she desperately tries to navigate the Canadian health care system that failed her over and over again. A must read for all Canadians. Chloe Atkins is a real, strong and determined heroine."

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!

Comments are closed.