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10 Essential Books

Arvida

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Thomas Hellman's fifth book in the 10 Essential Books series is Samuel Archibald's Arvida.

Arvida is a real town in Quebec, built as a company town in 1927. 

It was designed to be an ideal community for worker at the nearby aluminium smelter. 

The author, Samuel Archibald, is from Arvida. He mixes fact, fiction and folklore in the book of short stories. 


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Fall on Your Knees

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To complete the 10 Essential Books list, Monique Polak brings us Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald. 

"Fall On Your Knees is a rare kind of book -- that's because it manages to be both literary and a potboiler. It's no coincidence that  
its author is also a playwright. This dramatic story moves from a coal mining community in Cape Breton to Jazz-era Harlem. At times  
mordantly funny, this book is also tragic, sometimes even painful to read. But once begun, it's impossible to put down."


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Selected Stories

selected storeis.jpgThis week, Monique Polak has brought us Selected Stories by Alice Munro. 

Alice Munro is the undisputed master of the short story. Each of her  stories conveys an often quiet, but always luminous moment. This  
chronologically-arranged collection allows readers to witness Munro's  development as a short story writer. 


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