17 books you heard about on CBC Radio this week

Here are some of the books discussed on national CBC Radio shows between Aug. 11-17, 2018.

Here are some of the books discussed on national CBC Radio shows between Aug. 11-17, 2018.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan became a bestselling writer when he published his first novel Crazy Rich Asians. (kevinkwanbooks.com)

What it's about: Crazy Rich Asians is the first book in Kevin Kwan's bestselling trilogy. It tells the the story of an Asian-American woman shocked to discover the wealth of her fiance's family in Singapore. It has been adapted into a feature film.

Heard on: q

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Jenny Han is the author of To All The Boys I've Loved Before, which has now been adapted into a Netflix film. (Adam Krause/Simon and Schuster)

What it's about: To All The Boys I've Loved Before follows Lara Jean Song, a timid 16-year-old girl, who writes love letters for every boy she's ever liked and then tucks them away into a hatbox. While those secret letters are meant for her eyes only, that changes when each one gets mailed to her respective crush. Soon, Lara Jean's love life gets complicated. The novel has been adapted into a Netflix original film.

Heard on: q

Son of Hitler by Anthony Del Col and Geoff Moore

Anthony Del Col (left) is the co-creator of Son of Hitler. (submitted by Anthony Del Col, Image Comics)

What it's about: Son of Hitler is a graphic novel that explores one of history's most intriguing rumours. Set during the Second World War, the story follows a Nazi hunter as he obsessively search for the illegitimate son of Adolf Hitler, who may just be the best secret weapon to ending the costly war. It is co-written by Anthony Del Col and Geoff Moore, and illustrated by Jeff McComsey.

Heard on:Day 6

Heroes in My Head by Judy Rebick

Heroes in My Head is a memoir by Judy Rebick. (Ben Holbrook - National Speakers Bureau/House of Anansi)

What it's about: In her memoir Heroes in My Head, famed Canadian feminist Judy Rebick reveals that she was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder in the late 1980s. Through therapy, repressed memories of the sexual abuse she experienced as a child resurfaced and she realized that she had developed 11 distinct personalities to cope with the trauma.

Heard on: The Current

Life After Darkness by Michelle Knight

Michelle Knight is the author of Life After Darkness. (Tony Dejak/AP/HarperCollins)

What it's about: In 2013, Michelle Knight — now known as Lily Rose Lee — was among three women who were found and freed after being held captive by a Cleveland man named Ariel Castro for over a decade. In Life After Darkness, five years later, she describes how she healed from the physical and emotional wounds inflicted in the years before her kidnapping and in the decade that followed. In this memoir, she chronicles her journey out of the darkness.

Heard on: The Current

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize in 2015. (Penguin Random House)

What it's about: A Brief History of Seven Killings is a fiction exploration of Jamaica in the 1970s — a dangerous and socio-politically unstable time in the country's history. In this novel, Marlon James brings to life the people who walked the streets of 1970s Kingston, who dominated the crack houses of 1980s New York and those who reemerged into a radically altered Jamaica of the 1990s.

Heard on: Writers & Company

Asperger's Children by Edith Sheffer

Edith Sheffer is the author of Asperger's Children. (Stanford University/W. W. Norton & Company)

What it's about: Hans Asperger, the pioneer of autism and Asperger syndrome in Nazi Vienna, has been lauded for his unyielding defense of children with disabilities. In Asperger's Children, historian Edith Sheffer uncovers little-known details of Asperger's involvement in the racial policies of Hitler's Third Reich and his complicity in the murder of children. Sheffer also examines how a diagnosis common today emerged from the atrocities of the Third Reich.

Heard on: The Current

Memorials as Spaces of Engagement by Karen Franck and Quentin Stevens

Karen Franck is the author of Memorials as Spaces of Engagement. (New Jersey Institute of Technology/Routledge)

What it's about: Memorials as Spaces of Engagement explores how changes in the design of memorials and their use have helped forge closer, richer relationships between commemorative sites and their visitors. Karen Franck and Quentin Steven look at examples of formal and informal memorials from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe. The book looks at important issues for the design, management and planning of memorials and public space in general.

Heard on: The Current

The Last Wild Men of Borneo by Carl Hoffman

The Last Wild Men of Borneo is a biography by Carl Hoffman (Richard Kerris/Harper Collins)

What it's about: In The Last Wild Men of Borneo, Carl Hoffman tells the story of two men obsessed with the Penan, a nomadic Indigenous people living in the very deepest part of the forest in Sarawak and set out to find them. This biography was inspired by Hoffman's travels through the region, guided by the Penan.

Heard on: The Current

Camino Island by John Grisham

Camino Island is John Grisham's 30th book. (Billy Hunt/Penguin Random House)

What it's about: Camino Island follows a young novelist named Mercer Mann who, in the grips of writer's block, goes undercover to infiltrate the inner circle of a prominent dealer of rare books. But things go awry when Mercer learns far too much about the ringleader and his secrets.

Heard on:q

How to Think by Alan Jacobs

Alan Jacobs is the author of How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds. (Alan Jacobs/Penguin Random House)

What it's about: How to Think is exploration into why we're not as good at thinking as we believe and how recovering this lost art can rescue our inner lives from the chaos of modern life. In this book, Alan Jacobs examines the cognitive process and the factors that hinder it — which have only worsened in the digital age. He also sets out to dispel the many myths we hold about what it means to think well.

Heard on:Spark

Class Clown by Pino Coluccio

Pino Coluccio won the $10,000 Trillium Book Award for poetry for the book Class Clown. (Courtesy Pino Coluccio)

What it's about: Class Clown is a collection of witty poems about the absurdities of modern life. In this collection, Pino Coluccio explores classic themes of love, the passage of time and death.

Heard on: The Sunday Edition

Heart Residence by Dennis Lee

Dennis Lee is a Governor General's Literary Award-winning writer and officer of the Order of Canada. (House of Anansi Press)

What it's about: Heart Residence is a poetry collection that spans countless subjects, themes, styles and 50 years of Dennis Lee's work, from his searing early breakthroughs to his beloved children's verse to his visions of environmental apocalypse.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

The Man Who Carried Cash by Julie Chadwick

B.C. journalist Julie Chadwick used archived letters to assemble the story of Johnny Cash and his Canadian manager, Saul Holiff. (Dundurn Press)

What it's about: In The Man Who Carried Cash, journalist Julie Chadwick reconstructs Johnny Cash's friendship and animosity with his manager Saul Holiff. The biography chronicles the relationship that was, at times, both volatile and affectionate.

Heard on:The Next Chapter

War of the Blink by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is an award-winning Haida Manga artist. (Farah Nosh/Locarno Press)

What it's about: War of the Blink is a retelling of a traditional Haida story, illustrated in the form known as Haida Manga. This graphic novel features two warring groups who clash over the fate of a coastal village in Haida Gwaii, B.C.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

A Newfoundlander in Canada by Alan Doyle

The Great Big Sea musician opens up in A Newfoundlander in Canada about the journey towards understanding what it means to be part of a diverse country. (Dave Howells/Doubleday Canada)

What it's about: In his follow up to Where I Belong, Alan Doyle explores his journey from leaving the comfort and familiarity of his hometown, Petty Harbour, N.L., to discovering Canada for the first time.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

Thomas King won the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize for The Inconvenient Indian. (Hartley Goodweather/Doubleday Canada)

What it's about: In The Inconvenient Indian, Thomas King distills his critical and personal meditation on what it means to be "Indian" in North America. King explores how popular culture has shaped our idea of Indigenous identity and the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people over centuries.

Heard on: The Next Chapter


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