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The bestselling Canadian books for the week of Jan. 2-8, 2022

Bestseller lists are compiled by Bookmanager using weekly sales stats from over 260 Canadian independent stores.

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for Jan. 2-8, 2022.

Bestseller lists are compiled by Bookmanager using weekly sales stats from over 260 Canadian independent stores.

Canadian fiction | Canadian nonfiction | Canadian kids

Canadian fiction

Five Little Indians is a novel by Michelle Good. (Harper Perennial, Candice Camille)

Five Little Indians by Michelle Good is the #1 Canadian fiction book this week.

In Five Little Indians, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie were taken from their families and sent to a residential school when they were very small. Barely out of childhood, they are released and left to contend with the seedy world of eastside Vancouver. Fuelled by the trauma of their childhood, the five friends cross paths over the decades and struggle with the weight of their shared past. 

Five Little Indians won the 2020 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction and the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.

See the full Canadian fiction list below.

  1. Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
  2. State of Terror by Louise Penny & Hillary Rodham Clinton
  3. Fight Night by Miriam Toews
  4. What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad
  5. The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield
  6. The Maid by Nita Prose
  7. The Strangers by Katherena Vermette
  8. The Madness of the Crowds by Louise Penny
  9. The Vinyl Cafe Celebrates by Stuart McLean
  10. Indians on Vacation by Thomas King

Canadian nonfiction

Finding the Mother Tree is a memoir by Suzanne Simard. (Bill Heath, Allen Lane)

Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard is the #1 Canadian nonfiction book this week.

Biologist Suzanne Simard discovered the reality of the interconnection and intelligence of the forest. She's been able to find out that the trees are indeed whispering to each other — communicating not through the wind, but through the soil. Her scientific memoir, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, describes her life and research. 

 See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
  2. Talking to Canadians by Rick Mercer
  3. "Indian" in the Cabinet by Jody Wilson-Raybould
  4. Off the Record by Peter Mansbridge
  5. Richard Wagamese Selected, edited by Drew Hayden Taylor
  6. Permanent Astonishment by Tomson Highway
  7. Unreconciled by Jesse Wente
  8. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
  9. Embers by Richard Wagamese
  10. The Company by Stephen R. Bown

Canadian kids

Hunting by Stars is a follow-up to Cherie Dimaline's YA novel The Marrow Thieves. (cheriedimaline.com, Penguin Teen)

Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline is the #1 Canadian kids book this week.

Hunting by Stars takes place in the world of The Marrow Thieves, a post-apocalyptic North America where only Indigenous people have the ability to dream. Residential schools are re-established to capture and hold Indigenous people, and search for the secrets to dreaming in their bones. Hunting by Stars picks up on 17-year-old French, who wakes up in a pitch-black room. In The Marrow ThievesFrench lost his family to the residential schools and found a new family to travel with, while dodging the "Recruiters."

See the full Canadian kids book list below.

  1. Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline
  2. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  3. The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
  4. Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao 
  5. The Great Bear by David A. Robertson
  6. It Fell from the Sky by the Fan Brothers
  7. Time is a Flower by Julie Morstad
  8. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  9. Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel
  10. On the Trapline by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett

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