Winter is a wonderful season to curl up with a good book by the fire, and enjoy some restful downtime. PMA member Stephen Cribar has assembled 3 of his top fiction, and 3 non fiction books to check out this season.
Emma Donoghue writes of an Irish village in 1850s Ireland is mystified by what appears to be a miracle but may actually be murder. A little girl appears to be thriving after months without food, and the story of this ‘wonder’ has reached fever pitch. Enter Lib, an English nurse trained by Florence Nightingale, who is hired to keep watch for two weeks and determine whether or not Anna is a fraud.
As Anna deteriorates, Lib finds herself responsible not just for the care of a child, but for getting to the root of why the child may actually be the victim of murder in slow motion.
Do Not Say We Have Nothing:
Madeleine Thien’s critically-acclaimed, award-winning masterpiece begins in Canada in 1991, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman called Ai-Ming, who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Ai-Ming tells Marie the story of her family in Revolutionary China – from the crowded teahouses in the first days of Chairman Mao’s ascent to the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s and the events leading to the Beijing demonstrations of 1989.
The Underground Railroad:
The National Book Award Winner and #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, is a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.
Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.
Born To Run:
Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He is often brutally honest and reveals the deep personal struggles he’s faced while becoming one of the world’s biggest rock stars.
Secret Path is a ten song digital download album by Gord Downie with a graphic novel by illustrator Jeff Lemire that tells the story of Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack, a twelve-year-old boy who died in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School fifty years ago.
Chanie died on October 22, 1966, walking the railroad tracks, trying to escape from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School to return home. Chanie’s home was 400 miles away. He didn’t know that. He didn’t know where it was, nor how to find it.
Mike Myers: Canada:
Comedy superstar Mike Myers writes from the (true patriot) heart about his 53-year relationship with his beloved Canada. His hilarious and heartfelt new book is part memoir, part history and pure entertainment. It is Mike Myers’ funny and thoughtful analysis of what makes Canada Canada, Canadians Canadians and what being Canadian has always meant to him.
PMA member Stephen Cribar is the Associate Director, Sales & Communications, Western Retail Services. All of the books mentioned in this post are available at the Bookstore at Western.