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Best Canadian Book Titles of 2011

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Up Up Up heralds the arrival of a writer of astonishing range, compassion, and acuity. In this stunning short story collection, Julie Booker grabs the reins from writers like Lydia Millet and Miranda July and takes off at full speed, and in directions all her own.

A pair of plus-sized friends make tracks for a kayaking trip in Alaska. A woman vacations with her parents at a Texas trailer park, wondering why she can't meet a man. A worldly member of a tour group selects sacrifices from among the m …

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I see my love more clearly from a distance

I see my love more clearly from a distance

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tagged : canadian

Unromantic poems examining life, love, illness, and death on a ranch on the hard grass prairie. In Nora Gould's one-of-a-kind debut, the Prairie itself is a central character: muse, mythic persona, the place of deepest solace and of deepest questioning. The poems focus with great firmness and technical command on the facts of daily life on the farm: impregnating cows, the neighbour kid picking off a coyote, cutting hay, getting water to the herd in a drought, dehorning. But Prairie anecdotalism …

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The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers

edition:eBook
tagged : literary

Winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Prix des libraires du Quebec and the Stephen Leacock Medal. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Walter Scott Prize.

Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die: Eli and Charlie Sisters can be counted on for that. Though Eli has never shared his brother’s penchant for whiskey and killing, he’s never known anything else. On the road to Warm’s gold-mining claim outsid …

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Wore Down Trust

Wore Down Trust

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Oh, admit this, man, there is no point in poetryif you withhold the truthonce you've come by it. - Alden NowlanWore Down Trust incorporates poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, biography, vodka and the blues in an examination of desperation and perseverance. Utilizing a blues format, the narrative strings through the lives--pre and post death, real and imagined--of American country singer Johnny Cash and Canadian poet Alden Nowlan. Long haul trailers thunder past. Ice chimes in the glass. Ther …

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Glass Boys

Glass Boys

A novel
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged : literary

"[The Glass Boys] deftly walks the line between light and dark, hope and fear, rewarding the reader every step of the way with dazzling honesty and truth." -- Ami McKay, author of The Birth House

 

"Lundrigan writes about Newfoundland the way William Faulkner wrote about the American south." -- The Western Star

"Lundrigan fearlessly probes the depths humans can sink to, but she manages, too, to find lots of light...The author has a gift for finding the extraordinary in the ordinary -- in a neighbou …

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Grunt of the Minotaur

Grunt of the Minotaur

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Robin Richardson’s debut poetry collection is startling in its lyrical inventiveness and stylistic flair. Drawing heavily on her background as a visual artist, Grunt of the Minotaur offers poems rich in imagery and visual texture. Larger themes from history, art, music, and film are cast against moments of domestic intimacy in fanciful narratives and sprightly, impressionistic lyrics. Here are poems that are equally melodic and pictorial, at once alien and familiar; reading them helps to resto …

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This Will Be Difficult To Explain and Other Stories

This Will Be Difficult To Explain and Other Stories

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With this collection of wise, querying stories, Giller Prize winner Johanna Skibsrud introduces an astonishing array of characters, showing us through their eyes what even they cannot see and uncorking minor epiphanies in the middle of ordinary days. These stories takes readers from South Dakota to Paris to Japan, into art galleries, foreign apartments, farms, and beach hotels, and shows us the liberating bewilderment of characters who come face to face with what they didn’t know they didn’t …

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Better Living Through Plastic Explosives

Better Living Through Plastic Explosives

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged : literary

From an emerging master of short fiction and one of Canada’s most distinctive voices, a collection of stories as heartbreaking as those of Lorrie Moore and as hilariously off-kilter as something out ofMcSweeney's.

Better Living through Plastic Explosives is a powerful depth charge of Zsuzsi Gartner's trademark dark humour and deadly satire. Whether she casts her eye on evolution and modern manhood when an upscale cul-de-sac is thrown into chaos after a redneck moves into the neighbourhood, in …

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