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Summer Books 2015

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The Big Swim

The Big Swim

Coming Ashore in a World Adrift
edition:Paperback

Humorous, touching, and thought-provoking—how the climate crisis changed one woman's life.

Climate change is alarming and complicated. Governments are acting too slowly or not at all, and not enough people feel informed or empowered enough to demand action. But ignoring a catastrophe of such magnitude is a certain path to disaster.

The Big Swim puts forward the idea that personal growth arises from facing both inner tensions and threats to the biosphere. In a collection of stories that is fre …

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Song for a Summer Night

Song for a Summer Night

by Robert Heidbreder
illustrated by Qin Leng
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

As night falls on a soft summer evening, neighborhood children are drawn out of their houses by the sights and sounds of the world after dark. First the fireflies come sparkling past, followed by a host of domestic and wild animals, from cats and dogs to owls and skunks. Accomplished children’s poet Robert Heidbreder creates a world of enchantment, while Qin Leng’s illustrations conjure the harmonious interplay between our everyday domestic world and one that is just a little bit wilder. All …

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Swimming, Swimming

Swimming, Swimming

illustrated by Gary Clement
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Drawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic “Swimming, swimming in a swimming pool,” full of fun and humor.

The illustrations show a young boy and his friends spending a carefree day at the neighborhood pool. We see them walk to the pool together, change into their trunks and then spend hours swimming, cavorting, splashing and diving. The pool is full of moms, dads, other kids and babies, all enjoyin …

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The Traveling Circus

The Traveling Circus

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Charlie and his family are about to embark on another trip, to another out-of-the-way place off the beaten path. This time they are heading to an island in Croatia, a country Charlie has never even heard of. An incredibly beautiful country that lives in the shadow of war and conflict.

Even for a seasoned traveler like Charlie, Croatia is a very different experience. To travel in a country where the language is completely unfamiliar and half the words have no vowels. To visit remote villages where …

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See You Next Year

See You Next Year

by Andrew Larsen
illustrated by Todd Stewart
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Every summer, a girl’s family drives down the same roads, passes through the same towns, and spends a week at the same beachside motel. Year after year, everything is comfortingly predictable: the families they see, the rhythm of the days, the stars, the bonfires, and even the pattern the tractor makes as it rakes the sand on their beach.
But this year, something is different: the girl, our narrator, meets a new friend who shows her how to dive under the waves and spot satellites in the nigh …

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Every year we take the same roads.
We pass through the same towns.
We arrive at the same beach.
Every year we stay at the same place.
I call it our cottage.

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undercurrent

undercurrent

edition:Paperback
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The water belongs to itself. undercurrent reflects on the power and sacredness of water--largely underappreciated by too many--whether it be in the form of ocean currents, the headwaters of the Fraser River or fluids in the womb. Exploring a variety of poetic forms, anecdote, allusion and visual elements, this collection reminds humanity that we are water bodies, and we need and deserve better ways of honouring this.

Poet Rita Wong approaches water through personal, cultural and political lenses. …

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Barefoot At The Lake

Barefoot At The Lake

A Boyhood Summer in Cottage Country
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

"Bruce Fogle's sweet, beautifully-written memoir, Barefoot at the Lake, precisely catches the fleeting magic of both adolescence and Canadian summer. Reading it is like peering into a snapshot, taken long ago at a beloved cottage." —David Macfarlane, author of Summer Gone

An idyllic summer at the cottage in the 1950s, as revealed through the eyes of a boy on the cusp of adolescence: a first crush, the joy of nature, and the struggle to understand grown-ups.

 

To ten-year-old Bruce, the summer o …

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Capacity for Infinite Happiness, The

Capacity for Infinite Happiness, The

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : historical, jewish

Mathematician Emily Kogan's family is good at keeping their secrets. But when she uses her visit to the vacation lodge they own to conduct research for a graduate thesis on measuring the influence of interpersonal relationships, she learns far more than she bargained for. During her investigation at the Treasure Island Lodge - a resort that has catered to the Jewish community since the early 1930s, when their clientele would have been turned away from segregated hotels - she discovers long-burie …

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