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Under the 49th Tree

By kileyturner
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We are a small team, and a greedy one: we want many, many books under our Christmas tree. But they won't all fit. So here's the tip of the iceberg: the hopes (nay, demands) of our working team—Kerry Clare, Robert J. Wiersema, Trevor Corkum, Adrienne Guthrie, Craig Riggs, and Kiley Turner. Be sure to check out "Why It's On the List" beneath each selection to see what we had to say about our wish. How about you? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook!
The Reason You Walk
Why it's on the list ...
Picked by Trevor Corkum, who runs our The Chat interview series.

Trevor writes, "Wab Kinew is one of the leading thinkers in Canada. He's always incisive, honest, humble, and challenging in his commentary. The Reason You Walk is a memoir exploring reconciliation, forgiveness, and the painful legacy of Canada's residential school system, told in part through the author's relationship with his father. An important book about an issue that touches the lives of every Canadian."
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Toronto

Toronto

Biography of a City
edition:Hardcover
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Why it's on the list ...
Picked by best-selling author Robert J. Wiersema, who runs our Shelf Talkers column. Rob writes:

"Unlike a lot of Canadians, I’m actually a big fan of Toronto. It seems—from a distance—like a city of endless potential. I would like to learn more, and apparently Levine’s book is a good place to start."
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Patrin
Why it's on the list ...
Picked by Kerry Clare, our editor, who writes:

"I fell in love with Theresa Kishkan with her book, Mnemonic: A Book of Trees. She has a strange, smart, and beautiful mind, and tells stories like no one else. So I am looking forward to read her novella, Patrin, which is published by Mother Tongue Publishing who are so good at novellas. And if you want a sense of what makes Theresa Kishkan so appealing, check out her wonderful blog: http://theresakishkan.com/blog/"
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Tuco

Tuco

The Parrot, the Others, and A Scattershot World
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
tagged : birds
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Why it's on the list ...
Picked by Kiley Turner, managing editor, who writes:

"My need for this books is dire. First, I am fascinated by Brian Brett—his difficult history, his writing, his mind. Second, I grew up with an African Grey parrot (Omomo) who could mimic everything from my mom on the phone to party guests on the toilet and who was a startling, hilarious, creepy creature. Omomo and my dad had a total love affair. Then there's just the animal-human magic—always my favourite balm."
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Us Conductors
Why it's on the list ...
Picked by Craig Riggs, our Project Manager, who writes:

"This book has been on my mind since I saw the author, Sean Michaels, read and perform at the Ottawa Writer's Festival a couple of years ago. A little-known musical instrument, the theremin, figures in the story and Sean played one that night at his reading. If I remember correctly, he may have even built it himself. One of Canada's foremost music writers, Sean comes across instantly as someone with a deep passion for and understanding of his subject and I feel like Us Conductors has been following me around ever since."
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This Is Happy
Why it's on the list ...
Picked by Adrienne Guthrie, our publisher and community outreach manager, who writes:

"As soon as I heard that Camilla Gibb had written a memoir, I knew I had to read it. I love memoirs and she is an incredibly talented writer. I know I need to steady myself for an emotional ride with this one, but I admire anyone who has the courage to share their heartbreak and then pass along the life lessons they've learned."
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The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out
Why it's on the list ...
Trevor writes, "Karen Solie is one of my all-time favourite poets and is at the height of her game. I return to her earlier volumes again and again for her sharp, layered, striking accounts of this particular miracle of being alive in human form. I can't wait for this one."
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The Logic of Ecstasy

The Logic of Ecstasy

Canadian Mystical Painting, 1920-1940
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged : canadian
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Why it's on the list ...
Rob writes, "I took a course in Canadian Art History a lifetime ago, and I’ve been fascinated by the role of theosophy and other ecstatic movements in Canadian art. I wrote down the title of this book on a scrap of paper, intending to pick it up, and immediately lost said scrap of paper. But we never really forget the books we really want: this one has been niggling at the side of my brain for more than a decade. Maybe this year... of course, now it’s out of print, so..."
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