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My Favourite Books of 2016 (so far...)

By kerryclare
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My stack of great 2016 books is huge, and it's only April. Here are the titles I've loved best so far and I look forward to adding more to the mix.
On the Shores of Darkness, There Is Light

On the Shores of Darkness, There Is Light

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Audiobook
tagged : literary

From the acclaimed author of Lemon comes a clever and heartbreaking new novel of love and revelation

Shortlisted for the 2016 Toronto Book Award

Harriet is 11 going on 30. Her mixed-media art is a source of wonder to her younger brother, Irwin, but an unmitigated horror to the panoply of insufficiently grown-up grown-ups who surround her. She plans to run away to Algonquin Park, hole up in a cabin like Tom Thomson and paint trees; and so, to fund her escape, she runs errands for the seniors who in …

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Road to Atlantis

Road to Atlantis

edition:Paperback
tagged : literary

Following the coast on their summer vacation, the Henrys stop at the beach to break up the monotony of their road trip. Matty and Nat build castles in the sand as Anne and David take turns minding the children. A moment of distraction, a blink of the eye, and the life they know is swept away forever.
Like shipwrecks lost at sea, each member of the family sinks under the weight of their shared tragedy. All seems lost but life is long. There are many ways to heal a wound, there are many ways to fo …

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Escape Plans

Escape Plans

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Audiobook

My father drowned in the Aegean Sea, fifty nautical miles northeast of the port of Piraeus. When it happened, my mother and I were at home in Toronto. It was early evening in Greece, afternoon for us, and I was at school when she found out.

Niko Kiriakos, tentative heir to the ailing Calypso Shipping fleet, always suspected he was cursed. Following his sudden disappearance, his wife, Anna, and daughter, Zoe, are left adrift. Unmoored, they begin to test the boundaries of their lives, struggling w …

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Becoming Lin

Becoming Lin

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : literary

It's 1965. Twenty-two-year-old Linda Wise despairs of escaping her overprotective parents and her hometown, where far too many know she was sexually assaulted as a teenager. Deliverance arrives in the form of marriage to the charismatic, twenty-six-year-old Ronald Brunson, a newly ordained Methodist minister who ignites her passion for social justice. Ron tells her war and racial discrimination are symptoms of the "moral rot" destroying the country, conjuring up something dark and rancid in her …

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We Oughta Know

We Oughta Know

How Four Women Ruled the ’90s and Changed Canadian Music
edition:Paperback
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Between 1993 and 1997 Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain, Sarah McLachlan, and Céline Dion defied the odds to become some of the best-selling artists Canada has ever produced. From melodramatic romantic pop to gutsy, angst-driven alternative rock, these women not only changed the world of music and transformed the pop culture landscape but impacted their listeners on an alarmingly personal level.
As a teenager, Andrea Warner divided the four women into two camps: Morissette and McLachlan struck a …

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Busker

Busker

Stories from the Streets of Paris
edition:Paperback

In 2005, Nisha travelled to France to be with what she hoped was the love of her life. Instead, she stayed three years, playing her violin and finding a new sense of passion for music and her own independence. A different kind of love story, Coleman allows the reader a rare glimpse into the world of a street violinist in Paris. Her journey features a mosaic of gypsies, homeless people, other buskers and random strangers -- a tale that transforms from initial hardship to ultimate triumph. This is …

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Birdie

Birdie

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback Paperback

Monkey Beach meets Green Grass, Running Water meets The Beachcombers in this wise and funny novel by a debut Cree author

Birdie is a darkly comic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from wounds of the past, informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions. Bernice Meetoos, a Cree woman, leaves her home in Northern Alberta following tragedy and travels to Gibsons, BC. She is on something of a vision quest, seeking to understand the messages from The Frugal Gour …

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