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Psychedelic Reads

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This list began as a call-out for books that could make it through the haze of painkillers – books whose plots were so strong, emotions so high, that the ailing reader could somehow still follow along. It morphed quickly into a list of books that take on added dimension when your reality feels a little, well, surreal – because they're brilliantly weird, sometimes hilarious, sometimes creepy, and hypnotic. These are books you can almost see in colour. Thanks to Nathan Maharaj for the twist!
Savage Love

Savage Love

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback

An Amazon.ca Best Book of 2013, A Globe and Mail Top 100 for 2013, and A Quill & Quire Best Book of 2013

Longlisted, Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

Savage Love marks the long-awaited literary return of one of Canada's most lauded and stylistically brilliant authors. Slyly holding forth with subversive wit, Glover skewers every conventional notion we've ever held about that cultural&emotional institution of love we are instructed to hold dear.

Peopled with forensic archaeologists, me …

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How to Make Love to a Negro (Without Getting Tired)

How to Make Love to a Negro (Without Getting Tired)

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

Racial and sexual politics collide in this cult classic that launched Laferrière as one of North America's finest literary provocateurs.

 

Brilliant and tense, Dany Laferrière's first novel, How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired, is as fresh and relevant today as when it was first published in 1985. With raunchy humor and a working-class intellectualism, Laferrière's narrator wanders the slums of Montreal, has sex with white women, and writes a book to save his life.

 

With this novel …

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Beautiful Losers

Beautiful Losers

edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback
tagged : literary

One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, Beautiful Losers is Cohen’s most defiant and uninhibited work. The novel centres upon the hapless members of a love triangle united by their sexual obsessions and by their fascination with Catherine Tekakwitha, the 17th-century Mohawk saint.

By turns vulgar, rhapsodic, and viciously witty, Beautiful Losers explores each character’s attainment of a state of self-abandonment, in which the sensualist cannot be distinguished from the saint.

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Undermajordomo Minor

Undermajordomo Minor

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
tagged : literary

On the The Scotiabank Giller Prize 2015 Longlist

A love story, an adventure story, a fable without a moral, and an ink-black comedy of manners.

Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in the hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, Lucy is a compulsive liar, a sickly weakling in a town famous for begetting brutish giants. Then Lucy accepts employment assisting the majordomo of the remote, foreboding Castle Von Aux. While tending to his new post as undermajordomo, he soon di …

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Sub Rosa

Sub Rosa

edition:Paperback
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Lambda Literary Award Winner

In this stunning debut novel, Amber Dawn subverts and transgresses the classic hero's quest adventure to create a dark post-feminist vision not for the faint of heart. Sub Rosa's reluctant heroine is known as "Little," a teenaged runaway unable to remember her real name; in her struggle to get by in the world, she stumbles upon an underground society of ghosts and magicians, missing girls and would-be johns: a place called Sub Rosa. Not long after she is initiated int …

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Station Eleven

Station Eleven

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Paperback
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Winner of the Toronto Book Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award
Finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the Sunburst Award
Longlisted for the Baileys Prize and for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
A New York Times and Globe and Mail bestseller

The international publishing sensation now available in paperback: an audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame and ambition, set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse
One snowy night, a famous …

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The Girls with Stone Faces

The Girls with Stone Faces

edition:eBook
tagged : canadian

A long poem memorializing the art and lives of sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle.

Arleen Paré, in her first book-length poem after her Governor General Literary Award–winning Lake of Two Mountains, turns her cool, benevolent eye to the shared lives of Florence Wyle and Frances Loring, two of Canada’s greatest artists, whose sculptures she comes face to face with at the National Gallery of Canada. In the guise of a curator, Paré takes us on a moving, carefully structured tour throug …

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Certain Dark Things

Certain Dark Things

A Novel
edition:Hardcover
tagged : paranormal

Certain Dark Things combines elements of Latin American mythology with a literary voice that leads readers on an exhilarating and fast-paced journey.

Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Here in the city, heavily policed to keep the creatures of the night at bay, Domingo is another trash-picking street kid, just hoping to make enough to survive. Then he meets Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers. Domingo is smitten. He clings to her like a barnacle until Atl relents and d …

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