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Editors' Picks: Week of April 1–7

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This week we've got two short story collections everyone's excited about, a memoir of a young girl who survived Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake, Emily Carr's monkey, and Grouse Mountain's grizzlies.
Shut Up You're Pretty

Shut Up You're Pretty

edition:Paperback

In Tea Mutonji's disarming debut story collection, a woman contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a teenage girl looks for happiness inside a pack of cigarettes, a mother reconnects with her daughter through their shared interest in fish, and a young woman decides to shave her head in the waiting room of an abortion clinic. These punchy, sharply observed stories blur the lines between longing and choosing, exploring the narrator's experience as an involuntary one. Tinged …

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The Forbidden Purple City

The Forbidden Purple City

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

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Woo, the Monkey Who Inspired Emily Carr

Woo, the Monkey Who Inspired Emily Carr

A Biography
edition:Paperback

Although Emily Carr is now considered a Canadian legend, the most enduring image is that of her pushing a beat-up old pram into downtown Victoria, loaded with dogs, cats, birds—and a monkey. Woo, a Javanese macaque whom Carr adopted in 1923, has become inextricably linked with Carr in the popular imagination. But more than that, in her short lifetime Woo became equally connected to Carr’s life and art.

Born to a strictly religious family, Carr was never able to reconcile her wild and passiona …

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A Girl Named Lovely

A Girl Named Lovely

One Child's Miraculous Survival and My Journey to the Heart of Haiti
edition:Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook

An insightful and uplifting memoir about a young Haitian girl in post-earthquake Haiti, and the profound, life-changing effect she had on one journalist's life.

In January 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people and paralyzing the country. Catherine Porter, a newly minted international reporter, was on the ground in the immediate aftermath. Moments after she arrived in Haiti, Catherine found her first story. A ragtag group of volunteers told her about …

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The Grizzlies of Grouse Mountain

The Grizzlies of Grouse Mountain

The True Adventures of Coola and Grinder
edition:Hardcover

A beautifully illustrated and educational children's book that tells the true life story of Grouse Mountain's famous resident grizzly bears.

Coola and Grinder are two adult grizzly bears living at the “peak of Vancouver” on Grouse Mountain. For the past eighteen years they have been among the mountain’s biggest attractions. People from all over the world flock to see these magnificent creatures, who live in a five-acre wildlife refuge that simulates a grizzly bear’s natural habitat. Contr …

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