Breadfruit

 Celestine Hitiura Vaite
2005
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Women who want romance, men who won’t commit, interfering in-laws-some things never change, even in a tropical paradise…

Materena never really thinks about marriage until Pito, the father of her three children, drunkenly proposes one night. Suddenly, Materena’s planning her dream wedding, although Pito seems to have forgotten ever asking the question. Materena tries to be patient, but as her mother Loana says, « Girl, waiting for a man is like waiting for chicken to have teeth. »

When Pito’s antics go too far, Materena starts to see things another way. If there’s no ring, a woman can tell her man to pack his bags and go home to his mama whenever she likes. So what does Materena really want?

Breadfruit is the first of Célestine Hitiura’s Vaite’s internationally acclaimed novels about Materena and the joys and perils of family life in Tahiti. Warmly funny and full of bold and brilliant women, Breadfruit is a delicious taste of life in the tropics.

 

Tilly and the Crazy Eights

Monique Gray Smith
2018
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When Tilly receives an invitation to help drive eight elders on their ultimate bucket-list road trip, she impulsively says yes. Before she knows it, Tilly has said good-bye to her family and is on an adventure that will transform her in ways she could not predict, just as it will for the elders who soon dub themselves “the Crazy Eights.”

The Crazy Eights each choose a stop—somewhere or something they’ve always wanted to experience—on the way to their ultimate goal, the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque. Their plan is to travel to Las Vegas, Sedona, and the Redwood Forests, with each destination the inspiration for secrets and stories to be revealed. The trip proves to be powerful medicine as they laugh, heal, argue, and dream along the way. By the time their bus rolls to a stop in New Mexico, Tilly and the Crazy Eights, with friendships forged and hearts mended, feel ready for anything. But are they?

This book will make you laugh and cry. it is about forgiveness and healing.

There There

Tommy Orange
2018
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Here is a story of several people, each of whom has private reasons for travelling to the Big Oakland Powwow. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honour his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil Red Feather, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and has come to the powwow to dance in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and unspeakable loss.

Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking, There There is a relentlessly paced multi-generational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. An unforgettable debut.

Le miracle Spinoza : une philosophie pour éclairer notre vie

Frédéric Lenoir
2017
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Exposé sur les positions novatrices du philosophe au XVIIe siècle : sa vision du monde et du divin, son aspiration à une séparation des pouvoirs politiques et religieux garante de la liberté de conscience et d’expression, son approche des textes sacrés, mais aussi son éthique fondée sur une meilleure connaissance de soi pour atteindre une vie parfaite.

Ce livre présente clairement et succinctement la pensée de Spinoza et est très inspirant.

A gentleman’s murder

Christopher Huang
2018
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The year is 1924. The cobblestoned streets of St. James ring with jazz as Britain races forward into an age of peace and prosperity. London’s back alleys, however, are filled with broken soldiers and still enshadowed by the lingering horrors of the Great War. Only a few years removed from the trenches of Flanders himself, Lieutenant Eric Peterkin has just been granted membership in the most prestigious soldiers-only club in London: The Britannia. But when a gentleman’s wager ends with a member stabbed to death, the victim’s last words echo in the Lieutenant’s head: that he would « soon right a great wrong from the past. » Eric is certain that one of his fellow members is the murderer: but who? Eric’s investigation will draw him far from the marbled halls of the Britannia, to the shadowy remains of a dilapidated war hospital and the heroin dens of Limehouse. And as the facade of gentlemenhood cracks, Eric faces a Matryoshka doll of murder, vice, and secrets pointing not only to the officers of his own club but the very investigator assigned by Scotland Yard.

This is a wonderful whodunnit in the style of Agatha Christie with a cast of well-drawn characters that leap off the page. Chistopher Huang, who lives in Montreal, plunges us into 1924 London amongst the gentlemen set of a private club. This finely plotted novel is tremendously satisfying with its plot twists and its underlying social commentary about the deep and personal effect of the war on individuals. A stellar mystery!

It all falls down

Sheena Kamal
2018
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Book two in this very satisfying series featuring the flawed and broken heroine Nora Watts. Set in part in Vancouver and Detroit, Nora is in search of her father but ends up with a hit on her which puts her life in grave danger. In Detroit, she also learns more  about her mother who abandoned her and her sister when they were children and who has mysteriously disappeared. Can’t wait to read the next book which is sure to come.

Bruno, chief of police

Martin Walker
2010
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Set in the street markets, cobbled squares, vineyards and farmland of the Dordogne area of France, Bruno, Chief of Police features Captain Bruno Courrèges, a man as charming and eccentric as he is wise. A formidable investigator, Bruno must rise to the challenge when the head of an Algerian family is murdered and the peace of Bruno’s beloved village of St. Denis is shattered. Racism is the obvious conclusion, and the son of a local doctor who is caught playing sex games surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia is the immediate suspect. But Bruno knows his people well and sees a more complex explanation lurking in the memories and unsettled feuds of the German occupation.

 

Arlington Park

Rachel Cusk
2007
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Set over the course of one rainy day in a London suburb, Arlington Park is a viciously funny portrait of a group of young mothers, each bound to their families, each straining for some kind of independence. As the hours pass, Rachel Cusk’s graceful, incisive prose passes through the experience of each mother, following them all from the early-morning scrambling, through car trips and visits to the mall, and finally to a dinner party in the evening, when the husbands return and all the conflicts come to the surface.

Rachel Cusk is a brilliant writer. Her tone is often ascerbic, even astringent, but the truth of her observations is spot on.

Louis et l’Ubiq

Patrice Leconte
2017
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Juste avant de mourir, le père de Louis lui lègue un ubiq : un étrange boîtier qui se porte sur l’avant-bras et qui, sur la pression d’un bouton, permet de se dédoubler. D’abord intimidé, Louis découvre peu à peu tous les avantages de l’accessoire.

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

Gail Honeyman
2017
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Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repairing her own profoundly damaged one. And if she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.
Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open your heart.