Tilly and the Crazy Eights

Monique Gray Smith

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.

Chronicles of Avonlea

Lucie Maud Montgomery

Chronicles of Avonlea is a collection of short stories by L. M. Montgomery, related to the Anne of Green Gables series. It features an abundance of stories relating to the fictional Canadian village of Avonlea, and was first published in 1912

Cataract city

Craig Davidson

Owen and Duncan are childhood friends who’ve grown up in picturesque Niagara Falls–known to them by the grittier name Cataract City. As the two know well, there’s more to the bordertown than meets the eye: behind the gaudy storefronts and sidewalk vendors, past the hawkers of tourist T-shirts and cheap souvenirs live the real people who scrape together a living by toiling at the Bisk, the local cookie factory. And then there are the truly desperate, those who find themselves drawn to the borderline and a world of dog-racing, bare-knuckle fighting, and night-time smuggling.
Owen and Duncan think they are different: both dream of escape, a longing made more urgent by a near-death incident in childhood that sealed their bond. But in adulthood their paths diverge, and as Duncan, the less privileged, falls deep into the town’s underworld, he and Owen become reluctant adversaries at opposite ends of the law. At stake is not only survival and escape, but a lifelong friendship that can only be broken at an unthinkable price.

The Ash Garden

Dennis Bock

A scientist stealing across the Pyrenees into Spain, then smuggled into America… A young woman quarantined on a ship wandering the Atlantic, her family left behind in Austria… A girl playing on a riverbank as a solitary airplane appears on the horizon… Lives already in motion, unsettled by war, and about to change beyond reckoning — their pasts blurred and their destinies at once bound for the desert of Los Alamos, the woman unexpectedly en route to a refugee camp, the girl at Ground Zero and that plane the Enola Gay.In August 1945, in a blinding flash, Hiroshima sees the dawning of the modern age.

With these three characters, Dennis Bock transforms a familiar story — the atom bomb as a means to end worldwide slaughter — into something witnessed, as if for the first time, in all its beautiful and terrible power.Destroyer of Worlds.With Anton and Sophie and Emiko, with the complete arc of their histories and hopes, convictions and requests, The Ash Garden is intricate yet far-reaching, from market streets in Japan to German universities, from New York tenements to, ultimately, a peaceful village in Ontario. Revealed here, as their fates triangulate, are the true costs and implications of a nightmare that has persisted for over half a century.In its reserves of passion and wisdom, in its grasp of pain and memory, in its balance of ambition and humanity, this first novel is an astonishing triumph.


sweetlandMichael Crummey

This a great Canadain novel set in contemporary Newfoundland. The inhabitants of the island of Sweetland must resettle elsewhere after being offered a package to depart. Only Moses Sweetland, aged 60, holds out though he is intimidated and pressured. Mortality, loss, community and history are some of the themes explored in this wonderfully evocative and heart-wrenching book.

13 ways of looking at a fat girl

fat_girlMona Awad

This book is divided in 13 vignettes, and it chronicles the ups and downs of Lizzie as she struggles with her weight. It is a coming of age story, though it goes beyond this because we get to know her as a young adult and then a woman of indeteterminate age. Most women will empathize with Lizzie because most women have issues with their body. The author, sometimes sarcastically, sometimes with humour, always with a sharp and perceptive voice, exposes, through Lizzie, the very harmful and hurtful thin-culture we live in.

No Great Mischief

no_great_mischiefAlistair MacLeod

This is one of the greatest Canadian books ever written and it is a masterpiece. This book will haunt you because of the exquisite beauty of the sentiment, the vivid depiction of the landscape, the masterfully crafted words and sentences. In evocative prose, Alistair MacLeod tells the story, in a series of flashbacks, of a Scottish family living in Cape Breton, of their loves and losses, and mostly of the strength and love of family and clan. Just writing these words and remembering the book brings up a swell of emotion. An absolute must-read!

The Orenda

orendaJoseph Boyden

Told in three voices, this is the story of the Wendat, Hurons who must survive against their enemies the Iroquois, but who must also learn to deal with the white man and the Jesuits, with whom they trade but who also present a new civilization and sickness. Joseph Boyden draws a stricking picture of these people and their culture, their spiritual beliefs and the particular violence of their time.

Last Night in Montreal

last_night_montrealEmily St. John Mandel

Since the age of 7, Lilia Albert has been on the run. Her father abducted her to keep her safe from her abusive mother but Lilia doesn’t remember what happened. With her father, she criss-crosses the United States, desperately trying to evade the detective searching for her and unable to stop traveling. The last place she flees to is Montreal. She is followed there by her ex-boyfriend and there will be a tragic outcome when the detective’s unbalanced daughter confronts her and the past is revealed.
This is a story about love, loss, obsession, and the tragedy of the family.

«I just finished a really wonderful first novel. I first checked it out of the library, but since I was so entranced by the writing and the characters, I am heading out to the bookstore today to buy a copy. I want it to be on my bookshelves, along with all those other books that just looking at (whether or not I reread them) make me glad to be a reader.»- From Nancy Pearl’s Website Book Lust Forever.