FULL DISCLOSURE BY BEVERLEY MCLACHIN
Our former Chief Justice of Canada pens her first novel – a courtroom thriller of course! Jilly Truitt agrees to defend a rich man accused of murdering his philandering wife. But the case is full of twists and turns… no spoiler alert here!
HEROES IN MY HEAD: A MEMOIR BY JUDY REBICK
One of Canada’s best-known women’s rights activists, Rebick started to hear voices in her head at age 45 as a result of repressed memories of sexual abuse by her father. Her memoir reflects her experience with and treatment for clinical depression and dissociative identity disorder. Candid, brave and empowering.
THE HOUSE FOR UNWANTED GIRLS BY JOANNA GOODMAN
Reflecting the divide between English and French in Quebec in the 1950’s, a mother and her orphaned daughter hope they will be reunited with each other. Known as Duplessis orphans, this book reveals another dark moment for children in Canadian history.
FORGIVENESS: A GIFT FROM MY GRANDPARENTS BY MARK SAKAMOTO
The 2018 Canada Reads Winner, Sakamoto writes about his grandparent’s experiences that reflect two contrasting but equally traumatic World War 2 events. One grandparent, Ralph MacLean lived out the war suffering in a Japanese prison camp and the Sakamotos were ordered to a work farm in rural Alberta. The two families learn to forgive.
WARLIGHT: A NOVEL BY MICHAEL ONDAATJE
“In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals.” A captivating first sentence! Narrated by a sixteen year old who has an older sister, Nathaniel recounts their shaken world in the care of “The Moth” and “The Darter.” A lost childhood story, a coming of age story or his mother’s story?