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Category: Essays

28 Rep Picks to Read this Fall

by James
Biography & Memoir + Essays + Fiction + Graphica + Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / October 24, 2018



It's fall, which means it's time to cuddle up with some of our favourite titles of the season. Check out these Fall 2018 picks from our sales reps!

(1) Woman World 

by Aminder Dhaliwal 

When a birth defect wipes out the planet's entire population of men, Dhaliwal's infectiously funny collection of Instagram comics follows the rebuilding process of the world. Far from the distant past of segway-riding mall cops, Blockbuster movie rental shops, and "that's what she said" jokes, Woman World's residents focus on their struggles with unrequited love and anxiety, not to mention that whole "survival of humanity" thing.

This is an uproarious graphic novel from a very talented and funny new voice.

“I have been following Aminder’s Instagram for a long time now and I was SO EXCITED to see that her fantastic Woman World comics are being collected. With ample humor and pathos, it is a great balm for the soul in these times of #metoo and global strife.” —Dani Farmer

 

(2) The Dinner List
by Rebecca Serle

At one point or another, we've all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we'd like to have dinner. What if that dinner was to actually happen?

When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and… Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there's a reason these six people have been gathered together.

“Who would be on your dinner list? Rebecca Serle has taken that question and woven the story of Sabrina’s coming of age around her “dinner list.” As the reader we are drawn into the story and see Sabrina’s life unfold in relationship to the five people attending her thirtieth birthday dinner. Love, fate and a bit of magic realism combine for a charming read that Canadians are lucky enough to be able to buy in paperback.” —Judy Parker

 

(3) The Piranhas
by Roberto Saviano

Nicolas Fiorillo is a brilliant and ambitious fifteen-year-old from the slums of Naples, eager to make his mark. He and his gang roam the streets on their motor scooters, learning how to cheat, how to steal, and how to shoot AK-47s. Slowly they begin to wrest control of the neighbourhoods from enemy gangs. Roberto Saviano imagines the lurid glamour of Nicolas's story with vividness and insight in this novel about gang warfare and a young man’s dark desire to rise to the top.

“A novel about the children’s criminal gangs of Naples, run by teenage boys and one young man’s effort to rise to the top of the criminal class. Roberto Saviano is the author of Gomorrah, a non-fiction exploration of the criminal organization the Camorra, which is centred in Naples. The Piranhas is a fictional account of the boy bosses who eclipse their elders in daring and violence. Already a bestseller in Italy with rights sold in many other countries, this book is bound to be an international hit.” —Lorna MacDonald


(4) BlacKkKlansman

by Ron Stallworth

In 1978, detective Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in Colorado Springs, joined the Ku Klux Klan, pretending to be a white man, launching one of the most audacious and incredible undercover investigations in American history. A true story that reads like a crime thriller.

“The incredible true story of Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, who went undercover to investigate the KKK. This book is sure to get some extra buzz as there’s a feature film coming out this fall (directed by Spike Lee and produced by Jordan Peele!).” —Jenny Enriquez


(5) Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly 

edited by David Spalding;
contributions by Ai Weiwei, David Spalding, Cheryl Haines, Jasmine Heiss

How would you react if you received hundreds of postcards from strangers while you were in prison? During renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s recent art installation @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, visitors sent 92,829 postcards to prisoners of conscience around the world. This book delves into those postcards' lasting impact on five prisoners and their loved ones. Photographs, essays, and a statement from Ai Weiwei also help to contextualize this extraordinary project.

“Artist and activist Weiwei engaged over 900,000 visitors through his art installation to correspond with 5 former prisoners on the subject of human rights. The result is this book, which looks at the impact of over 92,000 postcard responses and the impact this has had on the world human rights movement. Pre-addressed, tear-out postcards included, plus photos throughout. An important project —and now an equally important archival history.” —Karen Stacey

 

(6) Let Me Tell You My Story: Their Story Is Our Story
edited by Trisha Leimer

Spare, haunting, utterly magnificent, and profoundly human, this inspiring collection creates a portrait of the greatest humanitarian crisis of modern history. From the pregnant mother in the dusty Greek warehouse-turned-refugee-camp to the emaciated child in a mud-filled Bangladeshi tent to the lone Sudanese crouched under an overpass in Italy–this is a remarkable volume of exquisite photography and stories of resilience.

“In the vein of Humans of New York, Let Me Tell You My Story captures the stories of refugees who fled from crisis in the Middle East. Some stories are tragic, some more light-hearted, and all accompanied with stunning visuals from award-winning photographers and visual artists. This beautiful collection was created by a German non-profit group of artists and volunteers, and royalties go to help refugees in Europe to find homes.” —Laurie Martella

 

(7) The Rain Watcher
by Tatiana de Rosnay

The Malegarde family is gathering in Paris for their father's 70th birthday, each afraid that one wrong move will shatter their family’s delicate harmony.  Their hidden fears and secrets slowly unravel as a natural disaster visits the City of Light—the Seine bursting its banks and flooding the city. All members of the family will have to fight to keep their unity amid tragic circumstances in this profound and intense novel of love and redemption.

"In the tradition of The Nest, de Rosnay has written a moving and powerful family drama. Set in Paris against the backdrop of a natural disaster, the Malegarde family gather to celebrate the father's 70th birthday. A planned night of celebration turns into an evening of turmoil and fear."
—Laureen Cusack


(8) Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
 
by Guy Delisle

Guy Delisle's Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea is the graphic novel that made his career, an international bestseller for more than ten years. While living in the nation's capital for two months on a work visa, Delisle observed everything he was allowed to see of the culture and lives of the North Koreans he encountered, bringing a sardonic and skeptical perspective on a place rife with propaganda. Pyongyang is an informative, personal, and accessible look at a dangerous and enigmatic country.

“This book is even more relevant than when it originally came out. An amazing insight into what life is like inside 'The Hermit Kingdom.'"
—Saffron Beckwith


(9) The Best Bad Things

by Katrina Carrasco



It is 1887, and Alma Rosales is on the hunt for stolen opium—in disguise as a man, the scrappy dockworker Jack Camp. It should be easy for her—
that is, if she can muscle her way into the trust of the magnetic local boss,
win back the trust of her mastermind ex-boyfriend, and keep them all from uncovering her secrets.

 “Alma, a badass female spy, is dismissed from her agency for bad behaviour and a penchant for going undercover as a man. Naturally, her next move is to go to work for her ex-lover, Delphine Beaumond, the mastermind behind a huge opium smuggling operation. A swashbuckling, queer,
historical crime novel… need I say more??”—Laura MacDonald

 

(10) The Best Moment of Your Life
by Lonely Planet



In this book, read about 100 life-changing travel experiences—remarkable, poignant, and memorable moments that reshaped the perspective of the writers on the world, including an encounter with a Rwandan gorilla, riding horses with Patagonian gauchos, witnessing Nelson Mandela's first free speech, exploring reincarnation on the Ganges, watching a space shuttle launch, crossing the Gobi desert on foot, and a son journeying with his mother back to Alexandria.

 “Travel has the power to transform your life. Every place you visit impacts you and can change you in big or small ways. All you have to do is be open to it. Be inspired by these travel stories and gorgeous photos and learn to experience each moment yourself.” —Evette Sintichakis


(11) The Shadow World

by Shan Jiang

London, 1900. A brilliant scientist leaves the world above to create his own world below, determined to prove his radical theory - that gravity is a geometric property of space-time. What happens when time is bent, space is collapsed, and dimensions overlap? With many games to play and millions of stories to tell, each turn of the card is a new adventure. Where will the story take you?

“In The Shadow World, players are provided with 20 picture cards inspired by science-fiction art to craft and imagine their own story. Each game will be different, as millions of stories can be invented! All card decks from the Magical Myriorama series can be played individually, or with a group of co-creators. This wordless card game is a great way to stimulate the imagination!” —Louis-Marc Simard

 

(12) Wellness Escapes
by Lonely Planet

From yoga, tai chi, and meditation to mindfulness, spa treatments, and creative writing, discover the world's most energizing, inspiring and relaxing well-being retreats, whether you're in the mood for a seaweed bath in Ireland, surfing in Morocco, meditation in Bali, or a sauna in Finland.

“The must-have guide to the best retreats, spas and wellness resorts
from around the world that will have you returning from your next vacation feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and inspired (and who doesn’t want that?!).” —Jessica Price

 

(13) How to Raise a Plant
by Morgan Doane and Erin Harding

This beautiful little book is ideal for the novice 'plant parent', providing tips on how to choose plants, where to place them, and above all how to care for them and keep them thriving. Indoor-plant experts and Instagrammers Erin Harding and Morgan Doane bring the subject to life alongside their beautiful photographs of happy plants in the home.

“From the team behind the Instagram account @HousePlantClub, comes a book about how to keep all your pretty plant friends thriving. I can’t wait for the chapter about citrus trees, because I’m on my third, and it’s starting to look iffy...” —Ali Hewitt

 

(14) Messages
by Matthew McKay, PhD; Martha Davis, PhD; and Patrick Fanning

Messages has already helped thousands of people build communication skills and cultivate better relationships with friends, family members, coworkers, and partners. This fully revised and updated fourth edition features a much-needed chapter on digital communication. You'll discover new skills to help you communicate your ideas more effectively and become a better listener.

“We are all aware of the importance of effective communication skills, both in our personal and professional lives. This updated 4th edition teaches readers to become active listeners, read body language, identify communication styles, practice conflict resolution, improve public speaking skills and even has an entire chapter devoted to effective digital communication skills. Messages is not just for professionals; it is for all of us.” —Morgen Young


 

(15) Crafty Llama 
by Mike Kerr, illustrated by Renata Liwska

One lovely day, Llama is having fun making special, lovely things, like gifts for her friends. But Beaver needs to think about what Llama is making. What useful thing can he do with it? With lots of craftiness and fun, this is a delightful story about how the best gifts are the ones that bring us together.

 “100% adorable! Crafty Llama is inspired to make crafty gifts like knitted scarves and quilted blankets for her woodland friends and learns that they can be useful gifts too.”—Laureen Cusack



(16) Up the Mountain Path 

by Marianne Dubuc

One day, Mrs. Badger, an avid collector and naturalist, meets Lulu, a very small cat, on her weekly journey up to Sugarloaf Peak. Rich in wisdom and beautifully illustrated, Up the Mountain Path offers a profound story full of lessons about love, generosity, and following one's heart.

 “I love Marianne Dubuc’s work and Up the Mountain Path doesn’t disappoint! Her trademark warmth and gentleness are on display in this lovely story of intergenerational friendship and the importance of listening to your heart.”  —Judy Parker

 

(17) Fourteen Animals (That Are Definitely Not An Octopus)
by Gabe Pyle

In this hilarious book of animals, artist Gabe Pyle presents 14 beloved animals who are definitely not a cleverly-disguised octopus - or are they? This is a fresh, witty romp through the animal kingdom that even adults will find hard to resist.

“I love that this board book has ostriches and rhinos and squids and all kinds of creatures! Good thing none of the animals are actually just an octopus playing a trick on us… right?” —Dani Farmer

 

(18) Night Play
by Lizi Boyd

Arlo and his stuffed animal friends like to put on pretend-plays. But after Arlo falls asleep, his friends don't want to stop. Lizi Boyd has once again tapped into the imaginary world of children. Her hallmark use of die-cut pages, along with a show-stopping gatefold, will have readers of all ages shouting “Bravo!"

“My favourite author/illustrator, Lizi Boyd, is back! This time Arlo is ready for bed, but his animal friends are wide awake and ready to put on a play. Will Arlo be able to sleep through the noise? Will the play be a success? Full of charming illustrations, and a fun, teamwork message, this book is Boyd at her best.” — Ali Hewitt

 

(19) I Hate My Cats (A Love Story)
by Davide Cali, illustrated by Anna Pirolli

Ginger is the weird one. Then there's Fred. His greatest talent? Sleeping. Oh, and conspiring with Ginger to destroy the house! Such is life with cats—can’t live with them, can't live without them. From internationally bestselling author Davide Cali, this humourous picture book about a cat owner and his beguiling felines celebrates quirky cat companions, im-purr-fections and all.

“Spectacular! For all of us who love (and hate) to live with cats, this is for you. And for those who don’t (why wouldn’t you?), it’s a wonderful funny story of how animals often have the upper hand in the household!”
—Karen Stacey

 

(20) Not Even Bones 
by Rebecca Schaeffer

Nita doesn't murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the Internet—her mother does that. Nita just helps. But when her mom brings home a scared—and very much alive—teenage boy, Nita decides this is a step too far—and puts her own life on the line to save him.

 “The first book in a dark, twisty, YA fantasy trilogy set in a present day, alternate version of Peru! Not Even Bones is the story of a girl who sells magical body parts on the market—until she’s betrayed and has to fear for her own life. Perfect for anyone who loves the darker side of fantasy!” —Jenny Enriquez

 

(21) Star in the Jar
by Sam Hay, illustrated by Sarah Massini

What would you do if you found a fallen star? When a little boy stumbles across a lost star, he decides to take care of it, putting it in a jar and carrying it with him everywhere. But when the sky calls out for its missing star, the little boy and his sister try to figure out a way to return the star to its friends in the sky.

 “When a young boy finds a star fallen from the sky, what else is there to do but put it in a jar for safekeeping? But when the little star’s family sends a message looking for their lost one, the young brother and sister duo have to make a very hard decision and help the star they found return to their family. Star in the Jar is a very cute story helping us understand that we can be friends, even from far away.”—Louis-Marc Simard

 

(22) A Cat's Guide to the Night Sky
by Stuart Atkinson, illustrated by Brendan Kearney

If you look up at the sky on a dark night, what do you see? This beautiful, fun book will introduce you to the beauty of the night sky and show you the stars like you've never seen them before.

“Follow Felicity—a streetwise cat who spends her nights on rooftops, gazing at the night sky—as she learns about the planets, the phases of the moons, constellations, the Northern Lights and the Milky Way. Fully illustrated and with an awesome glossary, the book will be sure to get any reader stargazing.” —Morgen Young

 

(23) The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
by Karina Yan Glaser

The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. It's nearly another member of their family. So when their reclusive, curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have 11 days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home and convince
the dreaded landlord just how wonderful they are.

“Funny, sweet and genuinely heartwarming. Sure to be a classic!”
—Saffron Beckwith


(24) The Dreamer

by Il Sung Na

Once, there was a pig who admired birds, but who knew he could never join them. Or could he? Thus begins the journey of a pig with big dreams. He develops flight plans, builds experimental contraptions, and has far-flung adventures. Il Sung Na creates a world at once whimsical and aspirational, where anything is possible and, yes, even pigs can learn to fly.

“Pigs can’t fly… or can they?! The heartwarming, beautifully illustrated story about a pig with big dreams.” —Jessica Price

 

(25) Winter Dance
by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Richard Jones

Snow is coming, and every animal seems to know how to prepare—except the fox! Each animal advises the fox that its own plan is best, but it’s not until he meets a golden-eyed friend that the fox finds the perfect way to celebrate the snowfall. This gorgeous book by celebrated author Marion Dane Bauer and exciting new illustrator Richard Jones reveals that each animal has a unique way of welcoming a new season.

“Who doesn’t love foxes?! New in board book format, a young fox learns how other animals prepare for winter. When he meets another fox, they plan their winter adventures, including dancing on their hind legs—an authentic behaviour of red foxes. Filled with facts about animals’ winter habits and beautiful illustrations, this is a book to please both babies and parents." —Lorna MacDonald

 

(26) Girls Thinks of Everything:
Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

by Catherine Thimmesh, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. This updated edition of the best-selling Girls Think of Everything features seven new chapters and offers stories about inventions that are full of hope and vitality - empowering readers to think big, especially in the face of adversity.

“I love hearing stories of how things came to be, and the influences behind creations. This collection of things that save lives or make quality-of-living better is a fun read, and something to inspire everyone!” —Laurie Martella

 

(27) Potato Pants!
by Laurie Keller

Potato is excited because today - for one day only - Lance Vance's Fancy Pants Store is selling… POTATO PANTS! Potato rushes over early, but just as he's about to walk in, someone makes him stop. Who could it be? Find out in this one-of-a-kind story about misunderstandings and forgiveness, and
-of course- Potato Pants!

“What’s a potato to do when, on the ONE day that Lance Vance’s Fancy Pants Store is selling potato pants he has a run in with his nemesis Eggplant (what’s he doing at Lance Vance’s Fancy Pants store anyway—eggplants don’t even wear pants?!). Aside from being adorable, Potato Pants is a picture book that touches on childhood anxiety, confrontation, and forgiveness.”—Laura MacDonald

 

(28) The Darkdeep
by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs

Everyone in Timbers knows Still Cove is off-limits. But when a bullying incident sends twelve-year-old Nico Holland into Still Cove's icy waters, friends Tyle, Emma, and Oppal rush to his rescue… and discover in the murky, swirling mists an abandoned houseboat filled with all sorts of curiosities. In its lowest depths churns a dark, deep secret. Something ancient has awakened . . . and it can detect not only their wishes and dreams, but also their darkest, most terrible imaginings.

“This middle-grade book is Stranger Things meets The Goonies! The world is eerie and the story is action-packed. This is sure to be one thrilling series by two powerhouse authors.” —Evette Sintichakis


28 Rep Picks to Read this Spring

by Melissa
Biography & Memoir + Essays + Fiction + Graphica + Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / March 16, 2018

Spring is finally here, and with the new season comes a whole new batch of favourite books! Check out our sales reps' picks for the season and get those TBR lists ready!

 

Jessica Price

The Year of Less
by Cait Flanders

“The remarkable true story of a young woman who got herself out of debt by radically simplifying and redefining what it means to have, and be ‘enough.’”

Yoga Storytime
by Miriam Raventos, illustrated by Maria Giron

“Simple text paired with beautiful illustrations make this the perfect book to introduce children to the practice of yoga.”

 

Jenny Enriquez

Shit Is Real
by Aisha Franz

“A graphic novel chock-full of existential millennial themes? Sign me up!”

Children of Blood and Bone
by Tomi Adeyemi

“So excited about this new fantasy series! A high stakes adventure about a teenage girl named Zelie who has a chance to restore magic back to her home on Orisha, with the help of her brother and the fugitive Crown Princess. The striking cover art has been all over social media, so I am clearly not alone in my excitement!”

 

Saffron Beckwith

The Merry Spinster
by Mallory Ortberg

“Ortberg’s Texts from Jane Eyre was a hoot; this takes it up a notch with feminist fairy tales that are dark and playful.”

Sylvia Long’s Big Book for Small Children
by Sylvia Long

“I have been a huge fan of Sylvia Long’s for decades; she has brought together a number of our favourite classics in a wonderful treasury.”

 

Morgen Young

Carnegie’s Maid
by Marie Benedict

“Set in mid-nineteenth century Pittsburgh, this impeccably researched novel tells the tale of Clara Kelly, maid to Andrew Carnegie’s mother, in the time when Pittsburgh was earning its name as a steel town; before Carnegie was the philanthropist he would become. At heart a tale of the immigrant experience and the power of ambition, we see the undeniably important role Clara played in Carnegie’s life, and the risks she took along the way.”

Ocean
by Ricardo Henriques, illustrated by Andre Letria

“Amazing fun facts about ocean life and exploration throughout history for 8-12 year olds! These super cool illustrations will catch the eye of both parent and child alike and will be a perfect summer title for 2018.”

 

Lorna MacDonald

The Dry
by Jane Harper

“In the process of investigating his friend’s death, Melbourne Federal Agent Aaron Falk finds that small towns can harbour big secrets. Published in hardcover in January 2017, The Dry received stellar reviews both at home and abroad—The New York Times called it ‘a breathless page turner.’ This is an atmospheric mystery with surprising revelations and plot twists.”

The Big Bed
by Bunmi Laditan, illustrated by Tom Knight

“Two’s company. Three’s a crowd. A determined toddler explains why she needs to sleep in the big bed with Mommy and not in her own little bed. Only problem is Daddy taking up a lot of space. There’s no way three of them can fit in the bed comfortably. So Daddy has got to go—but not too far. Author Bunmi Laditan, creator of the blog The Honest Toddler, puts a new twist on a perennial parental struggle! This is a bedtime story to make both parents and toddlers laugh out loud.”

 

Evette Sintichakis

Sometimes I Lie
by Alice Feeney

“Why is Amber in a coma? Why doesn’t her husband love her anymore? What does she know? WHAT IS SHE LYING ABOUT!? Sometimes I Lie is so twisty and Amber so unreliable—you truly won’t see the twist coming!”
 

Unicorn (and Horse)
by David W. Miles and Hollie Mengert

"'Unicorn dances. Tra la la! Horse sits grumpy. Blah blah blah.' This is not your typical glitter and rainbows unicorn book! Kids and adults will both love this hilarious story that ultimately reminds us about the power of friendship even though we may be different."

 

Karen Stacey

How to Swear
by Stephen Wildish

“Chats, text, tweets. Some say we’re losing proper English usage. Art of conversation? Here’s your chance to refine your language skills, Chronicle style!! A new addition to our nasty words publishing program.”

I Got It!
by David Wiesner

“Each of David Wiesner’s amazing (almost) wordless picture books reveal the magic in simple everyday settings. A great journey of imagination.”

 

Ali Hewitt

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
by Alexander Chee

“Alexander Chee’s Queen of the Night was such a gorgeous and special book, and now he’s written a collection of essays that weaves together his coming of age as a man, writer, and activist, exploring the craft of writing, and the many facets of his identity.”

I Love Kisses
by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Brenna Vaughan

“A charming picture book about the many kinds of love a toddler can experience. Inspired by my niece and written by her extremely fond grandmother (my very own mum!).”

 

Dani Farmer

Even the Stiffest People Can Do the Splits
by Eiko

“I have NEVER been able to do the splits, even as a little kid. It’s perpetually on my New Years resolution list and I’m hoping, with the help of the Marie Kondo of stretching, that I’ll finally achieve my goal. Hopefully the rest of my colleagues will join me in doing some fun stretching too!”

As You Wish
by Chelsea Sedoti

“Being a teen in a small town is tough. High school, popularity, family issues, big decisions... But what if one of the big decisions you had to make was a single, magical wish? Suddenly, turning eighteen just got a whole lot more complicated!”

 

Judy Parker

What to Do When I’m Gone
by Suzy Hopkins, illustrated by Hallie Bateman

“I am a mother to daughters, and a daughter who lost her mother, and this graphic novel spoke to both of those sides of me. I could hear the advice my mother might have given me and could see myself giving advice to my daughters but the messages in the book reach beyond those roles. It is really about love and grief and life and the format is so accessible and immediate. Highly recommended.”

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book
by Alice Kuipers, illustrated by Diana Toledano

“Alice Kuipers is a well known Canadian author who has published in the teen and picture book market. Her new character, Polly Diamond, is an absolute charmer and she will be an inspiration to young writers everywhere. An engaging main character, a realistic family and a book that writes back to Polly combine in this great new series for emerging chapter book readers.”

 

Laurie Martella

The Radium Girls
by Kate Moore

“The true story of the young women who worked in deadly radium factories during WWI. The book reveals how their daily exposure and ingestion of the poisonous substance caused serious illness and death—all the while they were assured that this new, glowing substance was completely safe. In fact, their jobs as the shining girls was coveted. I encourage you to learn more about these extraordinary women, and read this carefully researched sad, sad story.”

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years
by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by David Litchfield

“Fun and whimsical, written by beloved children’s author Stacy McAnulty, and illustrated by the award winning and amazing illustrator David Litchfield, but told from the POV of Earth itself.”

 

Vanessa Di Gregorio

A Conjuring of Light
by V. E. Schwab

“The final book in the Shades of Magic trilogy has EVERYTHING. If this epically perfect series hasn’t been on your radar, it should be! Especially since it was just announced that there will be another four books set in the Shades of Magic universe—another trilogy and a standalone set in the future.”

100 First Words for Little Geeks
Familius

“This IS the book you’ve been looking for. As a geek mom with a geek baby (sorry Link!), this is exactly the kind of book I would love to get as a gift. Simply perfect!”

 

Laureen Cusack

The Mitford Murders
by Jessica Fellowes

“Based on a real unsolved murder! Set in London in 1920, a young impoverished woman is hired as a chaperone to Nancy Mitford and gets caught up in a murder that will haunt her and Nancy for decades to follow.”

I Really Want to See You, Grandma
by Taro Gomi

“With sparse text and bold illustrations, Taro Gomi captures the essence of that special grandparent-child bond.”

 

Louis-Marc Simard

Child of a Mad God
by R. A. Salvatore

“Few people in fantasy are as well established as R. A. Salvatore. In Child of a Mad God, Salvatore brings his storytelling talents to a whole new world: one where a young woman, a witch’s daughter, struggles to find her place in a barbaric world, as well as understand her origins. Fans of action and adventure will devour this new series debut, and hunger for more!”

The Brilliant Deep
by Kate Messner, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

“In 2014, more than twenty species of coral were classified as endangered in the United States. In this nonfiction picture book, award-winning author Kate Messner tells the story of Ken Nedimyer, who, along with his daughter, founded the Coral Restoration Foundation. Matthew Forsythe’s gorgeous illustrations bring Ken’s quest to save the world’s coral reefs to life with its vibrant colours and bold art style.”


24 Rep Picks to Read this Fall

by Brooke
Art & Photography + Biography & Memoir + Essays + Fiction + Food & Drink + Graphica + Humour + Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / October 03, 2016



Fall is here! And fall = not feeling guilty about staying in all weekend with your books. So if you're ready to curl up with a blanket and a good read, but not sure which book to pair with your pumpkin spice beverage, let some of the pros help you out with some of their favourite books of the fall season.
 

Judy Parker

The Guineveres
by Sarah Domet
"I am eagerly anticipating The Guineveres. The editors at Flatiron Books have not yet let me down as they have introduced me to new voices and new stories in the past. Debut author Domet’s story of the complicated nature of female friendship is already receiving early rave reviews, including a comparison to The Virgin Suicides. I can’t wait!"
 
Waiting for Snow
by Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Renata Liwska
"Despite complaints about long winters, we prairie people love the first snow! Waiting for Snow charmingly reflects the excitement and impatience of children waiting for those first snowflakes. Renata Liwska’s adorable illustrations of the cast of animals coming together to try to make it snow and learning that everything happens in its own time are spot on. This is a wonderful celebration of snow and an ode to the virtues of patience!"

 

Dani Farmer

Bad Girls Throughout History
by Ann Shen
"I’m a fan of any book that puts historical figures like Ada Lovelace alongside modern heroines like Malala Yousafzai. These 100 women deserve to be remembered for challenging the establishment with their politics, innovations and talents; after all, in the immortal words of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, 'Bitches get stuff done.'”
 
Vassa in the Night
by Sarah Porter
"Urban fantasy and Russian folklore make for page-turning magic when Brooklyn is plunged into darkness and Baba Yaga is to blame."
 
 

Ryan Muscat

We Gon' Be Alright
by Jeff Chang
"Jeff Chang is one of America’s most astute cultural observers, and in We Gon’ Be Alright, he turns his attention to race in America in light of police killings of unarmed civilians, Ferguson, and Black Lives Matter. Chang is the acclaimed author of Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation, and Who We Be. Built around a central essay on Ferguson and the killing of Michael Brown, We Gon’ Be Alright is an impassioned and charged look at the most contentious issues in the current discussion of race in America."
 
Gertie's Leap to Greatness
by Kate Beasley, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
"In what’s sure to be an instant classic in the vein of Ramona Quimby, Gertie’s Leap to Greatness is a sweet and heartwarming story about a precocious and sassy young girl trying to be the best fifth grader ever, in order to show her absent mother what she’ll be missing if she leaves town. This is a masterful debut novel for Kate Beasley, and the book is also filled with gorgeous illustrations by the fantastic Toronto cartoonist Jillian Tamaki, a Governor General’s Award and Caldecott-winning veteran."
 
 

Laurie Martella

The Other Einstein
by Marie Benedict
"This is the untold story of Mileva Maric Einstein, a brilliant math scholar and Albert Einstein’s first wife. It’s the subject of debate just how much scientific contribution she had made to her husband’s famous works. A little more recognition would be nice."
 
The Trap (new in trade paper)
by Steven Arntson
"It’s A Wrinkle in Time set in the 1960s, small town Iowa. A sci-fi mystery that has four friends who travel through the “subtle plane” (sound familiar?) and discover that they are not the only ones with this amazing ability to have out-of-body experiences. Fun middle grade read!"

 

Lorna MacDonald

Table Manners
by Jeremiah Tower, illustrated by Libby VanderPloeg
"An entertaining and practical guide to manners for everyone and every occasion by Jeremiah Tower — a larger than life celebrity chef and food entrepreneur. Tower has advice on everything: food allergies, RSVPs, iPhones, running late, thank-yous, restaurant etiquette, even what to do when you are served something disgusting. Witty design and line drawings, couples with practical bits of advice make this an ideal gift for anyone of any age. This is Strunk & White for the table."
 
The Storybook Knight
by Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Docherty
"From the author illustrator team who brought us the best-selling Snatchabook, The Storybook Knight celebrates the power of reading and the love of a good book. Leo is a gentle knight — a reader not a fighter. But his parents want him to battle griffins and trolls and slay dragons. Leo sets out on a quest with a sword and a shield and plenty of books. He manages to tame a number of unruly beasts in his own way — through the power of a good story. Written in rhyming text and richly illustrated, this is a story to delight children and parents alike."
 
 

Saffron Beckwith

Small Victories
by Julia Turshen, foreword by Ina Garten
"This is a fantastic book filled with tricks and tips and more importantly, yummy things to eat!"
 
The Odyssey: A BabyLit Monsters Primer
by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Alison Oliver
"What a great addition to this awesome series... finally I can get all those mythical creatures straight!"
 
 

Jenny Enriquez

Mooncop
by Tom Gauld
"I absolutely loved Tom Gauld’s Goliath so I’m very excited for Mooncop, the story of the last policeman on the moon. This may be a sci-fi tale, but at its core it’s a very human story about looking to connect with others that’s perfect for both sci-fi fans and the general reader."
 
Bunny Slopes
by Claudia Rueda
"This very entertaining interactive picture book is like Hervé Tullet’s Press Here, but with an adorable skiing bunny! Tilt, turn, and shake the book to help Bunny make it down the hill and avoid dangerous obstacles. Lots o’ fun!"
 
 

 Karen Beattie

Ont-Pot Pasta
by Sabrina Fauda-Role
"This cookbook is the answer to every exhausted-at-the-end-of-the-day person’s dreams. Find 1 pot. Put the simple and few ingredients into the pot. Cook this pot over a medium heat for 15 minutes. Let pot rest off the heat for 5 minutes. Pour yourself a glass of wine and dinner is ready. No kidding! The design is fresh and hip with each recipe shown in arty before and after full colour photos. The yummy solution for workweek meals."
 
Other-Wordly
by Yee-Lum Mak, illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
"Here’s this season’s gift book for word nerds: an illustrated collection of words and definitions for unexpected things — like the sunlight that filters thru’ the leaves of trees. The illustrations are done in a dreamy palette of soft pinks, greys and blues, giving this wee gem a wistful vibe."
 
 
Cheryl Fraser
 

The Travel Book
by Lonely Planet
"With 800 new images in this third edition, The Travel Book features images from every country in the world. A perfect gift for anyone curious about the world. The interior pictures are compelling and the updated cover demands that you pick up this beautiful edition."
 
Busy Builders: Airport
by Timothy Knapman, illustrated by Carles Ballesteros
"A book, and airport set and model pieces — what a great way to start a trip, or just learn about busy airports. Little travelers can read all they need to know about airports on the plane, and have a total entertainment package when they arrive at their destination."
 
 

Ali Hewitt

A Beauty Collected
by Rachel Garahan
"Graceful and meditative, the abecedarium of photos for adults encourages all of us to find the beauty in the natural world."
 
Muddle & Mo
by Nikki Slade Robinson 
"This charmingly illustrated picture book shows what happens when you realize that your friend isn’t the same as you. Fortunately Muddle and Mo learn that even though one is a duck, and the other a goat, they can still be best friends!"
 
 
Karen Stacey
 

The Other Paris (new in trade paper)
by Luc Sante
"The Other Paris is a cross between Brassai’s and Bresson’s world, albeit a slightly grittier side of Parisian life; the cabarets, the bohemian world, the darker side of the city of lights. With vivid narration, impeccable research and an aesthete’s taste for anecdotes, Luc Sante’s newest collection will intrigue. Highly recommended for all history and culture collections."
 
How Cities Work
by Lonely Planet
"For fans of David McAuley’s How Things Work, another fabulous book for kids (ages 6+) to discover the inner workings of their world!"
 
 
Scott Fraser
 

The African Svelte
by Daniel Menaker, illustrated by Roz Chast
"An illustrated collection of malapropisms, eggcorns, and unintentional wit, sure to please all lovers of language."
 
Apocalypse Bow Wow
by James Proimos
"Many dog parents wonder what their fur babies get up to when they’re not home. But what if there were no humans around at all? The dogs in Apocalypse Bow Wow are learning to live in a world without people. What will they do now that they’re the leaders of the pack?"
 

New Nonfiction for February

by Dan
Biography & Memoir + Essays / February 19, 2013

This is Running For Your Life

In her new essay collection This is Running For Your Life, out this month, Michelle Orange takes us from Beirut to Hawaii to her grandmother's retirement home in Canada in her quest to understand how people behave in a world increasingly mediated — for better and for worse — by images and interactivity. Described by Publishers Weekly as a "whip-smart, achingly funny collection," the book was reviewed by Michael Redhill (author of Consolation and the Inger Ash Wolfe novels) in this weekend's National Post

This is Running For Your Life [is] a brave, new, and sometimes thrillingly difficult collection of essays by Canadian author Michelle Orange... Orange is an acolyte of the eye — as is John Berger and Susan Sontag — and many of the attempts in this collection consider movies and images in the context of our consumption of these things in the Internet age. In the strongest of them, Orange worries the barrier between seeing and being seen; and between witness and participation.

Also out this month is James Lasdun's extradordinary Give Me Everything You Have, which chronicles the author's strange harrowing ordeal at the hands of a former student — a self-styled "verbal terrorist," who began trying, in her words, to "ruin him." 

Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked

Maureen Corrigan recently discussed the book on NPR's Fresh Air:

Over the past week or so, I've mentioned James Lasdun's new book, Give Me Everything You Have to a bunch of colleagues; they've all heard about it already and they're all dying to read it. What Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother was to parenting a couple of years ago, Lasdun's Give Me Everything You Have may well be to teaching: a controversial personal reflection on the professor-student relationship — except Lasdun, unlike Chua, really has no advice to offer; no certitude, nor help for pain. His memoir attests to the fact that in the confusing Age of the Internet, we are all as on a "darkling plain," at the mercy of assault by email and wiki rumor.

This is Running For Your Life and Give Me Everything You Have are in stores now. Discover more new nonfiction releases in this week's Titlewave email newsletter

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