North of Normal: a memoir of my wilderness childhood, my counterculture family, and how I survived both

north of normal imageIt’s not everybody’s childhood to live off the land in the Canadian wilderness. It’s not everyone’s childhood to grow up in a chaotic, drug-ridden hippie family with a single mother who lived on men, either. However, it’s every person’s journey to seek his/her normal life, and for lots of people, come to terms with a dysfunctional family of origin and a traumatic past. When Cea Sunrise Person finally found her “normal” in her 40s — with family, children, and an absent father who’s eventually involved, my tears gushed out like a torrent. (submitted by CH)

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I Am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban

i am malala imageIn 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in head by the Taliban. This audiobook is a true account of this horrible crime, the events that led to it and the aftermath, including Malala’s recovery. Malala’s bravery, innocence, and positive outlook for the future are truly inspiring. I was amazed that such a young person could be so brave and stand to the Taliban. Also I found the book very engaging and inspiring. (submitted by IS)

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Heads in Beds: a reckless memoir of hotels, hustles, and so-called hospitality

heads_in_beds_imageI heard about this book on the radio and decided to give it a try. I quite enjoyed Jacob Tomskyy insight into the tourism industry and his humorous appeal. Having just returned from vacation, it was neat to perceive possibly what was going through the minds of the staff who assisted us. It’s also good to know what irritates staff the most. I will definitely be more prepared for my next vacation. (submitted by SV)

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Unleashing Mr. Darcy – Teri Wilson

unleashing_mr_darcy_imageAs a fan of both dogs and Austen, I was initially unsure what to make of this. Modern adaptations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice either hit the mark or leave readers wanting. Happily, Wilson’s novel belongs in the first group. Set in present day New York and London, Elizabeth Scott and Donovan Darcy meet and trade quips in the world of competitive dog shows. A lot reminds us that this is indeed the modern era: Starbucks, paparazzi and tabloids, Harrod’s pet spa (there really is one), and designer references (Chanel, Marchesa, etc.). There are recognizable elements from the original: great insight into human behaviour, plausible misunderstandings, and a great supporting cast of characters. All in all Unleashing Mr. Darcy is a light, fun reimagining of a classic and a great way to spend an afternoon. (submitted by CC)

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