After much thought and debate, we have selected our must-read nonfiction titles for summer 2016. This year’s Reading List authors explore a wide variety of discussions, from how to repair the damage done by colonization to what can be learned from working with special-needs children, from coping with a cancer diagnosis to how we can live a life filled with happiness. We hope you like our choices. Let us know what you think: Tag #YEGSummerReads to join the conversation!
In This Together: 15 Stories of Truth and Reconciliation Edited by Edited by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail (Brindle and Glass)
This collection of essays from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors from across Canada welcomes readers into a timely and healing conversation following the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s findings and recommendations in 2015. These reflective and personal works come from journalists, writers, academics, visual artists, filmmakers, city planners, and lawyers, all of whom share and reflect on their own experiences of when and how they realized the harsh reality of colonization in Canada, its harmful legacy, and our responsibility to make things better.
Precious Cargo: My Year Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077 by Craig Davidson (Knopf Canada).
From the best-selling author of Rust and Bone and Cataract City comes a witty and moving work of memoir that documents an incredible year in the author’s life, and the unexpected career shift that forever changed the way he saw himself and the rest of the world. Precious Cargo follows Davidson as he embarks on an unlikely new career: driving a school bus full of special-needs kids for a year. He shows us how his evolving relationship with the kids on that bus, each of them struggling physically as well as emotionally and socially, changed his life along with the lives of the “precious cargo” in his care. This is a moving story about how we see and treat people with special needs in our society.
In-Between Days: A Memoir About Living With Cancer by Teva Harrison (House of Anansi Press)
This graphic memoir follows the author’s struggles and realizations following her diagnosis with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. Harrison discusses what it means to live with disease through a mix of short personal essays and comic illustrations that examine topics ranging from experimental drug treatments, relationship challenges, and the uncertainty that comes along with battling cancer.
In-Between Days is an honest and powerful work that reminds us the just how beautiful the gift of life truly is.
The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything by Neil Pasricha (Penguin Publishing Group)
Following up on his international best-selling The Book of Awesome, Pasricha has returned with his step-by-step guidelines for how to best apply a unique set of principles for improving and managing everything—your time, your career, your bottom line, your relationships and ultimately, of course, your happiness.
All of these books are available at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Ave).