Last week, I listed a few non-fiction gift ideas. So let’s switch over to fiction this week!
The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton
This is a gift for the person on your list who isn’t frightened by a book that spans about 800 pages and weighs about as much as a brick. If you know someone who is a serious reader, then this is one of the hottest reads right now. And well worth the hundreds of pages. The Luminaries won this year's Man Booker Prize and Governor General's Literary Award for fiction. Canadian-born Eleanor Catton is a daring writer. I can’t remember the last time I read such a complex plot. Your head will be spinning so much throughout the story that you won’t get a chance to try to predict the ending before it comes. The story unfolds in a way that makes me think of a water vortex moving towards a plughole. At first, the water swirls slowly, in a large circular motion. But as the water nears the plughole, it spins incredibly fast, in a tight formation. READ MY FULL REVIEW
The Orenda, Joseph Boyden
Here’s another book that has been getting a lot of buzz ...
*Check back next week for fiction gift ideas.
If you’re stuck on a Christmas gift for a friend or family member, you can’t go wrong with a good book!
Here are a few ideas to help you find the perfect gift:
The Juggler’s Children, Carolyn Abraham
If you know someone who loves genealogy, then this is the book for them! The Juggler’s Children was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Carolyn Abraham wanted to learn more about her family tree and where her ancestors came from. So she decided to begin a journey that would take her back hundreds of years. Her search would centre around two key figures on her family tree – a great-grandfather who was a Chinese juggler, and a great-grandfather who was a sea captain in Jamaica. Check out my REVIEW here.
The Dogs Are Eating Them Now, Graeme Smith
This is a book for the friends who are politics/news junkies. The Dogs Are Eating Them Now won this year’s Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction. Graeme Smith was a journalist with the Globe and Mail when he covered the Afghan war between 2005 and 2009. Graeme writes about what he ...
The Orenda Joseph Boyden Fiction
*The Orenda was longlisted for the Giller Prize and named a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award.
SYNOPSIS: The Orenda follows the story of three people – Christophe is a Jesuit missionary sent to the Huron Nation to try to convert its people to Catholicism; Bird is an elder in the Huron Nation whose family was murdered by the enemy Iroquois; Snow Falls is a special Iroquois girl kidnapped by Bird and brought up as his daughter.
Set nearly four hundred years ago, the book follows the lives of the three characters as small battles flare up between them and a war erupts between the Huron and the Iroquois.
The worlds of the Europeans and the tribes collide in this tale of faith, honour, loyalty, and tradition.
MY THOUGHTS: There are so many angles to this book that I think every reader will have a unique experience when flipping through the pages.
To me, Joseph Boyden shows that we are all the same. No matter what religion or traditions we practice, we all have something to believe in, we all have something or someone to love, and we all have the ability to ...
Almost A Great Escape Tyler Trafford Biography
LISTEN: Tyler Trafford and I chat about his new book, about his mom’s secret love, and about the “what ifs.”
ABOUT THE BOOK: Tyler Trafford tells the story of a lost love, one that had been forgotten until now.
When Tyler’s mom, Alice, passed away, she left him a Campbell’s Soup box full of letters written to her by a man she never talked about - Jens Muller, her first love. Tyler had known nothing about this part of his mom’s past.
Alice and Jens met over a skiing holiday in the early 1940s and they instantly fell in love. Their romance was a forbidden one as Alice was a debutante while Jens was an ordinary pilot from Norway.
Not long after they met, Jens was off to fight in the Second World War. In 1942, he was captured and taken to the Stalag Luft III prison camp in Germany.
Over the months Jens spent as a POW, he continued to correspond with Alice, promising he would one day come back to her.
But Jens was not able to tell Alice in his letters that he was planning a big escape, “The Great ...
The LuminariesEleanor CattonFiction, Murder Mystery
***This book has won the 2013 Governor General's Literary Award and the 2013 Man Booker Prize.
SYNOPSIS: Over the course of one day in 1866, a man is found dead in his cottage (along with a fortune of gold), a prostitute is found near death on a trail, and a wealthy man disappears.
Based in New Zealand during the 19th-century gold rush, The Luminaries follows the lives of more than a dozen people who are all somehow related to events mentioned above.
It takes more than 800 pages for their stories to come together and reveal the whole truth of what happened.
MY THOUGHTS: Canadian-born Eleanor Catton is a daring writer.
I can’t remember the last time I read such a complex plot. Your head will be spinning so much throughout the story that you won’t get a chance to try to predict the ending before it comes.
The story unfolds in a way that makes me think of a water vortex moving towards a plughole. At first, the water swirls slowly, in a large circular motion. But as the water nears the plughole, it spins incredibly fast, in a tight formation.
Similarly, The ...