Holiday Wish Lists

Looking for some good book-gift ideas? Or maybe you need something to sink your teeth into after a night of eggnog overindulgence.  Or maybe you’re one of the lucky few hitting a tropical beach somewhere for the holidays, and need some quality literature to “keep it real.”

I have two fantastic lists to refer you to:

CBC’s 12 Days of Canlit offers recommendations of Canadian literature for every interest – from fashion and hockey, to politics and business.

The Advent Book Blog solicits book recommendations from Canada’s literary community – book sellers, publishers, writers and book lovers — all share their picks from this year’s crop of astounding Canadian fiction and nonfiction titles.

As for me, these are the books on my wish list this year:

(Click on titles to view availabilty and place holds in our catalogue)

Ten Thousand Saints, by Eleanor Henderson

The New York Times has this to say about Henderson’s book, which made the Times “10 Best Books of 2011” list:

“Henderson’s fierce, elegiac novel, her first, follows a group of friends, lovers, parents and children through the straight-edge music scene and the early days of the AIDS epidemic… Henderson catches something of the dark, apocalyptic quality of the ’80s.”

The Year We Left Home, by Jean Thompson

 The story of an ordinary American family spanning several decades, capturing the history and reflecting times of the United States during the last part of the 20th century.


11/22/63, by Stephen King

I’ve never been a huge Stephen King fan, but figure now is as good a time as any to experience him with this massive new novel — a Sci-Fi reimagining of the day Kennedy was shot — which has made numerous best books of the year lists.

Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward

Winner of this year’s National Book Award, this novel takes place in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Kirkus calls it “a superbly realized work of fiction that, while Southern to the bone, transcends its region to become universal.”

I have just realized that all these books on my wish list are very American. So I’ll ask you readers, what Canadian titles are on your wish list this season?

One comment

  1. I’m going to have to go non-fiction on this one. I’d like to see Eating Dirt: deep forests, big timber and life with the tree-planting tribe by Charlotte Gill under my tree. That or my own copy of 1Q84… somebody at our house is taking FOREVER to read it.

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