The days are noticeably shorter, the sun has lost some of its power, and the kids are back in school (don’t forget to slow down in school zones). It’s time to pack away the sunscreen, return those summer reads to the library, and find something more serious to sink your teeth into. But serious doesn’t mean dull; check out a few of these great new non-fiction books we’re adding to the collection.
The Prison Book Club, by Ann Walmsley
A book club without wine and cheese? No chitchat about career concerns and vacation plans? Ann Walmsley, a victim of violence herself, gets talked into helping out with a book club in a men’s prison. As she works through her own issues, she observes the transformative power of books and human connection in the lives of the men who participate.
The Reason You Walk, by Wab Kinew
In this narrative of hope, healing and forgiveness, broadcaster and musician Wab Kinew tries to reconnect with his father, a distant aboriginal man recently diagnosed with cancer. Kinew revisits his own Winnipeg childhood, and travels to a reserve in Northern Ontario where he learns about his father’s traumatic experiences in a residential school.
Alone Against the North, by Adam Shoalts
Shoalts, sometimes described as Canada’s real-life Indiana Jones, takes wilderness travel to a new level. The Hudson Bay Lowlands is a trackless waste with the Again River winding through. Questing for the headwaters, Shoalts finds edenic islands, a towering unmapped waterfall, and proves that the earth is larger than we often assume.
Dispatches from Pluto, by Richard Grant
Grant, an English journalist and television host, moves to a former plantation deep in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. The culture shock he and his girlfriend experience is lessened by the welcome of the locals, who range from eccentric millionaires, to catfish farmers, blues musicians, and even a cookbook maven. More than just a fish-out-of-water tale, though, Grant discovers that the racist shadow of the area’s history persists.
Tuco, by Brian Brett
This is the extraordinary story of Brett’s decades-long relationship with an African Grey parrot, coupled with an exploration of the history of birds and their relationship to humans. It’s also an exploration of the author’s own, often painful experience of being an outsider as an androgyne.