Time to get the staff to rifle through their backpacks and briefcases and report on the contents.
Susan is reading:
After the Falls: Coming of Age in the 60s by Catherine Gildiner (Memoir, Hardcover, $32.95) Owl’s Nest is proud to be hosting the Calgary launch for this follow up to Gildiner’s previous memoir, Too Close to the Falls. Please join us at 7:00pm on Wednesday the 28th of October 2009.
Jeannie is reading:
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Fiction, Paperback, $21.00) Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria during the 1960s.
Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant (Fiction, Hardcover, $32.00) Newest from the beloved author of The Birth of Venus.
Mike is reading:
Home by Marilynne Robinson (Fiction, Paperback, $18.99) Winner of the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction
The Heart Specialist by Claire Holden Rothman (Fiction, Paperback, $21.00) A novel inspired by the life of Dr. Maude Abbott, one of the earliest female medical graduates.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Fiction, Paperback, $24.95) Winner of the 2009 Man Booker Award
Judith is reading:
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy (Fiction, Mass Market, $5.50) The classic tale of adventure, credited with inspired many a secret-identity hero.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Teen Fiction, Hardcover, $22.99) An interesting and unusual take on the werewolf legend.
The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger (Fiction, Paperback, $24.95) A tale of mistresses and servants in Victorian Egypt.
With books like Three Cups of Tea and Eat, Pray, Love continuing to top best-seller lists, and others like How to Lose Friends and Alienate People being made into Hollywood movies, it’s clear that the memoirs of seemingly ordinary people are turning into gold for publishers. Susan Olding’s Pathologies, published by Calgary’s small press Freehand Books, is such a memoir. Susan Olding is not a politician or a politician’s wife; she did not grow up in a war-torn country; and she does not have a celebrity sibling to exploit (yes, that was a shot at you, Christopher Ciccone). Nevertheless, Olding has stories to tell, and she tells them with such heartbreaking beauty that I was in tears by page 15. It’s not all sadness, however; Olding is witty, compassionate, and insightful, and her ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read.