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      Read: October Book Roundup

      Read: October Book Roundup

      Add these books to the top of your fall reading list:


      Ghosts by Dolly Alderton 

      Dolly Alderton — who journalist Elizabeth Day dubbed the “Nora Ephron for the millennial generation” — releases her first novel following the massive success of her 2019 memoir 
      Everything I Know About Love. Ghosts tells the story of protagonist Nina Dean as she navigates her early 30s  — family, friends and lovers… It is readable and all too relatable for anyone 30-and-above. Full of smart and resonating reflections on modern life, this is exactly what we’re in the mood to read right now. 


      The Purpose of Power by Alicia Garza

      In July 2013, #BlackLivesMatter appeared on social media after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin in 2012. Inspired by the decentralised, grassroots organisation set up by its founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, in 2020 Black Lives Matter has become a defining rallying cry for change. Arriving at a critical juncture, Garza’s book is a call to arms for people to connect, to set up their own activism and have the self-belief that they too can change the world by working with others. Part-memoir, part-activist’s handbook, The Purpose Of Power is incisive, uplifting and exactly what the world needs right now. 

      Lampedusa by Steven Price

      In sun-drenched Sicily, among the decadent Italian aristocracy of the late 1950s, Giuseppe Tomasi, the last prince of Lampedusa, struggles to complete the novel that will be his lasting legacy, The Leopard. With a firm devotion to the historical record, Lampedusa leaps effortlessly into the mind of the writer and inhabits the complicated heart of a man facing down the end of his life, struggling to make something of lasting worth, while there is still time.

      Achingly beautiful and elegantly conceived, Steven Price's new novel is an intensely moving story of one man's awakening to the possibilities of life, intimately woven against the transformative power of a great work of art.

      World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever

      Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai to Tanzania's utter beauty and the stunning desert solitude of Oman's Empty Quarter―and many places beyond.

      In World Travel, a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favourite places―in his own words. Featuring essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid, World Travel provides essential context that will help readers further appreciate the reasons why Bourdain found a place enchanting and memorable.

      For veteran travelers, armchair enthusiasts, and those in between, World Travel offers a chance to experience the world like Anthony Bourdain.

      The Daughters of Yalta The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War by Catherine Grace Katz

      In Daugters of Yalta, historian and law student Catherine Grace Katz tells the incredible story of Sarah Churchill, Anna Roosevelt and Kathleen Harriman. Daughters to three of the most influential politicians during WWII — Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Averell Harriman, U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union — the young women joined their fathers during the Yalta Conference in February 1945, a meeting set to discuss a postwar world. Here, the author speaks about the strength and political savvy Sarah, Anna and Kathleen wielded, and uncovers a side of history that has remained largely untold. 

      In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers From The Eight African Countries That Touch The Indian Ocean by Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen

      Grandmothers from eight eastern African countries welcome you into their kitchens to share flavourful recipes and stories of family, love, and tradition in this transporting cookbook-meets-travelogue. In this incredible volume, renowned food writer Julia Turshen and Somali chef Hawa Hassan present 75 recipes and stories gathered from bibis (or grandmothers) from eight African nations: South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, and Eritrea. Most notably, these eight countries are at the backbone of the spice trade, many of them exporters of things like pepper and vanilla.

      We meet women such as Ma Shara, who helps tourists "see the real Zanzibar" by teaching them how to make her famous Ajemi Bread with Carrots and Green Pepper; Ma Vicky, a real-life princess from Tanzania, who now lives in suburban New York and makes a mean Matoke (Stewed Plantains with Beans and Beef); and Ma Gehennet from Eritrea who shares her recipes for Kicha (Eritrean Flatbread) and Shiro (Ground Chickpea Stew).

      Pack These Books: 5 Great Reads For Spring Break

      Pack These Books: 5 Great Reads For Spring Break

      Get ready to get away. Whether you're hitting the road, heading to the beach or exploring the newest trendy destination city we have five great options for your vacation reading list. Get packing now!

      1. If you want to get into a series, get yourself a copy of My Brilliant Friend: Book One by Elena Ferrante

       A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors set against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous and a world undergoing epochal change, this story of a lifelong friendship is told with unmatched honesty. Lila and Elena clash, drift apart, reconcile, and clash again, in the process revealing new facets of their friendship.With My Brilliant Friend Ferrante begins the rich, intense, and generous-hearted portrait of two friends, Elena and Lila. Through their lives, she tells the story of a neighbourhood, a city, and a country undergoing a momentous change.

      2. Swap your "how to" book with this "how to think" book where resilience is key to aging well; age is less important than health; happiness doesn’t come easily and saying “no” can be powerful. Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age by Mary Pipher

      In Women Rowing North, Pipher offers a timely examination of the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. Drawing on her own experience as daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, caregiver, clinical psychologist, and cultural anthropologist, she explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face. "If we can keep our wits about us, think clearly, and manage our emotions skillfully," Pipher writes, "we will experience a joyous time of our lives. If we have planned carefully and packed properly, if we have good maps and guides, the journey can be transcendent."
      3. For feeling like it's never too late to travel, dive into a Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman

      Rita Golden Gelman is an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence. At the age of forty-eight, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left an elegant life in L.A. to follow her dream of travelling the world, connecting with people in cultures all over the globe. In 1986 Rita sold her possessions and became a nomad, living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, sleeping with sea lions on the Galapagos Islands, and residing everywhere from thatched huts to regal palaces. She has observed orangutans in the rain forest of Borneo, visited trance healers and dens of black magic, and cooked with women on fires all over the world. Rita’s example encourages us all to dust off our dreams and rediscover the joy, the exuberance, and the hidden spirit that so many of us bury when we become adults.
      4. For a memoir that's both laugh out loud and searingly honest grab a copy of Toronto's very own: To Walk It Off: The True and Hilarious Story of How I Learned to Stand, Walk, Pee, Run, and Have Sex Again After a Nightmarish Diagnosis Turned My Awesome Life Upside Down by Ruth Marshall 

      Ruth Marshall—power-mom, wife, actor, and daughter—was in great health, until one day, her feet started to tingle. Ruth visited doctors and specialists for tests, but no one could figure out the cause of her symptoms. Was she imagining those pesky tingles? She tried to brush it off, even as she tripped over curbs and bumbled into people. Clumsiness is charming, right?

      But when Ruth suddenly couldn’t feel her legs at all, she knew something was terribly wrong. Her fears were confirmed by an MRI revealing a rare tumour that had been quietly growing on her spine for over a decade. Within days, surgery was scheduled, and after the intense eight-hour ordeal, Ruth woke up to find her legs and feet had forgotten how to do...well, everything. The question that burned in her mind was, “Will I ever walk again?”

      What Ruth thought would be three days in the hospital turned into months of rehabilitation as she learned not only how to walk, run, pee and even have sex again, but how to appreciate everyone around her—including her devoted husband, her two young sons, her worried parents, her loving friends, and the caring staff at the rehab centre who help her tackle her recovery head on.

      Laugh-out-loud outrageous and searingly honest, this is a memoir that not only entertains, but inspires readers to put their best foot forward and walk off anything life throws their way.

      5. If you're looking to learn something. Wine. All the Time.: The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking, by Marissa A. Ross 

      A fresh, fun, and unpretentious guide to wine from Marissa A. Ross, official wine columnist for Bon Appétit. Does the thought of having to buy wine for a dinner party stress you out? Is your go-to strategy to pick the bottle with the coolest label? Are you tired of choosing pairings based on your wallet, instead of your palate? Fear not! Bon Appétit wine columnist and Wine. All The Time. blogger Marissa A. Ross is here to help.

      In this utterly accessible yet comprehensive guide to wine, Ross will walk you through the ins and outs of wine culture. Told in her signature comedic voice, with personal anecdotes woven in among its lessons, Wine. All the Time. will teach you to sip confidently, and make you laugh as you're doing it.

      In Wine. All The Time., you’ll learn how to:
         • Describe what you’re drinking, and recognize your preferences
         • Find the best bottle for you budget and occasion
         • Read and understand what’s written on a wine label
         • Make the perfect pairings between what you’re drinking and what you’re eating
         • Throw the best damn dinner party your guests will ever attend
         • And much more

            Happy Reading!