Good reads

There is nothing better than lazing away a summer afternoon with a good book and a cold drink. From travel and food, to suspense and mystery – with a side of romance – here are my picks for the summer of 2021.

by Gale Beeby

Escapology: Modern Cabins, Cottages and Retreats

By Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan

Colin and Justin’s Globe and Mail bestselling book of modern-day retreats – bucolic weekend escapes by the sea, remote getaways in the woods and rustic mountain hideouts – inspire peaceful and quiet living. The authors genuinely believe that cabin time has a remarkably positive impact on our health, wellbeing and happiness. Part style bible and lifestyle manual, the book features a beautiful collection of classic and contemporary cottages and cabins, each accompanied by an informative design profile and beautifully photographed images. And of course, the book is also packed with practical building and design advice that fans of Colin and Justin have grown to love.

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

By Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever

Anthony Bourdain has probably seen more of the world than nearly anyone, travelling around the globe to taste the food and experience the cultures. In this, his latest book, World Travel, the late chef, writer and TV host’s experiences are collected into an entertaining – Bourdain is always entertaining – and fun travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places. Supplementing Bourdain’s words are a handful of essays by friends, colleagues and family that tell even deeper stories. Additionally, each chapter includes illustrations by Wesley Allsbrook. For veteran travelers, armchair enthusiasts and those in between, World Travel offers a chance to experience the world like Anthony Bourdain.

Find You First

By Linwood Barclay

Toronto-based best-selling author Linwood Barclay’s latest thriller is about tech millionaire Miles Cookson, who has more money than he can ever spend, and everything he could dream of, except time. He has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and there is a 50 per cent chance that it can be passed on to the next generation of children he fathered through sperm donation. Somewhere out there, he has kids — nine of them. And they might be about to inherit both the good and the bad from him. But one by one, Miles’s potential heirs are vanishing, every trace of them wiped, like they never existed at all. Who is the vicious killer? Another heir methodically erasing rivals? Or is something even more sinister going on?

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America

By Thomas King

This is a book both timeless and timely, burnished with anger but tempered by Thomas King’s infamous wit. The Inconvenient Indian – a must read for anybody interested in Indigenous issues – weaves the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Indigenous and Indigenous in the centuries since the two first encountered each other. In the process, King, who is Cherokee and lives in Guelph, Ont., refashions old stories about historical events and figures, takes a look at film and pop culture, relates his own complex experiences, and articulates a deep and revolutionary understanding of the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands.

Later

By Stephen King

Sometimes, growing up means facing your demons, as young Jamie Conklin finds out. Born with an unnatural ability, Jamie sees what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. Later is Stephen King at his best, weaving a terrifying and touching story that tests our sense of right and wrong. Later is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.

Butter Honey Pig Bread

By Francesca Ekwuyasi

Butter Honey Bread Pig tells the interwoven stories of Nigerian twin sisters, Kehinde and Taiye, and their mother, Kambirinachi. Kehinde experiences a devasting childhood trauma that causes the family to fracture in seemingly irreversible ways. As soon as she can, Kehinde moves away and cuts contact with her twin sister and mother. Alone in Montreal, she struggles to find ways to heal while building a life of her own. Meanwhile, Taiye, plagued by guilt for what happened to her sister, flees to London and attempts to numb the loss of the relationship through reckless hedonism. After more than a decade of living apart, Taiye and Kehinde have returned home to Lagos to visit their mother. It is here that the three women must face each other and address the wounds of the past if they are to reconcile and move forward.

The Affair

By Danielle Steel

In Danielle Steel’s latest novel, a high-profile affair reverberates throughout an entire family, from the wounded wife to the man torn between two women. The Affair is about the painful journey to discover who you are, what you want, and how much forgiveness and compromise you are capable of in order to be loved. Right up until its final twist, this gripping novel is full of powerful insights about who we love, how much — and even how much we love ourselves.