Good reads

Put on your beloved comfy sweater, a pair of warm socks and curl up in your favourite chair with a cup of hot chocolate. It’s time to enjoy an afternoon of mystery and romance with a good book!

The Apollo Murders
by Chris Hadfield

Author of the international bestselling An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield – probably most famous for his shot-in-space version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” – is back with a Cold War thriller. The far side of the Moon, 1973. Three astronauts are trapped in a tiny Apollo module, and one of them has murder on the mind. As Soviet and American crews sprint for a secret bounty hidden away on the moon’s surface, old rivalries blossom and the political stakes are stretched to the breaking point. Experience the fierce G-forces of launch, the frozen loneliness of space and the fear of holding on to the outside of a spacecraft orbiting Earth at 17,000 miles per hour, as told by a former Commander of the International Space Station who has done all of those.

Fight Night
by Miriam Toews

The author of bestsellers A Complicated Kindness and All My Puny Sorrows returns with a funny, smart, headlong rush of a novel full of wit, flawless writing, and a tribute to perseverance and love in an unusual family. Told in the voice of Swiv, a 9-year-old living in Toronto with her pregnant mother, who also caring for her own elderly, frail, yet extraordinarily lively mother. When Swiv is expelled from school, Grandma takes on the role of teacher. Fight Night unspools the pain, love, laughter and, above all, the will to live a good life across three generations of women in a close-knit family. But it is Swiv’s exasperating, wise and irrepressible Grandma who is at the heart of this novel: someone who knows intimately what it costs to survive in this world, yet has found a way — painfully, joyously, ferociously — to love and fight to the end, on her own terms.

Sufferance
by Thomas King

The author of the bestsellers The Inconvenient Indian and The Back of the Turtle, Thomas King’s latest novel tells the story of Jeremiah Camp, a.k.a. the Forecaster, who can look into the heart of humanity and see the patterns that create opportunities and profits for the rich and powerful. Problem is, Camp has looked one too many times, has seen what he hadn’t expected to see and has come away from the abyss with no hope for himself or for the future. So, Jeremiah does what any intelligent, sensitive person would do. He runs away. Goes into hiding in a small town, at an old residential school on an even smaller Indian reserve, with no phone, no internet, no television. Except nobody told the locals that they were to leave Jeremiah alone.

Harlem Shuffle
by Colson Whitehead

From two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead – author of The Underground Railway – a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s. To his customers and neighbours, Ray Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably priced furniture. But few people know he descends from a line of uptown hoods and crooks, and that his façade of normalcy has more than a few cracks in it. when his cousin Freddie falls in with a crew who plans to rob the Hotel Theresa – the Waldorf of Harlem – he volunteers Ray’s services as the fence. The heist doesn’t go as planned; they rarely do, after all. It’s a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power and, ultimately, a love letter to Harlem.