New Non-Fiction Dec 2013

The books just keep coming. A little bit of everything for everyone. Some backorder items from earlier in the fall. Some new shopping, with emphasis on books being requested for Gr 11 and Gr 12 English Culminatings.
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A novel about grief and love and loss.  Memoir following the loss of family in the Christmas tsunami.  Critically acclaimed for its raw and brutal honesty.  Read the review at The Guardian:  Also read the review at The New York Times:

A brave, intimate, beautifully crafted memoir by a survivor of the tsunami that struck the Sri Lankan coast in 2004 and took her entire family. Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala.

A book without words.  Stunning rendition of the first day of fighting at the Battle of the Somme.  Read the review at The Guardian:  Read also the review at The New York Times:

The Great War: July The First Day of the Battle of the Somme: Joe Sacco, Adam Hochschild

Collection of personal essays.  Read the review at The Guardian:

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage - Ann Patchett - Hardcover

Jian Ghomeshi reflects on growing up Iranian Canadian in the 1980's.  Read the review at The Globe and Mail:  I saw Jian last year in Victoria when he was on tour for the book last year.  If the book is half as funny as Jian was talking about it...

1982 by Jian Ghomeshi - book in 2012 for me. Ah, it was a good year. We were both we both adored Bowie,.

Vol 1 of the Liberation Trilogy.  Read the review at Project Muse (Johns Hopkins University):

An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy/Rick Atkinson

The latest contribution to understanding history from Margaret MacMillan.  Read the review at The Guardian:   Read the review at The New York Times:  I saw her at the IFOA this fall...  brilliant!!

The War That Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan is an examination of the parties and politics leading up to the outbreak of the First World War. Her previous book, Paris 1919 is a favourite of this fan of Woodrow Wilson.

What if your child was an autistic boy genius?  Read this and find out what one mother did.  Read the review at The Toronto Star:

The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius: Kristine Barnett: The story of a mother's unconditional love for her autistic son.

Updated edition.  Also not for the faint of heart but essential reading.  Read an essay about the importance of Night at The New York Times:

Night by Elie Wiesel: The narrative of a boy who lived through Auschwitz and Buchenwald provides a short and terrible indictment of modern humanity.

Not for the faint of heart.  Read more at GoodReads:

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia - Marya Hornbacher