The 5 Must-Read Books This Month
The 5 Must-Read Books This Month
With winter in full swing, there's nothing better than cosying up with a new book and a cup of tea. We asked Canadian literary insider and novelist Grace O'Connell to round up her top recos for books to read this month.
And for those of you who like a little socializing with your literature, be sure to visit W Dish tomorrow for our beginner's guide to hosting a book club.
Lost and Found by Brooke Davis (Viking Canada)
If you love a road story, pick up Lost and Found. After her mother abandons her in a department store's underwear section, seven-year-old Millie Bird finds new companions in Agatha Pantha and Karl the Touch Typist, who are eighty-two and eighty-seven, respectively. Both are widowed, while Millie is effectively orphaned, and the three odd grievers embark on a wild road trip to find Millie's mother. Lost and Found is a book full of offbeat charm from debut novelist.
The Answer to Everything by Elyse Friedman (HarperCollins Canada)
People have all sorts of reactions to being dumped; John, a charming conman, has a particularly creative one. After his girlfriend (who paid the bills) gets fed up, John is left seeking a new scheme. He finds it in Eldrich, his odd new neighbor – John takes a My Fair Lady approach to turning Eldrich into a New Age guru and accidentally creates a bonafide cult leader. Elyse Friedman's fresh, funny voice will sweep you up from page one with this perfectly bizarre cast of characters.
The Damned by Andrew Pyper (Simon & Schuster)
With praise from no less than Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, Andrew Pyper is a writer you want to get to know. In The Damned, Danny Orchard survives a horrible fire only to find himself haunted by the ghost of his beautiful and deranged twin sister, who died in the flames. Danny has kept his secret for twenty years (even as he gained fame and fortune with a memoir about his near-death experience), but now he has fallen in love and his sister's attention has turned from Danny to his new wife. This supernatural tale will have you listening extra close to every bump and creak in the night.
The Gallery of Lost Species by Nina Berkhout (House of Anansi)
Edith Walker, thirteen, isn't a child anymore. But one day while hiking, she's sure that she sees a unicorn. While most parents would brush this "spotting" off, Edith's hippie father encourages her version of events. The unicorn, and Edith's belief in it, becomes a force that influences her life as she grows up in the shadow of her beautiful sister, Vivenne, who is forced by the girls' controlling mother to perform in beauty pageants. A story of family, the need for beauty, and the unexpected, The Gallery of Lost Species is itself a strange and rare beast.
The Deep by Nick Cutter (Simon & Schuster)
Attention Stephen King fans! This second book from Nick Cutter (the pseudonym used by Giller Prize nominee Craig Davidson for his nail-biting thrillers) will give you the goosebumps you love. In The Deep, a new disease is decimating mankind. First you forget little things, like your grocery list, and then bigger things. Finally your body forgets how to speak, to move, to breathe. A potential cure was found miles down in the ocean, in the Marianas Trench, but the research team stationed deep in the ocean has suddenly stopped communicating with the surface. It's up a handful of people to travel into the lightless depths, in order to discover if humanity's last hope has vanished.