Diane Schoemperlen never expected to cuddle up in bed next to a convicted killer.But when she found herself in a relationship with a man serving...
Diane Schoemperlen never expected to cuddle up in bed next to a convicted killer.
But when she found herself in a relationship with a man serving a life sentence for second-degree murder, all her expectations about love and attachment went out the window. During their six-year relationship, Schoemperlen navigated the prison system, social complications and the emotional struggle of reconciling the man she loved with his violent past.
Schoemperlen is a Governor General's Literary Award-winning novelist and short story writer, and her brilliant storytelling and beautiful prose make this difficult narrative irresistible. Schoemperlen fearlessly invites readers into moments of darkness, self-doubt, and confusion, all while maintaining a wry and immensely readable tone as she delves into the strange and difficult process of dating a convict.
Though the relationship ended, the insights Schoemperlen gained — and shares here — are fascinating, revelatory and, at times, uncomfortable. This is a complex book that forces readers to examine themselves and their values.
Don't miss it if: You've ever fallen in love with the last person you expected
Teva Harrison's comic series about being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37 began appearing in The Walrus magazine in...
Teva Harrison's comic series about being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37 began appearing in The Walrus magazine in March 2015.
The graphic stories were such a hit that Harrison decided to turn the comics, along with personal essays, into a full length, multi-genre memoir about the strange and difficult journey on which her diagnosis set her.
She details her strange and heartbreaking experiences — like the time she agreed, despite her lifelong vegetarianism, to an experimental drug treatment that had been tested on animals — as well as absurdly comic moments. She opens up about the difficulty of planning for a life with her husband without knowing how long that life will be.
Where words fail, Harrison's striking line drawings take over and add beauty to a narrative that is ultimately uplifting in the face of terrible loss.
The memoir has earned praise from the likes of Joseph Boyden and Vincent Lam, and was named one of the most anticipated books of the year by the Globe and Mail. When you read it, you'll immediately see why.
Don't miss it if: You or someone you love is dealing with the Big C in all its complexity
"Geek Queen" Felicia Day is revered by gamers, Joss Whedon fans, and the Internet at large.An early adopter of online gaming and a pioneer web...
"Geek Queen" Felicia Day is revered by gamers, Joss Whedon fans, and the Internet at large.
An early adopter of online gaming and a pioneer web series creator, Day's geek credentials are unimpeachable. She puts them to use in this story of her surprising origins as a home-schooled teen longing for friends — friends she eventually found on the early Internet.
Funny and raw, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is the rare celebrity memoir that feels deeply relatable and genuinely conversational. In a world of imposter syndrome and geek chic, Day's honest account of the ups and downs of Internet fame is timely and refreshing.
Day is now one of the biggest influencers online, a respected screenwriter and a go-to choice for casting directors looking for the ultimate blend of geek and cool, but her depiction of her struggles with anxiety and depression are relatable even for readers without hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers.
Don't miss it if: You count The Doctor, Buffy, and Link amongst your heroes