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1. Dune: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1

Frank Herbert. The first volume of a three-book trilogy encompassing the original novel retains the integrity of the story and brings the science fiction book to life for a new generation of readers.

2. The Henna Artist

Alka Joshi. Fleeing a violent marriage, 17-year-old Lakshmi travels to the 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There, she becomes the most in-demand henna artist—and confidante—to upper-class women. But loaded with the secrets of the rich, she can never reveal her own.

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3.Scarborough

Catherine Hernández. A raw yet empathetic insight into a troubled community that locates its dignity in unexpected places: a neighborhood that refuses to be undone. Canadian author.

4. Dunes

Frank Herbert. Set on a desert planet, it is the story of a boy who would become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib. He would avenge the treacherous plot against his noble family – and fulfill mankind’s oldest and most unattainable dream.

5. What a strange paradise

Omar El Akkad. Winner of the 2021 Giller Prize. Beautifully written, dramatically relentless and deeply moving, it brings the global refugee crisis down to a child’s eye level. Canadian author.

6. Five little Indians

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Michelle Good. Told alternate viewpoints of five former residential school survivors as their lives intersect, shatter and build in 1960s Vancouver. Canadian author.

7. The Paris apartment

Lucy Foley. A new locked-room mystery, set in a Parisian building in which every resident has something to hide.

8. One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The brilliant, best-selling, landmark novel tells the story of the Buendia family and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love — in imaginative prose known as “magical realism.”

9. A gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles. An unrepentant aristocrat is sentenced to house arrest in a luxury hotel.

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10. Less

Andrew Sean Greer. A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward marriage in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

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1. The Little Book: Reader of Stories for a Free Ukraine

Mykola Matwijczuk, Lorene Shyba and Magda Stroinska. Originally published in 1932, it contains alphabet letters and beautiful illustrations, as well as charming parables and poems to help children understand Ukrainian language and culture. Canadian authors

2. Fight for Hanne

Marie Valentine. This memoir is based primarily on Hanne’s emails to Mary over three years regarding her goal of remaining in charge of her life through assisted death.

3. 305 lost buildings of Canada

Raymond Biesinger and Alex Bozikovic. The legacy of theatres, hotels, fire stations, flour mills, etc. – demolished, burned and otherwise lost – is discovered in this bittersweet collection.

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4. Swelling

Jason Purcell. A first collection of poems is located at the intersection of homosexuality and illness, giving space to the queer body sickened by life in this world.

5. The Prairie Gardener’s Go-To for Soil

Janet Melrose and Sheryl Normandeau. The fifth book in the Guides for the Prairie Gardener series deals with getting good soil – from chemical composition to compost, from fertilizers to mushrooms.

6. Those Precious Days: Essays

Anne Patchett. The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this personal collection of essays.

7. Upheavals: turning points for nations in crisis

Jared Diamond. Disruptions reveal factors that influence how entire nations and individuals can respond to great challenges. The result is a book of epic scope, but also his most personal to date.

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8. Cult: the language of fanaticism

Amanda Montell. Montell argues that the key to making intense ideology, community, and attitudes towards us/them comes down to language. In both positive and dark ways.

9. 111 places in Calgary not to be missed

Jennifer Bain. Illustrated with 111 color photographs, 111 Must-See Places in Calgary takes you on adventures through a city full of secrets and surprises. local author.

10. NISHGA

Jordan Abel. Abel is often asked to explain his relationship to Nisga’a language, community and cultural knowledge. However, as an intergenerational residential school survivor, her relationship to her own Indigenous identity is complicated.

– Compiled from information from Owl’s Nest books and shelf life books.

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