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ALMOST FAMOUS WOMEN & THE FIRST BAD MAN

our reading list for January 2015


NEW IN FICTION
Almost Famous Women  by Megan Mayhew Bergman 
In her new collection of stories, the author explores the lives of talented, gutsy women throughout history.

Amnesia  by Peter Carey
Hack meets hacker when an Internet virus throws open the doors at thousands of American prisons and a journalist goes in pursuit of the person responsible.

Binary Star  by Sarah Gerard 
From awesome indie press Two Dollar Radio this much-hyped new novel is the saga of two young lovers bound by a fear of food.

Blown Red  by Susan Philpott
A new Canadian crime hero bursts onto the scene in the form of Signy Shepherd, the fast-talking, risk-taking protagonist in this new thriller.

The First Bad Man  by Miranda July
Debut novel by quirky filmmaker and artist tells the story of a woman with a perpetual lump in her throat who sees her many past lives in her present. Fierce, filthy, and funny. (We’ll be selling books at her Toronto event!)

Her  by Harriet Lane
Big with the British and perfect for when Gone Girl   and The Dinner   are done, this smart, psychological thriller is about dangerousf female friendships.     

The Jaguar's Children  by John Vaillant
Known for his narratives about the natural world, (The Tiger,  The Golden Spruce) the author turns his talents to the literary thriller genre in this story of a young Mexican fleeing to the United States. (signed copies at our Queen street location while supplies last)


NEW-YEAR NON-FICTION

Culture Crash  by Scott Timberg
Examines the crisis facing the creative class and its unintended consequences. Essential reading for anyone whose living or whose leisure time depends on artistic output.

I Think You're Totally Wrong  by David Shields and Caleb Powell
Engages in a fierce and funny debate about life and art.

Lost Breweries of Toronto  by Jordan St. John
Hop to it! And take a tour of Toronto's pioneering breweries of old. Until 1888, the block of shops Where Type Books stands was the site of the Farr Brewery. Join Jordan St.John for a signing and short presentation on the Farr and Cosgrave breweries that helped define the Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood during the 19th century.

Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City  by Pierre Christin & Olivier Balez
This stunning graphic biography journeys into the mind of the architect who designed New York.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up  by Marie Kondo 
Because a January newsletter wouldn’t be complete without at least one “new year, new you” title, this treatise on the Japanese art of decluttering your life is currently sitting pretty at our cash register.  

How to Sit & How to Eat  by Thich Nhat Hanh 
Both parts of the Mindfulness Essentials series are providing some popular food for thought.

ON THE STAFF PICK SHELF

Suspended Sentences  by Patrick Modiano, recommended by Kyle
Kyle says: I'm reading Patrick Modiano's collection of three novellas, Suspended Sentences. It's like rereading your everyday experiences, but like everything's now a clue to an unsolvable crime. I feel Modiano's writing has echoes in the mature work of Paul Auster and Roberto Bolaño. And he won the Nobel Prize.

You Are One Of Them  by Elliott Holt, recommended by Paul
Paul says: In this psychological thriller, a woman's childhood friend dies in a mysterious plane crash after becoming a Cold-War poster child for nuclear disarmament. Years later, the surviving friend receives an email: "how do you know your friend is dead?" The whodunnit factor is tense and the Cold War is told from a pre-teen's point of view. But the true tension lies in the survivor's guilt and her real motives for seeking the truth.