Vantage Point: A MacNeice Mystery by Scott Thornley

Fourth in the police procedural series set in Hamilton, Ontario, renamed Dundurn here. (Oddly, most street, park and place names are unchanged). Crime Inspector MacNeice is cut from the same cloth as P.D. James’ Adam Dalgliesh; this is a book for those that value setting and character development. The violence is both graphic and extreme, although Thornley has a sort of light touch with it, weaving together PTSD and modern art, set immediately following the last book in the series, Raw Bone.

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Milk Street Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball

Unlike a slew of cookbooks out there that are more than half filler trying to convince you they hold all the keys to perfect health and flavour, Milk Street Tuesday Nights gets to it quick after a one page intro. Organized by a combination of prep times (Fast, Faster, Fastest) and themes (Pizza Night), this is a practical cookbook with ingredients that you can find in most grocery stores that don't call for fancy gadgets, beyond a food processor. The tips are brief ("don't skip the lime wedges") with the logic outlined ("they provide a much needed hit of acidity and freshness"). Dishes come from a wide range of cuisines around the globe. This book totally restored my faith in cookbooks and is my new favourite by a wide margin. It might not have the cachet of a celebrity chef's art book masquerading as a cookbook, but if you want something for the kitchen rather than the coffee table, look no further. 

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 Cherry by Nico Walker

A highly biographical novel about a former U.S. Army medic turned bank robbing heroin addict. Everyone from the Washington Post’s Ron Charles to President Obama has been talking about this book, taken with its energetic prose and the lack of self-pity behind it.

Spoiler Alert: don’t expect a Hollywood happy ending. There are commenters on the Twitterverse conflicted at best over the damage Walker caused in his real-life bank robbing junkie days. Now, seven years into an eleven year jolt for armed robbery, Walker bought the ticket and is taking the ride.

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The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Any new work from the author of The Orchid Thief is cause for celebration, but to her latest, a love letter to the Los Angeles Public Library and the institution in general should be enough to cause librarians and book-lovers to lose their minds. This is incredibly rich, fascinating popular history. Librarians will surely note how many of the most pressing challenges they currently face – along with many of the most innovative new lending practices – were in the forefront over 100 years ago. Essential reading for anyone working in or with public libraries today.

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 Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

A combination of memoir, fiction, poetry and myth that tells the story of a girl growing up in Nunavut in the 1970s. As with Ms Tagaq's live musical performances, this work is filled with unexpected twists and turns, sorrow and beauty. That said, the overwhelming impression is one of magic and awe. This is the literary equivalent of the dancing magic found in The Northern Lights.

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Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times by John Perry Barlow

When first reading the synopsis for this, my reaction was likely a common one: "how could I have never heard of this guy?" You'll want to. Barlow quite possibly qualifies as "The Most Interesting Man in the World" in an American baby boomer last man standing sort of way. Former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, Wyoming cattle rancher, political activist, friend of Neal Cassady, Steve Jobs and Jackie Kennedy, campaign manager for Dick Cheney and co-founder of the Electronic Freedom Foundation and that’s just scratching the surface. Definitely a long strange trip of a life, and told like Will Rogers on acid.

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