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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.



Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover pr2092462

 

 

Mother American Night 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 Gateful 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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 The Red Caddy: Into the Unknown with Edward Abbey by Charles Bowden

A slim, posthumous jewel of a book that I never expected to see: the author whose work included Desierto and Down by the River reflects on his late friend, Edward Abbey. Workaholic Bowden died in 2014 and I thought that the only way to ever read unpublished work by him would involve a trip to whatever academic institution bought his archives. Found on his computer after his death, written in 1994, this is in some ways more artefact than finished book although it reads like the latter, with Luis Alberto Urrea providing a great forward. 

Those that blindly worship the persona of Cactus Ed, who believed he was a modern day saint in possession of The True Beer Can of knowledge, should skip this if they want to keep their faith intact. Those that can read and flinch at the same time, that shed a tear when Ed, then Chuck passed on, will rejoice at hearing Bowden's original voice again.

Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover pr2368015

Women Talking: A Novel by Miriam Toews

A slim, posthumous jewel of a book that I never expected to see: the author whose work included Desierto and Down by the River reflects on his late friend, Edward Abbey. Workaholic Bowden died in 2014 and I thought that the only way to ever read unpublished work by him would involve a trip to whatever academic institution bought his archives. Found on his computer after his death, written in 1994, this is in some ways more artefact than finished book although it reads like the latter, with Luis Alberto Urrea providing a great forward. 

Those that blindly worship the persona of Cactus Ed, who believed he was a modern day saint in possession of The True Beer Can of knowledge, should skip this if they want to keep their faith intact. Those that can read and flinch at the same time, that shed a tear when Ed, then Chuck passed on, will rejoice at hearing Bowden's original voice again.

Adult Fiction Hardcover pr2092508

 

 Chicken by Lynn Crosbie

Long faded enfant terrible Parnell Wilde’s career has death spiraled to where he’s dressing up as a chicken for a budget TV commercial. After meeting a brilliant cult filmmaker with a huge online following, his fortunes take a dramatic turn, as the two embark on an obsessive and dangerous relationship. Crosbie is definitely an acquired taste who's not for everyone, notable for her interest in repellant characters, sex, pop-culture and drugs, but she writes the most beautiful sentences regardless of whatever filth she’s describing. While her characters aren’t remotely as sympathetic as those found in, say, the work of Heather O’Neill, they’re lavished and rendered with just as much beauty, or more. An updated Clockwork Orange for poets, decadents and the Geritol set.

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