Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography by Andrea Warner
Biographies of musicians are usually read by fans, skipped by those that aren’t. This book might possibly have pulled in some others who know Sainte-Marie for her activism or have an interest in Indigenous issues. Which is a shame, as this book deserves to be widely read. Not only has Sainte-Marie lived a life more interesting than most could imagine, she has passed through a slew of challenges with an almost shocking amount of intelligence and positivity. One might not only forgive, but expect, her voice to be a strident and bitter one and yet the Cree singer, visual artist, actress, composer, educator and humanitarian from the Qu’Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan is a relentlessly energetic and hopeful one. Whether you like or even know her music or name, read this book.
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The Falconer by Dana Czapnik
Beautifully written coming of age tale about a 17 year old girl in early 90s NYC, obsessed with basketball and the unrequited love of her best friend. The praise rolling in from Salman Rushdie, Ann Patchett and Rivka Galchen is well deserved. I wish I'd had this book to give to my daughter in her teens while knowing she might enjoy it even more now, from her later perspective. Positive proof that the oldest stories in the world (e.g. coming of age) can be told with brilliance and verve countless times in the hands of debut authors whose next work we'll eagerly await.
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