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<p>Elizabeth Merrick has collected 17 short stories for all readers who are tired of female protagonists who worry more about purses and shoes than about real-life problems.</p>





This Is Not Chick Lit

Editor Elizabeth Merrick

Publisher Random House

Price $18.95, TP


Elizabeth Merrick has collected 17 short stories for all readers who are tired of female protagonists who worry more about purses and shoes than about real-life problems. She has gathered a variety of stories that confront themes of love and loneliness using strong, well-developed characters.


This book is a great offering from talented American authors including Mary Gordon, Aimee Bender, Curtis Sittenfeld and Jennifer Egan.






Londonstani

Author Gautam Malkani

Publisher Harper Collins Canada Ltd.

Price $34.95


In this debut novel, author Gautam Malkani exposes the world of young Asians living in Britain and the battle between this group and the “white boys.” Delving into the lives of four gangsters — Hardjit, Ravi, Amit and Jas — readers experience themes of integration and cross-cultural urbanization. Written with a mix of slang and Punjabi, Londonstani is an engaging story that immerses readers into a new urban scene.






Sorry, I Don't Speak French

Author Graham Fraser

Publisher McClelland & Stewart

Price $34.99, HC


Graham Fraser, a national affairs writer for the Toronto Star who happens to be bilingual, examines how well bilingualism is working in our country. Although Canada has been officially bilingual for the past four decades, Fraser explores problems that still affect our society. This wellresearched book will inspire thoughtprovoking discussion and will dispel myths about French/English relations.






Sanctified Blues

Author Mable John with David Ritz

Publisher Broadway Books

Price $16.95, TP


Albertina Merci was a talented singer who toured with Ray Charles and James Brown, before the fateful night when her voice gave out while on stage. After that day, she decided to follow what she believes to be her true calling — ministering to people who need spiritual guidance, including TV star Maggie Clay. Sanctified Blues is a spiritual story co-authored by a woman who was the first female recording artist for Motown.


 
 
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