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.
Author Gautam Malkani
Publisher Harper Collins Canada Ltd.
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.
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.