Stuck In Downward Dog

Author: Chantel Simmons

Publisher: Key Porter Books

Price: $22.95, TP


Everyone in Mara Brennan’s family were married, had kids and a successful career by the time they were 28 years old — but Mara has just turned 28 and all she has is a crappy basement apartment, a recent break-up and a dead-end job as a receptionist at a cosmetic surgery clinic. With the help of her two best friends, Mara decides she needs to make some changes in her life, including focusing more on her newfound love of yoga. Mara’s crazy misadventures in love and life in Toronto make her the perfect Canadian Bridget Jones.


One Night @ The Call Centre

Author: Chetan Bhagat

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Price: $17.95, TP

You don’t have to work in a call centre to appreciate this very funny book about six friends working nights at a call centre in India, where they provide technical support for a major U.S. appliance corporation. Dealing with cultural pressures, chaotic love lives and keeping their accents in check, these friends have a climactic evening the night of American Thanksgiving when an increase of appliance malfunctions threatens to bring them all to the brink of insanity.

The Woman Who Raised Me

Author: Victoria Rowell

Publisher: William Morrow

Price: $29.95, HC

Victoria Rowell, best known for her 13 years spent playing the role of Drucilla Winters on The Young and the Restless, reveals her childhood journey as a ward of the state of Maine. Raised in the foster care system until she was emancipated at the age of 18, Rowell had a much different experience than most kids who slip through the cracks of the overly strained system. Moving from home to home, Rowell had the opportunity to live with and learn from a series of remarkable women. This beautifully written memoir is a finely drawn story of a woman who beat the odds to become the successful actress and mother she is today.