“A book must be an axe for the frozen sea inside of us.”
- Franz Kafka
Because a Certain Someone has begun to ask…
Galore, by Michael Crummey. I wrote this blog about it, and still haven’t read the book.
The Golden Mean, by Annabel Lyon. I think rather highly of Aristotle, and am curious to see him portrayed in fiction.
The Frozen Thames, by Helen Humphreys, which I read earlier this year. I’m completely taken by this small book. It’s really small – the hardcover version is exactly half the size of a standard hardcover, only sliced through the middle so it’s nearly square. It’s a beautiful book, each of the forty recorded freezings of the Thames depicted in sensitively-written and at times heartbreaking prose, illustrated with beautiful reproductions of paintings of the freezings. I could read it again and again. If a Certain Someone could find it in hardcover, I’d be most pleased.
Recommended Wish List
“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”
- Francis Bacon
Because I’m often asked…
The Frozen Thames, by Helen Humphreys (see above).
Under This Unbroken Sky, by Shandi Mitchell. I devoured it in three gulps.
Not Yet, by Wayson Choy. It’s both devastating and hopeful in its honesty; lyrically written in the shadow of Vancouver’s Chinatown.
Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters, released in 2008 by The Library of America. Bishop is one of our greatest and – sadly - under-rated authors.
Island, by Alistair MacLeod. If you’re looking for short fiction, then treat yourself to some of the best ever written.
And finally, I hear Quattro Books has four new fiction titles out (and two new poetry books)… We’re all better people for supporting small presses and reading the fine work they’re publishing.
(Attention, Dear Reader: Please see below for my holiday special on signed copies of Harbour View.)