Given the not-so-ideal winter us Canadians have come across most recently, it’s nice to have more than just nice weather to look forward to since spring is just around the corner. Whether you’re into fiction, travel, biographies, politics, or science; we’ve got a great list of editor’s top picks right here for our FW readers.
You Are One of Them by Elliott Holt (May 30) – Set in America in the 1980’s and Moscow in the present day, this fictional book conveys the different ways we may define ourselves, as well as the very secrets we tend to keep away from those closest to us. With an average rating of 4.33 stars out of 5 on Good Reads, this seems to be a promising book to pick up.
Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman (March 12) – For those of you into crime/mystery/thriller books, chances are you’d be interesting in reading about an ex-FBI agent with experience in hunting down sexual predators. If you’re looking for something to get your heart racing, this is the book for you to look forward to.
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan (February 5) – Having already been released, this is a science fiction/fantasy book you can pick up right away for those of you that are into the mythical creatures and dragons. With a not-so-typical storyline, this is a memoir of a Victorian lady whom studies dragons. It also wouldn’t hurt to mention that there are some beautifully illustrated pieces in this book to capture your attention and treat your imagination.
How Literature Saved My Life by David Shields (February 5) – Being a blend of autobiography and criticism, this book essentially looks into the practices of reading. Expect to read about the power that literature carries in making life more bearable and Shields’ divided personality which is supported by books acting as a life raft.
The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel (June 11) – Ever wondered what it would be like to be an astronaut’s wife? If not, this is your chance to find out. Based on NASA’s first crew (the Mercury Seven) and their wives, the public grew eager to find out what really went on in their daily lives while their husbands were billions of miles away.
Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East by David Rohde (April 18) – For the readers that follow worldwide politics, this book takes a critical look at America’s war on terror and what could potentially be better tools for more effective change. With Rohde’s 11 years of reporting specifically on these issues for The New York Times, Reuters, and The Atlantic Monthly; you can be sure this would be a worthwhile and informative read.
Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients by Ben Goldacre (February 5) – Ever consider the merit of laboratory research and the potentially harmful side effects of drugs? If so, this book might just be the one for you this spring. Throughout the read, you’ll see how research can be faked and the fact that doctors can often be heavily influenced by money and politics.