Canadian author and humourist, Will Ferguson, travelled into the heart of Rwanda some 20 years after the horrific genocide that left many thousands dead and the country ravaged and broken. Mr. Ferguson’s book entitled, ‘Road Trip Rwanda: A Journey into the New Heart of Africa’ is witty, thoughtful and above all else, hopeful. This book summons forth the picture of a land that is slowly healing and ardently striving for a sense of balance within it’s borders—for all of it’s people. Mr. Ferguson dazzles with facts, personal insights and amusing perspectives.
‘A Bittersweet Season: Caring For Ageing Parents and Ourselves’ by writer Jane Gross is a combination of perceptive encouragement, intimate understanding, seasoned reality and innate wisdom. It is a book that is informative and endearing–an uncommon pairing to be sure. This is an indispensable guide for anyone who is attempting to succeed in the area of elder care-giving and are trying to deal with the demands of such a journey.
Jonas Jonasson is a terrific writer. His novel, ‘The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared’ is one of my favourite books in the last 10 years. Mr. Jonasson’s newest novel, ‘The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden’ (he definitely likes long book titles) is another rollicking tale of how even the smallest of actions can have quite a big effect worldwide.
‘The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells’ is the story of a young woman, suffering from deep depression. When she decides to adopt an intense and very extreme form of treatment she discovers the power to send herself into the lives that she might have had in other eras. Author Andrew Sean Greer creates a magical, romantic field full of chance and opportunity in this intimate novel. It is beautifully written–eloquent, entertaining and a little enchanting.
Young Adult Reads: ‘Starcrossed’ by Josephine Angelini.
DVD Pick: ‘Unbroken’ starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock–the true account of American Olympian, Louis Zamperini’s WWII air force experiences and his valiant struggle to survive a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp—outstanding acting and a remarkable story!
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