‘Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom’ is co-authored by Pattie Mallette and A.J. Gregory. In the story, Mallette shares in detail her upbringing—the happiness enjoyed and the hurts suffered. She writes about solo parenthood, personal strife, faith and growing through grace. This is a book that may be of interest to many. It follows the author as she charts her own individual life journey and develops a vision for her future—it’s not always about the “Bieb”—mom needs a life too!
“The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.” – Samuel Butler from ‘The Note-Books’
This quotation says a lot about our relationships with our canine companions. Mark Doty’s book ‘Dog Years: A Memoir’ is a remarkable accounting of his experiences with ‘man’s best friend.’ The book is an eloquent reflection, yielding up a host of maxims that these wonderful, uncomplicated, loving animals impart to us about existence, loyalty, delight and tragedy.
The current decline of the Canadian west coast salmon fishing culture is the setting for Tim Bowling’s book ‘The Paperboy’s Winter.’ It features the effects of a young man’s reconnection with an ageing, off-beat fisherman from his past. The meeting brings back vivid childhood memories of one particular winter when he was 10-years-old. This book is alternately humourous and heartbreaking. It reveals the tiers of youth and examines the lamentable vanishing of our national maritime customs and conventions.
Bestselling author Isabel Allende’s book ‘Maya’s Notebook’ is a beautifully written narrative about a young woman’s search for herself. She has been ignored by ‘too busy’ parents, protected and nurtured by her durable, resilient grandmother and ultimately devastated by the loss of her compassionate, caring, kindred-spirited grandfather. Maya becomes caught up in dangerous habits, involved with harmful individuals and of interest to the authorities. An isolated island becomes her refuge, a place to sort out the riddles of her familial past and come to terms with her eventual future fate. Allende is a master storyteller!
Young Adult Pick: ‘Sleeping Beauty: The One Who Took the Really Long Nap’ by author Wendy Mass.
DVD Pick: ‘One For the Money’ starring Katherine Heigl is based on the bestselling book by Janet Evanovich—a well-done, fast-paced action/comedy!
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