We Have Always Been Here

We Have Always Been Here is the memoir of Samra Habib, a Pakastani-born Canadian photographer.  It is her life story as she struggled coming to terms with her queer sexuality as a member of the Muslim community. I say it every year, but the absolute best part about CBC’s annual Canada Reads competition is that…

The Eighth Wonder of the World: The True Story of Andre The Giant

The Eighth Wonder of the World is the story of the life and career of Andre Roussimoff, better known as Andre The Giant. Authors Pat Laprade and Bertrand Hebert were not kidding when they labeled this book “a definitive and exhaustive biography”.  Through interviews with members of Andre’s family, promoters, Andre’s peers as well as…

Son of a Trickster

Jared, a fledgling pot-dealing high school student, has a life as consistent as that of a family living in tornado alley.  When not whipping up a batch of weed cookies, Jared stumbles from party to party floating through life like an astronaut untethered from the space station.  With his dog Baby Killer, the one constant…

From The Ashes

From The Ashes is the memoir from Indigenous scholar Jesse Thistle about his life on the streets and his struggle with addiction and mental illness. To say Jesse has had a hard life would be putting it lightly.  From The Ashes is the literary equivalent of a punch to the gut.  You spend the whole…

Hillbilly Elegy

J.D. Vance was born and raised in Middletown, Ohio – firmly within the Rust Belt of America.  Growing up poor and below the poverty line, Vance tells of the turbulent years of his youth and how he was able to make something of himself despite his believed trajectory.  Vance also explores the reasons behind the…

A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir

A Very Punchable Face is a memoir of sorts from comedian/writer Colin Jost, the current co-anchor on Weekend Update and co-lead writer for Saturday Night Live.  Jost presents a series of essays that takes the reader through various points in his life from his early years through to his current position both behind and in…