Ten Lords A-Leaping By C. C. Benison Doubleday 978 0 385 67017 3 $29.95 Crime Fiction
A skydiving routine for charity goes horribly awry, leaving a wealthy lord dead and his household at odds over whether it was a tragic accident . . . or cold-blooded murder at twenty thousand feet. To fundraise for the parish in bucolic Thornford Regis, Father Tom Christmas skydives, plummeting for charity. While his landing is bumpy, it's nothing compared to that of Hector, Earl of Fairhaven, who leaps from twenty thousand feet with disastrous results. Some residents of the town, including every member of the Earl's household, however, believe that those results were not accidental, and soon Tom Christmas is investigating a crime that will take him into the secrets of his own past, and in for a very hard landing of his own.
Taking Liberties: A History of Human Rights in Canada Ed. By David Goutor and Stephen Heathorn Oxford 978 0 19 900479 9 $35.00 History Universal human rights are considered to be a fundamental, inalienable aspect of Canadian legal culture, not to mention central to our international positioning. However the reality is that Canada was surprisingly slow to adopt the rights revolution that followed the Second World War, given concerns that existing norms and liberties could conflict with these new universal rights. Moreover, even when Canada did sign up, these rights were not all automatically put into practice. Nor, interestingly, did all groups embrace these rights. Human rights, as we know, did become entrenched. There have been challenges to and changes in the legal framework of citizenship in Canada. But this has followed a long process of transformation, and many groups have faced tremendous struggle to get their rights claims recognized. This collection sheds new lights on the bumpy road toward universal human rights in our diverse and complex country. Topics include sexual rights, children's rights, "race" and multiculturalism, and class. A landmark essay by J.R. Miller explores the rights of Aboriginal peoples from the 1876 Indian Act to the repeal of Section 67 in the Canadian Human Rights Act in 2011. Also considered is the central role of rights activists - often struggling in the face of widespread hostility - to secure protection for their rights. A highly insightful, original foreword by Michael Ignatieff is based on a very well-received public lecture in response to the chapters written for this volume. New research in the growing new field of human rights history explores the novelty of, the struggle for, and the limitations of, the new rights regime, and its uneven application across Canadian society.
Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade of Soaking in Great Books By Nick Hornby Believer Books 978 1 938073 73 1 $33.50 Literary Criticism A comprehensive collection of columns by one of the world's most beloved readers. At the end of 2003, as the first issue of The Believer was rising from the primordial ooze, Nick Hornby turned in the inaugural installment of a monthly column that immediately became a reader favorite. For the next ten years, Hornby's incandescently funny "Stuff I've Been Reading" chronicled a singular reading life - one that is measured not just in "books bought" and "books read," as each column begins, but in the way our feelings toward Celine Dion say a lot about who we are, the way Body Shop Vanilla Shower Gel can add excitement to our days, and the way John Updike might ruin our sex lives. Hornby's column is both an impeccable, wide-ranging reading list and an indispensable reminder of why we read.
Neutrino Hunters By Ray Jayawardhana Harper Collins 978 1 44341 426 5 $29.99 Science
Canada’s renowned astronomer hunts for the universe’smost elusive particle
Every second of every day and night, many trillions of neutrinospass through your body. But most people had never heard of them until they made headlines recently for possibly travelling faster than light. Luckily, these ghostly particles—celebrated in a delightful John Updike poem and (falsely) blamed for heating the Earth’s core in the Hollywood disaster movie 2012—do no harm and leave no trace. They are so difficult to pin down that scientists must use Olympic-sizepools of cleaning fluid deep underground and kilometre-thick sheets of Antarctic ice to catch just a handful. Yet the shadowy neutrinos hold the key to unlocking some of the biggest mysteries of the universe: What was the universe like seconds after the Big Bang? Why is anti-matter so rare? What triggers exploding stars?
The renowned astrophysicist and award-winning science writer Ray Jayawardhana tells us that neutrino research is now entering a brave new era and explains why these pathologically shy particles may spark a revolution in physics. Equally fascinating is the thrilling detective story of neutrino hunters, the scientists we meet on this exciting quest.
Lazy Days By Erlend Loe House of Anansi 978 1 77089 412 9 $19.95 Fiction From the bestselling author of Doppler, a wry and very funny look at the pitfalls of human existence . . . and the charms of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson. Aspiring playwright Bror Telemann loves all things British. His wife, Nina, loves everything German. So a family holiday at the foot of the Alps, south of Munich — which Bror believes to be the birthplace of Nazism — is bound to cause tension. Especially when Bror spends the whole time virtually stalking (and constantly fantasizing about) his greatest obsession, British chef Nigella Lawson.Can Telemann continue to bear the pressure of his empty existence? Or will his long-suffering family be the first to snap?
Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22nd 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for twenty-six years, during which time he has had three number 1 albums in England in three different decades.
Achieving eleven Top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths), his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others.
An animal protectionist, in 2006 Morrissey was voted the second greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007 Morrissey was voted the greatest northern male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll. In 2012, Morrissey was awarded the keys to the city of Tel-Aviv.
It has been said that "Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime."
Outrageous Fortune By Anthony Russell St. Martin's Press 978 1 250 00601 1 $31.00 Autobiography In his stunning memoir, Anthony Russell takes us inside his childhood growing up at Leeds Castle, with luxury and opulence few can imagine, and how he found his way in a changing society.
" We were all very polite in the 1950s and none more so than I (granted, I had no choice). We combed our hair neatly and showed respect for our elders and betters in whom we placed bountiful trust to do the right thing at all times on our behalf. But when Elvis became 'All Shook Up' and invited us to love him tenderly, the world took note . . . Nothing was the same again. Certainly not I."
Leeds Castle has been hailed as the loveliest castle in the world. Once home to Kings and Queens, it fell into disrepair for nearly a century until Anthony Russell's grandmother, Lady Baillie, purchased it in 1926 and restored it to its former glory. It was in the fairytale setting of Leeds Castle, surrounded by a moat and sprawling grounds, that Anthony spent his childhood.
Anthony enjoyed luxury on an epic scale, but despite the embrace of his nanny and the love of his mother (from a distance), life was often lonely and fraught with the fear of breaking some unwritten rule of the Castle Way-perhaps not the best preparation for life outside the castle walls.
By the 1960s, a new world began to disrupt the polite reserve of the Castle Way, with new music and mores and social freedom-both alluring and alarming to a young man who had spent his youth in splendid isolation. Outrageous Fortune is an extraordinarily entertaining memoir-touching and at turns very funny and very sad. It is a uniquely vivid and intimate glimpse into a world gone by.
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My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Days of Christmas Ill. By Scott McKowen Firefly 978 1 77085 231 0 $19.95 Picture Book
From a partridge in a pear tree to 12 drummers drumming, a beautifully illustrated celebration of the most festive time of the year.
One of the most popular holiday songs of all time, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" probably originated in France during the late Middle Ages and became popular in England as a chant sung without music. The 12 days are traditionally those following Christmas, with the last day being the end of the season. Over the years the lyrics have changed but the song remains a perennial favorite, recorded by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Alvin and the Chipmunks.
My True Love Gave to Me is an exquisitely illustrated edition of the song's famous lyrics, featuring the art of Scott McKowen, an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. Each "day" is accompanied by a richly detailed-and often whimsical-full-page scratchboard illustration of its grand and unusual gift.
Populated by a partridge, turtle doves, French hens, calling birds, golden rings, geese, swans, maids a-milking, ladies dancing, lords a-leaping, pipers piping and drummers drumming, My True Love GavetoMe makes a perfect gift for yourself and those you love.
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The Dinner By Herman Koch Hogarth 978 0 385 34685 6 $16.00 Fiction
An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives—all over the course of one meal.
It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.
Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content.
The City of Strangers By Michael Russell Avon 978 1 84756 347 7 $15.99 Crime Fiction
New York, 1939: A city of hope. A city of opportunity. A city hiding dark secrets …
A brutal murder in an affluent suburb of Dublin and the unexplained death of an Irish diplomat in Manhattan…Garda Sergeant Stefan Gillespie is sent to America to bring a killer to justice, but his mission soon becomes part of an increasingly personal struggle. A chance encounter with an old friend draws him deep into a chilling network of conspiracy, espionage and terror with disturbing connections to home. He becomes more involved than he should in an Irish woman’s bid for freedom from the clutches of the Manhattan underworld, and discovers that the war that is looming in Europe is already being played out here on the streets, with deadly consequences.In this time when people must make a stand for what they believe in, the stakes for Stefan Gillespie, and everything he holds dear, couldn’t be higher.This thrilling, elegant and hugely atmospheric novel will keep you reading late into the night.