This year we’re doing things a little differently. We’re not making the usual resolutions, we’re starting fresh. We’re asking questions like: how do we change things for the better? How do we make a difference? And we keep coming back to the same answer:
We write and we read.
As we begin the New Year, let’s celebrate books that remind us to be kind to one another, to share our stories of struggle, to celebrate our discoveries, and make us want to keep learning. In honour of this new beginning we’re bringing you 50 books that you can read right now to start 2018 off on the right foot, books that champion compassion, exploration, innovation, and resilience.
Let’s read them together.
They say to really know someone you should walk a mile in their shoes. These books will give you the chance to do just that.
One of Canada’s most respected journalists, As It Happens’s Carol Off, relates the gripping story of a family’s desperate attempts to escape Afghan warlords, Taliban oppression, and the persecutions of refugee life.
This powerful account traces not only one family’s journey and fraught attempts to immigrate to a safe place, it also illustrates what happens when a journalist becomes irrevocably caught up in the lives of the people in her story and finds herself unable to leave them behind
In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed author of The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love and the power of lifelong friendship.
With deeply moving case studies of real people’s stories of loss, and brilliantly accessible and practical advice, Grief Works will revolutionize the way we talk about life, loss and death.
Lyrical and heartbreaking, Someone You Love Is Gone is a mesmerizing tale of enduring love and family ties that defy time and space, weaving together the past and present, crossing continents and spanning generations.
For readers of Rupi Kaur (Milk and Honey) and Cheryl Strayed, a book small enough to carry with you, with messages big enough to stay with you, from one of the most quotable and influential poets of our time.
In this book, Andrea Gibson explores themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, family, and forgiveness with stunning imagery and a fierce willingness to delve into the exploration of what it means to heal and to be different in this strange age.
Feeding My Mother is a frank, funny, inspirational and piercingly honest account of the transformation in Jann Arden’s life that has turned her into the primary “parent” to her mom, who is in the grip of Alzheimer’s.
Witness Oliver Sacks at his wisest and most humane, as he examines some of the human animal’s most remarkable faculties: memory, creativity, consciousness, and our present, ongoing evolution.
Learn more about the everyday and the extraordinary. You’ll travel from the Canadian landscape to the depths of outer space.
The sweeping, epic story of the mysterious land that came to be called “Canada” like it’s never been told before.
Every map tells a story. And every map has a purpose–it invites us to go somewhere we’ve never been. It’s an account of what we know, but also a trace of what we long for. Combining storytelling, cartography, geography, archaeology and of course history, this book shows us Canada in a way we’ve never seen it before.
Two friends. Five months. One car. Ten provinces. Three territories. Seven islands. Eight ferries. Two flights. One 48-hour train ride. And only one call to CAA. The result: over 100 incredible Canadian recipes from coast to coast.
What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? There’s no better guide through these questions than acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Through the heat of summer to the frozen depths of winter, Lee traces her journey swimming through 52 lakes in a single year, swimming through fear and heartbreak to find her place in the world.
A writer’s search for inspiration, beauty and solace leads her to birds in this intimate and exuberant meditation on creativity and life—a field guide to things small and significant.
Birds Art Life follows two artists on a yearlong adventure that is at once a meditation on the nature of creativity and a quest for a good and meaningful life.
Lush and enchanting, critically-acclaimed author Tahereh Mafi weaves together an all-new magical adventure in this dark, Persian fantasy, a companion to the New York Times bestselling Furthermore.
Weaving adventure and deep reflection with the history of science and exploration, Lands of Lost Borders celebrates our connection as humans to the natural world, and ultimately to each other.
Books that will blow your mind and challenge the way you think about your work, your passions, and your impact on the world.
From the author of the international bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind comes an extraordinary new book that explores the future of the human species.
Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century – from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.
Our kids are smart, our banks are sound, our health care system is humane, our democracy is stable—but technological change is about to disrupt our economy and threaten our way of life. Canadians aren’t ready for the race to the future. Can we still catch up—or even win?
An inspiring wake-up call from one of Canada’s great entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, Lacavera shows us ways to rescue our troubled economy, reverse brain drain—and set Canada up to truly take on the world.
Stories of struggle that will empower you to conquer anything that comes your way and stand up for the issues that are closest to your heart.
With devastating emotional force David Chariandy, a unique and exciting voice in Canadian literature, crafts a heartbreaking and timely story about the profound love that exists between brothers and the senseless loss of lives cut short with the shot of a gun.
An intensely beautiful, searingly powerful, tightly constructed novel, Brother explores questions of masculinity, family, race, and identity as they are played out in a Scarborough housing complex during the sweltering heat and simmering violence of the summer of 1991.
By the winner of The Journey Prize, and inspired by a real incident, The Boat People is a gripping and morally complex novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage to reach Canada – only to face the threat of deportation and accusations of terrorism in their new land.
Sharon Bala’s stunning debut is an unforgettable and necessary story for our times.
A sharp and candid memoir from a star in the restaurant world, and an up-and-coming literary voice.
I Hear She’s a Real Bitch, the first book from Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg, is caustic yet intimate, and wryly observant; an unforgettable glimpse into the life of one of the most interesting, smart, trail-blazing voices of this moment.
This powerful new work, about a transgender sex worker in the red-light district of Bombay who is given an unexpected task, is a gripping literary page-turner -difficult and moving, surprising and tender.
A follow-up to its bestselling predecessor, The Reason I Jump, this novel opens an extraordinary, rare window into the mind and world of an autistic, non-verbal person–now coping with a young man’s life.
A superbly crafted story, Mischling defies every expectation, traversing one of the darkest moments in human history to show us the way toward ethereal beauty, moral reckoning, and soaring hope.
The autobiographical story of the year that changes everything, as Tom must reconcile the fury and pain of loss with the overwhelming responsibility of raising his daughter, Livia, alone.