OFF THE SHELF

Geist - - The Wall -

A skate­boarder rides off a cliff in Les­lie Stein’s Present (Drawn & Quar­terly). In Karen Smythe’s This Side of Sad (Goose Lane Edi­tions), Maslen writes “the boob di­aries,” doc­u­ment­ing her ex­pe­ri­ence los­ing her nip­ples to breast can­cer. Brian Busby tells us where to find the best Dicks & Drugs in Cana­dian lit­er­a­ture in The Dusty Book­case (Bi­b­lioa­sis). Mem­bers of a nurs­ing home’s book club con­sider hir­ing an as­sas­sin in The Last Chance Ladies’ Book Club (Sig­na­ture Edi­tions) by Marlis Wes­seler. A failed mu­si­cian ends up a high school teacher and his best friend be­comes a rock star in To Me You Seem Gi­ant (New­est Press) by Greg Rhyno. Me­lanie Mühl & Diana von Kopp ex­plain why we im­pul­sively buy cake in How We Eat with Our Eyes and Think with Our Stom­ach (The Ex­per­i­ment). Ali­cia Eler dis­cusses the best poses to make when tak­ing a selfie at a fu­neral in The Selfie Gen­er­a­tion (Sky­horse Pub­lish­ing). Daniel Wolfe em­ploys Delia Buck­ley—who he aban­doned while she was preg­nant twenty-two years be­fore—to nurse him through his ter­mi­nal ill­ness in Left Un­said (Sig­na­ture Edi­tions), by Joan B. Flood. De­tec­tive Kevin Bel­don has to deal with a dead wife, a dis­ap­point­ing son and a se­rial killer in Om­pha­los (Sig­na­ture Edi­tions) by Ger­ald Lynch. A trans­gen­der woman is told that her dead grandpa may also have been trans­gen­der in Lit­tle Fish (Ar­se­nal Pulp Press) by Casey Plett. Karen goes to col­lege and par­ties at the Gang Bang Cen­tral fra­ter­nity house in The Red Word (Grove Press) by Sarah Hen­stra. “Ev­ery­thing you want to know about the pe­nis and other bits…” can be found in Happy Down Be­low (Grey­stone Books) by Dr. Oliver Gralla. Ichiro and Sachiko spend their time drink­ing, smok­ing and sleeping, some­times with each other, in Red Colored El­egy (Drawn & Quar­terly) by Sei­ichi Hayashi. In The Cat Among Us (Sig­na­ture Edi­tions) by Louise Car­son, Gerry Coney­bear in­her­its her aunt’s wa­ter­front prop­erty and the dozens of cats liv­ing there. A lit­tle girl with a beard searches for a home in Lit­tle Beast (Coach House Books) by Julie De­mers. Ed­ward Riche ex­plains how a govern­ment can most ef­fi­ciently mis­man­age pros­per­ity in Bag of Hammers (Break­wa­ter Books). Vadim is more in­ter­ested in casi­nos than lead­ing a coun­try, which causes a rev­o­lu­tion in The Bleeds (Véhicule Press) by Dim­itri Nas­ral­lah. In Woman at 1,000 De­grees (Al­go­nquin Books) by Hall­grí­mur Hel­ga­son, Herra Björns­son lives alone in a garage with a lap­top com­puter and an old hand grenade. In The Dic­tionary of An­i­mal Lan­guages (Hamish Hamil­ton) by Heidi Sopinka, Ivory Frame’s love af­fair with a Rus­sian is in­ter­rupted by the start of World War II. In Spirit of a Hun­dred Thou­sand Dead An­i­mals (Sig­na­ture Edi­tions) by Jim Na­son, Skye Ray­burn writes a di­ary to help her grand­son un­der­stand why his fa­ther is home­less and his mother isn’t com­ing home af­ter the car crash. In Zoli­tude (Bi­b­lioa­sis) by Paige Cooper, a nineyear old builds a time ma­chine. Pat Ard­ley and her hus­band turn a piece of re­mote BC wilder­ness into a pop­u­lar fish­ing lodge in Griz­zlies, Gales and Gi­ant Salmon (Har­bour Pub­lish­ing).

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