OFF THE SHELF, NOTED ELSE­WHERE

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In Small Preda­tors (ARP) by Jen­nifer Ilse Black a mil­len­nial ac­tivist cooks up a ni­tro­glyc­erin bomb from a recipe some high schooler wrote fifty years be­fore. Fran­cis Dupuis-déri and Thomas Déri say an­ar­chy is eas­ier when you’re young, child­less and have no re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in An­ar­chy Ex­plained to My Fa­ther (New Star Books), trans­lated by John Gil­more. He­len Rosen­blatt de­bunks the pop­u­lar myth of lib­er­al­ism in The Lost His­tory of Lib­er­al­ism (Prince­ton Univer­sity Press). Lib­eral po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor Sally Kohn talks to @Lin­da­likes­ba­con in The Op­po­site of Hate: A Field Guide to Re­pair­ing Our Hu­man­ity (Al­go­nquin Books of Chapel Hill). Free­quill gets to the root of all evil in What’s Go­ing On? How Can We Help? (Il­lu­mi­nate Press). Kieran Setiya writes that “aging is a cor­po­real sym­bol of the pro­gres­sive diminu­tion of prospects” in Midlife:

A Philo­soph­i­cal Guide (Prince­ton Univer­sity Press). Women me­di­ate while eat­ing raisins in or­der to boost their love lives in Bet­ter Sex Through Mind­ful­ness: How Women Can Cultivate De­sire by Lori A. Brotto (Grey­stone Books). All new hikes, in­clud­ing Lynn Creek, Gold Creek, Pod­nuck Creek, are field-tested in 105 Hikes in and Around South­west­ern Bri­tish Columbia (Grey­stone Books) by Stephen Hui. Cal­gary’s Bow River over­flows in A Hand­book for Beau­ti­ful Peo­ple (Inanna Pub­li­ca­tions) by Jen­nifer Sprutt. Trash and other things float down the Mcintyre River in Thun­der Bay in Learn­ing to Love a River (Sig­na­ture Edi­tions) by Michael Mi­nor. Lana goes miss­ing and then turns up blood­ied and bruised dur­ing a mother-daugh­ter va­ca­tion in Whis­tle in the Dark (Knopf Canada) by Emma Healey. Jour­nal­ists and politi­cians dis­ap­pear dur­ing Ly­dia’s moth­er­daugh­ter trip to Mex­ico in Where’s Bob? (Bi­b­lioa­sis) by Ann Ire­land. Philom­ena gets a plane ticket to Amer­ica for her birthday and goes in search of her mother in Philom­ena (Unloved) (Sec­ond Story Press) by Chris­tene A. Browne. In David Goudreault’s Mama’s Boy (Book*hug), trans­lated by JC Sut­cliffe, a young man searches for his mother af­ter a child­hood spent in fos­ter care. In Lil­lian Bo­raks-nemetz’s Mouth of Truth: Buried Se­crets (Guer­nica Edi­tions) Batya re­sists buy­ing more vodka while un­earthing the truth about her fam­ily. In Hon­estly (Book*hug) by Steven Zul­tan­ski Dick at­tends a séance and spells out evil mes­sages on the Ouija board. In My True and Com­plete Ad­ven­tures as a Wannabe Voyageur (New­est Press) by Phyl­lis Rudin, Ben­jie be­lieves he’s re­ally an eigh­teenth cen­tury French­cana­dian Voyageur and spends his days look­ing af­ter The Bay’s Fur Trade Mu­seum. The Dirty Tricks Gang rob banks and pull off more jobs than any other gang in Cana­dian his­tory in The Life Crimes and Hard Times of Ricky Atkin­son: Leader of the Dirty Tricks Gang (Ex­ile Edi­tions) by Richard Atkin­son. Women go toe-to-toe with dead grand­fa­thers, be­lea­guered sons and un­faith­ful hus­bands—oc­ca­sion­ally al­co­hol or firearms are in­volved—in Vanessa Farnsworth’s The Things She’ll Be Leav­ing Be­hind (This­tle­down Press). Kelli Maria Kor­ducki turns a Marx­ist lens on call­ing it off in Hard to Do: The Sur­pris­ing, Fem­i­nist His­tory of Break­ing Up (Coach House Books). In GUSH: Men­strual Man­i­festos for Our Times (Fron­tenac House) co-edited by Ariel Gor­don, Ta­nis Macdon­ald and Rosanna Deer­child 100 writ­ers take apart bloody in­struc­tion on men­stru­a­tion. Sober­ing ti­tles: E.D Blod­gett’s Songs for Dead Chil­dren (Univer­sity of Al­berta Press), Ja­son Her­oux’s Amuse­ment Park of Con­stant Sor­row (Mansfield Press); Ja­son Freure’s Ev­ery­one Rides the Bus in a City of Losers (ECW); Jill Sex­smith’s Some­where a Long and Happy Life Prob­a­bly Awaits You (ARP Books); and Rachel Le­bowitz’s The Year of No Sum­mer: A Reck­on­ing (Bi­b­lioa­sis)

NOTED ELSE­WHERE

Naomi Klein writes As We Have Al­ways Done: In­dige­nous Free­dom through Rad­i­cal Re­sis­tance (Univer­sity of Min­nesota Press) by Leanne Be­tasamosake Simpson “ar­rives at the per­fect time.” Si­mon Moya-smith writes “Simpson gives no quar­ter to colo­nial­ism. No quar­ter to a nasty Western nar­ra­tive.” Big Al on goodreads.com says that Simpson “turns schol­ar­ship on its head in the best way pos­si­ble!” The New Yorker says Sheila Heti’s Moth­er­hood (Knopf) “is a novel, or so its pub­lisher claims.” The Baf­fler says it “could be de­scribed as an es­say,” The New York Times says “it reads like an in­spired mono­logue.” The Guardian says it’s “less a book than a ta­pes­try—a finely wrought work of del­i­cate art” and Gre­gory Baird on goodreads.com says “Moth­er­hood is 300 pages of highly per­for­ma­tive ther­apy.” Blog­crit­ics calls Checkpoint by David Al­ba­hari, trans­lated by Ellen Elias­bur­sac (Rest­less Books) “a tor­nado of a book.” Kirkus Re­views says it’s “a di­gres­sive but at­ten­tion-grab­bing cri­tique of war’s hor­rors” and Pub­lish­ers Weekly writes “his vi­sion of war is a grim fairy tale with­out a moral les­son.” Dou­glas Glover says Blue River and Red Earth by Stephen Henighan (Cor­morant Books) is “fast-paced, in­tensely read­able.” Kevin on goodreads. com says it’s like “a ter­ri­ble travel night­mare where the author slings us around from coun­try to coun­try” and Kim on goodreads.com says “re­ally liked the one about the Rus­sian girl sci­en­tist and there's a long one about war in Gu­atemala that has a strange love story in it.” Quill & Quire writes “there’s a fair amount of sex in this col­lec­tion—not all of it good, but rarely mean­ing­less.”

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