IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS
The first U.S. ambassador to Hitler’s Germany is bewildered and appalled by the Nazis, while his daughter has affairs with the Gestapo’s first head and a Soviet spy.
Charles C. Mann
The story of the chaotic—and often lethal—collision of peoples, flora, fauna and diseases that began after Columbus linked the Old World with the New.
WHEN I AM PLAYING WITH MY CAT HOW DO I KNOW SHE IS NOT PLAYING WITH ME?
An engaging study of Michel de Montaigne shows why interest in the skeptical thinker always spikes when the times echo his own fanaticism-haunted society.
William Ian Miller
A blackly funny and thought-provoking take on old age through the ages that offers a bracing response to contemporary society’s rosy views.
INTO THE SILENCE
A gracefully written evocation of the effects of the Great War on a group of British climbers who decide to ascend Mount Everest, entirely “because it’s there.”
HOW THE END BEGINS
This lucid survey of the dangerous state of the world’s nuclear balance argues that the only moral stance possible is to refuse to fire back, even if nuked first.
A WIDOW’S STORY
Joyce Carol Oates
A raw, unflinching and transfixing chronicle of the year following the death of Oates’s husband of 46 years.
Part hilarious life stories, part tips for girls from the smartest grown-up girl in the room, this is a must-read for Fey fanatics—and aspiring improv actors.
An intriguing investigation of how we see only what we want to see and disregard the rest—from a straying spouse to genocide—and why it’s at our peril.
All the facts and psyche-probing insights an academic could want, but literary in aim and execution, this is a biography worthy of CanLit’s iconic contrarian.
The second volume of Gwyn’s masterful biography shows Sir John A. Macdonald’s private side even as it shows why his political wiles are still relevant today.
A gripping account of divided loyalties, the real cost of farming, and the shattered people on the front lines.
THE SISTERS BROTHERS
Killers for hire Charlie and Eli Sisters undertake a quixotic road trip during the California Gold Rush; a beguiling story narrated by younger brother Eli, as sweetly engaging a psychopath as literature has to offer.
A beautifully written look beneath the surface, literal and figurative, of Japan during George Orwell’s iconic year that also ponders time’s devouring maw.
Half a century after the Nazis catch up with African-German trumpet player Hiero Falk in Paris, his old companions probe old wounds in a story of blood and belonging captured in exquisite, musical prose.
THE CAT’S TABLE
This picaresque tale is as close as Ondaatje has ever come to a page-turner, told with all the fantastical detail of magic realism.
THE PARIS WIFE
The fictional voice of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson, weaves life and literature into a nuanced account of the couple’s unravelling love in Jazz Age Paris.
STATE OF WONDER
Patchett skilfully transports the reader into an exotic, fully articulated universe, then writes passages so breathtaking they demand rereading.
ON CANAAN’S SIDE
An 89-year-old Irish exile in America reflects on her quiet yet shockingly eventful life with lyrical precision.
The sister of a Boston priest caught in a sexual abuse scandal pieces together the story of their tragic family in this suspenseful, elegant, sharply observed novel.