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5 books I want to read this summer - David's picks

5 books I want to read this summer – David’s picks

Here are the five books I plan to read this summer: 


Pyongyang: a journey through North Korea (M
by Guy Delisle


5 books I want to read this summer - David's picks
P.E.I. recently announced Guy Delisle’s Burma Chronicles as the latest selection for their One Book – One Island reading initiative. Intrigued by this selection of a graphic novel, I picked up a copy and have now become a big fan of Guy’s work. I loved his matter of fact observations of the Burmese, seemingly without judgement. I feel like I learned a lot about Burma as well as being quite entertained. Given that success, I am going to read more of his work, starting with Pyongyang: a journey through North Korea: 


“Pyongyang documents the two months French animator Delisle spent overseeingcartoon production in North Korea, where his movements were constantly monitored by a translator and a guide, who together couldlimit his activities but couldn’t restrict his observations. He records everything from the omnipresent statues and portraits of dictators Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il to the brainwashed obedience ofthe citizens. Rather than conveying his disorientation through convoluted visual devices, Delisle uses a straightforward Eurocartoon approach that matter-of-factly depicts the mundane absurdities hefaced every day.” Publisher’s Weekly 
The Cloaca (M)
by Andrew Hood


5 books I want to read this summer - David's picks Something about summer lends itself well to short stories. Short stories are also a great vehicle for edgier and experimental writing, a description for which I think this collection qualifies. I’ll let you know. 


“The stories included in Andrew Hood’s latest collection are messy, beautiful,gross, funny, personal. The Cloaca is a train-wreck of awesomeness.It’s your high school gym teacher, drunk and dishing dirt on all the other teachers on the cross-town bus – a stomach-turning spectacle that’ll make you laugh out loud now, feel bad later. You won’t beable to put this book down or look away for an instant” – publisher  


The Violinist’s Thumb: and other lost tales of love, war and genius (M
by Sam Kean


5 books I want to read this summer - David's picks Kean’s previous work The Disappearing Spoon was a real treat for me, making this choice a no brainer for me. 


“In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked themysteries of the periodic table. In The Violinist’s Thumb, hee xplores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have nofingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK’s bronze skin (it wasn’t a tan) toEinstein’s genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of theexceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become trulysingular violinists. Kean’s vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy whileshowing how DNA will influence our species’ future” -publisher 


Sky Waves: a novel (M) 
by Michelle Butler Hallett


5 books I want to read this summer - David's picks Having so greatly enjoyed Deluded Your Sailors, I have decided to go back and read MBH’s previous novel Sky Waves: 


“Critically acclaimed novelist Michelle Butler Hallett rolls out her raucousbrand of satire in this tender exploration of the human need for communication, communion, and love. Skywaves is set against the development of radio in Newfoundland and Labrador, and told in 98non-linear but interconnected chapters. It crackles with comedy,modulates through history, and toys with a new signal-to-noise ratio. Sky Waves is definitely a lively and sometimes demented “aural”culture novel. Butler Hallett worked in radio for several years and has long been haunted by the story of a cousin who crashed his planewhile looking for a lost child.” -publisher 


When I Left Home: my story (M
by Buddy Guy


A book for my guitarist son and I to share: 


5 books I want to read this summer - David's picks “Like a lot of Chicago blues musicians, Guy started out in the South-Louisiana,to be exact. His father negotiated the purchase of Guy’s first guitar when Guy was 12. It cost $4.25 and had two strings. Later, after moving to Chicago, Guy came to know and play with the greats of theage-Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Leonard Chess (of Chess Records fame), and B.B. King, among others. In the 1960s, he was idolized by the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix.Guy is a vibrant and hilarious storyteller. With a natural ease and honesty, he captures the spirit of the age, the culture of violencein the clubs, and the personalities of his colleagues. Ritz (Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye) does a great job of letting Guy’s voice come through. Guy’s trip to Germany with John Lee Hooker isespecially humorous, and the authors capture Hooker’s prominent stutter in print. Guy also describes the sad and infamous day Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash. VERDICT Highly recommendedfor any fan of Guy and those interested in the history of blues music.” – Library Journal

Source: http://www.thereader.ca/2012/07/5-books-i-want-to-read-this-summer_15.html

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