You Told Us: Fave Canadian Reads from 2021-22

You Told Us: Fave Canadian Reads from 2021-22
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Usually on our birthdays we talk about our favourite reads, but this year, we turned it over to you, our readers. See what books ALU readers loved over the last year. View books in this list

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Islands of Decolonial Love

By Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

In her debut collection of short stories, Islands of Decolonial Love, renowned writer and activist Leanne Simpson vividly explores the lives of contemporary Indigenous Peoples and communities, especially those of her own Nishnaabeg nation. Found on reserves, in cities and small ... Read more

Humane

By Anna Marie Sewell

'In Humane, Anna Marie Sewell's brings an Indigenous and poetic sensibility to the crime novel, infusing it with imagery and dance as a Métis mother of two works as an unlicensed Private Investigator. Like its Métis characters, Humane straddles two worlds, following the contours ... Read more

Family Way, The

By Christopher DiRaddo

The year Paul turns forty, his friends Wendy and Eve ask him to help them get pregnant. Nothing about the process feels natural to him. But for a gay man of a certain age, making a family still means finding your own way through a world with few ready answers. The eighteen-month ... Read more

Filthy Sugar

By Heather Babcock

Set in the mid-1930s, Filthy Sugar tells the story of Wanda Whittle, a nineteen-year-old dreamer who models fur coats in an uptown department store, but who lives in a crowded rooming house with her hard-working widowed mother and shrewd older sister, Evelyn, in the “slums” ... Read more

All the Animals on Earth

By Mark Sampson

HR manager Hector Thompson is sure of two things: he hates change and science fiction. But then lurid green streamers fill the sky from an escaped experiment and birds and animals begin to change and grow. It's an apocalypse. Or is it? Now detail-oriented pigeons are project ... Read more

The Marrow Thieves

By Cherie Dimaline

Shortlisted for CBC Canada Reads in 2018
Winner of the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award (Young People's Literature - Text)
Winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize
Winner of the 2018 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature
Winner of the 2018 Amy Mathers ... Read more

And This Is the Cure

By Annette Lapointe

And This Is the Cure follows Allison Winter, public radio pop-culture journalist and former riot grrrrrl as she regains custody of her adolescent daughter, Hanna, following the murder of her ex-husband. She is unprepared to deal with either the demands of parenting or the fury ... Read more

Boat

By Lisa Robertson

From the author of The Baudelaire Fractal, a poetry classic, with new work

In 2004, boldly original poet Lisa Robertson published a chapbook, Rousseau’s Boat, poems culled from years of notebooks that are, nevertheless, by no means autobiographical. In 2010, she expanded the ... Read more

Butter Honey Pig Bread

By Francesca Ekwuyasi

2021 CANADA READS FINALIST

Longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize; finalist, Governor General's Literary Award; finalist, Amazon Canada First Novel Award; finalist, Lambda Literary Award

An intergenerational saga about three Nigerian women: a novel about food, family, ... Read more

Letters to Amelia

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel

Grace Porter is reeling from grief after her partner of seven years unexpectedly leaves. Amidst her heartache, the thirty-year-old library tech is tasked with reading newly discovered letters that Amelia Earhart wrote to her lover, Gene Vidal. She becomes captivated by the famous ... Read more