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  • The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World (CBC Massey Lecture)

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Fans of travel literature and history Readers looking for celebrated anthropologist Wade Davis’s take on what ancient cultures have to offer modern civilization Anyone curious about the meaning of life


  • Not Wanted on the Voyage

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of social commentary Readers interested in an “alternative” version of the story of Noah’s ark Fans of irreverent satire


  • Three Day Road

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of historical fiction or Native Canadian stories circa World War 1. Readers interested in a story about a woman living off the land and a young man scarred by war. Anyone looking for a touching page-turner about family bonds, nature conservation, and indigenous issues.


  • Crow Lake

    In northern Ontario, Kate Morrison and her three siblings are orphaned when their parents die in a car crash. The eldest brother, Luke, decides to keep the family together and raise his siblings. Kate has always looked up to her brother Matt – he inspired her career - but a...


  • Revenge of the Vinyl Café

    Dave and Morley and the rest of the gang are back, this time confronting some of their deepest fears: Dave’s of dolls and germs; Morley’s of public nudity and drop-in visits. In this Vinyl Café collection (McLean’s seventh) Dave falls into the sewer, is haunted by his sister, Annie’s, life-size...


  • The Birth House

    Dora Rare is the first daughter in five generations of male Dares. She is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken Acadian midwife and healer and becomes her apprentice: together, they help the women of Scots Bay, an isolated village in Nova Scotia, in countless ways. But, times are changing: World...


  • Bone and Bread

    Two sisters, Beena and Sadhana, grow up in the shadow of tragedy. Their parents have died and, as teenagers, a Sikh uncle who runs a Montreal bagel store looks them after. The narrative jumps between present and past as Beena tries to cope with Sadhana’s untimely and mysterious death. Perfect...


  • Annabel

    An intersex baby is born in rural Labrador in 1968. Raised as a boy (Wayne) his female side (Annabel) aches to break free. This quiet, gorgeous novel will change how you think about identity, gender constructs, and judgment. Perfect for: Those who like subtle, beautifully-written novels. Fans of Canada’s Giller...


  • Cockroach

    In Montreal’s frigid winter, a thief has attempted suicide and failed. In subsequent sessions with a therapist, we begin to learn about his life. An immigrant from the Middle East, he leaves his war-torn country to become a self-described cockroach: dispossessed and alienated. Dark and nihilistic, with vivid imagery, it’s...


  • The Silent Wife

    Life is good for long-term partners, Jodi Brett and Todd Gilbert. Or so they would have you think: through the omniscient narrator we see that not only is their 20-year marriage “approaching a final stage of disintegration” but that, in just a few short months, Jodi will become a killer....


  • Lullabies for Little Criminals

    Baby is about to turn 12 years old: her mother is dead and her father’s a junkie. She comes of age on the streets of Montreal in a neighbourhood replete with poverty, prostitution and drugs. With a colourful cast of characters, this book will simultaneously entertain and break your heart....


  • Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

    These nine, beautifully crafted short stories about love in all its messiness, are both subtle and powerful. Munro is the master of creating satiating worlds in no time at all – worlds whose characters exude more complexity than we initially give them credit for. This collection also includes “The Bear...


  • 419

    In Nigeria, “419” refers to a code of law dealing with fraud. In this suspenseful story about desperate acts – and the difficult reasons behind them – Ferguson takes readers to Africa to discover the how and why behind the world of fraudulent emails – and the four people whose...


  • The Sisters Brothers

    Eli and Charlie Sisters are hired assassins. During The Gold Rush Era. Their boss is The Commodore. That’s already too much info. Jump on in.Perfect for:Lovers of the Coen brothers’ movies.Anyone looking for a Western-style book with some added spunk.  Those who appreciate dark wit and humour. 


  • In the Orchard, the Swallows

    Set in Pakistan, the novella opens with our narrator – recently released from prison – rescued from a ditch by the kind and scholarly, Abbas, who encourages him to reenter the world of the living. To do this, the narrator walks, everyday, to visit his family’s former orchard where he...


  • The Girls

    Told from the alternating perspectives of conjoined twins – Ruby and Rose – this stunning novel follows the repercussions – and advantages – of sharing one heart with another human being. Great for: • Most fiction lovers • Anyone looking for a wonderful, Canadian novel • Readers interested in discovering...


  • The Sexual Paradox: Extreme Men, Gifted Women and the Real Gender Gap by Susan Pinker

    An intelligent, thought-provoking and mind-bending look into our assumptions about gender – including why men still get paid more, why we mistakenly think the genders are the same, and more – Pinker weaves together interviews, data and findings from in-depth studies in this comprehensive read. Great for: • Parents and...


  • Barney’s Version

    As a proud Montrealer, I'm biased towards Richler's writing: okay, I think he's a genius. The story follows Barney Panofsky’s take on his three marriages and the mysterious disappearance of his friend, Boogie. Dotted throughout the book are his son, Michael’s, fastidious footnotes in this tale featuring one of the...


  • Fall on Your Knees

    A gorgeous story spanning four generations of a Canadian family, this page-turner begins in the early 20th century when James Piper marries Materia, a teenage, Lebanese girl from a wealthy family. When the couple give birth to Kathleen, a dangerous obsession develops for which many family members will pay the...


  • A Tale for the Time Being

    16-year-old Nao is bullied and ponders ending her life in a café in Tokyo while recording her deepest thoughts (and admiration of her 104-year-old Zen Buddhist great-grandmother) in her newly purchased diary; on an island in British Columbia, a writer named Ruth finds a diary washed up – perhaps debris...


  • A Complicated Kindness

    Told from the perspective of teenage Nomi, this is a gorgeous exploration into the isolation of a Mennonite community and the challenges of coming-of-age. Great for: Literary fiction lovers Readers who enjoy teenage narrators Discovering a great Canadian author


  • The Beggar Maid

    If you’re unfamiliar with Munro's talent, this is a good place to start: this gorgeous compilation of linked short stories investigating the relationship between Flo and her stepdaughter, Rose, weaves spectacular prose throughout the tiny details of everyday life.Great for:Alice Munro loversReaders of eccentric charactersAnyone looking for a fantastic collection...


  • Girl Unwrapped

    Set in Montreal in the 1960s, Girl Unwrapped tells the of Toni Goldblatt, daughter of Holocaust survivors, as she examines her sexual identity and grows up in the shadows of the war.Great for:An intelligent coming-of-age storyReaders interested in a tale about emerging sexual identityThose who would like an accurate portrayal...