The books that should be on everyone’s Holiday list


With so many books to choose from, finding that perfect gem isn’t always the easiest task. Once again, here are some of our favourites that your loved ones will be thrilled to curl up by the fire with and read this Holiday season.

The Strangers by Katherena Vermette

Winnipeg Indigenous writer Katherena Vermette’s latest novel is one of great importance and relevance as reconciliation and understanding our history is paramount to moving forward as a whole and healthy society. This engaging novel tells the story of how Indigenous families were torn apart and how a family like the Strangers survives and heals. The Strangers is an important, award-winning read for everyone.

Unreconciled - Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance by Jesse Wente

“Part memoir and part manifesto, Unreconciled is a stirring call to arms to put truth over the flawed concept of reconciliation, and to build a new, respectful relationship between the nation of Canada and Indigenous peoples.” Unreconciled invites us into the uncomfortable reality of many Indigenous peoples’ lives in the past and, unfortunately, their tragic reality today. With understanding comes knowledge and change and Unreconciled is an important book to lead us in that direction.

Between two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaquad

Between Two Kingdoms refers to the observation that we live between the kingdom of wellness and the kingdom of illness.  This is Suleika Jaquad’s re-telling of her journey from illness to health and the powerful lessons and insights that journey has taught her.

The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is the genius behind many books such as The Tipping Point, Blink, and most recently Talking to Strangers. The Bomber Mafia, centred on World War II, describes the coming together of geniuses and technology and the decisions made by the commanders in charge that changed the world forever. Not just for the history buff, this fascinating recount of events will have you captivated.

Taste - My life through food by Stanley Tucci

You loved him in Julie and Julia, The Devil wears Prada and obsessed over The Big Night. Now you can revel in Stanley’s personal stories of how food is and has always been at the heart of his life. Enjoy the recounting of his upbringing and his adult life where food is the focus amid the many memories shared with his co-stars and family alike. Thankfully, there are several of his most memorable recipes included along with the story that brought him there. Stanley Tucci is a true modern-day renaissance man who you wished was your next-door neighbour.

Bourdain - The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolever

Many of us are still mourning the loss of the beloved chef and world traveller Anthony Bourdain. This biography by Laurie Woolver introduces us to the raw, honest reality of Bourdain’s life, a glimpse of what drove him, and made him such a charismatic icon.

The number of books to choose from is overwhelming at this time of year. We hope these selections will inspire, educate, amaze, and entertain both you and your loved ones. Have a book you think is a must-read? Share it with us, we can never have too many books on the go!

See something you like? Shop these book selections at Indigo St. Vital Centre:
The Strangers by Katherena Vermette $29.95
Unreconciled- Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance by Jesse Wente $29.95
Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaquad $24.00
The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell $34.00
Taste- My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci $37.00
Bourdain- The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolever $36.99

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