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Readers rejoice, summer is almost here! It's the high season to indulge in excessive amounts of guilt-free reading whether it’s on the patio at the cottage, poolside in the city, en route to any of your summer destinations or in bed on a breezy summer night.
Check out our reading list for the summer’s best picks.
There’s something for every mood from classic shorts to charming biographies to mind-bending mysteries and more!
Classic Short: Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Most of us are familiar with the cult classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Audrey Hepburn, but have you read the book that inspired the movie?
It’s short and charming, just like Holley Golightly, and contains a few juicy details that the movie left out… Definitely worth a read AND this edition is a collection, so you can enjoy three addition Capote shorts as an added bonus ;).
Biography: The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment and Party Crashing by Gavin Edwards and R. Sikoryak
Who is a better embodiment than summer fun than legendary party crasher, Bill Murray? He’s been a symbol of summer fun since we saw him in Meatballs as a mischievous camp counsellor. If you’re looking for something light that will make you smile, look no farther than The Tao of Bill Murray.
Mystery: The Widow by Fiona Barton
For those of you that love a good mystery, The Widow will keep you guessing until the very last chapter. Barton reminds us that there are many sides to a story. Here, we learn of a crime that takes place in England from the perspectives of the victim’s mother, the detective on the case, the reporter covering the story, the widow of the accused and, finally, the offender.
Fiction: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
If you knew when you were going to die, would it alter how you would live?
The Immortalists begins in New York in 1969 with four curious siblings who seek out a traveling gypsy fortune teller because it was rumoured that she could predict the day you would die. The prophecies the children heard that day affected their next five decades. Benjamin plays with the line between destiny and choice, the nature of our beliefs and familial bonds.
History: Wine and War: The French, the Nazis and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure by Donald and Petie Kladstrup
"To be a Frenchman means to fight for your country and its wine." –Claude Terrail, owner, Restaurant La Tour d’Argent
Wine and War is a fabulous read for wine and history lovers alike! With equal measures of both, you’re sure to develop a fondness for the other by the time you’re done this full-bodied read. Donald and Petie Kladstrup tell the remarkable stories of France’s courageous, clever vinters who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II. If you love this read as much as we did, check out their other book, Champagne: How the World’s Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times.
Inspirational: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A feel-good story of personal triumph and full of life lessons, The Alchemist has become a modern-day classic. Coelho’s international bestseller tells the mystical tale of an Andalusian shepherd boy called Santiago who yearns to travel in search of his treasure. His quest leads him to riches much different and more for fulfilling than what he was originally seeking. His journey teaches us about the wisdom of listening to our hearts, recognizing opportunity, learning to read the omens we encounter along life’s path and, most importantly, pursuing our dreams and greatest desires.
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