Jan Wong, A Comrade Lost and Found: A Beijing Memoir (2007) – Otherwise published and available everywhere as Beijing Confidential.
Michael Dobbs, One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War (2008)
Julian Barnes, Levels of Life (2013)
John Banville, Kepler (1981) – “A novelist’s truth and a lover’s prose” or “narrative art at a positively symphonic level”
John Banville, Eclipse, (2000) – “Magnetic” or “bracing”
John Banville, Shroud (2002) – “Transmuting the prose of the familiar world into the poetry of revelation and renewal.”
Michael Lewis, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (2003)
John le Carre, The Little Drummer Girl (1983)
Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis (2010)
S. Bear Bergman, The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You (2009)
Earl Andersen, Hard Place to Do Time: The Story of Oakalla Prison 1912-1991 (1993) – A prison in the middle of Burnaby. I grew up with maps that listed Oakalla prison but I could never connect the name with the Burnaby I saw from the windows of the SkyTrain.
S. R. Gage, Forgotten Places of the North (2001) – York Factory, Herschel island, and the Mid-Canada Line.
Georgette Gagnon and Dan Rath, Not Without Cause: The Fall of David Peterson (1990) – Former Premier of Ontario, 1985-1990
Virginia Woolf, The Waves (1931) – Filed with To The Lighthouse which I’ve been meaning to read since 2009.
ed. Ian Cockfield, Exact Fare Only 2: Good, Bad, and Ugly Rides on Public Transit (2003)
Carol Shields, Swann (1987)
Colin Angus and Julie Angus, Rowed Trip: from Scotland to Syria by Oar (2009)
Benjamin Black, The Silver Swan (2008) – A novel.
Elizabeth Hay, Garbo Laughs (2003) – A novel.
Taras Grescoe, The End of Elsewhere: Travels Among the Tourists (2003) – Not to travel where no one has gone before, but to where everyone goes, all the time.
Madeline Sonik, Afflictions and Departures (2010) – Essays/memoir.
Myrna Kostash, Bloodlines: A Journey into Eastern Europe (1993)
Joe Upton, The Alaska Cruise Handbook: A Mile by Mile Guide (2005) – “Oh, are you going to Alaska?” No. I just like to read about Alaska, and I like a tourist lens, and cruise ships are crazy, and I can watch them leaving for Alaska from the dock just down the street from where I live, and there’s a map included, and it’s here at Value Village.
William Johnston, Stephen Harper and the Future of Canada (2006)
Eric Schlosser, Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety (2013) – I’d rather have a paperback, but it was $5 at Value Village.