Posted: August 28, 2019
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The days of beach trips, popsicles and summer camps are now behind us. So it's time to share some great reads to distract from the busyness of the back to school season. And, as usual, our picks for our PDF icon Featured Titles List - Fall 2019 are wide ranging.


Haben Girma defines disability as an opportunity for innovation. Haben is a warm, funny, thoughtful, uplifting, and captivating memoir about one woman's determination to find the keys to connection.

The ripple effects of a tsunami striking Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula in 1929 are detailed in The Wake by Linden MacIntyre. The loss of life in the tsunami was devastating, but the associated deaths in the following decades make the tsunami all the more catastrophic.

Jesse Thistle’s memoir From the Ashes amps up the conversational momentum around addiction, homelessness and the effects of intergenerational trauma. Thistle’s unflinching ability to be true to his past and present experience, inspires hope and compassion for others in the reader

The unexpected death of her husband led Long Litt Woon to explore a hobby they were going to try together. Rebuilding her life after loss and rediscovering a passion for life, meant taking the time to get lost in the woods. The Way Through the Woods is an ode to the healing power of nature.

Shortly after their daughter comes out as transgender at age 11, Amanda’s partner also comes out. Love Lives Here by Amanda Jette Knox highlights her family’s resolve to be an example of a marriage that survives transition, not another statistic to the contrary.

Award-winning journalist, Anna Mehler Paperny’s Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me is a deep dive into the realities of the mental health system in Canada. Heartbreaking, personal, and informative, it is infused with humour and will help normalize the growing mental health epidemic in our country.

As a fourth generation soldier Kelly S. Thompson thought she knew what to expect of the military experience but she was unprepared for the continuous misogyny and sexism faced by female soldiers. Girls Needs Not Apply is a poignant, sharp look at military life for Canadian women.


In City of Windows, Lucas Page, a brilliant but reluctant investigator, matching wits with a skilled, invisible killer. To identify and hunt down this seemingly unstoppable killer, Page must discover what hidden past connects the victims before he himself loses all that is dear to him

What do you desire when you’re dealing with complex family dynamics – a beer? The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal challenges gender roles, represents the complexities of families in a realistic way, and teaches you a thing or two about the science behind a pint.

Orphaned on the treacherous edge of Newfoundland, a brother and sister survive by depending on each other exclusively, until word of an outside world shows them what they’ve been missing. The Innocents by Michael Crummey is a novel that will challenge our expectations of living versus surviving.

Book Club has never been more scandalous. A simple childish game turns into a complicated game of cat and mouse. Adding a boat full of suspense to her typical female driven narrative, Joshilyn Jackson’s Never Have I Ever plays with the reader as much as the characters are playing with each other.

The dual narratives of Nora and Lurie reflect a bleak and dangerous 1893 Arizona landscape. Inland by Téa Obreht does not focus on the harsh realities, but the characters journeys. A touch of magical realism helps connect the narratives without pushing too hard into the fantastical.

Throughout trying times in her life Abi is sent pages of a self-help book, The Guidebook. Decades after the first pages arrive, she is invited to learn how the mysterious Guidebook came to be. Gravity is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty is a quirky, totally original, heart-warming tale.

For a full-bodied, smooth read – look no further than Vintage 1954 by Antoine Laurain. This translation will have you in stitches as Hubert and his companions travel back to 1950s Paris after drinking a 1954 Beaujolais. If only the return trip were as easy as popping another cork.

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