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Non-fiction Recommendation!

When Manda and the Literary Press Group of Canada started working together and we began receiving book samples from their many amazing publishers, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them! I wanted to share one book that we received from LPG that I read recently and really enjoyed: The Other Side of Midnight: Taxicab Stories (ISBN 9781897174968) was written by Mike Heffernan and published by Creative Book Publishing in Fall 2012.

1897174969This is a work of non-fiction which is comprised of interviews that the author conducted with taxicab drivers in St. John's, Newfoundland. Some of the interviewees are new to the job, some have been at it for more than 20 years. This book was compelling all the way through, and gave me a different perspective on the taxiing industry which I never had before. Very well put together, the stories are grouped by subject and are easy to read. If this peaks your interest, I strongly recommend you give it a read!

National Book Award Finalists

Kevin Powers’ THE YELLOW BIRDS (9780316219365/Little, Brown and Company) and Domingo Martinez’s THE BOY KINGS OF TEXAS (9780762779192/Globe Pequot Press) are 2012 National Book Award Finalists. THE YELLOW BIRDS has been nominated as one of the five finalists for fiction and THE BOY KINGS OF TEXAS has been nominated as one of the five finalists for non-fiction.  The National Book Awards ceremony is November 14, 2012. For a full list of the National Book Award finalists, click here - Congratulations to both nominees!

THE YELLOW BIRDS By KEVIN POWERS 9780316219365 $27.99 Little, Brown and Company

About the Book

"The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year-old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.

THE BOY KINGS OF TEXAS by Domingo Martinez 9780762779192 $18.95 Globe Pequot Press

About the Book

Domingo Martinez lays bare his interior and exterior worlds as he struggles to make sense of the violent and the ugly, along with the beautiful and the loving, in a Texas border town in the 1980s. Partly a reflection on the culture of machismo and partly an exploration of the author’s boyhood spent in his sister’s hand-me-down clothes, The Boy Kings of Texas delves into the enduring and complex bond between Martinez and his deeply flawed but fiercely protective older brother, Daniel, and features a cast of memorable characters. Charming, painful and enlightening, this book examines the traumas and pleasures of growing up in South Texas and the often terrible consequences when two very different cultures collide on the banks of a dying river.

You Thought You Had Problems With Your Ex?

If you haven’t heard of Hilary Winston and don’t yet follow her hilarious Twitter feed, don’t fret!

People don’t usually know who the writers of their favourite TV shows are, but Hilary was a writer for My Name is Earl and currently writes for Community, and you should definitely  get to know her. That’s exactly what this book allows you to do; in it, Hilary tells hilarious stories about her relationships with her two cats and her various romantic interests with a shameless self-awareness and wit.

For anyone who has ever had their heart broken and needed to know that others have similar experiences — here is your proof. Hilary reveals herself through her past relationships and manages to tell heartbreaking stories with a grain of salt and a sense of irony.

Available in hardcover (ISBN 9781402779794) from Sterling May 3rd 2011