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You know we love a good read here at The Social. We’ve covered more than 50 books at The Social Chapter and we always have amazing authors on the show. But how do you find the perfect summer read? There’s a lot to choose from and it can be a little overwhelming…until now.
This summer, we’re hoping to take your reading game to the next level with The Social’s Summer Reading List. Every weekend, all summer long, we’ll reveal a specially-curated book list that will keep you occupied through the BBQs, the bonfires, the picnics and family fights. From the best beach reads to the most riveting true crime, we’re gonna do all the work for you. Who knows—maybe our resident book nerd, Jess Allen, will also throw in some of her summer picks!
This week, we’re celebrating all things Canadian. Happy reading
Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga
House of Anansi Press, 2017
Between 2000 and 2011, seven Indigenous youths died while attending school in Thunder Bay, Ont. Talaga’s award-winning book tells these students’ stories—how they were failed by police, by bureaucracy—and explores Canada’s dark history of human rights violations against Indigenous communities.
BUY NOW: Indigo | $20
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalauddin
Romance, complicated family dynamics, a case of mistaken identity—this book’s got all the essential ingredients of a juicy summer read. Jalauddin’s breakthrough novel has been described as a modern-day Pride and Prejudice, but instead of Elizabeth Bennett, it’s Ayesha Shami who’s charming her way into the hearts of readers everywhere.
BUY NOW: Amazon | $21
Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui
Douglas & McIntyre, 2019
In 2016, Hui, the national food reporter for the Globe and Mail, drove across Canada to discover the history of small-town Chinese restaurants and the families who run them. She wrote about everything she learned, including her own family’s story, in Chop Suey Nation.
BUY NOW: Amazon | $23
Glorious & Free, The Canadians by Kim Bozack and Rita Field-Marsham
When we sing the national anthem, we hear the words “glorious and free”, but how do those two words represent our country and the people who call it home? Bozack and Marsham spent seven years interviewing Canadians to find out. Their goal? To find Canadians from coast to coast that represent the diversity of the country.
BUY NOW: Indigo | $45
Out of the Shadows by Timea Nagy
Penguin Random House Canada, 2019
Timea Nagy is considered the face of human trafficking in Canada. She spent three months in the hands of traffickers who raped, abused and enslaved her in Toronto. It’s been more than two decades since she escaped the world of sex slavery and since then, Nagy has dedicated her life to advocating against human trafficking around the world. She opens up about how she went from slave to survivor in this eye-opening memoir.
BUY NOW: Indigo | $17
Resilience: Navigating Life, Loss and the Road to Success by Lisa Lisson
ECW Press, 2017
At 37, Lisa Lisson seemed to have it all: a loving husband, four wonderful children, and a successful career as a corporate executive. Then, disaster struck and her life was flipped upside down. In her memoir, Lisson shares her inspiring story of how she overcame her husband’s tragic death, raising four children alone, and becoming the first female (and first Canadian) president of FedEx Canada.
BUY NOW: Amazon | $25
Feeding My Mother by Jann Arden
Penguin Random House, 2019
For years, Jann’s fans have been getting an intimate look at her life via social media, where she posts about everything from life on the road to her role as a caregiver for her aging parents going through illness. Her posts soon evolved into a book that’s part memoir, part cookbook. Feeding My Mother is a funny and honest account of the life-changing transformation in Arden’s life that turned her into the primary “parent”.
BUY NOW: Indigo | $19