Books received recently at the Geist office.
A young girl yammers about stealing cigarettes, grade 6 and her sister’s no-food diet whilst being photographed by an internet pornographer (Laura Boudreau, Suitable Precautions, Biblioasis); John Glassco enjoys youth in Paris, sipping martinis (Brian Busby, A Gentleman of Pleasure: One Life of John Glassco: Poet, Memoirist, Translator, and Pornographer, McGill-Queen’s); young women anticipate, enjoy and miss out on sexual encounters (Diana Athill, Midsummer Night in the Workhouse, Anansi International).
Art is stolen, pursuit ensues and a book is written in Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art (Joshua Knelman, Douglas & McIntyre); eight of the most outrageous scams of all time are brought to life in Duped! True Stories of the World’s Best Swindlers (Schroeder & Simard, Annick Press); and a woman escapes poverty but squanders her lease on life by stealing a pair of gloves and is sentenced to death (The Hangman in the Mirror, Kate Cayley, Annick Press).
The Blue Dragon brings together new and old romance against the backdrop of an adoption in China, all depicted in seductive and cinematic graphic illustrations (Michaud, Lepage & Jourdain, Anansi); two lovers reunite after a nine-year estrangement (Love Alone, Emmanuel Kattan, translated by Sheila Fischman, Thomas Allen); and romance is threaded through an Australian ghost town, 1930s England and the Spanish Civil War in Come From Afar (Gayla Reid, Cormorant Books).
Margaret returns home from a two-year sojourn at boarding school only to realize her family no longer recognizes her (A Stranger at Home, Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton & Liz Amini-Holmes, Annick Press); Doug Saunders shows that many of today’s problems can be traced back to how cities handled migration into urban centres (Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World, Knopf Canada); and a decorated academic is forced to return to her hometown, where her mother is suffering from dementia and the community is prejudiced against her biracial sons (In the Field, Claire Tacon, Biblioasis).
A child has a premonition of a dam breaking and a nearby town drowns (Riel Nason, The Town That Drowned, Goose Lane); Sol and Lisa escape aboard the St. Louis, a ship full of Jewish passengers leaving Europe (To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis, Kathy Kacer, Second Story Press); and Judith Plaxton follows the story of Felicia and Flower, two girls living their lives—150 years apart (Morning Star, Second Story Press).