2017 Reads

BANANA BOYS by Terry Woo

Five Friends. One Suicide. ’90s style. Consumer culture. Technology progressing faster than human relationships can handle. Second-generation Chinese-Canadian race politics. Life in the GTA. Life after U of Waterloo. Life after life.

 

IN SEARCH OF APRIL RAINTREE by Beatrice Mosionier

Adoption: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Survival. Legacy. Roots. The impact of colonialism. The impact of family. Trying to get by in a “white man’s world.” How to save a life.

 

WHEN SKATEBOARDS WILL BE FREE by Said Sayrafiezadeh

Dystopian memoir. Socialist Parenting 101. When the Left looks a lot like the Right, which way do you go? Growing up Irani and Jewish in ’70s ‘Merica. Growing up with a “revolutionary” for a father. Growing up without a “revolutionary” for a father. Growing up.

 

 THE MADONNAS OF ECHO PARK by Brando Skyhorse

Amexicans. Strangers on familiar land. The struggle to survive the ghetto. The struggle to survive. How to belong to a place that keeps changing. Gentrification. Who are you when you’re nobody?

THE POMEGRANATE LADY AND HER SONS by Goli Taraghi

Alienation. Exile. An apologetic thief, fugitive sons. When your employee becomes the boss of you. When your spouse becomes your excuse. Life’s little absurdities. Re-imagining “home.”

THE NARCISSISM EPIDEMIC by Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell

Generation ME. The problem of self-esteem. What kind of world encourages you to customize your face? The false promise of material security. Millennials: friends or foes? Oh, and there’s a narcissism quiz. Like, in the book. What more could you need?

BANANA BOYS by Terry Woo

Five Friends. One Suicide. ’90s style. Consumer culture. Technology progressing faster than human relationships can handle. Second-generation Chinese-Canadian race politics. Life in the GTA. Life after U of Waterloo. Life after life.

 

IN SEARCH OF APRIL RAINTREE by Beatrice Mosionier

Adoption: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Survival. Legacy. Roots. The impact of colonialism. The impact of family. Trying to get by in a “white man’s world.” How to save a life.

 

WHEN SKATEBOARDS WILL BE FREE by Said Sayrafiezadeh

Dystopian memoir. Socialist Parenting 101. When the Left looks a lot like the Right, which way do you go? Growing up Irani and Jewish in ’70s ‘Merica. Growing up with a “revolutionary” for a father. Growing up without a “revolutionary” for a father. Growing up.

 

 THE MADONNAS OF ECHO PARK by Brando Skyhorse

Amexicans. Strangers on familiar land. The struggle to survive the ghetto. The struggle to survive. How to belong to a place that keeps changing. Gentrification. Who are you when you’re nobody?

THE POMEGRANATE LADY AND HER SONS by Goli Taraghi

Alienation. Exile. An apologetic thief, fugitive sons. When your employee becomes the boss of you. When your spouse becomes your excuse. Life’s little absurdities. Re-imagining “home.”

THE NARCISSISM EPIDEMIC by Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell

Generation ME. The problem of self-esteem. What kind of world encourages you to customize your face? The false promise of material security. Millennials: friends or foes? Oh, and there’s a narcissism quiz. Like, in the book. What more could you need?