The End of Gender
Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in Our Society
International sex researcher, neuroscientist, and columnist Debra Soh debunks popular gender myths in this scientific examination of the many facets of gender identity that “is not only eminently reasonable and beautifully-written, it is brave and vital” (Ben Shapiro, #1 New York Times bestselling author).
Is our gender something we’re born with,... Read more »
Swimming Back to Trout River
A “beautifully written, poignant exploration of family, art, culture, immigration…and love” (Jean Kwok, author of Searching for Sylvie Lee and Girl in Translation) set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution that follows a father’s quest to reunite his family before his precocious daughter’s momentous birthday, which Garth Greenwell... Read more »
How to Pronounce Knife
Named one of the New York Times' "7 New Books to Watch Out for in April," this revelatory story collection honors characters struggling to find their bearings far from home, even as they do the necessary "grunt work of the world." In the title story of Souvankham Thammavongsa's debut collection, a young girl brings a book home from school and... Read more »
An Ocean of Minutes
Shortlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Longlisted for the 2019 CBC Canada Reads
Longlisted for the 2019 Sunburst Award
An unforgettable love story of two people who are at once mere weeks and many years apart, for readers of Station Eleven.
America is in the grip of a deadly flu pandemic. When Frank catches the virus, his girlfriend Polly... Read more »
The Matchmaker's List
One devoted modern girl + a meddlesome, traditional grandmother = a heartwarming multicultural romantic comedy about finding love where you least expect it.
Raina Anand may have finally given in to family pressure and agreed to let her grandmother play matchmaker, but that doesn't mean she has to like it--or that she has to play by the rules.... Read more »
My Summer of Love and Misfortune
“This sort of coming of age story is about Iris Wang: a bumbling, self-absorbed, but ultimately well-intended young lady who reminded me a bit of Becky Bloomwood of the Confessions of a Shopaholic series. The highlight of this story is being treated to a fun description of Chinese culture, and food with the multitudes of food descriptions left me hungry and drooling. It astutely provides insight to the challenges of always being stuck in the liminal spaces whether that is being American Born Chinese, having newfound wealth, or unsure how to meet your beloved family’s expectations. Other strong themes throughout were familial bonds, overcoming family secrets and finding ways to forgive. Iris will frustrate you for the majority of the book as she is quite self-absorbed and never seems to learn as we experience her ongoing tragicomedic series of adventures and mistakes. However, I found the end satisfying and hopeful as she finally begins to grow up and gain some self-awareness and maturity.”Cori, Bright Side Bookshop
Eating, Reading, and Race
No two curries are the same. This Curry asks why the dish is supposed to represent everything brown people eat, read, and do.
Curry is a dish that doesn’t quite exist, but, as this wildly funny and sharp essay points out, a dish that doesn’t properly exist can have infinite, equally authentic variations. By grappling with novels, recipes,...Read more »
On a sunny May morning, social worker Jessica Campbell sorts through her mother’s belongings after her recent funeral. In the basement, she makes a shocking discovery — two dead girls curled into the bottom of her mother’s chest freezers. She remembers a pair of foster children who lived with the family in 1988: Casey and Jamie Cheng — troubled,...Read more »
A lost tiffin. An abandoned child. A boy's desperate search for family.
The dabbawallas of Mumbai deliver box lunches - called tiffins - to white collar workers all over the vast city. They are legendary for their near-perfect service: for every six million lunches sent, only one will fail to reach its intended destination. The Tiffin is about...Read more »
The Wondrous Woo
The Wondrous Woo tells the story of Miramar Woo who is the quintessential Chinese girl: nice, quiet, and reserved. The eldest of the three Woo children, Miramar is ever the obedient sister and daughter … on the outside. On the inside, she’s a kick-ass kung fu heroine with rock star flash, sassy attitude, and an insatiable appetite for...Read more »
Letters to My Grandchildren
In this inspiring series of letters to his grandchildren, David Suzuki offers grandfatherly advice mixed with stories from his own remarkable life and explores what makes life meaningful. He challenges his grandchildren and us to do everything at full tilt. He explains why sports, fishing, feminism, and failure are important; why it is... Read more »
A Life Story
The story of a single tree, from the moment the seed is released from its cone until, more than five hundred years later, it lies on the forest floor as a nurse log, giving life to ferns, mosses, and hemlocks, even as its own life is ending.
In this unique biography, David Suzuki and Wayne Grady tell story that spans a millennium and includes a...Read more »
The Mind-Body Cure
Heal Your Pain, Anxiety, and Fatigue by Controlling Chronic Stress
Dr. Bal Pawa studied mind-body medicine at Harvard University and is an expert in the field. She is regularly invited to share her research at conferences including a 2019 TedX Talk and works often as a media expert on a wide range of women’s health issues.Dr. Pawa brings well-researched and practical advice to readers in order to help them... Read more »
Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being
Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being is the debut collection of essays by Amy Fung. In it, Fung takes a closer examination at Canada's mythologies of multiculturalism, settler colonialism, and identity through the lens of a national art critic.
Following the tangents of a foreign-born perspective and the complexities and complicities in...Read more »
Coconut Dreams explores the lives of the Pinto family through seventeen linked short stories. Starting with a ghost story set in Goa, India in the 1950s, the collection weaves through various timelines and perspectives to focus on two children, Aiden and Ally Pinto. These siblings tackle their adventures in a predominantly white suburb with...Read more »
Some secrets never die…
Priya and Alexandra have moved from the city to a picturesque Countryside town. What Alex doesn't know is that, in moving, Priya is running from her past—from a fraught relationship with an old friend, Prakash, who pursued her for many years, both online and off. Time has passed, however, and Priya, confident that her...Read more »
Tales from the Bottom of My Sole
182 Essential Prose
When a long-lost sister shows up as a trans man named Luke, a series of precipitous events throws the lives of boyfriends Daniel and David into turmoil. While David attends an extravagant family reunion in Sicily, Daniel’s ex Marcus plans the world-premiere of his one-man show. The couple’s vertiginous exploration of sex, intimacy and love...Read more »
Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy
Manjusha Pawagi, a successful family court judge, has written a not-so-typical memoir about her experience with cancer. Wryly funny and stubbornly hopeful, this is her quirky take on what it’s like to face your own mortality when, to be honest, you thought you’d live forever. She describes how even the darkest moments of life can be made...Read more »
Happy Go Money
Spend Smart, Save Right and Enjoy Life
The Social’s finance expert connects money and happiness in this fresh, feel-good guide to financial well-being
Everything tells us that what will make us happy can be bought, whether it’s the latest gadgets, renovated kitchens, or luxury goods. But research has shown that having more money in the bank and more stuff around the house doesn’t...Read more »
Disappearing Moon Café
Disappearing Moon Cafe was a stunning debut novel that has become a Canadian literary classic. An unflinchingly honest portrait of a Chinese Canadian family that pulses with life and moral tensions, this family saga takes the reader from the wilderness in nineteenth-century British Columbia to late twentieth-century Hong Kong, to Vancouver's...Read more »