The books we're reading this spring | Canadian LivingSource: Amazon. Get the popcorn out, because the gossip is about to get juicy. While discussing The Bachelor, it provides insight into the modern dating scene and delves into the popularity of the show we all know and love. Source: Indigo. Love doesn't have anything to do with mathematical probability. At least, that's what a year-old woman with Asperger's found out. Inexperienced in the art of kissing, math nerd Stella Lane hires an escort to teach her the ways.
The best books to add to your summer reading list
Canadian Living staffers love a good book—and we know you do, too! Here's our latest roundup of new titles to inspire and intrigue you this spring. James, one of my favourite Canadian authors, has done it again. The Broken Girls toggles between Vermont, where reporter Fiona Sheridan investigates mysterious goings-on at the long-deserted girls' school Idlewild Hall, and , in which some of the students detail the events leading up to the disappearance of one of their own. And, of course, through it all looms a vengeful ghost who haunts the campus.
Image by: Alexandra Donaldson. Jojo, despite his tender age of 10 and often unstable circumstances, is wise beyond his years. He devotedly cares for his infant sister, Kayla, and aids his ailing grandmother, all while learning to become a man from his tough and stoic grandfather. It's also a road novel, as Jojo, his young sister and their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, pack the car to pick up his father from prison. Surprisingly, it's a ghost story, too, as both Leonie and Jojo find themselves conversing with and trying to ignore visions of the dead.
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Set in Toronto, the novel features Ayesha, an aspiring poet who has more serious things on her mind than boys, and that includes her handsome and conservative neighbour Khalid. She has a so-so job as a teacher, some hefty student debt she owes her uncle, and a scatterbrained cousin who loves to reject marriage proposals. Khalid, for his part, has his own stuff going on, but is utterly bewitched by the beautiful and forthright Ayesha. Enter a screwball mixup of identities and ideologies and you have a couple to be cheering for. Side note: I bought this for three people on my Christmas list and all three loved it! Patrick deWitt, master of the dark comedy returned with this mother-and-son tale about New York City-based widow Frances Price and her man-child son, Malcolm and an old cat that Frances believes embodies the spirit of her late husband. This was, hands down, my favourite novel of the year.