♫ Morning’s here. The morning’s here. Sunshine is near. ♫
Anyone else been watching Friends since it became available on Netflix? Just me, then. Okay.
Let’s get down to business. The voting for whether we list our books a few months in advance is almost over and it very much looks as though the Yes vote has won. We’ll get right on that…in a bit. Today we’ll vote for the Non-Fiction March read, and I’ll put up votes for some other reads soon so we can get those sorted, but I feel as though April and October (our New Release months) should be left open as we really want to pick an actual new release in the new release months. That sound okay? Not too spontaneous for you, Laura? 🙂
Kirt would like to read:
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant
This book has made the shortlist for umpteen awards and won a whopping 7 awards when it came out.
A gripping story of man pitted against nature’s most fearsome and efficient predator.
Outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East a man-eating tiger is on the prowl. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s murdering them, almost as if it has a vendetta. A team of trackers is dispatched to hunt down the tiger before it strikes again. They know the creature is cunning, injured, and starving, making it even more dangerous. As John Vaillant re-creates these extraordinary events, he gives us an unforgettable and masterful work of narrative nonfiction that combines a riveting portrait of a stark and mysterious region of the world and its people, with the natural history of nature’s most deadly predator.
Tania would like to read:
How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir by Amber Dawn
Listed as a Canadian female author to read for International Women’s Day, I’ve been trying to get this book on the podcast for 2 years now. It has also won an award.
Amber Dawn’s acclaimed first novel Sub Rosa, a darkly intoxicating fantasy about a group of magical prostitutes who band together to fend off bad johns in a fantastical underworld, won a Lambda Literary Award in 2011. While the plot of the book was wildly imaginative, it was also based on the author’s own experience as a sex worker in the 1990s and early 2000s, and on her coming out as lesbian.
How Poetry Saved My Life, Amber Dawn’s sophomore book, reveals an even more poignant and personal landscape—the terrain of sex work, queer identity, and survivor pride. This memoir, told in prose and poetry, offers a frank, multifaceted portrait of the author’s experiences hustling the streets of Vancouver, and how those years took away her self-esteem and nearly destroyed her; at the crux of this autobiographical narrative is the tender celebration of poetry and literature, that—as the title suggests—acted as a lifeline during her most pivotal moments.