Fall Must-Reads & Giveaway

Now that fall has certainly arrived with cooler temperatures and those cloudy, rainy days we know too well. it’s so comforting to curl up on a soft couch, maybe in front of a warm, cozy fire and get into a good book. After checking out a myriad of possibilities newly available in Indigo stores, I’ve rounded up my favourite must-reads for fall 2016. There were so many amazing Canadian reads that came out this Fall, I’ve highlighted truly Canadian titles, #ReadtheNorth. Have a look and enjoy!

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To help get you started, we want to give away 5 of the titles below. See the bottom of this post for details on how to enter!

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THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena

How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even–yourself?

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors–a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .

 

 

 

 

9781910701881HOMO DEUS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TOMORROW by Yuval Noah Harari

From the author of the international bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind comes an extraordinary new book that explores the future of the human species.

Humans today enjoy unprecedented levels of power and an increasingly god-like status. The great epidemics of the past – famine, plague and war – no longer control our lives. We are the only species in history that has single-handedly changed the entire planet, and we can no longer blame a higher being for our fate.
But as our gods take a back seat, and Homo Sapiens becomes Homo Deus, what are we going to do with ourselves? How do we set the agenda for our own future without pushing our species – and the rest of the world – beyond its limits?
In this vivid, challenging new book from the author of Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari examines the implications of our newly upgraded condition, from our dogged pursuit of status and happiness to our constant quest to overcome death by pushing the boundaries of science. He explores how Homo Sapiens conquered the world, our creation of today’s human-centred environment, our current predicament and our possible future. And, above all, he asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers?

 

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COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett

#1 New York Times Bestseller

The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

Spanning five decades, Commonwealthexplores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.

When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.

Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

 

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THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins

Three women, three men, connected through marriage or infidelity. Each is to blame for something. But only one is a killer in this nail-biting, stealthy psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession. Just what goes on in the houses you pass by every day? Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and evening, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses.The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared. Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple she learns are really Megan and Scott Hipwell. As she befriends Scott, Rachel pieces together what really happened the day Megan disappeared. But when Megan’s body is found, Rachel finds herself the chief suspect in the case. Plunged into a world of betrayals, secrets and deceptions, Rachel must confront the facts about her own past and her own failed marriage. A sinister and twisting story that will keep you guessing at every turn, The Girl on the Train is a high-speed chase for the truth.

 

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SUPER FOOD FAMILY CLASSICS by Jamie Oliver

Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics continues with the popular philosophy behind Jamie’s Everyday Super Food, bringing exciting healthy eating to the heart of the home.

Freshen up your family favourites and expand your recipe repertoire with new nutritious, tasty meals—make your weekly menu something to shout about.

Sneak in extra veg with Squash Mac ‘N’ Cheese and enjoy a no-arguments family dinner with Chicken Fajitas, Smoky Dressed Eggplant and Peppers. When you need a no-fuss meal on the table fast, try Chicken Goujons or Pasta Pesto, or get ahead with freezer-friendly Jumbo Fish Fingers or Proper Chicken Nuggets. Use ingredients you know the family already loves in new, exciting ways with Sweet Potato Fish Cakes or Chocolate Porridge.

Every recipe is tried and tested and has clear and easy-to-understand nutritional information on the page, including the number of veg and fruit portions in each dish, plus there’s a bumper back section packed with valuable advice on everything from cooking with kids and tackling fussy eaters to good gut health, the importance of fibre, budgeting and, of course, getting more of the good stuff into your family’s diet.

If you’re looking for fresh ideas and an easy way to make healthy eating a part of everyday family life, Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics is the book for you.

 

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DARK MATTER: A NOVEL by Blake Crouch

A mindbending, relentlessly surprising thriller from the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy


“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

 

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Angela Liddon’s eagerly awaited follow-up to the international bestseller The Oh She Glows Cookbook is packed with amazingly simple and delicious plant-based recipes that will keep you glowing from the inside out every day. 

A beautiful go-to cookbook from one of the most beloved cooking stars and food bloggers, Oh She Glows Every Day proves that it’s possible to cook simple, nourishing, and tasty plant-based meals—even on a busy schedule.

 

 

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THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall

2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist

What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable?

George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. Their son, Andrew, assists in his father’s defense, while wrestling with his own unhappy memories of his teen years. A local author tries to exploit their story, while an unlikely men’s rights activist attempts to get Sadie onside their cause. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth, and the meaning of happiness through the lens of an all-American family on the brink of collapse.

 

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THE WONDER: A NOVEL by Emma Donoghue

An Irish village is mystified by what appears to be a miracle but may actually be murder in the next masterpiece from New York Times—bestselling author Emma Donoghue.

A village in 1850s Ireland is baffled by Anna O’Donnell’s fast. A little girl appears to be thriving after months without food, and the story of this ‘wonder’ has reached fever pitch.

Tourists flock in droves to the O’Donnell family’s modest cabin, and an international journalist is sent to cover the sensational story. Enter Lib, an English nurse trained by Florence Nightingale, who is hired to keep watch for two weeks and determine whether or not Anna is a fraud.

As Anna deteriorates, Lib finds herself responsible not just for the care of a child, but for getting to the root of why the child may actually be the victim of murder in slow motion.

A magnetic novel written with all the spare and propulsive tension that made ROOM a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels—as a simple tale of two strangers who will transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil in its many masks.

 

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THE SEASONED LIFE: FOOD, FAMILY, FAITH, AND THE JOY OF EATING WELL by Ayesha Curry

A beautiful family-centric cookbook for the home chef, from Ayesha Curry

In THE SEASONED LIFE Ayesha Curry will share 100 of her favorite recipes and invite readers into the home she has made with her two daughters and her husband Stephen Curry. Ayesha knows firsthand what it is like to be a busy mom and wife, and she knows that for her family, time in the kitchen and around the table is where that balance begins.

This book has something for everybody. The simple, delicious recipes include Cast Iron Biscuits, Smoked Salmon Scramble, Homemade Granola, Mom’s Chicken Soup, Stephen’s 5 Ingredient Pasta, and plenty of recipes that get the whole family involved — even the little ones!

 

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GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier

The hotly anticipated new release from #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist, Raina Telgemeier!

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake -and her own.

Raina Telgemeier has masterfully created a moving and insightful story about the power of family and friendship, and how it gives us the courage to do what we never thought possible.

 

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THE DARKEST DARK by Chris Hadfield

Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield and brought to life by Terry and Eric Fan’s lush, evocative illustrations, The Darkest Dark will encourage readers to dream the impossible.

Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he’s a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem–at night, Chris doesn’t feel so brave. He’s afraid of the dark.
But when he watches the groundbreaking moon landing on TV, he realizes that space is the darkest dark there is–and the dark is beautiful and exciting, especially when you have big dreams to keep you company.

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For more books to read this fall check out Indigo’s Fall Reading List here.

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To help get you started, we want to give away 5 of these titles. Tell me which title is your fave for your chance to WIN in the comments below.

Our winner has been selected. Congratulations Tava!!!
Natalie xx

 

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  • Jenna O
    Reply

    I would really love to read the Common wealth. 🙂

  • Linda
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    My favourite book on this list is SUPER FOOD FAMILY CLASSICS by Jamie Oliver.

  • KittyPride
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    I have rad three of the books which were great reads, The Couple next door, The Wonder and The girl on the train. The Jamie Oliver Super Foods cookbook looks like it may have some good recipes to try in it.

  • Sarah Hitchings
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    ‘The Girl on the Train’ looks superb. Although this title was recently made into a film, I’d much rather read the book! Jamie Oliver’s Super Food Family Classics seems like an excellent book to devour – lots of new recipes to learn and share.

  • Margaret
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    Commonwealth has been on my list!

  • Nicole
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    All the fiction ones sound so good, it’s hard to choose. Let’s go with a Dark Matter 🙂

  • Stevie
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    I’ve made practically every recipe in the Oh She Glows Everyday cookbook. It’s a must have!! Love the list Natalie :).

  • Rebecca
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    Commonwealth

  • Tava
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    My favourite… hmm I don’t know I’ve only read one on the list so far but I’ve heard great things about a few and have them on my to read list, and you can never go wrong with food related books but… you can go hangry! However I’m now most curious about Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – I haven’t heard anything about this title and it’s totally the kind of book that I binge read – freak out – regroup about. So that just shot to the top of my read list!

    • Natalie Langston
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      Thank you to everyone for your comments and entering our Indigo giveaway. Our winner is Tava!!!! Congratulations. Please let me know your email so we can send you your selections!

  • perfume for women
    Reply

    ZbM3DF Looking forward to reading more. Great article post. Keep writing.

  • anette dawn
    Reply

    Major thankies for the article post. Much obliged.

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