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Open Book's Holiday Gift Guide #12: Wonderfully Random (Part 2)

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The holiday season is here, and there's no better time to cozy up with a good book (or ten!). Open Book's Holiday Book Guide will direct you to some of the most engaging books on store shelves this season. Our Guide has been regularly updated throughout December, featuring a fresh theme with each listing. Our final installment: WONDERFULLY RANDOM (PART 2).


Courageous
by Michael Healey

New Under the Sun
by Kevin Major

Kiss Me! I’m a Prince
by Heather McLeod
and Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan

I’m a Registered Nurse,
Not a Whore

by Anne Perdue

Wild Geese
by Caroline Pignat

The Fetch
by Nico Rogers

Wonderfully Random (Part 2):

Michael Healey's latest play, Courageous (Playwrights Canada Press), is about two sets of characters: Brian and Martin, who are denied a civil ceremony by a city official, and Todd and Tammy, a couple who do get married, but whose life together quickly beings to unravel.

In Kevin Major's novel, New Under the Sun (Cormorant Books), his protagonist, Shannon Carew, returns to her birthplace to take a job working in Newfoundland and Labrador's National Parks system. As she negotiates her past and her new life, she learns about the history of the land.

Having a talking frog for a pet might be more interesting than living as a princess, at least that's what Ella thinks when she meets her frog in Heather McLeod's Kiss Me! I'm a Prince (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), with illustrations by Brooke Kerrigan.

A strong collection of short stories is a wonderful thing, and the eight stories in Anne Perdue's book, I’m a Registered Nurse, Not a Whore (Insomniac Books), will not disappoint. (And surely you're intrigued by the title.)

Wild Geese (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), Caroline Pignat's sequel to her Governor General's Award-winning novel, Greener Grass, follows two Irish teenagers, Kit Byrne and Mick O’Toole, who flee famine-ravaged Ireland and cross the Atlantic in search of Kit's family.

Nico Rogers's The Fetch (Brick Books) is a collection of 28 vignettes about the lives of people who populated outport Newfoundland.



Buy these books at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

Don't miss previous editions of the Holiday Book Guide! Check out the great line up for:
WONDERFULLY RANDOM (PART 1)
FOUR SEASONS
ANIMALS AMONG US
LIFE STORIES
IDEAS & INSPIRATION
CANADIANA
WORK & PLAY
A TASTE FOR CULTURE
CITY LIVING
THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT
STAGE, SCREEN & SONG

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