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Here are some books that I've read and liked. Please send me a note to agree, disagree, or tell me of books you've liked that I am missing.

-Danny Peart

 

READING SUGGESTIONS : DANNY’S BOOK CLUB

My favourites to recommend:

 

In the Skin of a Lion – Michael Ondaatje

Fifth Business – Robertson Davies
TGS

The Golden Spruce – John Vaillant

TimeWife

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

A River Runs Through It – Norman Maclean

 

The Spectator Bird -  Wallace Stegner

Cider House Rules – John Irving

ASFNJ

A Song for Nettie Johnson - Gloria Sawai

TKMB

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Famous Last Words – Timothy Findley

 

Fiction

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote


CM

Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier

LNOA

Late Nights on Air – Elizabeth Hay

 


To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

 

The Wreckage - Michael Crummey

ARRTI

A River Runs Through It - Norman Maclean

 

'All good things come by grace and grace comes by art

and art does not come easy.'
                       
Norman Maclean
                       
A River Runs Through It

 

Non-Fiction

The Big Year - Mark Obmascik



The Perfection of the Morning – Sharon Butala

Roadshow and Ghost Rider – Neil Peart


Z

Zeitoun -  Dave Eggers

 

LWW

The Last Wild Wolves – Ian McAllister

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The Golden Spruce – John Vaillant

Working Days – John Steinbeck

AA

Traveling Music, Far and Away and Far and Near - Neil Peart

 

Beyond Everest - Pat Morrow’s book on climbing the 7 summits

Murderous Minds on Trial - Judy Gale and Stanley Semrau, M.D.

 

Short Stories

SVBQ

Sean Virgo – Begging Questions 2006 Collection of Short Stories by a master


Gloria Sawai – A Song For Nettie Johnson Winner of the 2002 Governor General’s Award for Fiction


Alistair MacLeod – Island – The Collected Stories

 

Reading By Author:

Ernest Hemingway - The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway - 1987

Timothy FindleyFamous Last Words

Robertson DaviesFifth Business

Wallace StegnerThe Spectator Bird

Sean VirgoBegging Questions

Sean Virgo - A Traveler Came By

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Tom RobbinsJitterbug Perfume

b

John Irving - Ciderhouse Rules

 

 

Poetry

The Poetry of Robert Frost - Copyright 1969              

LC

Leonard Cohen Book of Longing Published in 2006, this is the definitive Leonard Cohen collection. Enhanced by his visual art.

If You Are Lucky
You Will Grow Old
And Live
A Life Of Errands.

                        Leonard Cohen
                        A Life Of Errands

Pablo Neruda  - Fully Empowered
         -Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair  

'I asked of everything
If it had
Something more.'

        -Pablo Neruda

                                

Lorna Crozier - The Blue Hour of the Day - A selection of Poems from 9 of her earlier books

Al Purdy - To Paris Never Again

Al Purdy

Al Purdy - Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets (1996)

Al Purdy - The Woman on the Shore (1990)

ITEH

Aislinn Hunter – Into the Early Hours

PNC

Wistawa Szymborska - Poems New and Collected (Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996)

My favourite poems:

Happiness - Raymond Carver

Since You Asked - Lawrence Raab

The Great Irish Poets Mark My Passing - Aislinn Hunter
At the Quinte Hotel - Al Purdy

'Whatever I have not discovered and enjoyed
is still waiting for me
and there will be time'

                        Al Purdy
                        On the Flood Plain

 

 

This is Just to Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

                                    William Carlos Williams

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufock by T.S. Eliot

"Let us go then, you and I,

When the evening is spread out against

the sky

Like a patient etherized upon a table;"

 

Reading For Travel

CBC

Africa: Alan Paton – Cry the Beloved Country

Nadine Gordimer

Out of Africa – Karen Blixon
Running With the Moon – Jonny Bealby

Canada:

Newfoundland: The Colony of Unrequited Dreams  & The Custodian of Paradise- Wayne Johnston
The Wreckage – Michael Crummy
Sylvanus Now -  Donna Morrissey

ITSL

Toronto: In the Skin of a Lion - Michael Ondaatje

Cuba:

Hemingway in Cuba - Hilary Hemingway 2003 

France:

Provence: A Year in Provence - Peter Mayle

Paris: Paris to the Moon Adam Gopnik


My Life in France – Julia Child

Cooking For Me and Sometimes For You - Barbara-jo McIntosh

Greece:

The Colossus of Maroussi - Henry Miller  (rec. by Vera’s friend, Lou)

The Greek Islands - Lawrence Durrell

Ireland:

McCarthy’s Bar – Peter McCarthy

Italy:

Lake District: Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms (hospital in Milan, then Stresa and a row down the lake to arrive in Switzerland)

 

Rome: I,Claudius - Robert Graves

Tuscany: Under the Tuscan Sun - Frances Mayes

Mexico – On Mexican Time – Tony Cohan

USA

Chicago: The Time Travelers Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

Venice:

Bread and Tulips - movie starring Licia Maglietta as a runaway housewife who reinvents herself in Venice

 

Writing and Biography

Bird by Bird - Ann Lamott
Inside Memory – Timothy Findley

LOMEP

Editor to Author – The Letters of Maxwell Perkins (Edited by John Hall Wheelock)

 

Books for Youth

OTPYG

Dr. Seuss - Oh, The Places You'll Go!

POTTER

Harry Potter

If at all possible, it would be nice if young readers would start reading
 Harry Potter at about 9 years old. I say this because Harry begins the 
books at 11 years old and each book is another year in their lives until 
18. It’s great when kids can read masterly creative writing about kids 
their own age. After reading each book, it would be good to show the
 movie. They’re all brilliantly done.

 

MFMFDTCOTW

Roald Dahl

Nicholas Books

TI

Treasure Island

Brian Jacques

Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl Series

Cornelia Funke – Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath

TMTS

Michael Soctt - The Magician, The Sorceress

NR

Anthony Horowitz - Night Rise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Danny
Peart