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From Canadian legends Gordie Howe and Chris Hadfield to a new book about the Beatles to a history of humankind, here are our top picks for this month.

 

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YOU ARE HERE: AROUND THE WORLD IN 92 MINUTES (Random House) by Chris Hadfield

This photo tour from Canada’s favourite astronaut gives a fascinating look at Earth as viewed from space with hundreds of images that bring to life the varied personalities of our planet, including the fabled Nile River framed by the lights of Cairo and Jerusalem, Manhattan awake and at rest, the Himalayas in Tibet, and, familiarly enough, the city of Toronto under fresh snow. The book is also a treasure trove of historical and geographical factoids, and with playful landscape descriptions like ‘slugs’ (Mount Daluo Shan, China), ‘snails’ (Ukenao atoll, Indonesia) and ‘puppy dog… heads’ (Maldives), it’s also a great book to share with the kids and grandkids.

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