7 Books with Buzz

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Hot new books for your weekend – or anytime! Here’s what we’re reading this month.


CARRY ME (Anansi Press) By Peter Behrens

From Governor General award winner Peter Behrens comes this story of love, war and whims of fate during Europe’s violent early twentieth century. From an idyllic Edwardian summer on the Isle of Wight to the darkening storms of Weimar Germany to London under attack from Zeppelins, the novel is inspired by the author’s own family history. (Stay tuned for our one-on-one interview with Peter Behrens.)

SOME RAIN MUST FALL (Knopf) by Karl Ove Knausgaard

The epic six-volume My Struggle series, which revolves around a young Karl Ove studying literature and life at a writing academy in Bergen, has attracted a cult-like following. Some Rain Must Fall is the fifth novel in the popular series.

RAOUL WALLENBERG: The Heroic Life and Mysterious Disappearance of the Man Who Saved Thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust (Hatchette) by Ingrid Carlberg

This biography, from Swedish journalist Ingrid Carlberg, tells the story of Raoul Wallenberg, Sweden’s Special Envoy to Budapest in 1944. Although perhaps not as widely known as German industrialist Oskar Schindler who saved Jewish workers in Poland by employing him in his various factories, Raoul Wallenberg is credited with saving up to 100,000 Hungarian Jews by creating a system of protective passports and an “international ghetto.”


FAR FROM TRUE (Doubleday Canada) by Linwood Barclay

In the much-anticipated second thriller in the Promise Falls trilogy, what appears to be a simple break-in is linked to multiple murders and a long buried secret. And for residents of Promise Falls, sins of the past and present collide with a terrifying result.


THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR (Random House) by Helen Simonson

In this follow-up to Helen Simonson’s widely successful debut Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, the story once again unfolds in small-town Britain, this time in the sleepy village of Rye, Sussex, in the months before and after the Great War.


WHAT IS NOT YOURS IS NOT YOURS (Random House) by Helen Oyeyemi

This collection of intertwined stories from the award-winning author of Boy, Snow, Bird and Mr. Fox is built around the idea of keys, both literal and metaphorical – the key to a house, a heart, and most of all, the deepest secrets of a person’s life.

THE REVOLVING DOOR OF LIFE (Vintage Canada) by Alexander McCall Smith

In the latest in the series featuring a busy, Bohemian corner of Edinburgh where an eccentric group of old haute bourgeoisie rub shoulders with students and poets, a seven-year-old boy finds liberation from his mundane routine of Italian lessons, psychotherapy and yoga classes when his spirited grandmother comes to visit.