C.J. Chivers is a Pulitzer-prize-winning author, a former Marine Corps captain and a senior writer for the New York Times. His newest book, ‘The Gun,’ documents the story of the infamous AK47. The book outlines the history of contemporary warfare and manipulative politics. It traces the ascent of the Kalashnikov weapon and the ultimately bleak and terrifying significance of this devastating gun. The author evaluates the potency of this notorious gun within its social, traditional and capability framework. This is a must read for those interested in modern combat and political maneuverings.
U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle holds the record for the most career sniper kills in military history. Kyle’s skill as a marksman made him much feared by enemy insurgents—they even placed a bounty on his head. His book ‘American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US History’ is a riveting narrative. It is an eye-opening account of front-line encounters and an amazing combat chronicle.
‘The Cat’ by Canadian writer Edet Ravel is a haunting story of both grief and resilience. When a single mother loses her only child to a senseless accident she must learn to live with the bitter loneliness and pain of the instantaneous separation. Her total isolation from the world is impossible and slowly the healing begins. This is a well-written story from a talented author!
‘Ru’ by Kim Thuy is a Giller Prize Finalist and a Governor General’s Literary Award-winner. This beautifully sculpted novel introduces a new talent into the world of literature. In Vietnamese ‘Ru’ means lullaby, in French it means small stream and can represent a flow of tears, blood and money. The story journeys from Saigon to the squalor of refugee camps in Malaysia and from there to a fresh start in Montreal. This remarkable tale observes the flashes of loveliness and pleasure, cruelty and anguish, relief and humour that all make their stamp upon life.
Young Adult Pick: ‘Fly Boy’ by author Eric Walters.
DVD Pick: ‘Argo’ starring Ben Affleck (he also directed this film), Alan Arkin and John Goodman. This is an exciting, fast-paced movie, based on the recently de-classified true story of the Iranian hostage situation and the American citizens in hiding who had be extracted from the country. Canada had a huge role in the success of their retrieval and safe return.
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