Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A look back at the books of 2011

Free Press reviewers recall favourite reads this year
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

By now, all the awards have been handed out and the sales figures tabulated. The best books of 2011 have been chewed over endlessly in recent weeks, and so have the bestsellers.

This year, as a New Year’s Eve retrospective, we asked Free Press reviewers to choose a few favourites — titles they loved that might have been overlooked.

Here are their choices, with excerpts from their reviews, listed alphabetically.


Cow: A Bovine Biography,
by Florian Werner
"Werner reminds us that bovines are inextricably linked to humans, and thinking more deeply about our relationship with them can show us a new perspective on our own humanity." — Julie Kentner

It’s So Easy,
by Duff McKagan
"The Guns N’ Roses co-founder and former bassist’s memoir is sobering stuff — and it makes for a compelling read." — David Jón Fuller


Nobody Move,
by Susan Stenson
"The Victoria poet/publisher’s latest book is full of well-worn husbands, of sex and childhood and shaggy dogs." — Ariel Gordon

L’il Bastard,
by David McGimpsey
"McGimpsey takes a fun approach to a timeworn poetic form, with hilarious ‘chubby sonnets’ of 16 lines exploring a life filled to bursting with wit, wordplay, and tacos." — Jonathan Ball

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