Lifestyle & Parenting

Beyond the Beach Read

July 10, 2012

Just because you’re not budging from the chaise longue or Muskoka chair
this season doesn’t mean you can’t escape the here and now and summer
reading doesn’t (always) have to mean fluff. Take a mind trip with these
three historical fiction picks, two-thirds of them CanCon.

All That I Am
by Anna Funder

An expert in East German history (her first book, Stasiland, is also
excellent, though nonfiction), here Funder takes a creative approach to
the lives of both real and fictional characters in 1930s Germany, who
opposed Hitler from the earliest years in a little-known (to me, at
least) rebellion. $18.80 at

The Winter Palace
by Eva Stachniak

We love to see a woman making it to the top and this chronicle of
Catherine the Great of Russia’s rise to power (told from the perspective
of one of her spies) will have you unable to put it down and impatient
for the follow-up the author is currently working on. $15.64 at

Above All Things
by Tanis Rideout

Hot weather getting you down? Cool down with this tale of English
mountaineer George Mallory’s 1924 expedition to Mount Everest and
attempt to reach the summit and alongside, an agonizing day in the life
of the wife he left behind in Cambridge. $17.99 at

Kat Tancock


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