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WATCH LIST: April 2014

By Observer Staff

Bears
DIRECTED BY ALASTAIR FOTHERGILL AND KEITH SCHOLEY (Disneynature)


Set in the Alaskan wilds, Disney’s stunning new nature documentary charts a year in the life of a family of brown bears. The story opens in spring, when the family emerges from hibernation and begins a journey down the mountain. As the seasons change, the two playful cubs learn important survival lessons, from finding food to avoiding the wolf pack that shares their territory. April 18

Magda and André Trocmé: Resistance Figures
EDITED BY PIERRE BOISMORAND (McGill-Queen’s University Press)


During the Second World War, Protestant pastor Rev. André Trocmé and his wife, Magda, inspired a resistance network in France that saved thousands from deportation to Nazi concentration camps. They went on to advocate for anti-colonialism and nuclear disarmament, meeting with leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. Combining sermons and speeches with personal letters and diaries, the book reveals the couple’s lifelong commitment to peace. April 1

Learning to Walk in the Dark
BY BARBARA BROWN TAYLOR (HarperOne)

American theologian Barbara Brown Taylor isn’t afraid of the dark. In her new book, she dives into caves, nightclubs, subterranean chapels and unlit cabins in the woods. The dark isn’t evil or dangerous, she discovers, but a place where we find courage and see the world in new ways. By tuning in to the spirituality of the nighttime, we feel God’s presence guiding us through harrowing times. April 8

All My Puny Sorrows
BY MIRIAM TOEWS (Knopf Canada)


Meet two unforgettable sisters: Elf, a world-famous pianist intent on suicide, and Yoli, a writer of rodeo-themed young adult novels who is determined to keep her older sibling alive. With her trademark blend of wit and heartache, Miriam Toews, author of the Canadian bestseller A Complicated Kindness, again takes readers inside the world of a modern Mennonite family. April 15




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