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Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman star in "5 Flights Up."

WATCH LIST: May 2015

By Observer Staff

The Merit Birds
BY KELLEY POWELL
(Dundurn)

Forced to leave his Ottawa life behind, 18-year-old Cam grudgingly follows his mom to Laos. But just as he’s settling in, he’s falsely accused of a violent crime. Confined in a jail cell, he finds his own perspective widening as the anger that’s defined him begins to give way to empathy. Author Kelley Powell writes with sensitivity about culture, poverty and goodness in her debut novel. May 2

5 Flights Up
DIRECTED BY RICHARD LONCRAINE, STARRING MORGAN FREEMAN, DIANE KEATON AND CARRIE PRESTON
(Focus World)

Ruth (Diane Keaton) and Alex (Morgan Freeman) love their Brooklyn apartment, bought 40 years ago when their hip neighbourhood was considerably more sketchy. But the couple, now retired, know they won’t always be able to climb the five flights home. When their foray into real estate touches off a flurry of complications, love and humour see them through. May 8

Letters to My Grandchildren
BY DAVID SUZUKI
(Greystone Books/David Suzuki Foundation)

In his most personal book yet, Canadian environmental icon David Suzuki shares a life’s worth of wisdom through inspiring letters to his six grandchildren. Offering up insights on everything from feminism and First Nations to sports and the importance of failure, he writes with warmth and passion, weaving in stories and anecdotes from his own experiences as a father and grandfather. May 15

Worship in the City: Prayers and Songs for Urban Settings
BY NANCY ELIZABETH HARDY
(United Church Publishing House)

Traditional worship resources are often paeans to rural life, full of fields, forests and streams. The urban faithful will welcome this new collection of prayers and songs compiled by United Church McGeachy scholar Rev. Nancy Elizabeth Hardy. Celebrating parks and protest marches, the book reveals the Holy Spirit at work in the city. Available through UCRDstore.ca. May 18


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