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WATCH LIST: SEPTEMBER 2015

By Observer Staff


Everest
DIRECTED BY BALTASAR KORMÁKUR, STARRING JAKE GYLLENHAAL, KEIRA KNIGHTLEY AND ROBIN WRIGHT 
(Universal Pictures/Cross Creek Pictures)

In 1996, a blizzard on Mount Everest took the lives of eight climbers during a summit attempt — one of the deadliest mountaineering disasters in Nepal’s history. Based on survivor recollections, including the account by famed Into Thin Air writer Jon Krakauer, Everest recounts the fateful climb. Sept. 18

Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths
BY ALANNA MITCHELL 
(ECW Press)

Why has the fear of cancer become so pervasive in our society? Despite medical advances that are improving treatment options and survival rates, the disease remains universally dreaded, a symbol of our collective sins. Observer contributor and award-winning Canadian science journalist Alanna Mitchell explores the nature of our fears in her latest book, inspired by her own brother-in-law’s diagnosis with cancer. Sept. 1

My Year of Buying Nothing
BY LEE SIMPSON 
(Wood Lake Publishing) 

In our consumer-driven world, we are constantly buying things, from our morning coffees to extravagant Apple watches. But what if we stopped splurging and only purchased necessities? In 2014, Rev. Lee Simpson took on that challenge, blogging about it for The Observer. Now, she has turned her experience into a book, chronicling the struggle to resist retail temptation and what the challenge meant spiritually. Sept. 19

The Reason You Walk
BY WAB KINEW 
(Penguin Canada)

When his father was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012, Winnipeg broadcaster Wab Kinew set out to reconnect with his own and his family’s past. In his first book, Kinew explores his dual identity — half Aboriginal, half non-Native; his privileged childhood compared to his father’s, fraught with abuse in residential school; and his hopes for the future in a country still learning its Aboriginal history. Sept. 29


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