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WATCH LIST: September 2014

By Observer Staff

Love Is Strange

Ben and George, an older gay couple in New York City, get married after nearly 40 years together. But newlywed life quickly sours when George’s marital status costs him his teaching job at a Catholic school. To save money, the couple must sell their apartment and bunk in with others, as they struggle to cope with living separately. Sept. 19

Between Gods: A Memoir
BY ALISON PICK (Doubleday Canada)

In her new memoir, Far to Go author Alison Pick traces the impact of a family secret she discovered as a teenager: her paternal grandparents were Jewish, not Christian, and she had ancestors who died in the Holocaust. Years later, in her 30s and struggling with depression, she begins to delve into her Jewish heritage, eventually choosing to move toward a new spiritual identity. Sept. 2

Leaving Tomorrow
BY DAVID BERGEN (HarperCollins Canada)

Award-winning Manitoba author David Bergen returns to rural Canada in his latest novel. Tomorrow is a small Alberta town, and protagonist Arthur has aspirations far beyond the confines of the community. Growing up, he was different from his family, never feeling a strong connection to his home and religion. It takes him leaving Tomorrow to discover the true value of what he left behind. Sept. 16

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
BY NAOMI KLEIN (Knopf Canada)

Canadian activist Naomi Klein focuses on climate change in her first book since 2007’s The Shock Doctrine. To deal with the climate crisis effectively, she argues, the world needs to shift away from free-market systems and overhaul its political and economic structures. This transformation, she believes, is something we can embrace: radical times demand radical change. Sept. 16

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The author is baptized at Central United in Calgary. (Photo courtesy of Al Coe)

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