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WATCH LIST: October 2012

Have you read or heard anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

By Observer Staff

Sad Songs
Make Me Happy
BY CINDY CHURCH
(Outside Music)


With a voice that’s pure and original, veteran Canadian performer Cindy Church is as comfortable interpreting Tammy Wynette as she is Frank Sinatra. Her fourth solo album is a collection of sad songs, ranging from standards like Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain to lesser-known gems like Can’t Cry Hard Enough, all stripped to the bare emotion at their core. Sad has never been so exhilarating. Oct. 18

The End of Your Life Book Club
BY WILL SCHWALBE (Knopf Canada)


Described as “a son’s love letter to his mother,” The End of Your Life Book Club chronicles the declining health of the author’s mother from pancreatic cancer. Through their shared reading list, Will Schwalbe and his mother discuss faith, politics, their own lives — and, of course, their love of literature. This bittersweet memoir is ultimately a celebration of a life well lived. Oct. 2

Dear Life
BY ALICE MUNRO (Douglas Gibson Books)


The countryside between Toronto and Lake Huron once again becomes the backdrop for this newest collection of short stories by Alice Munro. Three times a recipient of the Governor General’s Literary Award, Munro reveals the quiet dramas of women’s lives with precision and kindness, yet without sentimentality. Dear Life focuses on those moments when a life changes course, sometimes imperceptibly, but always profoundly. Oct. 16

The Riverside Preachers
EDITED BY PAUL H. SHERRY

(The Pilgrim Press)

Reissued in honour of Harry Emerson Fosdick, who would have turned 135 this year, this updated collection features sermons by some of the most celebrated preachers of the 20th century: Fosdick, Robert J. McCracken, Ernest T. Campbell and William Sloane Coffin, Jr. All four ministered at the Riverside Church, an interdenominational, interracial congregation founded in Manhattan in 1930. Oct. 30




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