Never have I appreciated online shopping more than on Boxing Day. Last year, I tried to visit Yorkdale Mall in Toronto and cars were backed up on the exit of the highway that lead to the parking lot. The chaos began before we even got into the mall! Thankfully, companies like HarperCollinsCanada have a solution for our Boxing Day shopping woes – online shopping! What’s better than online shopping? E-Books online shopping. It is the most accessible and efficient way to buy your books from home and read them immediately after you purchase them. And here is some exciting news: HarperCollinsCanada is offering deals on the titles listed below, starting on Boxing Day and lasting until January 7th! Perfect! This year, instead of waiting on a highway, I plan on snuggling up on my couch to buy and read some of the wonderful (and inexpensive) titles listed below.
Playing with Fire by Theo Fleury
In Playing with Fire, Theo Fleury takes us behind the bench during his glorious days as an NHL player and talks about growing up devastatingly poor and in chaos at home, speaking out about the dark personal issues that haunted him and ultimately derailed his Hall of Fame–calibre career.
Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
For Gabriel and his wife, Chiara, it was supposed to be the start of a pleasant weekend in London—a visit to a gallery in St. James’s to authenticate a newly discovered painting by Titian, followed by a quiet lunch. But a pair of deadly bombings in Paris and Copenhagen has already marred this autumn day. And while walking toward Covent Garden, Gabriel notices a man he believes is about to carry out a third attack. Before Gabriel can draw his weapon, he is knocked to the pavement and can only watch as the nightmare unfolds…
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
The novel begins in August 1974 as a tightrope walker makes his way through the dawn light across the World Trade Center towers, stunning thousands of watchers below. Elegantly weaving together the onlookers’ seemingly disparate lives, McCann’s powerful allegory of 9/11 comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city’s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the tightrope walker’s “artistic crime of the century.”
The Secret Letters of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
After a bizarre encounter with his lost cousin, Julian Mantle—a former high-powered lawyer who suddenly vanished into the Himalayas—Jonathan Landry is compelled to travel across the planet to retrieve letters and mementos that carry the extraordinary secrets that Julian discovered throughout his life.
Any Known Blood by Lawrence Hill
Langston Cane V is 38, divorced and working as a government speechwriter, until he’s fired for sabotaging the minister’s speech. It seems the perfect time for Langston, the eldest son of a white mother and prominent black father, to embark on a quest to discover his family’s past — and his own sense of self.
The Tenth Chamber by Glenn Cooper
When a book dating to the fourteenth century is found after a fire in a monastery in the Perigord region of France, Luc Simard—an archaeologist with a flawless academic career and a flawed history with women—is called on to help decipher the mysterious illustrations that dot the coded manuscript.
The Far Side of the Sky by Daniel Kalla
Desperate to escape Nazi Germany, Franz Adler — a secular Austrian Jew and surgeon — learns that European Jews are able to travel without a visa to Shanghai, the cosmopolitan “Paris of the East,” and thus embarks with his family on a risky journey that will take them to an unknown future halfway around the world.
The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland
In this first of three books inspired by the life of Josephine Bonaparte, wife of Napoleon, Sandra Gulland recreates the astonishing world of a young girl who transforms herself into one of the most powerful women in history.
The Worst Thing She Ever Did by Alice Kuipers
All Sophie wants is to forget what happened last summer. Lost in memories of the life she had before that terrible day, Sophie retreats into herself. But it’s only so long before she must confront the tragedy of her past so she can face the future.
The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
In the first volume of Guy Gavriel Kay’s classic trilogy The Fionavar Tapestry, five Toronto university students encounter a man who will change their lives, taking them from our world to discover their roles in an epic war looming in the first of all the worlds: Fionavar.
Next by Michael Crichton
Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and genetic ownership shatters our assumptions.
The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby
When Prudence Burns learns she has inherited a farm from her uncle, she also discovers that the bank is about to foreclose on it unless she can turn things around, fast. Bursting with a motley crue of characters, The Woefield Poultry Collective is a heartwarming novel about learning how to take on a challenge, facing your fears and finding friendship in the most unlikely of places.
Juliet by Anne Fortier
When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety deposit box in Siena, Italy, she is told it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a winding and perilous journey into the history of her ancestor Giulietta, whose legendary love for a young man named Romeo rocked the foundations of medieval Siena and continues to curse both families involved in Shakespeare’s unforgettable blood feud.
A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff
Phoebe has finally achieved her lifelong dream of opening her own vintage dress shop, but it is not until she meets Thérèse—an elderly Frenchwoman with a storied clothing collection for sale—that she is able to finally confront her past and learn to love again.
Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay
When she decides to auction her remarkable jewelry collection, Nina Revskaya, once a great star of the Bolshoi Ballet, believes she has finally drawn a curtain on her past. Instead, the former ballerina finds herself overwhelmed by memories of her homeland and of the events, both glorious and heartbreaking, that changed the course of her life half a century ago.
Miss New India by Bharati Mukherjee
Miss New India traces Anjali as she flees her traditional lower-middle-class family and their native backwater town for the fast-growing metropolis of Bangalore, where she is trained to sound like an American and work at a high-paying call centre. But the seductive pull of modernity has a dark side, and it is those dangers that threaten Anjali’s transformation at every turn…
Girl Crazy by Russell Smith
Justin, a dissatisfied community college teacher, meets Jenna and is attracted at once to her mixture of toughness, vulnerability and ripe sexuality. Jenna is unlike anyone Justin has ever known — through her he discovers a world of drugs and sex, casual violence and intimidation that at first frightens and then thrills him.
The Final Reckoning by Sam Bourne
When a security guard at the UN shoots a harmless old man mistakenly suspected of being a suicide bomber, Tom Byrne—a long way from his days as an idealistic young lawyer—is called in to placate the man’s family. But Tom soon discovers that this is just the latest in a chain of hundreds of unexplained deaths linked to a powerful brotherhood, and begins to uncover the last great secret of World War II.
The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
Reminiscent of Charlotte Bronte’s classic Jane Eyre, The Flight of Gemma Hardy traces the titular character’s journey from her peaceful home in Iceland to a strict Scottish private school and finally to an au pair job on the Orkney Islands, where she strikes up an unlikely friendship with her eight year old charge and discovers her employer’s secret.
Breath by Tim Winton
Set on the Western coast of Australia, Breath is about two boys who fall under the thrall of Sando, a veteran big-wave surfer, and his enigmatic wife, Eva, and are initiated into forbidden worlds of peril, testing the boundaries of athleticism, friendship, sexuality and mortality.
Stasiland by Anna Funder
Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany, which ceased to exist in 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell and the two Germanies reunited. Each enthralling story depicts what it’s like to live in Berlin as the city knits itself back together—or fails to.
Lauchlin of the Bad Heart by D. R. MacDonald
There was a time when Lauchlin MacLean was a promising welterweight boxer, a time when his heart was strong and fit, a time when he might have had a future. But instead, he stayed in his tightly knit Cape Breton community, in an island of safety where family roots run deep. Now in his 50s, Lauchlin finds his heart tested again by a beautiful blind woman, the wife of a friend—and by a dark plot for revenge born of blood spilled in the forests that surround the village.
Five Seconds at a Time by Denis Shackel
When a tragic mountain-climbing accident left business professor Denis Shackel alone and stranded, he turned to the leadership principles he’d been teaching to survive the longest night of his life. Since then, he has been helping students, executives and corporations use the proven “five seconds at a time” technique to achieve success in business and in life.
Noah’s Turn by Ken Finkleman
Noah’s Turn is the darkly humorous story of Noah Douglas, a failed television writer who is intensely jealous of a more successful friend. Jobless, wifeless, Noah drifts through the cold winter, alternately drinking, visiting an elderly aunt whom he hopes will die and leave him money, and sleeping with whomever will have him.
My Friend the Mercenary by James Brabazon
Set in the bloody world of Liberia’s rebels, My Friend the Mercenary is an exploration of the unlikely friendship between its author, a young war journalist and filmmaker, and his bodyguard, a former South African soldier and mercenary commander. It is a brutally honest and undeniably human account of a journey into the heart of what it takes to be a friend, a survivor and a journalist in the morally corrosive crucible of war.
Deafening by Frances Itani
Set on the eve of the Great War, Deafening spans two continents and the lives of a young deaf woman and her beloved husband. Frances Itani’s astonishing depiction of a world where sound exists only in the margins is a singular feat in literary fiction, a place difficult to leave and even harder to forget.
The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave
Set adrift by his wife’s suicide and struggling to keep some sort of grasp on reality, Bunny Munro drives off in his yellow Fiat Punto, Bunny Jr. in tow. When his bizarre road trip shades into a final reckoning, and when England’s small towns seem to become stopping points in a strange, mythical landscape, Bunny realizes that the revenants of his world — decrepit fathers, vengeful ghosts, jealous husbands and horned psycho-killers — lurk in the shadows, waiting to exact their toll.
The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen
Ten-year-old Judith McPherson is a devout Christian, but a violent school bully and strike at the factory where her father works threaten her perfect world. Believing herself to be God’s chosen instrument, Judith is forced to accept the great weight of her power in order to keep her faith—and her family—alive.
Life Mask by Emma Donoghue
Life Mask weaves together three disparate lives—those of an eccentric young widow, a man rich in finances but not in appearances and the Queen of Comedy at Drury Lane Theatre—during a time of looming war and terrorism, glittering spectacle and financial disasters, when the wealthy liberals of the Whig Party are working to topple a tyrannical prime minister and a lunatic king.
Happy shopping & happy reading!
The Savvy Reader Team.