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Up and Down by Terry Fallis

Up and Down book coverDavid Stewart has left his job on Parliament Hill to join the team at a PR firm in Toronto. Within his first few moments on the job he is assigned to a major project with the Canadian Space Agency and NASA to revitalize public interest. David suggests the most out-of-this-world idea imaginable: hold a contest where two regular, Joe-Blow civilians accompany a shuttle mission for an orbit around the Earth.

Loved it! Light, fun and oh so Canadian. I felt right at home reading about Toronto streets and neighborhoods and was completely swept away to remote and beautiful B.C. (thanks Terry).

This was my first Terry Fallis book and I don’t normally read books that fall under the “humor” category so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Humor, satire and irony mixed with heartfelt and touching moments, with even a little bit of mystery thrown in too. It was a beautiful combination that I certainly didn’t expect and was completely wowed by.

Terry Fallis will be visiting the Pierre Berton Resource Library on September 10th at 7 pm to read and speak about Up and Down. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet this outstanding and award-winning local author!

Just Released: Laughing all the Way to the Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz

Full Title: Laughing all the way to the mosque: a memoir of sorts from the creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie

cover imagezarqa nawaz.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo photoZarqa’s “memoir of sorts” is a comical, light hearted glimpse into what it means to embrace many identities. Zarqa is more than a TV show creator, she is a devout Muslim, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a feminist, a  comedian and a Canadian.

WIth honesty and candor, Zarqa shares her experiences as a young Muslim woman growing up in Canada. From her ‘arranged’ marriage - to her struggle for gender equality in the mosque – to the unique bathroom rituals of Muslims, Zarqa’s memoir is rich with spirit and humour! Her optimistic and joyous approach to life is both entertaining and inspiring.

Zarqa demonstrates how to balance conservatism with a free-thinking (albeit sometimes controversial) attitude to religious rituals and Muslim culture. Readers will learn much about the religion of Islam, including traditions such as hajj, the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, and Eid al-Fitr, the feast to mark the end of Ramadan. Above all, Zarqa’s book is about establishing one’s own unique sense of identity despite the pressures to conform that surround us.

Laughing all the way to the mosque is a celebration of life, love and happiness. Try it for yourself and borrow a copy from your local Vaughan Public Library today!

What to Read this August

One Kick Book CoverKick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, she was found alive six years later. As Kick struggled with PTSD, the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Excelling at martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing, she vowed never to be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick’s experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past.

Librarians are raving about August release One Kick. Get it from VPL and find out why! Check out this list for the rest of the Top Ten and you’re sure to find a new favourite.