Who doesn’t love the perfect book, picked out just for them? This crop includes a beautifully written (and bitingly funny) food memoir; a hilarious (and heartbreaking) Giller-nominated novel; and a twisty tale of family intrigue which proves that life really is stranger than fiction. Maybe you’ll be tempted to pick one or two up for yourself…
For the sister who craves sharp dialogue with a dash of the supernatural
It’s hard to find a more lovable protagonist than 16-year-old Jared, cracker of killer one-liners, baker of pot cookies beyond compare and protector of just about everyone who crosses his path, be it his ailing dad, his flighty mom, the elderly couple next door, or the hockey-star ex-boyfriend of a girl he has a crush on. Meanwhile, nobody seems to have Jared’s back, except for maybe a meddlesome raven that follows him around and sometimes talks to him… Son of a Trickster, by Eden Robinson, $32.