Up and Down David Stewart, fresh from the Canadian Space Ministry, proposes NASA revitalize their PR with a Citizen Astronaut. A lottery for one Canadian and one American to visit the International Space Station chooses a too-perfect Texan, and a aged lesbian bush doctor pilot. How can he keep his job and still do the right thing?
The Solitude of Prime Numbers. I just finished reading Paolo Giordano's exquisite award-winning novel this morning (Oct 5, 2014). A physicist, Giordano has a musician's ear for language and an artist's appreciation for detail that lends poetic grace to this heart-wrenching coming-of-age story of two lonesome young people. This was a joy to read.
All Things Bright and Beautiful: memoirs of a country vet in rural England, circa 1930. Each chapter is a short anecdote -- sometimes funny, sometimes touching, sometimes sad. Small town personalities much larger than the livestock they call him for. Like Chicken Soup For the Soul.
One of those rare books that had me laughing out loud. Smart, witty and wickedly funny take on Canadian politics and academia. A not-to-be-missed read thaat brings levity into the dismal world of contemporary politics.