Crunchy-Top Blueberry Muffins <br /> Photography by Mark Burstyn Credits: Crunchy-Top Blueberry Muffins <br /> Photography by Mark Burstyn
In the early 1980s, two girls meet in a ballet class in northwest London. Tracey is tough, fleet-footed and defiant, with a mother who indulges her love of pageantry and a father who is in and out of jail. The other girl, our nameless narrator, is cautious and thoughtful, raised by an autodidactic mother with strong feminist, left-wing leanings. Despite their disparate backgrounds, they are immediately drawn to each other by their skin colour—two brown girls in a sea of white—and their love of old-time musicals, and soon find themselves fast, if uneasy, friends. Growing up, the girls put on identities as one might try on costumes, Tracey with her precocious ways and preternatural talent for dance, and the narrator with customary uncertainty and angst, until an unforgivable act on Tracey's part drives a permanent wedge between them. Twenty years later, the narrator finds herself in the orbit of a pop singer named Aimee. She must navigate a world where selfhood is not only a personal choice but also something the world foists upon you, and she wrestles with accepting her roots and the relationships of her youth in the process. This new novel by Zadie Smith is a deft study of identity, coming of age, feminism, race, class and family that treads on weighty issues with the precision of a dancer and the staying power of a classic Hollywood movie.
Whole30, an intensive one-month dietary reboot that requires cutting out dairy, grains, sugar and processed foods, took the Internet by storm last year, as much for its strict approach (cheat once and you have to start from scratch) as its health benefits. But Melissa Hartwig, one-half of the duo behind the program and a certified sports nutritionist, knows that ditching bad habits is usually a more long-term project. Enter her new book, a guide to rethinking your relationship with food, complete with advice on creating your own perfect diet and strategies for overcoming slipups. — Stacy Lee Kong
Food Freedom Forever (Viking Canada)by Melissa Hartwig, $32.
When Zoe Walker sees a photo of herself in a personal ad that she didn't place, she's confused, but not afraid. Soon, more ads, featuring different women, all commuters, appear. Then, Zoe starts seeing those women on the news, the victims of increasingly violent crimes—but no one save Kelly, a transit cop, believes her when she says there's a link. This fast-paced read will have you looking over your shoulder on your way to work, wondering who has been paying attention to you, without you noticing. — SLK
I See You (Berkley) by Clare Mackintosh, $24.
Canadian-born, U.K.- based YouTube star Estée Lalonde's debut book is full of charming no-pressure advice for creating a stylish life, including chapters on beauty, fashion, food and home, all punctuated with regular appearances by her boyfriend, Aslan, and their greyhound, Reggie. But it's in the sections on people and life, where she candidly describes her ever-present struggle with anxiety and what it was like to grow up on the fringes of the in crowd, that Lalonde gets real. — Grace Toby
Trevor Noah was born in South Africa during apartheid to a black mother and a white father—so the title of the comedian and Daily Show host's first book, Born a Crime, is, pardon the pun, no joke. A hilarious but thoughtful read, Noah's essays touch on poverty, racism and his heartwarming, complicated bond with his mother, who, despite her tough love, shares his penchant for laughter. — Kate Wells
Born a Crime (Doubleday Canada) by Trevor Noah, $35.
Love at first bite
Any Ina Garten fan knows that her husband, Jeffrey—who can often be seen smiling blissfully while enjoying a homemade feast on Food Network Canada's Barefoot Contessa—is the one true not-sosecret ingredient to any recipe Ina cooks up. Her newest cookbook (her 10th!), Cooking for Jeffrey, is an edible love letter to her husband, and to the dishes she's been making for him for decades. It features a plethora of recipes that are perfect to serve at a dinner party, such as Camembert & Prosciutto Tartines, Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken, Challah With Saffron, and Limoncello Ricotta Cheesecake. Another reason to love the book: Almost every dish comes complete with a make-ahead tip, so you'll never have to scramble in the kitchen while your guests are enjoying one another's company. If you've been meaning to entertain more, or if you just want reliable, full-flavoured, simple, rustic food to add to your repertoire, this is what you'll want to curl up with. — Jennifer Bartoli
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