What was your favourite book of 2020?

We've reflected back and have come up with a list of our Top 10 Books of the year based on popularity in our stores. This year more than ever, books have inspired us, entertained us, and been a welcome pass-time and distraction from an extremely challenging year.

With 2021 upon us, we have another chance to start over fresh in our thinking, priorities, and choices. Below you'll find some of the new books in our stores that inspire health and wellbeing.

Thank you for your support and friendship in 2020. Without you, we wouldn't be here!

Barb & Tom, Jan, Marianne, Antonia, Mitzi & Susan
BOOKS of 2020
A Promised Land
by Barack Obama
In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency - a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Why we like it: Written with eloquence and honesty, this presidential autobiography gives the reader an insightful look at Obama's life and career. A book that lives up to the hype.
Too Much and Never Enough
by Mary L. Trump
Numerous pundits, armchair psychologists, and journalists have sought to parse Donald J. Trump’s lethal flaws. Mary L. Trump has the education, insight, and intimate familiarity needed to reveal what makes Donald, and the rest of her clan, tick. She alone can recount this fascinating, unnerving saga, not just because of her insider’s perspective but also because she is the only Trump willing to tell the truth about one of the world’s most powerful and dysfunctional families.

Why we like it: The stories in this book come from the first hand experiences of Mary Trump, and provide many answers to the questions surrounding the behaviour and leadership of Donald Trump.
All the Devils are Here
by Louise Penny
On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man’s life.

Why We Like It: Another well crafted, thoroughly enjoyable mystery featuring the beloved Inspector Gamache and his family.
American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins
Forced to flee their hometown of Acapulco, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place the dangerous drug cartel they are being tracked by cannot reach them. As they join the countless people trying to reach safety, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something.

Why we Like It: This powerful novel follows a desperate mother and son fleeing from a Mexican drug cartel. Riveting and fast paced, this one may keep you up at night.
Indians on Vacation
by Thomas King
Meet Bird and Mimi in this brilliant novel from one of Canada’s foremost authors. Inspired by a handful of old postcards sent by Uncle Leroy nearly a hundred years earlier, Bird and Mimi attempt to trace Mimi’s long-lost uncle and the family medicine bundle he took with him to Europe.

Why We Like It: Wonderful storytelling by a fantastic, smart, and funny Canadian author. This novel subtly incorporates comments about race and class into an amusing and entertaining story.
The Glass Hotel
by Emily St. John Mandel
Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass-and-cedar palace on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. New York financier Jonathan Alkaitis owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, a hooded figure scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later, Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship.

Why We Like It: Set in the Pacific North-west, this well crafted literary novel moved back and forth in time, weaving together stories of it's complicated, troubled characters.
Takaya: Lone Wolf
by Cheryl Alexander
A lone wild wolf lives on a small group of uninhabited islands in British Columbia’s Salish Sea, surrounded by freighter, oil tanker and other boat traffic and in close proximity to a large urban area. His name is Takaya, which is the Coast Salish First Nations people’s word for wolf.

Takaya: Lone Wolf addresses a number of profound questions and tells a story that is certain to inspire, enlighten, and touch the heart. It is the story of a wild animal, alone yet at peace.

Why We Like It: This captivating and beautifully told story is so much than a eulogy to the majestic, wild creature no longer with us. Conservation photographer Cheryl Alexander uses visual storytelling to capture the unique life of this beautiful, wild animal in this wonderfully inspiring book.
This Tender Land
by William Kent Krueger
After committing a terrible crime, Odie and Albert are forced to flee for their lives along with their best friend, Mose, a mute young man of Sioux heritage. Out of pity, they also take with them a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy. Together, they steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi in search for a place to call home.

Over the course of one summer, these four orphans journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds.

Why We Like It: Heartbreaking, touching, and redemptive, this truly special story incorporates literary fiction, mystery, and adventure. Themes of loss and hardship, but also faith and forgiveness are pervasive in this book. One of our very favourite reads this year.
The Mirror & the Light
by Hilary Mantel
With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

Why We Like It: Historical fiction at it's best, Hilary Mantel's final book in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy once again displays her masterful ability to bring to life the characters within the pages of her books, through meticulous research and wonderful storytelling.
The Answer Is...
by Alex Trebek
This book combines illuminating personal anecdotes with Trebek’s thoughts on a range of topics, including marriage, parenthood, education, success, spirituality, and philanthropy. Trebek also addresses the questions he gets asked most often by Jeopardy! fans, such as what prompted him to shave his signature mustache, his insights on legendary players like Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer, and his opinion of Will Ferrell’s Saturday Night Live impersonation.

Why We Like It: Published just months before his death, this heartfelt autobiography provides insight into the life and work of a man we tuned in to with admiration for many years.
For a happy, healthy 2021
Relax, Dammit!
by Timothy Caulfield
The How Not to Diet Cookbook
by Michael Greger, MD
Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle
by Emily Nagoski
The Dash Diet:
Mediterranean Solution
by Marla Heller
Heart Solution for Women
by Mark Menolascino, MD
Plant-Based Intermittent Fasting
by Libby Limon
Simply Living Well: A Guide to Creating a Natural, Low Waste Home
by Julia Watkins
The 4% Fix: How One Hour Can Change Your Life
by Karma Brown
Keep Moving
by Maggie Smith

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We all know getting something for free these days is pretty unusual. That's why we love giving away a free book each month to a wonderful customer and recipient of our monthly e-newsletter.

This month our lucky winner
will receive, The Forgotten Daughter
by Joanna Goodman
a $21.99 value.