Offbeat’s Top Books

Here they are, Offbeat’s favourite reads from 2020! Would you like to see your top picks posted this time next year? Then join the club! Here’s how. 

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

I’m going through all her books! They are quite interesting. You get a great feel of how remote the locations are in this book.

 

Rule of Three by Megan McDonald

I’ve enjoyed all the books in this series with my daughter. It’s been such a great experience with lots of bonding.

 

In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Since travel is off-limits, travel books have been great.

 

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas J. Preston

I heard about this book from one of the Offbeat member’s top picks from last year. Loved it!

 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I got wrapped up in this story and could not put it down. Scenes of a fading starlett were done very well.

 

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Just a fabulous read. Sounds like people either love or hate it, but I loved it.

 

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamil

Didn’t do as much reading I normally do but this move was a very memorable read.

 

Untamed by Glendon Doyle

Just loved it. Simply put.

 

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

Desperately needed to talk to people about it this book after reading it. 

 

Aria by Nazanine Hozar

I got this book as a gift from the book club and absolutely loved it.

The Trip to Echo Springs by Olivia Laing

Part memoir, part travelogue, this is just and an honest and artfully written book on the connection between alcohol and the relationships of some of literature’s memorable names.

Next Read

How to Do Nothing:
Resisting the Attention Economy
by Jenny Odell

Print |eAudiobook (hoopla)

“Odell’s great strength as a writer is her ability to convey art’s unique power without overestimating or misstating its social impact. . . . Ultimately, what sets her book apart from self-help is not a less quixotic set of demands but a more life-affirming endgame.”—Megan Marz, THE BAFFLER

We’ll discuss this book and more on February, 25 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. To find out how to join email offbeat@sapl.ca

The Offbeat Book Club is a drop-in book discussion group for 20-40 somethings who want to read mostly new, sometimes bold, and always entertaining books. Basically, we read books you’ll want to read, and not the ones you “should.”

Meetings take place five times a year at various restaurants* throughout St. Albert and are facilitated by library staff.

Offbeat Book Club

The Skin We’re In
by Desmond Cole:
A Year of Black Resistance and Power

Print | eBook

Additional “book club only” copies are available at the Adult Information Desk upon request.

The Offbeat Book Club will meet on Sunday, October 25 at 6 PM via zoom. We’ll discuss the book before tuning in to watch the author, Desmond Cole, live in conversation at STARFest.

To find out more about Offbeat or to register for this program, contact us by e-mail at offbeat@sapl.ca or by phone at 780-418-6621.

“The sheer strength of this book arises from its insistent linking of policing, public education, migrant labour, impoverished neighbourhoods, and the fates of refugees. The Skin We’re In is about the interlocking forces besieging Black life in Canada… Desmond Cole is an urgent and essential voice from a generation that will be heard.”

~ David Chariandy, author of Brother

About Offbeat

*Due to COVID 19 current meetings take place online via Zoom.*

The Offbeat Book Club is a drop-in book discussion group for 20-40 somethings who want to read mostly new, sometimes bold, and always entertaining books. Basically, we read books you’ll want to read and not the ones you “should.”

Meetings take place five times a year at various restaurants* throughout St. Albert and are facilitated by library staff.

The books are chosen by club members ahead of time and are sometimes available from book club copies or as part of the regular library collection including eBook and eAudio formats.

Contact us by e-mail at offbeat@sapl.ca or by phone at 780-418-6621.