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Hey, All You Media Hounds, Inta-Junkies and Radical Beach Bums ... Consume This! CD Editors Share Their Favourite Books and DVDs for Summertime Fun and Inspiration

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Hey, All You Media Hounds, Inta-Junkies and Radical Beach Bums ... Consume This! CD Editors Share Their Favourite Books and DVDs for Summertime Fun and Inspiration


BOOKS (FICTION)

Miriam Toews, A Complicated Kindness Knopf, 2004

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Major contemporary Mennonite-Canadian novel. Exquisite prose.

--H.H.

Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road Penguin, 2005

Chronicles the tragic lives of two Aboriginal servicemen, and the marginalization they endure from their fellow Canadians.

--K.L.

Patrick O'Brian, Desolation Island HarperCollins, 1997

Book five in Napoleonic Era historical-fiction series about life, friendship and war among imperialism's shock troops: the officers and seamen of the British Navy.

--E.J.

Zadie Smith, White Teeth Penguin, 2000

Smith's acclaimed first novel, which deals with race, religion, friendship and conflict in a comic epic of multicultural Britain.

--E.J.

Ursula K. Le Guin, Four Ways to Forgiveness Perrential, 1994

Brilliant sci-fi, which captures the contradictions of unfinished revolutions in terms of class, race and gender.

--D.P.

Nicole Krauss, The History of Love Norton, 2006

A must read--the unofficial obituary of passionate octogenarian Leo Gursky, who deliberately draws attention to himself to make certain of his own existence.

--L.H.

BOOKS (NON-FICTION)

Makere Stewart-Harawira, The New Imperial Order: Indigenous Responses to Globalization Zed Books, 2005

Analysis of the contemporary globalization of capitalism, its effects on indigenous peoples and indigenous challenges to this imperialist moment.

--J.G.

John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man Berrett-Koehler, 2004

Once a former "economic hit man" for the U.S. in Mexico, Perkins' apostasy resulted in this remarkable expose of global neoliberalism.

--H.H.

Timothy Brennan, Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of Left and Right Columbia, 2006

The not-so-inadvertent relationship between cultural studies and neoliberalism is studied.

--H.H.

Mike Davis, Planet of Slums Verso, 2006

The majority of the world will soon be living in cities, poor and desperate. But the new urban poor will be a fundamental social force in creating an alternative to neoliberalism.

--G.A.

David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism Oxford, 2005

Harvey provides a punchy analysis, from Thatcher to Bush's imperialist adventures, and searches for alternatives in urban class movements.

--G.A.

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