Books bloom in spring
Who Owns Canada Now?, by Diane chunky—the 175 recipes include favourites
Francis. Twentyyearsago,Francis’ Controlling such as chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin
Interest revealed that one-third of Canada’s along with more innovative flavours such
wealth was in the hands of just 32 fami- as Lemon-Apricot Sandwiches and Brown-lies and five conglomerates. Media coverage Butter Toffee Blondies. The easy-to-follow
would have the public believe that the last two recipes are complemented by colour photos,
decades have only increased the concentration storage tips and gift-packaging ideas.
of power. Francis disagrees, and she’s here to
deliver some good news: A positive transfor- FICTION
mation has taken place in Canada, with both A Prisoner of Birth, by Jeffrey Archer.
free trade and tough competition legislation Danny Cartwright crosses the path of ambi-creating a new and better nation. tious young barrister Spencer Craig. A few
hours later, Danny is accused of murder and Diane Francis
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Losing It, by Valerie Bertinelli. Bertinelli then sentenced to 22 years in prison—thanks
tells the story of her young stardom as Barbara to Spencer’s irrefutable testimony. As Spencer’s web of clues while their search for answers
Cooper on One Day at a Time, her compli- career as a lawyer goes straight to the top, might make them the next victims.
cated family life, her tumultuous 20-year mar- Danny sits in a high-security prison plotting
riage to rock star Eddie Van Halen, her struggle his escape and subsequent revenge. Mistress of the Sun, by Sandra Gulland.
with depression and her lifelong battle with Set amid the magnificent decadence of the
weight. She shares her fears, insecurities and God’s Spy, by Juan Gomez-Jurado. In 17th-century court of Louis XIV, this novel
triumphs, including how she took control of the days following the death of Pope John tells the story of the captivating Louise de la
her own life and gained happiness. Paul II, the body of a cardinal is discovered in Vallière, her horse and a perfect love at the
Rome. With a serial killer now on the loose in court of the Sun King.
Martha Stewart’s Cookies, by Martha the Vatican, police inspector Paola Dicanti is
Stewart Living Magazine. Organized by assigned to the case. With the help of Father An Absolute Scandal, by Penny Vincenzi.
texture—chewy, crunchy, delicate, crumbly or Anthony Fowler, Paola struggles through a It was one of the biggest scandals of the 1980s—