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Lindsay Rainingbird's Top 11 Books of 2011

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A Description of the Blazing World (Freehand) By Michael Murphy

Easy to Like (House of Anansi) By Edward Riche

The Great Leader (House of Anansi) By Jim Harrison

Great Village (Cormorant) By Mary Rose Donnelly

Irma Voth (Knopf Canada) By Miriam Toews

The Magician King (Viking) By Lev Grossman

The second in a trilogy of Harry Potter meets Reality Bites but with more drugs and a surlier anti-hero who can't seem to find the magic in real life.

Not Being on a Boat (Freehand) By Esmé Claire Keith

Starring the one percent as they take their retirement in style on a luxury life-cruise during what appears to be a political apocalypse. Mr. Rutledge: You'll love to hate him.

The O'Briens (House of Anansi) By Peter Behrens

A rolling epic that spans generations of a family as they attempt to live the Canadian dream. Chock full of meaty secrets and betrayal, the dysfunctional O'Briens will adopt you.

Then Again (Random House) By Diane Keaton

Unspent Love, or, Things I Wish I Told You (Conundrum) By Shannon Gerard

A beautiful collection of poems and hand drawn images that are somehow both heartbreaking and hopeful in equal measure. Read slowly with a cup of tea and savour every moment. 

Wild Abandon (Hamish Hamilton) By Joe Dunthorne

As if growing up wasn't weird enough, try doing it on a failing commune. Darkly comic and at times unnerving, siblings Kate and Albert cope with their version of normal.

Named after two separate and unrelated natural disasters. Won a trip for four to Machu Picchu under a 7UP bottle cap once, but it was expired.

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