Notable Reads: November 23, 2011

Darkmarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You – Misha Glenny
We live in a digital, globalized world, a world that has become a law enforcement nightmare and, as such, every criminal’s dream. With nearly every aspect of our lives being taken online, from shopping and banking to dating and working, it’s safe to say that we essentially live online. Misha Glenny interviews the fascinating personalities of the biggest twenty-first century criminals and explores the three fundamental threats we face daily: cyber crime, cyber warfare and cyber industrial espionage. DarkMarket is a thrilling nonfiction crime novel that is unsettling, but beams with knowledge and hope for the future.

Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook – Daniel Humm 
Eleven Madison Park is one of New York City’s most popular fine-dining establishments, and one of very few to receive four stars from the New York Times. Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook is a sumptuous tribute to the unforgettable experience of dining in the restaurant, where modern Western spin meets classical French cuisine. With over 125 recipes and delicious pictures accompanying each, the dishes are even arranged by season to compliment your palette as well as letting you know what’s fresh. 

I Am Better Than Your Kids – Maddox
The author, known only as Maddox, is a 32-year-old computer programmer and writer that claims he can spell, draw and do math better than your kids. He can also drive. As such, he has taken the liberty to collect and judge the art, arithmetic and spelling done by young children. Sparing no feelings, Maddox generously shares his critiques of each piece, often offering up his own work to draw from a ‘perfect’ comparison. This hilarious picture book offers cover-to-cover laughs, with a premise that everyone can surely agree with. 

100 Days That Changed Canada – Canada’s History Society
Every Canadian knows a handful of dates that changed our history: July 1, 1867, when Canada came together during Confederation; November 11, 1918, when the guns of the First World War fell silent; and September 28, 1972, when Paul Henderson scored perhaps the most important hockey goal of all time. But our nation’s history, now more than 50,000 days long, runs much deeper than those iconic moments. As Canada’s History Society counts down the top 100 days that influenced the direction of Canadian history, the selection will both surprise and educate readers. Paired with breathtaking photographs, this should be a coffee table topper for Canucks everywhere. 

The Antagonist – Lynn Coady 
Written by one of Canada’s most popular novelists, Lynn Coady presents The Antagonist, the story of a young man named Gordon Rankin who discovers that the only trusted friend from his youth has published a book mirroring Rankin’s life. This betrayal drives him to confront his past, which he has spent his life running from, and paints a portrait of a man tearing himself apart in order to put himself back together. With equal parts funny and touching, The Antagonist is a great story for anyone who can relate to being categorized, outcast or dismissed at any point in their life.