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WATCH LIST: March 2017

By Observer Staff

I, Daniel Blake
(Sixteen Films/Why Not Productions/Wild Bunch)

When widower Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) develops a heart condition that keeps him from his work as a carpenter, his only option is to turn to Britain’s welfare system — but it turns him down. He finds a friend in Katie (Hayley Squires), a single mother in a similar economic predicament, and does his best to get by. March 3

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir
(Abrams ComicArts)

This debut graphic novel is the story of author Thi Bui’s family, looking back to the past in war-torn Vietnam and forward to a new life in the United States, with equal parts anguish and hope. The importance of family becomes even more pronounced when she gives birth to her first child and grows to understand her parents’ love and sacrifice. March 7

The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us
(Penguin Press)

The names Adam and Eve are often associated with sin and suffering, but New York Times columnist Bruce Feiler, author of the bestsellers Walking the Bible and Abraham, argues that they should actually be relationship role models. He travels the world, exploring the art and stories surrounding the biblical pair, and breathes new life into an ancient tale of togetherness and love. March 21

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
(McClelland & Stewart)

In 1845, Sir John Franklin and his crew set out to explore the Northwest Passage, only to disappear. The fate of the 129 men remained a mystery for almost 170 years, until a Canadian expedition found the flagship. Written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist on board, this book details how new science and old Inuit knowledge led the way. March 21

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by David Wilson

Outrage is the new normal

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ObserverDocs: Stolen Mother

by Observer Staff

The daughter and adoptive mother of one of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women share their story

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October 2017

Fall from grace

by Justin Dallaire

Don Hume was a United Church minister nearing retirement. Then he tried crack cocaine.


September 2017


by Jane Dawson

Restless longing is at the core of the human condition, urging us onward through life. What happens when it veers off course?


July 2017

From far and wide

by Various Writers

Meet 11 immigrants who are putting down new roots


October 2017

A tale of two cancers

by Catherine Gordon

One year after the writer discovered she had breast cancer, her sister in California received the same diagnosis. They both recovered, but their experiences were worlds apart.


June 2017

Resisting genocide

by Sally Armstrong

In August 2014, ISIS attacked Iraq’s Yazidis, slaughtering thousands and forcing women and girls into sexual slavery. Today, the survivors are fighting for their ancient way of life.


April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

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