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Whether you’re settling into your aisle seat or cosying up to the lobby bar, a good read is always a welcome companion. Here are our favourite new (and coming-soon) releases. And should you find yourself at The New York Edition hotel’s Gold Bar, we recommend two cocktails to accompany your literary pursuits: a Mescalero After Dark (above left) and an American Cereal Killer (psst… it’s made with bourbon and real cereal milk).


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Jacket illustration by Todd Norsten

1. For the selfie-obsessed
Navel Gazing by Michael Ian Black

In what could be described as a literary selfie, comedian Michael Ian Black embarks on a journey of self-examination, including turning 40 and dealing with unruly armpit hair, in Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (But Also My Mom’s Which I Know Sounds Weird).



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Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company

2. For anyone worried about airline size restrictions
Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

Don’t worry; fist-size hearts don’t need to be checked. Things aren’t so simple in this novel, however, which takes place during Seattle’s 1999 World Trade Organization protests. As chaos ensues over the course of one afternoon, the lives of seven people, including a police chief and a financial minister from Sri Lanka, will change forever.




Cover design for by Janet Perr

3. For the solo vacationer
How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo

Though this novel came out years ago, the movie, starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann hits theatres next month. Give it a quick read on your trip so that you can smugly tell your friends from behind your popcorn tub, ‘Well in the book version…’





Courtesy of Vintage/© Anchor Books

4. For the business traveller
The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker

Toronto, New York, maybe even Kansas City… how bad can a business trip really be? For journalist Kim Barker, however, a work assignment sent her to Afghanistan in 2002. Like the book above, this memoir isn’t new, but the movie version, called Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and starring Tina Fey, comes out in March.




Courtesy of Melville House

5. For those who enjoy a customs form
Good on Paper by Rachel Cantor

Shira Greene, a frustrated writer with a handful of published short stories gets a big break when the winner of last year’s Nobel Prize asks to work with her. Is a second chance at life possible? Is there any glory to be had in the literary world? Will all the English majors reading this book feel redemption?




Courtesy of Penguin Random House

6. For everyone irritated by overhead bin hogs
What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

Disclaimer: this collection of stories (the publisher actually describes them as fairy tales) has nothing to do with overhead bins. However, the book is built around the idea of keys, both literal and metaphorical, and we have to say that proper overhead etiquette is key to a good flight.




Courtesy of Spiegel & Grau

7. For anyone with their head in the clouds
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

From the author of the Life of Pi, this book has everything: chimpanzees, an Iberian rhino and a suitcase with a dead body (but nope, no tigers). With his flair for the fantastic, Martel weaves together three separate novellas set seven decades apart.



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