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Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard tops independent booksellers’ non-fiction bestseller list for the week ending January 9

Here are lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold by independent booksellers in Alberta during the week ending Sunday, January 9, 2022.

The lists are compiled by the Alberta Book Publishers Association, and include sales to Audrey’s Books and glass library in Edmonton.

I was slightly disappointed not to see Nora Loreto’s Spin Doctors, how the media and politicians misdiagnosed the COVID-19 pandemic on this list this week, since I had noticed earlier in the day that it was on a national list of best-selling nonfiction books from independent bookstores. I know Ms. Loreto through the Canadian Association of Labor Media and hold her journalism in very high esteem. It is to be hoped that Alberta readers will now take up the challenge and propel his work, which describes how uncritical politicians and media shaped popular understanding of COVID-19 and helped justify maintaining a status quo that created the worst havoc of the crisis, to be read more widely in Alberta.

One of the luxuries of blogging is being able to make my own recommendations if I feel like it. It’s one of them. Spin Doctors is published by Fernwood Publishing.


1. Five Little Indians – Michelle Good (Perennial Harper)
2. The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman (Viking)
3. The Maid – Nita Prose (Viking)
4. The Midnight Library – Matt Haig (HarperCollins)
5. It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover (Atria Books)
6. The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller (Ecco)
7. Dune – Frank Herbert (Ace Books)
8. Still Life – Sarah Winman (Viking)
9. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens (GP Putnam’s Sons)
10. The Lincoln Highway – Amor Towles (Viking)


1. In Search of the Mother Tree – Suzanne Simard (Knopf)
2. Atlas of the Heart – Brené Brown (Random House)
3. All we can save – ed. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson (One World)
4. Destination Art – Amy Dempsey (Thames and Hudson)
5. Wetlands – Edward Struzik (Island Press) *
6. Sweetgrass Braiding – Robin Wall Kimmerer (Milkweed Publishing)
7. Dawn of Everything – David Graeber and David Wengrow (McClelland & Stewart)
8. The life of our grandmothers – ed. Freda Ahenakew and HC Wolfart (University of Regina Press)
9. People change – Vivek Shraya (Penguin Canada) *
10. Talking to Canadians – Rick Mercer (Doubleday Canada)

* Alberta author + Alberta Publisher

The independent bookstores contributing to this weekly list are:

Audrey’s Books, Edmonton
Coffee Books, Canmore
Attracted by books, Edmonton
glass library, Edmonton
Monkeyshines Books, Calgary
Owl’s Nest Books, Calgary
Pages on Kensington, Calgary
Shelf Life Books, Calgary
The next page, Calgary
Three Hills Books, Three Hills

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