fbpx PCA Book Club — PCA

PCA Book Club

Artwork by MTNM Class of '20 Jono Brandel

Have you run out of reading material? Here are some suggestions brought to you by PCA’s students, faculty, and staff!

If you’d like to share your favourite books, please email your nominations to [email protected].

f t p
A field guide to getting lost - Chris Lee

A field guide to getting lost

by Rebecca Solnit

“An autobiographical essay exploring the authors curiosity in themes of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place. I really liked the flow of this book, the author navigates half way between meditation and philosophy whilst reflecting on past relations and personal memories.”

Chris Lee
MA Photography and Image Making

call me by your name - megan

Call me by your name

by André Aciman

“The film was a big hit a couple of years ago, but the book is well worth a read.  An exhilarating love story that takes you back to your heady teenage crushes!  Set in the Italian countryside in the summer, the description of the scenery helps you to imagine yourself there, and forget you are stuck in your small Parisian flat!”

Megan Tierney
International Programs Manager

normal people - sara b

Normal people

by Sally Rooney

“Loved this book! It’s not the fastest paced book in the world but you really are transported into the lives of the main characters. It’s about two young people growing up and discovering who they are, their roles in society, and the importance they have in each other’s lives.

Another book I’d recommend is Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People About Race. Super interesting read! I thought it was intellectually written but also very captivating.”

Sara Biatchinyi
BFA Communication Design junior

RaymondChandler_FarewellMyLovely - Harald Hutter

Farewell my lovely

by Raymond Chandler

“Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely (crime fiction) is an amazing read that keeps you guessing and whose main character, Philip Marlow is more melancholic and tragic than ever. The underworld of LA has never been as seductive and harsh as in this book.

I also recommend Flanery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find (a selection of short stories). All of the stories in this collection are amazing and depict a beautifully mythical and romantic vision of the Deep South with some gothic tinges. The main short story is one of the best I have ever read and is brutal in the vision of the world that it paints.

As well, William Faulkner’s Light in August (fiction). Has there ever been a more astute depiction of what it feels like to be an alien in a strange land?”

Harald Hutter
Chair of BFA Film Arts

the shadow of the wind - aditi

The shadow of the wind

by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

“This fiction is about the love of books and stories, finding yourself in them in your own life and having the end slowly reveal itself to you in layers like an onion.”

Aditi Kashyap
BFA Fine Arts senior

the-four-agreements-book - Aviva

The four agreements

by Miguel Ruiz

“I just finished The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz last night. It was truly an amazing book. The genre is self-motivation and self-help. There are many things in this book that have helped me to realize the many ways I can be a better person and help myself so that I can then make other’s lives better as well.”

Anonymous student submission

cork dork - y shimada

Cork dork

by Bianca Bosker

“I love wine but I don’t know much about it. This “report” is a hilarious and insightful glimpse into the secretive world of sommeliers, wine collectors, wine geeks, and societies through the eyes of journalist Bianca Bosker who, also knows nothing about wine.

More of an investigation than anything, Bosker manages to infiltrate very private societies and gives us her account in a witty, non-judgemental way. She even puts herself through an actual Certified Sommelier Exam!”

Yoshiko Shimada
Events, Communications, and Student Relations Manager