6 gift ideas for book lovers

‘Tis the season to do some Christmas shopping! We’ve asked a couple of Bishop’s faculty members to give us some amazing gift ideas for bookworms! Take advantage of this wonderful time of the year to buy a book for your loved ones (or for yourself, because you deserve it!) whether they’re into theatre, sports, astrophysics, literature or… superheroes!



Dr. Claire Grogan (English Department) wants your holidays to be filled with joy and laughter. Her choice? Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Anne-Marie MacDonald. This play will be one of the literary texts for ENG 101 during Winter 2018.

“The play is a rewriting of Shakespeare’s “Othello” and “Romeo and Juliet” in which a modern day female academic protagonist magically finds her self back in the original plays. Her presence (and knowledge of the two tragedies) spins things out of control with hilarious results. Her trip ends up proving her research thesis (which has received short shrift by her male supervisor) that the two tragedies were in fact meant to be comedies!”

Buy it online: https://www.amazon.ca/Goodnight-Desdemona-Good-Morning-Juliet/dp/0676971695

Dr. David Webster (History Department) has the perfect book for those who wish to know about #GirlPower even before the Spice Girls sang about it in their songs: The Secret History of Wonder Woman, by Dorothy Lepore.

“Only a few superhero stories delve into history. One of them is Wonder Woman, who leaves her safe island to fight for justice amidst the carnage of world war. Reviled by some and embraced by others, Wonder Woman may be the only comic book character to be named as a United Nations goodwill ambassador. The Wonder Woman comic book, too, has its history, spanning from the 1940s to the most recent movie. Harvard history prof Dorothy Lepore explores the Wonder Woman story with impressive archival research and an accessible style – perfect reading to leave under the tree.”

Buy it online : https://www.amazon.ca/Secret-History-Wonder-Woman/dp/0385354045


Dr. Patrick McBrine (English Department) went for a sure shot for the book lover in your life.  The Buried Giant by Nobel Prize winner Kazoo Ishiguro is a must.”This book offers a compelling and humane account of life in the early Middle Ages. So much of this period is “dark,” and so to find a book with both light and feeling … well, it’s worth reading and more so for the author’s great skill. I recommend it!”

Buy it online : https://www.amazon.ca/Buried-Giant-novel-Kazuo-Ishiguro/dp/030727103X


Pour les francophiles et amoureux de la langue de Molière, la professeure Sarah Théberge (Département d’études françaises et québécoises) vous propose un monument de la littérature québécoise: l’incroyable Michel Tremblay. La Diaspora des Desrosiers se veut 1400 pages de pur bonheur littéraire!

« Neuf romans reliés afin de mieux suivre cette saga. Un superbe cadeau et amplement de lecture pour le temps des Fêtes et tout l’hiver! »

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Dr. Lorne Nelson (Physics and Astronomy Department) took some time away from the stars to recommend Astrophysics for People in a Hurry from acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

” Tyson is well known for his skills in making complex topics accessible to the public. His latest book is no exception. In this book, he shares his love of the subject by carefully explaining the nature of the Universe as we understand it. This book is reasonably concise and makes for an excellent read for people of all backgrounds.

Buy it online:https://www.amazon.ca/Astrophysics-People-Hurry-Degrasse-Tyson/dp/0393609391/ref=pd_sbs_14_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=0SK8BSK3JVKNTRWKEVG4


Dr. Maxime Trempe (Sports Studies Department) found the perfect book for sports lovers! The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein will blow your mind!

“Does it take special genes to achieve great success in sports? Or can we all win an Olympics medal if we train enough? In this book, David Epstein explores the nature vs nurture debate through the lenses of athletic performance. Expect to be surprised!”

Buy it online: https://www.amazon.ca/Sports-Gene-Extraordinary-Athletic-Performance/dp/1591845114/ref=pd_sim_14_4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=K1C42F7KMMBYPAPGBZW3


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