From the kitchen to the forest, to the lab, to the arena, these books dish out both knowledge and entertainment. IMPACT reviewers offer their take on five new titles from Canadian writers.

AN ECOLOGY OF GRATITUDE
Writing Your Way to What Matters
BY LORRAINE WIDMER-CARSON 2021, SELF-PUBLISHED $30, GRASSROOTSGRATITUDE.CA
As a writer I have often thought of having a journal but have never actually started one – until now. An Ecology of Gratitude is entertaining and provides useful tips on putting pen to paper in a clear and meaningful way. The writing prompts make you think about your life and why we should be thankful for even the smallest things. This is definitely a book for today. — Louise Hodgson-Jones

OVER THE BOARDS
Lessons from the Ice
BY HAYLEY WICKENHEISER 2021, PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CANADA $30, PENGUINRANDOMHOUSE.CA
Hayley Wickenheiser has once again struck gold. In Over The Boards, Wickenheiser shares many valuable insights that anyone can benefit from no matter what league they’re in. The reader is brilliantly taken across the D, neutral, and O zones with compassion, intensity, authenticity, and humor. She may have left the ice, but in true style, Wickenheiser continues to lead in the big game. Thankfully many more may now learn from and enjoy the road less travelled. — Syl Corbett

THE JOY OF SWEAT
The Strange Science of Perspiration
BY SARAH EVERTS 2021, W. W. NORTON & COMPANY $36, WWNORTON.COM
Why do we sweat? Are some people sweatier than others? What’s with the smell and, occasionally, the colour? Science journalist Sarah Everts answers these questions and more in her new book The Joy of Sweat. In a well-researched and engagingly written prose, Everts takes readers on a sweat-soaked journey around the world from meeting a sensory analyst in New Jersey to “Mr. Sauna himself” in Finland. Along the way Everts shares what she discovered about the secrets of sweat.— Marissa Tiel

THE TAO OF SPORT
Reflecting on Purpose, Passion and Growth from a Hotbed of High Performance
BY DUFF GIBSON 2021, SELF-PUBLISHED $35, DARKHORSEATHLETIC.CA
Duff Gibson has a unique perspective on sport as an Olympic Champion, national-level coach, participant and parent, which enables some great insights. Using a storyteller-style Gibson shares experiences and thoughts from 30+ years in sport, alongside relevant research, and stories from other athletes (Olympians & non-Olympians alike). The content is superior in that it’s relatable, entertaining and memorable. A valuable addition to the toolkit of any coach, parent, athlete, aspiring professional or sport enthusiast. — Chantelle McGivern

THE VEGAN FAMILY COOKBOOK
Simple, Balanced Cooking for Real Life
BY ANNA PIPPUS 2021, APPETITE BY RANDOM HOUSE, A DIVISION OF PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CANADA LIMITED $30, PENGUINRANDOMHOUSE.CA
This cookbook is the perfect go-to for over 100 simple, delicious and nutritious plant-based recipes that every member of your family will love. Anna’s practical tips – such as daily cooking themes or how to pack a kid’s lunch box (including a brilliant mix and match guide) take the guesswork, time and stress out of meal planning. With easy-to-follow instructions, uncomplicated ingredients, and beautiful photography, this book is for everyone looking for new ways to bring more plants and amazing recipes into their diet. — Elaine Kupser

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