Cold-Cocked

Cold-Cocked: On Hockey
Lorna Jackson

Cold-Cocked is a bit of a grab-bag of a book: a fan’s notes following the fortunes of the Vancouver Canucks (the author lives on Vancouver Island), an essay on sports, gender, and the media, a family history, and a menopause memoir. Though not consistently “on” hockey, hockey is the stable reference point around which everything else coheres as bodies and relationships fall apart. Sharply observed and honest to the point of being alienating at times, Jackson’s book is a revealing personal odyssey as well as a valuable addition to the literature of our national game.