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March Book Blitz

27.  American Dirt (Cummins, Jeannie) Despite the raging controversy, American Dirt is a difficult book to put down. It starts with unbelievable violence that leaves Lydia and her son with one option, to take their chances on La Bestia (riding … Continue reading

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20. Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club (Coles, Megan Gail)

As everyone knows, I am a HUGE fan and supporter of Canada Reads.  Each year the CBC chooses 5 defenders who each choose a book to debate in the gameshow/literary prize program which I look forward to.  Canada Reads inspires … Continue reading

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February Book Blitz

As readers will notice, I have fallen behind in my posts.  Returning to work in February and the subsequent COVID19 pandemic have kept me distracted but I continue to read.  In an effort to catch up, I will do a … Continue reading

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14. The Spy (Paolo Cohelo)

The life of Mata Hari continues to be surrounded by mystery and intrigue.  The Spy was an interesting account of her life, known as a double agent and accused of sharing secrets between the German and the French during the … Continue reading

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13. Everyday Ubuntu (Ngomane, Mungi)

“Ubuntu is a Xhosa word originating from a South African philosophy that encapsulates all our aspirations about how to live life well, together. It is the belief in a universal human bond: I am only because you are. And it … Continue reading

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12. The Wake (Linden MacIntyre)

Did you know that there was a tsunami in Canada?  It is hard to believe that a tsunami in Newfoundland is a piece of history that most Canadians are not aware of. The Wake describes the terrible tsunami, which was … Continue reading

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11. 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste (Kathryn Kellogg)

With the thought of protecting our environment, in January, I read a library copy of 101 Ways to go Zero Waste.  Although full of good ideas, this book was really a review of similar zero waste books and reinforced what … Continue reading

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10. NDN Coping Mechanisms (Billy-Ray Belcourt)

First of all, I am disclosing that I am not the best connoisseur of poetry.  Sure I can still recite Stopping in the Woods on a Snowy Evening but I recognize that I am probably missing some of the beauty … Continue reading

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9. Love Lives Here (Amanda Jette Knox)

Wow!!  What a loving family. I am thankful that they were willing to share their story, their challenges, their knowledge and their love with others. The author, Amanda, endured struggles in her teens – with bullying, alcohol.  She got treatment, … Continue reading

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8. The Governance Core (Campbell and Fullan)

The Governance Code:  School Boards, Superintendents and Schools Working together is a collection of leadership suggestions tailored specifically to school boards. This would have been a great book to read prior to starting as a trustee and was a helpful … Continue reading

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