Category Archives: Memoir

25. My Reading Life (Pat Conroy)

“The novels I’ve loved will live inside me forever” In preparation for my trip south to Myrtle Beach, I thought that I would brush up on my knowledge of a Southern writer.  Pat Conroy is best know for his book … Continue reading

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17. Twelve Years a Slave (Solomon Northup)

Solomon Northup was a free man in 1840’s New York.  He was married and supported his family including 3 children.  Looking to make some additional money, he joined 2 men playing his violin and woke up to discover he had been captured. … Continue reading

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13. Books for Living (Will Schwalbe)

“People who write books generally read books, and most books carry with them the traces of some of the hundreds or thousands of books the writer read before attempting the one at hand”. Clearly, I love books.  I read them. … Continue reading

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7. Up Ghost River (Edmund Metatawabin)

Up Ghost river is a harrowing, yet hopeful, memoir of a strong man haunted by the shadows of the notorious St. Anne’s Residential School.  Edmund Metatawabin was enrolled in this school in the early 1950s at the age of seven. … Continue reading

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5. The Reason You Walk (Wab Kinew)

“We have a choice in life – we can choose how we are going to behave.  We can determine whether we reflect the good around us or lose ourselves in the darkness”. The Reason You Walk is a memoir written … Continue reading

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102. One Native Life (Richard Wagamese)

“I have always wanted to write.  There isn’t a time I can recall when I didn’t carry the desire to frame things, order things upon a page, sort them out, make sense of them.  But learning to write was a … Continue reading

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99. An Invisible Thread (Laura Schroff & Alex Tresniowski)

Thanks to Shannon who recommended this memoir about connection, resilience and love in contrast to terrible life circumstances, poverty and despair.  It is the story of a young, female advertising executive who walks by a poor boy who is panhandling.   The decision she makes … Continue reading

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Craig Davidson: Grimsby Author Series

Craig Davidson, author of Precious Cargo, spoke along with Ami McKay at the November 14th Grimsby Author Series event.  He shared heartwarming anecdotes from his year driving the “short bus” to an audience of 250 individuals.  Although Precious Cargo is still in my growing … Continue reading

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86. Never Cry Wolf (Farley Mowat)

As part of a “Back to School Reading Challenge” for the Goodreads CanadianContent group, I revisited Farley Mowat’s Never Cry Wolf.  Having read this book in either grade 7 or grade 8, it was an interesting trip down memory lane. … Continue reading

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84. The Rainbow Comes and Goes (Cooper & Vanderbilt)

Gloria Vanderbilt grew up with a lifestyle that is unimaginable to most of us.  She was an heiress to a 5 million dollars trust fund at 18 months old after her father succumbed to alcoholism.  Known for her Gloria Vanderbilt … Continue reading

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