Category Archives: Memoir

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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In Conversation with Alexandre Trudeau & Madeleine Thien – Eden Mills Writers Fest

The keynote event of the Eden Mills Writer’s Festival took place at the University of Guelph’s War Memorial Hall today.  It featured a lively conversation, about China, between authors Alexandre Trudeau (yes Sacha, brother of Canada’s current Prime Minister) and … Continue reading

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81. The Queen of Katwe (Tim Crothers)

My book club is reading the Queen of Katwe this month.  It was chosen because the story is becoming a movie and at the recommendation of one of our members.  The story of how chess has changed Phiona’s life is … Continue reading

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74. Night (Elie Wiesel)

Nobel Peace Prize winner, journalist, professor and author of more than 40 works of fiction and non-fiction passed away July 2, 2016.  His acclaimed memoir, Night, has been in my “to be read” pile (affectionately becoming known as Mount To Be … Continue reading

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72. Year of Yes (Shonda Rhimes)

One of the benefits of stewarding the Franklin Street Little Free Library is that I also get to enjoy books donated by the community before returning them for borrowing.  This week, a copy of Year of Yes arrived and I took the … Continue reading

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70. Where the Light Gets In (Kimberly Williams-Paisley)

“But lately, just when I think I’ve lost her, I find her again in small things and brief moments.  They deepen the mystery, and feel something like miracles” I loved The Father of the Bride movies starring the hilarious Steve … Continue reading

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64. The Prison Book Club (Ann Walmsley)

“You get a chance to relive the book but through everyone else’s eyes.  What makes this book club so interesting is people bring alive the points that you don’t even notice”. Inspired by a participant in the CanadianContent Goodreads group … Continue reading

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