Category Archives: Non-Fiction

42. The Weekend Effect (Katrina Onstad)

The weekends always seem to disappear in a blur.  Hours pass running the kids to the pool, watching swim meets and getting organized for the busy week ahead.  Saturday and Sunday are packed full of activities with little time to, as … Continue reading

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41. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the intertwined stories of Henrietta, a poor, black woman who died of cervical cancer, the ongoing saga of her cells and the struggles of the remaining Lacks family.  Henrietta was mourned by her husband and … Continue reading

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29. One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter (Scaachi Koul)

This self-deprecating, honest and humorous collection of essays was an eye-opening and reflective piece of writing sharing the experience of a self-proclaimed “brown girl” growing up as an “outsider” in Canada.  I was lucky to receive this advanced reader copy through … Continue reading

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19. Real Food Fake Food (Larry Olmsted)

Real Food, Fake Food was a very long book to listen to during my commutes.  Unfortunately, I ran out of time and the first time that I borrowed it from the library and it was automatically returned.  It was tempting … Continue reading

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8. Damned Nations (Samantha Nutt)

“My aim is simply to introduce a process of critical reflection considering our own actions and deeds, and how, collectively, we are so often implicated in horrific acts of violence, around the world while our personal interventions rarely do more … Continue reading

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Dr. Samantha Nutt: Leadership Call to Action

The University of Guelph hosted humanitarian and author, Dr. Samantha Nutt at the Leadership Call to Action event on January 18, 2017.  It was open to students and alumni of the Master of Arts Leadership program and was a great … Continue reading

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3. The Legend of Zippy Chippy (William Thomas)

“Winners don’t always finish first” Zippy Chippy was given the unusual opportunity to lose 100 races.  Most owners would never have supported this number of races but Felix Monserrate was an optimist who loved the enthusiasm of this ornery horse. … Continue reading

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William Thomas: Grimsby Author Series

The second author at the January Grimsby Author Series event was William Thomas.  He wrote Zippy Chippy:  Life Lessons from Horse RAcing’s Most Lovable Loser.  I have to be honest, that I was struggling with the book.  I enjoyed the … Continue reading

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114. Embers (Richard Wagamese)

Anyone who has been following my blog this year will know that I am a big fan of Richard Wagamese.  After reading The Medicine Walk, I could not wait to read more of his work including Indian Horse, Ragged Company and … 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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