In the Black: In Business, In Life

2017-10-12T18:31:05+00:00

Canada specializes in a kind of "underhanded racism", which is "as Canadian as maple syrup". This is displayed in B. Denham Jolly's memoir, alongside the story of his life, from early days in Jamaica to his seventieth decade. Life in Jamaica was racialized, too, but more openly and, for

In the Black: In Business, In Life 2017-10-12T18:31:05+00:00

Inspiring: Until We Are Free

2017-09-13T10:32:45+00:00

Shirin Ebadi's Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran landed on my stack thanks to Ali's description of hearing her speak and reading the book. Ebadi's tone is resolved and declarative. This, her third book, chronicles her experiences in the years surrounding Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's leadership

Inspiring: Until We Are Free 2017-09-13T10:32:45+00:00

Such a Lovely Little War: A Memoir

2017-09-14T13:06:34+00:00

A child's experience of war is strangely pure and slanted. The impact is wholly dramatic at times. Its inconsequence just as overwhelming at other times. Sharing his experiences growing up in a French-Vietnamese family in Saigon, between 1961 and 1963, Marcelino Truong's graphic memoir is vibrant and informative. Some

Such a Lovely Little War: A Memoir 2017-09-14T13:06:34+00:00

Adding to My Indigenous Reading List

2017-07-25T11:31:33+00:00

When I was musing on the possibilities for a reading list of indigenous authors, almost all of my favourites were fiction (just one memoir and some poetry snuck in). It just happened! But halfway through the reading year, I read the Summary Report of the Truth and Reconcilation Committee with my reading for

Adding to My Indigenous Reading List 2017-07-25T11:31:33+00:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Ringing the Changes (1957)

2017-07-20T17:41:47+00:00

When I first peeked into the Jalna books, I discovered that Mazo de la Roche's biographers depended heavily upon Ringing the Changes, her autobiography, which I was pleased to find in the library. It's that kind of old book whose pages have been turned so often that they are softer

Mazo de la Roche’s Ringing the Changes (1957) 2017-07-20T17:41:47+00:00