Life Stories: Facts, Fictions and Facty-Fictions

2018-06-21T08:10:25-05:00

This bundle of books, with the Canadian Reading Challenge in mind (this, the eleventh year, hosted by The Indextrious Reader, with sign-ups for the twelfth year now posted), was particularly delectable. I love the idea of telling the story of a life in a way that feels true, whether

Life Stories: Facts, Fictions and Facty-Fictions2018-06-21T08:10:25-05:00

Tanya Talaga’s Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City (2017)

2019-05-11T19:12:24-05:00

Nominated for the Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction in Canada, Tanya Talaga's book explores the situation which led to the deaths of seven Indigenous high school students in the Thunder Bay area, five of them in the rivers surrounding Lake Superior. The sense of northern community which might be

Tanya Talaga’s Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City (2017)2019-05-11T19:12:24-05:00

Winter Child and Firewater: A Perfect Pairing

2019-05-11T19:52:22-05:00

Each of these books is penned by an indigenous writer, each considers a great loss, each is powerful on its own terms. Together their stories resonate and amplify readers' understanding of a vitally important issue. Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau's novel Winter Child appears to be the simpler tale. One woman's

Winter Child and Firewater: A Perfect Pairing2019-05-11T19:52:22-05:00

Inspiring: Until We Are Free

2017-09-13T10:32:45-05:00

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 Free2017-09-13T10:32:45-05:00

Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017)

2017-09-07T17:04:14-05:00

The dead fuel Jesmyn Ward's novels. She feels the weight of their stories; she shoulders them, shares them. In Sing, Unburied, Sing, their chorus of voices - even in the epigraphs but also in the novel - reverberates between and beyond the covers. Ward's are heart-shattering stories. But they

Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017)2017-09-07T17:04:14-05:00