Date(s) - 01/04/2021 - 31/12/2021
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In this time of pandemic, reading has become more than ever a nourishing activity, connecting us to worlds and emotions beyond our living rooms. So this page is an experiment in sharing our favourite books.
Below is a list of members’ books on offer at no cost. If you’d like to like to acquire a book, please just write it in the Comment section below. I’ll send your request to the book’s owner and they will contact you about pick up or drop off. It’s first come, first served so I’ll drop a title from the list as soon as it is requested by someone.
If you have a favourite book you’d like to share with the community, as a LOAN or a GIFT, just write its title, author and a very short summary in the Comment section below, and I will add your offer to the TOP of the list. Please let me know of you are gifting the book or simply lending it.
Original Sin by P.D. James 1994 [NOVEL] Well, if you are a fan of Commander Adam Dalgleish and would love to discover several suspicious deaths in a beautiful and elegant London setting, here’s just the book for you. A great read if you ask me. But if you prefer the hard-boiled style, I also have a James Ellroy (American Tabloid) to unload; too hard for my taste, gave up after the first chapter. (Christopher Thomson)
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood 1996 [NOVEL] Based loosely on a true story, Atwood has crafted a finely ambiguous tale of murder, obsession and sympathy set in 1840s Upper Canada. The book takes the reader back to a time when women’s choices were extremely constrained but yet the narrative around this one woman is astoundingly mysterious … and entertaining. (Christopher Thomson)
Desert Queen: The extraordinary life of Gertrude Bell, Adventurer, Advisor to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia by Janet Wallach 2005 [BIOGRAPHY] If you are a feminist nostalgic for the British Empire, this is the book for you. Discover the pioneering life of this English woman, the first to serve as a political officer in the British Foreign Service, an intrepid explorer of the Middle East, a key figure in the creation of the Iraqi state. These personal and geopolitical histories tied together give us deep insight into a region still fraught with conflicts left as a legacy of Imperial rule. (Christopher Thomson)
Everything in Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales by Oliver Sacks 2019 [MEMOIR, ESSAYS] The celebrated neurologist and writer, author of Awakenings, is well represented in this posthumous collection of his memories and observations, including “Why we need gardens.” But it is in his portraits of people that Sachs catches our emotions. His vast curiosity and sympathy with the world and its people brought me many a comforting hour. (Christopher Thomson) [LOAN]
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales told by Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Leo & Diana Dillon 1985 Reading theses old tales has been a transportive experience, as it gives me a sense of what it could have been like for African slaves or newly emancipated Americans living oppressively with, yet working through with hope, their personal insecurities and fears. (Selina Ann Rooker-Sanchez) [LOAN]
Roughing it in the Bush, or Forest Life in Canada by Susanna Moodie 2011 [MEMOIR] First published in 1852, it chronicles [Moodie’s] first 7 years of struggles, adventures and reflections as settlers in the region now known as Ontario. She and her husband came to Canada from England in 1831. … It is not an “easy read”, and her language and reflections are seen now as offensive and judgmental at times, but it definitely immersed me into the unvarnished daily challenges such families faced to survive as early European settlers. (Sheila Laursen) [LOAN]
The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally Armstrong 2008 [NON-FICTION] Based on a true story of an English woman who came to the Miramichi in the late 1700s – where, as one of the first white women in that vast area, she endured the many hardships of clearing land, cruel winters, epidemics – all the time producing nine children and catering to them. She befriended the Mi’kmaq Indians who showed her how to store food for the long winters and taught her their herbal-medicine arts. … It’s a very readable book on the lives of those brave pioneers who came to the wilds of Canada to settle the land – and unfortunately, unsettle the local indigenous tribes. (Heather, reviewing Sheila’s book) [LOAN]
Forever Terry: A Legacy in Letters edited by Darrell Fox 2020 [NON-FICTION] [A collection] of 40 letters written by celebrated Canadians who pay tribute to Terry’s legacy. … It is 40 years since Terry Fox … pledged to run across the country to the Pacific Ocean in an effort to raise money for cancer. … [But he] was forced to end his quest at Thunder Bay, Ontario. His Marathon of Hope lived on and today $800 million has been raised in his name. (Heather Falconer) [LOAN]
- Christopher Thomson, 2021-01-12