Date(s) - 01/04/2021 - 16/06/2021
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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.
A Man without Breath by Philip Kerr 2013 (A Bernie Gunther Novel) Kerr’s famously honest cop / private eye, currently in 1943 attached to the Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau [it really existed], finds himself being sent to Smolensk by Propaganda Minister Goebbels to investigate reports of dead Polish officers being found buried in Katyn Forest. Amidst the carnage of world war, Bernie tries to investigate other little murders that crop up somehow. An exceedingly entertaining crime fiction but set in a genuine historical context. (Christopher Thomson)
Fall of Giants, Winter of the World, Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett 2010 – 2014 (“The Century Trilogy”) A 3,000-page marathon depicting the lives of several families throughout the 20th century – German aristocrats, Russian peasants, an English lord, Welsh miners and American senators – how they intermarried and interacted throughout those turbulent times and how their fortunes changed forever. I have found it very interesting – and recommend it as a history lesson… (Heather Falconer)
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 Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny 2015 [Chief Inspector Gamache is] … pulled out of retirement after a murder is committed right in his adopted hometown, the bucolic Eastern Townships village of Three Pines. The victim is nine-year- old Laurent Lepage, an active kid with a hyperactive imagination. (Montréal Review of Books)
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]
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer 2020 [NON-FICTION] It is all of that. I also found it brought me a sense of peace, and hope that we can learn, and change, so we will be able heal ourselves – and our wounded planet. (Sheila Laursen) [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