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A Memoir of Friendship: The Letters Between Carol Shields & Blanche Howard Edited by Blanche Howard and Allison Howard Forward by Anne Giardini












From the Canadian newspapers at the time of publication:

“…A Memoir of Friendship can be viewed as a social history of women’s writing in Canada…A significant achievement and a landmark book.”  -Joan Clark, The Globe and Mail

“A Memoir of Friendship is […]

The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally Armstrong

A remarkable and compelling tribute to a great-great-great grandmother by her granddaughter who has combined her skills as a documentary filmmaker, teacher, activist and contributing editor/journalist to imagine her great-great-great grandmother’s life journey and to share it. The preface, written in 2004, opens with this sentence:

“Like an unfinished symphony, her story played on my […]

How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

This is the best of the Louise Penny Inspector Gamache books even though I confess to being partial to Bury Your Dead for its historical connections. I did not want to put this one down and once I finished it I could not get it out of my mind. All good  signs of course.

This […]

Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre

This is a difficult book to do justice to mainly because it needs to be experienced as the author experienced its events. When Carmen was six years old , she fled from Chile with her parents after the coup by General Augusto Pinochet in 1973. Her story actually begins five years after that when she […]

Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

This version is the twentieth anniversary edition and contains an introduction(2005) by Andrew Postman, the author’s son along with a page titled “In 1985…” which reminds the reader of some facts re 1985, the original publication date: population of the U.S. was 240 million and the president was Ronald Reagan; top television shows included Dallas […]