Waking Up in My Own Backyard by Sandra Phinney

In March 2015, Sandra Phinney was reading a blog post by Melanie Chambers that explained her summer plans to explore her city of Toronto as a tourist. Sandra contacted her to let her know she was inspired to do the same in her home town of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. And that's how The July Project … Continue reading Waking Up in My Own Backyard by Sandra Phinney

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Refugees: ‘The Boat People’ by Sharon Bala and ‘Homes’ by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung

I usually opt for fiction to gain understanding and empathy for topics that are far from my own experience, but sometimes I come across works of nonfiction that are just as moving. I found Homes to be especially powerful, perhaps because the story is told from the perspective of the boy who lived it. In 2010, … Continue reading Refugees: ‘The Boat People’ by Sharon Bala and ‘Homes’ by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung

“Everything written by any woman was written by all women…”: Heather O’Neill, Scaachi Koul, and Erin Wunker

Notes From A Feminist Killjoy by Erin Wunker I finished this excellent book a couple of months ago, and I still find myself looking at things differently than I did before reading it. I underlined so many parts that I'm surprised at myself for not writing about it yet. But when I saw that Notes … Continue reading “Everything written by any woman was written by all women…”: Heather O’Neill, Scaachi Koul, and Erin Wunker

Lines of Flight: An Atomic Memoir by Julie Salverson

I went into this book knowing that I would find it interesting, but did not expect to love it as much as I did. Salverson has taken the topic of the 'atomic highway' and used it to write an intimate and moving memoir about guilt and innocence, trauma and recovery. Julie Salverson has an interesting … Continue reading Lines of Flight: An Atomic Memoir by Julie Salverson

Precious Cargo: My Year Driving the Kids on Bus 3077 by Craig Davidson

When I heard that Craig Davidson was coming out with a memoir about his year of driving a school bus, I was intrigued. Partly because I've been sending my own precious cargo to school on a school bus for the past 10 years, and partly because, from what I hear, his other books are dark, … Continue reading Precious Cargo: My Year Driving the Kids on Bus 3077 by Craig Davidson