Some of our Favourite Books

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Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah

"This was the realest book I have ever read. To me it's an 11/10." - Book club participant

"A fascinating book of many anecdotes, which bring home some crucial questions about racism, poverty and injustice." - Book club participant

"This is almost a must read for every book club." - Book club facilitator

 

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All the Way: My Life on Ice, by Jordin Tootoo

"We discussed pain of suicide, the role of alcohol in coping with stress, difficulty with family addictions, trying to hide drinking problems from the community, and friendships that support you and those that bring you down." - Book club facilitator

 

 

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The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill

"One of the greatest books I've ever read. Aminata is heroic without seeming saint-like. The plot is poignant without being melodramatic. It's gritty without going too far." - Book club participant

Read a review of this book by one of our participants

 

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The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls

"Discussion was animated and some book club members were clearly moved by the book. One fellow didn't realize it was a memoir - he thought it was fiction. The non-fiction aspect piqued his interest. Once he realized this was a real person, he gave the book much more credit." - Book club facilitator

 

 

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Writing my Wrongs, by Shaka Senghor

"All book club members could relate to the story. One said family and support is important, but that he has had no family visit for 2 years. Discussion was filled with deep, raw and poignant moments, and even some tears." - Book club facilitator

Read more about discussions of this book.

 

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I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai

"Everyone loved this book. They enjoyed the story and were amazed by Malala's bravery and resilience. All enjoyed learning about Pakistan and hearing positive things about the country's beauty, people, and culture." - Book club facilitator

 

 

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Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay

"Loved this book.  As I read it, it occurred to me that while the darkness seems to be so overwhelming, there are often little acts of goodness which should not be forgotten or overlooked.” - Book club participant 

 

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Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

"The men don’t see Vance as having overcome extraordinary obstacles in his route to success. While they respect that he struggled to achieve, they don’t see his circumstances as any more painful and difficult than those of most others. One man called Vance  a 'whiner' and another felt that he hadn’t expressed enough gratitude to his family for the love and support he received. Another man saw Vance’s  struggle in overcoming adversity as integral in making him the man he eventually became and expressed that it is our struggles that make us what we are." - Book club facilitator