Sunday, 28 May 2017

Our Best of 2016 - 2017

his_whole_life_coverAs often happens, it was very difficult to pick just one book - so we picked two from a short list of four!

Sometimes with hope and a little bit of luck truly great things can happen.  Two members of our book club nominated His Whole Life for our 2016 – 2017 reading list. A sound choice. A fine book.

Who would have thought that Elizabeth Hay, Giller Award winner, would consent to Skype with a book club from small town Alberta or that the Skype conference would be such a magical experience?

Thank you, Liz!  This was the highlight of our year.

We don't limit ourselves in terms of book selections; we have read current bestsellers, classics, fiction and non-fiction, Canadian and international authors.

What a pleasure it was to read Wayson Choy's All That Matters  twelves years after it was first published.  In a time when much is made of immigrants and refugees, it was good to step into the lives of that generation of immigrants, to try to understand their heartaches, hardships and struggles and to move much more close to understanding their culture.

Many of us felt that our second reading was the deeper one.

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