Saturday, May 31, 2008

The 2nd Canadian Book Challenge, Eh?

I've just joined The 2nd Canadian Book Challenge, Eh? You may remember that I joined the 1st challenge, but was late in finding out about it, and left because I knew I couldn't complete it. This time it is for a full year, and I'm coming on board right at the start. I've decided to read just Canadian nonfiction: autobiographies, biographies, essays, letters, etc. I've begun my list on the sidebar. These are the books I presently own. I'll add more as I choose them.

Here are the rules.

Starting July 1st, 2008 and running to July 1st, 2009, I challenge you to read (and write about) 13 Canadian books (by Canadians and/or about Canadians).


  1. I've got a recommendation for your Canadian list!

    The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede.

    I gave it to my husband before his trip to Newfoundland last year, and read it myself before handing it over. The remarkable and awe-inspiring and very human story of what happened when 38 trans-Atlantic planes were force-landed at Gander on 9/11, and how the locals cared for thousands upon thousands of stranded internationals. It leaves the reader with a true appreciation of community. And kindness.

    This is the one and only 9/11 book I've been able to read. And surely the most positive and moving. It's an enormous achievement on the part of the author, too--all those interviews! A very complex story to trace and to recound.

    Everyone I've recommended this to has thanked me. (So far!)

  2. It may not surprise you to learn that I have read this, and absolutely loved it. It was simply wonderful. Great minds, my dear. :<)

  3. What a breath of fresh air to finally be visiting your blog again!

  4. What a nice, nice thing to say, Becca. I've stopped by yours several times but there weren't any new posts. I'll come over soon, again.

  5. Now I show my ignorance. L M Montgomery. Douglas Coupland. Er, run out of Canadian writers. This is rather shocking.

  6. I might've guessed you've already read a wonderful book!

    I'm now tempted to re-read it...

  7. I'm trying to decide on my list, Nan - I'm torn between New Canadians and the McClung (all women writers) but I think I may go for the latter.

  8. I had no idea there was a biography of Raffi out there. I might just have to track that down. Did you know he was spoofed on the Simpsons?

  9. I'm so happy you'll be reading about Nova Scotia. :) They all look like interesting reads. By the way, I've read Margaret's recommendation and it is a lovely book, indeed. There was a TV special of the same title. Extremely moving, but not in a sensational sort of way. Oh, I see in your comments that you've already read it. Oh well, my two cents' worth anyway. :)


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