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Margaret Stone
Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 7:22 pm:   

I've just finished reading Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens- great book. Wonderful read. It is the story of an older woman who cares for, and nurtures a young girl abandoned by her casual mother. Takes place near Chatham, and has many ironic twists.
Posted on Friday, September 09, 2005 - 2:08 pm:   

Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie Mcdonald is a wonderful book, very intense. As well, Crow Lake by Mary Lawson is excellent. Good Luck!
Mary Rutter
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 8:46 am:   

I just finished "Garbo Laughs" by Elizabeth Hay;
a story about a family in Ottawa that takes place mostly during a winter storm. It has wonderful charachters and I'm sure it would be a suitable and pleasant read for the women in your club.
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 - 10:18 am:   

I am a Cnd living in LA and I introduced my American bc members to Wayne Johnson's COLONY OF UNRIQUITED DREAMS. Not only does this novel (historical fiction) describe the life and politics Joey Smallwood,the first premier of Newfoundland and the machinations of a people coming to terms with de-colinization, but it c aptures the Cnd east coast spirit and love of landscape and life that is so Cnd. To top it off it has a wonderful fictional love story between an ascerbic witted female journalist and JS which is so funny at times that I was rolling with laughter. There are a couple of fantastic CBC interviews of the author and a reading which realy give light to the writer's technique and inside info on the characters. A must for any book club, but especially appreciated by Americans seeking to understand their neighbors to the north.
Sidney Allinson
Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2001 - 11:23 am:   


"Jeremy Kane", a Canadian historical novel by Sidney Allinson, of Victoria, BC, is now available from Xlibris Corp., Philadelphia, PA.
This fast-paced epic story, set in 19th century Upper Canada and Australia, follows the adventures of a young Ontario rebel in love, politics, and war, the violent 1837 Mackenzie-Papineau Rebellions that helped shape Canada's destiny, and the transportation of over 100 Canadians, British, and Americans to the hellish penal colonies of Australia.
While told as passionate and sometimes brutal fiction, "Jeremy Kane" is based on meticulously-researched fact. Everyday survival in pre-Confederation Canada, political intrigue, battlefield scenes, colonial Australia, and Aboriginal native culture, warfare, and cannibalism are described with unblinking authenticity. As well, it tells a memorable and touching story of enduring love by two young people torn apart in a divided nation.The book documents an era that changed and improved Canada forever by the sacrifices of a significant rebellion now little-known. Though "Jeremy Kane" will be enjoyed by readers of popular historical adventure novels, also libraries, educators and booksellers will find its unique connection between Canada and Australia of interest to serious students of both nations' origins.
"Jeremy Kane" is written by Sidney Allinson, a long-time resident of Toronto who now lives in Victoria, British Columbia, a military historian and novelist, author of five books -- including his latest, "KRUGER'S GOLD: A novel of the Anglo-Boer War.".
ISBN 0-7388-0101-1 / 0-7388-0102-X
$25 hardcover / $15 paperback

Xlibris Corporation,
436 Walnut Street, 11th Floor,
Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA,
tel: (215) 923-4686 / fax: (215) 923-4685

Also available via: Coutts/Chapters/Amazon/Barnes & Noble

Also available via Chapters/Amazon/Barnes&Noble/

To contact the author,
tel/fax: (250) 478-0457
e-mail: sidneya@home.com
Paige Humber
Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 - 5:37 pm:   

I have to tell you about a phenomenal book I've just finished by a Canadian Author.
"Elizabeth and After" by Matt Cohen. I first heard of this book last Christmas when it was being read on "between the covers" on CBC radio - I was on my way to Halifax and wanted to keep driving until the book was done.
I've recommended it to my best "book" friend and she is loving it as well. Especially appealable to a group of women.
Please let me know how they feel about it.
Another excellent book by a "somewhat" Canadian - he splits his time between TO and New England is "A Widow for One Year" by John Irving - don't have enough room to tell you how wonderful this book was. Reinstates my faith that there are some men out there who really do know women. This book is written from a womens prepective.
Have fun!!
Publisher - Canadian Book Clubs
Posted on Friday, February 04, 2000 - 8:34 am:   

A wonderful question Karen...I hope others contribute their answers.

Two books that stand out in my mind are "Wild
Geese" (1925) by Martha Ostenso and "The Handmaid's Tale" (1986) by Margaret Atwood.

"Wild Geese", set in the prairies, has a strong female character who has to deal with love and tyranny. It has been years since I read this book so I am not to sure on the plot. But it is a powerful book that reverberated to my core.

"The Handmaid's Tale", a futuristic novel about religious fundamentalism, sets the heroine in an American culture where all the rights and freedoms women enjoyed are made illegal. The heroine's ability to conceive survived the toxic fallout. She is given to one of the male elite to continue his genetic line. There was also a movie based on this book. But read the book first!

You could check out our Governor General's Awards for literature. The link can be found in our Suggested Lists section.

Other Canadian authors to consider are Margaret Laurence, Sinclair Ross, Robertson Davies, Morley Callaghan. To see the story lines for their numerous books, go to an online book store and do a search.

Please let us know what you finally choose and your group's reaction.
Posted on Sunday, January 23, 2000 - 8:07 am:   

Hello. I am a Canadian who has recently moved to
rural Indiana and have joined a book club here. I
would love to pick a Canadian book to introduce
people to Canada and a Canadian author.

The group is very conservative (ie they all hated
Catcher in the Rye) and mostly women.

What suggestions do people have to introduce
Americans to Canadian literature.

Thank you for your

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