We may not be able to experience someone else’s life but memoirs allow a glimpse into what it is like to walk in another’s shoes. In our list of must-read memoirs, you can experience what daily life was like for a nurse in the 1960s, find the humour and joys of being a “young” granddad, or follow a daughter’s search for the literary works of her mother’s murdered twin.
Check out the list for more unforgettable stories.
Afterlight: In Search of Poetry, History, and Home
By Isa Milman
-Coming October 5, 2021-
A haunting memoir of war, genocide, displacement, and a daughter’s search for the literary works of her mother’s murdered twin.
Always Pack a Candle: A Nurse in the Cariboo-Chilcotin
By Marion McKinnon Crook
The true story of an adventurous young nurse who provided much-needed health care to the rural communities of the Cariboo-Chilcotin in the 1960s.
Home on the Strange: Chronicles of Motherhood, Mayhem, and Matters of the Heart
By Susan Lundy
A funny, heart-warming ode to motherhood written by an award-winning journalist and humour columnist.
Grandfathered: Dispatches from the Trenches of Modern Grandparenthood
By Ian Haysom
A sharp, funny, heartfelt memoir by a career-driven baby boomer who enters semi-retirement and explores the joys, challenges, and never-ending surprises of being a “young” granddad.
Gilly the Ghillie: More Chronicles of a West Coast Fishing Guide
By David Giblin
Tall tales of coastal adventures, colourful locals, privileged tourists, and elusive fish abound in this hilariously offbeat sequel to The Codfish Dream.
Complicated Simplicity: Island Life in the Pacific Northwest
By Joy Davis
A frank, practical, and entertaining exploration of the pleasures and complexities of living on small islands.