6 Must-Read Memoirs

We Love Memoirs

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-
$24.95 CAD
A haunting memoir of war, genocide, displacement, and a daughter’s search for the literary works of her mother’s murdered twin.

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Always Pack a Candle: A Nurse in the Cariboo-Chilcotin
By Marion McKinnon Crook
$22.95 CAD
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.

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Home on the Strange: Chronicles of Motherhood, Mayhem, and Matters of the Heart
By Susan Lundy
$22.95 CAD
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
$22.95 CAD
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.

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Gilly the Ghillie: More Chronicles of a West Coast Fishing Guide
By David Giblin
$19.95 CAD
Tall tales of coastal adventures, colourful locals, privileged tourists, and elusive fish abound in this hilariously offbeat sequel to The Codfish Dream.

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Complicated Simplicity: Island Life in the Pacific Northwest
By Joy Davis
$22.95 CAD
A frank, practical, and entertaining exploration of the pleasures and complexities of living on small islands.