Summer Reading and Beach Books
Here is a preview. We’re hoping to share books that we think make for a good summer read over the summer. Here’s one: The Merchant of Marvels and the Peddler of Dreams by Frederic Clement. This marvellously whimsical illustrated book for a variety of age groups describes and shows amazing gifts for someone who is looking for the perfect gift. (Personal favourites: ‘a fresh shadow, well ironed at the neck and the cuffs’ and ‘a lock of mermaid’s hair.’)
Powered by Love, by Joanna Henry
In 2006, the Stephen Lewis Foundation launched a cam- paign to engage Canadian grandmothers to support the African grandmothers who were struggling to raise their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. These are their stories.
Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly
Inspired by a WW II heroine, this book reveals the pow- er of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. It is the story of three women whose lives intertwine across continents and it reveals secrets that were hidden for decades. Book Club members rating: 9.75/10
Loving Someone Gay, by Don Clark
This book helps families and friends to confront their own prejudices and confusion and to build new, open, and ultimately more meaningful relationships.
The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
A powerful and sweeping historical novel about slavery in early nineteenth century Charleston, it speaks with wisdom about the nature of evil and injustice, the courage to dare what seems unattainable and the hope inside of us that the worst darkness can’t extinguish. Book Club members rating: 9.5/10
Finding the Still Point, by Tom Harper
The author focuses on a spiritual approach to coping with the stresses of everyday life.