The Magical Realism of Life of Pi

The Magical Realism of Life of Pi
Review by Margie Taylor

Monday, December 14, 2009

A Non Fiction Xmas

Some un-fictitious suggestions - all available at the Northern Woman's Bookshop

A wonderful Book Launch was held recently featuring Thunder Bay author, SUSAN GOLDBERG, who with CHLOE BRUSHWOOD ROSE co-edited AND BABY MAKES MORE: Known Donors, Queer Parents, and Our Unexpected Families. AND BABY MAKES MORE “explores the role of the ‘known donor’ in the queer family structure: what happens when would-be dyke moms or gay dads ask a friend or acquaintance to donate sperm or an egg, or to act as a surrogate? A quirky, funny, and occasionally heartbreaking collection of personal essays, this book offers an intimate look at the relative risks and unexpected rewards of queer, do-it-yourself baby-making, and the ways in which families are re-made in the process.”

A book of great local interest, containing beautiful photographs has just arrived. Barbara Lesperance’s HISTORY OF SILVER ISLET AND ITS GARDENS will be enjoyed not only by those who have links to Silver Islet but by all gardeners.

SOCIETIES OF PEACE; Matriarchies Past Present and Future, edited by Heide Goettner-Abendroth, is described by Angela Miles (author of Integrative Feminisms) as “a powerful life-affirming political book. Deep personal and academic knowledge of, and reflection on, surviving matriarchal elements in some contributors’ own Indigenous
cultures and archaeological accounts of lost cultures by others, shape the book’s ambitious and fully realized theoretical and political project. The global dialogues and solidarities among women reflected in this book, as much as its inspiring content, give us hope that this new world is possible.”

DAILY STRUGGLES: The Deepening Racialization and Feminization of Poverty in Canada, edited by Maria A. Wallis and Siu-ming Kwok “offers a unique, critical perspective on poverty by highlighting gender and race analysis simultaneously..... this book connects human rights, political economy perspectives, and citizenship issues to the other areas of social exclusion.”

RESTORING THE BALANCE: First Nations Women, Community and Culture is edited by Gail Guthrie Valaskasis, Madeline Dion Stout, and Eric Guimond. RESTORING THE BALANCE “brings to light the work First Nations women perform in cultural continuity and community development. It illustrates the challenges and successes they have had in areas of law, politics, education, community healing, language, and art, while suggesting significant options for sustained improvement of individual, family and community well-being.”

In FIREKEEPERS OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: FIRST NATION WOMEN CHIEFS, the author CORA VOYAGEUR presents information about sixty-four women chiefs. “She analyses what inspired them to become leaders, how they have determined and maintained their priorities... FIRE KEEPERS examines the unique experience of First Nations women as they negotiate multiple roles and navigate the worlds of gender, race, and reserve politics.”

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