Staff Picks: 5 Fall Books Dealing With Trauma, Health & Healthcare
(forthcoming November 2021)
…an all-too-real story of ill-prepared politicians, a panicked population, and Canadian journalism’s complicated response to the story of a lifetime. —Winnipeg Free Press columnist Niigaan Sinclair.
Nora Loreta authoritatively argues that journalists and politicians have been far too cozy through the COVID-19 pandemic, in part because corporate media owners systemically exclude critical voices. That leaves much to be desired in the public’s understanding of what is really happening, the epidemiology, and best course forward.
In the Arms of Inup
Eve Mills Allen
Jeremias Tecu of Fredericton, a survivor of the Guatemalan civil war, shares the story of his escape to Canada via Eve Mills Allen, a mental health therapist. Tecu found an empathic listener and writer in Allen, herself a survivor of abuse. Together they’ve created a testimony to the resilient human spirit in the face of atrocity.
Dying for Attention
Susan MacLeod accompanied her 90-year-old mother through a labyrinthine long-term care system. Her family, much like the system, erected walls rather than opening arms. MacLeod’s tone is defined by a gentle, self-effacing humour touched by exasperation with endless absurdities and eventual newfound wisdom. She includes helpful tips for communicating with nursing homes as well as background research to provide a larger context for this under-discussed experience.
Loving Me, While Losing You
Jeanette A Auger, Diane Tedford-Litle and Brenda Wallace-Allen
An excellent resource for (and by) people providing care for people living with dementia, based on real-life experiences. Caregivers also offer valuable recommendations for government policymakers and others in similar situations. A unique reflection on family loss and shifting roles, expectations and images of self.
A Womb in the Shape of a Heart
Quill & Quire describes Gallant’s memoir as “quiet, deeply personal stories whose themes echo far beyond the confines of the specific experiences they describe.” It takes talent to accomplish this, and a willingness to “follow talent to the dark place where it leads,” as the novelist and poet Erica Jong put it. Back to Q&Q, which further calls Womb “a welcome addition to the growing chorus of voices speaking about their struggles with reproductive health.” We couldn’t agree more.