Staff Picks: 3 Memorable Memoirs
New Bygone Days
PEIs Dutch Thompson recorded 900 hours of oral history from local residents, more than enough to keep him talking on CBC radio for 27 years, plus this his second book, and counting. Maritime history as you’ve never heard or seen it before, brought to life by the living memories of those who have been here longest.
Donna Morrissey has been writing about family for six best-selling and award-winning novels. This time it’s even more personal, her own tale of overcoming significant hardship to succeed as a writer, told with her trademark humour, sincerity and poignancy. An inspiring story of a beloved writer who thrived against the odds.
Talking to Canadians
The title delivers the earworm of a booming voice introducing Mercer’s popular “Talking to Americans” segment of This Hour Has 22 Minutes circa the late 1990s. Mercer is one of Newfoundland’s most recognizable entertainers, by sight and by rant. His memoir is even funnier than you’d expect, and filled with insights into Canada, politics and the television industry.