It’s a new year, so let’s play with some new genres. Cookbooks would not be traditional picks for a book club, but they are an indispensable part of our lives. Food tells stories over generations. What’s your favourite cookbook? Bring it to the meeting and tell us why you love it.
Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety. They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive. When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States. This memoir is “a story of war and what comes after”.
In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile, to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation’s history.
This book is geared towards children in Grades 3-8, and is a good read for grown-ups too. This meet-up is planned to be in-person in Waterloo for the CCAWR’s summer picnic. We would love to see you there for this multi-generational gathering. Bring your little ones – siblings, children, grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews too!
Having lost both her mom and grandmother in just over six months, forced to navigate the fine lines between matriarchy, martyrdom, and codependency, Knott realizes she must let go, not just of the women who raised her, but of the woman she thought she was. Woven into the pages are themes of mourning, sobriety through loss, and generational dreaming.
From one of Canada’s most successful business leaders, the founder of the BlackNorth Initiative and the newest and first Black Dragon in the Dragon’s Den comes a rags-to-riches story that also carries a profound message of hope and change.