2020 “The Very Best!” Book Awards: Best Non-Fiction

This year’s non-fiction finalists are a mix of a travelogue, a personal battle with PTSD and loss, and finding gratitude despite facing adversity. GOLD: Silver Linings by Janice Landry (Pottersfield Press) SILVER: Around The World In A Dugout Canoe by John M. MacFarlane and Lynn J. Salmon (Harbour Publishing) BRONZE: A Medic’s Mind by Matthew …

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Save My Life School: A first responder’s mental health journey by Natalie Harris

Every now and then a reader comes across a book that speaks to them. The words jump from the page and land squarely to the reader’s soul. For me, this was Save My Life School, by Natalie Harris. This book is so real, so raw and so honest that it is impossible not to fall …

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One Good Reason: A Memoir of Addiction and Recovery, Music and Love by Séan McCann and Andrea Aragon

I’m a fan of Séan McCann. Bought his music. Saw him perform with Great Big Sea. Had a joyous time, singing myself hoarse. Now I’ve read One Good Reason – his collaborative memoir – enticingly structured, chapters alternating between spouse-authors McCann and Andrea Aragon.

Layla in the Sky With Diamonds by Manbeena Bhullar Sandhu

Manbeena Bhullar Sandhu holds a degree in substance abuse and addictions, and a master’s degree in English literature. She is an addictions counsellor and currently lives and works in Toronto. This is her first book. Layla in the Sky With Diamonds (2017, Archway Publishing) is a book containing several themes, but primarily the late 1960’s …

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