Caitlin Rayos: The World Before Us

Caitlin RayosCaitlin’s website is a compelling, engaging work that discusses the idea of memories.  She talks about Aislinn’s Hunter’s book, The World Before Us through this lens, but is able to make it personal and relevant to us. Do our memories of our past help or hinder our growth as an individual?

Up Ghost River

Up Ghost River is the memoir of Edmund Metatawabin, written as a first hand account of life in northern Canada as an aboriginal young person. His life takes a tumble into the hell of St. Annes, a notoriously violent residential school, when the town officials press his family to make him go. He leaves behind a loving family and a life steeped in native tradition and self-sufficiency. It is a deeply personal account and will shake your beliefs in a fair and just Canada.

A comprehensive review with interviews from the CBC. The review from The National Post.

The Right Honourable Paul Martin recommends the book:

“Moving documentation, recollected tragedy and personal triumph, this book is a necessary first-hand account of being First Nations in contemporary Canada. From the atrocities of residential schools, to the present-day policy challenges, Up Ghost River will open your eyes to the all-too-recent history of Canada’s First Peoples, through the experiences of a resilient individual and his family.”

Up Ghost River

Between You & Me

Between You & MeIf you love language this is the book for you. Mary Norris, copy editor for The New Yorker, talks about her life with words. It is an intriguing read, through the origins  of many phrases and how we use them. She talks about a fellow editor who kept a comma shaker at her desk and spends considerable time discussing the various solutions for the gender neutral pronouns. Her scope is wide and her angle is humorous.

Check our her entertaining blog, the Comma Queen.

The Sixth Extinction

The 6th Extinction

In her new book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert describes traveling the world to document the mass extinction of species that seems to be unfolding before our eyes. There have been five comparable crises in the history of life on Earth, she writes, but this one is different: It’s being caused by us.

Her subject this time is what she sees as the tragedy at the very core of human nature: “The qualities that made us human to begin with: our restlessness, our creativity, our ability to cooperate to solve problems and complete complicated tasks,” Kolbert writes, are leading us to change the world so rapidly and profoundly that other species can’t keep up. National Geographic reached Kolbert in New York to talk about it.