Parting Gifts: Lessons Learned from Books

You’ve heard it before: we’re a sum of our experiences. And for avid readers we also become a sum of our best reads. You know you’ve read a good book when the words were powerful enough to change you a little, or changed the way you looked at something. It’s why we read. We believe in the power of words to transform us and everything around us. So today we reflected on lessons we learned from books and we have shared them below.

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Lubna’s Pick

If Clara by Martha Baillie
Coach House Books
What I learned: There is no specific way to try and help a troubled loved one. But the best thing you can do, and the most important thing to do, is to listen and let them know you’re there for them no matter what. 

Mandy’s Pick

A One-Handed Novel
by Kim Clark
Caitlin Press
What I learned: Hope and humour might be the most powerful antidotes to the kind of news that might land you at the bottom of an ice-cream tub.

Lauren’s Pick

Conflict Is Not Abuse by Sarah Schulman
Arsenal Pulp Press
What I learned: Sarah Schulman taught me to veer away from the urge to “cancel” people I vehemently disagree with or think have wronged me, to listen to what their fears and apprehensions are, and to work together towards a new, peaceful equilibrium. 

Tan’s Pick

Inheritance by Kirsten Gundlack-Levinson
Quattro Books
What I learned: Love can take many forms, and sometimes it takes trust and courage to see love for what it is.