Book Club #4
This month themes are inclusivity and diversity.
On January 12th, join our book club meeting in a relaxed, warm and unpretentious atmosphere. To participate, you must have read at least one book from the list.
This initiative of five Ambassadors wishes to introduce you to authors to stimulate reflection and open dialogue on topics that affect women. The Book Club is intended for people who wish to find new recommendations as well as for those who wish to participate in group discussions on the themes.
Each month, a selection of books and podcasts will be offered around a particular theme in line with the values of the JCCFQ.
Shuni by Naomi Fontaine (FR)
Naomi Fontaine writes a beautiful letter to Shuni, a young white girl who came to help in her village. She tells her about the life and history of her people, but above all the precious moments of her community. With light and softness, the author describes the landscapes, the Innu traditions. She also writes to her son “little bear”, giving him the strength of her people to break down prejudices. A magnificent text to help better understand this beautiful community.
Source : Annie Proulx, librairie A à Z (Les libraires) – Translated by JCCFQ
Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams et Jeannine Amber
One of five children, Pat watched as her alcoholic mother struggled to get by on charity, cons and petty crimes. At seven Pat was taught to roll drunks for money. At 12, she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior; by 13 she was pregnant. By 15 Pat was a mother of two.
Alone at 16, Pat was determined to make a better life for her children. But with no job skills and an eighth-grade education, her options were limited. She learned quickly that hustling and humor were the only tools she had to survive.
Source : GoodReads et JCCFQ
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney C. Cooper
With searing honesty, intimacy, and humor too, America’s leading young Black feminist celebrates the power of rage in this piercing new book. So what if it’s true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting. In Brittney Cooper’s world, neither mean girls nor f–kboys ever win. But homegirls emerge as heroes. This book argues that ultimately feminism, friendship, and faith in one’s own superpowers are all we really need to turn things right side up again.
Source : Goodreads
L’esprit du camp par Axelle Lenoir/ Michel Falardeau (FR)
Summer 1994: with just two months left before college, Elodie is forced by her mother to take a job as a camp counselor. She doesn’t know the first thing about nature, or sports, of kids for that matter, and isn’t especially interested in learning… but now she’s responsible for a foul-mouthed horde of red-headed girls who just might win her over, whether she likes it or not. Just as Elodie starts getting used to her new environment, though — and close to one of the other counselors — a dark mystery lurking around the camp begins to haunt her dreams.
Source : Goodreads