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All Things Consoled: a daughter's memoir

Posted: by Wanda on March 7, 2019

All Things Consoled: a daughter's memoir

I’d hoped to recommend Elizabeth Hay’s latest: All Things Consoled: a daughter’s memoir, without revealing anything of myself. But that’s the problem; a book that moves you, a memoir that changes how you think, does so because it speaks to your own experience.  Elizabeth Hay’s recounting of her parents’ end of life, is wound around her childhood memories, her admiration for her talented artist/mother, her struggle to forgive her complicated father,  her determination to be a ‘good daughter’, whatever the cost.  

Elizabeth Hay is of my generation; we are children of the fifties, with parents who loomed large. Men were allowed to be, could be, difficult, tyrannical. Women smoothed things over, and children, especially girls, were supposed to follow suit.  No one talked about ‘emotional abuse’. At the centre of this book, as in life, Hay explores the complexity of her parents, the way her siblings fit together in the family, and the love that underlies it all. She writes of that love that is sprinkled with resentment and regrets, even until death. 

A friend in his nineties told me recently, “I moved back here to die, but it’s taking a long time”. My parents’ generation is long-lived, which means that we are caring for our parents well into our own later life. And dying, like growing up, does take a long time. As this journey begins for Elizabeth Hay and her parents, she writes, “I was in dangerous personal territory, a fraught border country in which my parents were sliding into neediness and I was rising to power, yet losing my own life”. These words, and many other passages, were both comforting and painful to read, but also loosened something in me …the guilt that comes with watching our beloved parents go, wanting them to stay, but wishing they didn’t have to linger.

On the title, All Things Consoled: as Jean Hay moves into the confusion of memory loss, her words and phrases take on a poetic truth that is often more descriptive than the language just out of her reach.

I listened to the audio book on Overdrive, read by the author, and simultaneously read the hard copy. Place a hold on the print copy.

 

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

Posted: by Hélène on February 11, 2019

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Grey County Reads

Posted: by Ashley on February 4, 2019

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Grey County Reads

Posted: by Ashley on January 28, 2019

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Posted: by Ashley on January 21, 2019

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Grey County Reads

Posted: by Ashley on January 14, 2019

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Grey County Reads

Posted: by Ashley on January 7, 2019

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Grey County Reads

Posted: by Ashley on December 20, 2018

Choose your favourite! Reading and voting helps your library!

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Ontario Public Library Week Author Talk Books

Posted: by Emma on October 3, 2018

Ontario Public Library Week Author Talk Books

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Top 5 Books for 2018 (so far)

Posted: by Emma on August 30, 2018

Top 5 Books for 2018 (so far)

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Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Posted: by Ashley on January 16, 2018

Place holds on the staff picks online or in person at the L.E. Shore Memorial Library or the Craigleith Heritage Depot. Voting is now open. This is the fifth of five books for Grey County Reads. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley is being defended by Rebecca Hergert.

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Grey County Reads: Crow Lake

Posted: by Ashley on January 13, 2018

Place holds on the staff picks online or in person at the L.E. Shore Memorial Library or the Craigleith Heritage Depot. Voting is now open. This is the second of five books for Grey County Reads. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson is being defended by Sharon Sinclair.

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Grey County Reads: The Wonder

Posted: by Ashley on January 13, 2018

Place holds on the staff picks online or in person at the L.E. Shore Memorial Library or the Craigleith Heritage Depot. Voting is now open. This is the third of five books for Grey County Reads. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue is being defended by Kim Peeters.

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Grey County Reads: Station Eleven: A Novel

Posted: by Ashley on January 13, 2018

Place holds on the staff picks online or in person at the L.E. Shore Memorial Library or the Craigleith Heritage Depot. Voting is now open. This is the fourth of five books for Grey County Reads. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is being defended by Jenny Parsons.

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Grey County Reads: The Back of the Turtle

Posted: by Ashley on January 5, 2018

Place holds on the staff picks online or in person at the L.E. Shore Memorial Library or the Craigleith Heritage Depot. Voting is now open. This is the first of five books for Grey County Reads. The Back of the Turtle is being defended by Aly Boltman.

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Fiction about Witches

Posted: by Emma on October 23, 2017

October, the spookiest of months, is a great time to settle in with a good read. I have compiled a list of adult fiction books about witches to get you through till Halloween.

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Author Talk Books

Posted: by Emma on September 29, 2017

We have some very special guests joining us at L.E. Shore Memorial Library on Friday October 13th at 2:30pm for an Ontario Public Library Week Author Talk. $5/person. Tickets now available at both of our branches. Read their latest novels before the big event.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Posted: by Emma on March 20, 2017

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Queen of the Tearling Trilogy by Erika Johansen

Posted: by Emma on December 27, 2016

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Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Posted: by Emma on November 21, 2016

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

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Station Eleven & Fates and Furies

Posted: by Emma on September 26, 2016

Two books so good they are almost indescribable.

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NW by Zadie Smith

Posted: by Emma on August 29, 2016

NW by Zadie Smith

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Posted: by Emma on October 27, 2015

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Posted: by Emma on July 31, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Posted: by Emma on July 15, 2015

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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The Martian by Andy Weir

Posted: by Emma on March 3, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir

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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Posted: by Emma on December 17, 2014

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

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Rules of civility by Amor Towles

Posted: by Emma on November 10, 2014

 Rules of civility by Amor Towles

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Time-Travel Fiction

Posted: by Emma on September 9, 2014

Time-Travel Fiction

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Posted: by Emma on May 27, 2014

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Posted: by Emma on May 22, 2014

Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

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The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Posted: by Emma on March 10, 2014

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

Posted: by Emma on February 7, 2014

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

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Review: 419 by Will Ferguson

Posted: by Emma on January 28, 2014

Review: 419 by Will Ferguson

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Most-Read Fiction in 2013

Posted: by Emma on January 3, 2014

A list of the top-circulating books of 2013

Most-Read Fiction in 2013

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Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Posted: by Emma on November 25, 2013

Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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Lynn Coady Wins the Giller Award!

Posted: by Elisa on November 6, 2013

Grab a Giller at the Library

Lynn Coady Wins the Giller Award!

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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Posted: by Emma on October 21, 2013

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

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Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Posted: by Emma on October 2, 2013

Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

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Best Historical Fiction

Posted: by Emma on September 11, 2013

Best Historical Fiction

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Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Posted: by Emma on August 23, 2013

Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

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Great Adaptations

Posted: by Emma on August 8, 2013

Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen

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Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Posted: by Emma on June 27, 2013

Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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