The anthology Dropped Threads: What We Aren't Told by Carol Shields and Marjorie Anderson was one of Canada's great publishing success stories, inspiring two sequels and underlining the power inherent in collective voices. Anthologies make excellent books—and they make great gifts too! We've asked Jessica Hiemstra and Lisa Martin-DeMoor, editors of the new anthology How to Expect What You're Not Expecting, to share with us some of their favourite non-fiction anthologies, at least one of which is sure to appeal to someone on your list this holiday.
Great Expectations: Twenty-Four True Stories About Childbirth, Eds. Dede Crane and Lisa Moore: This excellent anthology of birth narratives edited by Dede Crane and Lisa Moore is a collection of literary essays of the best kind. Intelligent, engaging, well-crafted pieces by accomplished writers, the essays in this anthology collectively re-imagine—and complicate—birth and its attendant possibilities.
Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood, Eds. Shannon Cowan, Fiona Tinwei Lam, and Cathy Stonehouse: I …