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CNF: Essays about Parents

Created by MarionAgnew
  • Age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: p to 4
tagged: cnf, creative nonfiction, nonfiction, essays
Essay collections and other creative nonfiction about parents

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My Father, Fortune-tellers & Me

A Memoir

by Eufemia Fantetti
edition: Book
tagged: personal memoirs, women, cultural heritage

My Father, Fortune-tellers & Me: A Memoir is a powerful and witty coming-of-age story of fate versus free will. As the daughter of southern Italian immigrants joined in an acrimonious arranged marriage, Eufemia Fantetti weathered the devastating consequences of her mother’s treatment-resistant schizophrenia for years before moving to the West Coa …

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All Things Consoled

A daughter's memoir

by Elizabeth Hay
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged: personal memoirs, death, grief, bereavement, women

From Elizabeth Hay, one of Canada's beloved novelists, comes a startling and beautiful memoir about the drama of her parents' end, and the longer drama of being their daughter. Winner of the 2018 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonficiton.

Jean and Gordon Hay were a colourful, formidable pair. Jean, a late-blooming artist with a marvellous s …

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A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

by Alicia Elliott
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged: native american, native americans, dysfunctional families

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 HILARY WESTON WRITERS' TRUST PRIZE FOR NONFICTION
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 BY THE GLOBE AND MAIL • CBC • CHATELAINE • QUILL & QUIRE • THE HILL TIMES • POP MATTERS
A bold and profound meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression and racism in North America from award-winning Haudenosa …

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One Strong Girl

Surviving the Unimaginable — A Mother's Memoir

by S. Lesley Buxton
edition: eBook
tagged: non-classifiable

One Strong Girl is a mother's vivid account of what it is like to lose her daughter, India, to a rare debilitating disease. The story is a bold description of what it means to deal with deep sorrow and still find balance and beauty in an age steeped in the denial of death. At ten, India climbed the highest on the rope at gymnastics, yet by sixteen …

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The Stone Thrower

by Jael Ealey Richardson, illustrated by Matt James
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: p to 4
tagged: african american, football, cultural heritage

The African-American football player Chuck Ealey grew up in a segregated neighborhood of Portsmouth, Ohio. Against all odds, he became an incredible quarterback. But despite his unbeaten record in high school and university, he would never play professional football in the United States.

Chuck Ealey grew up poor in a racially segregated community th …

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A Year of Days

by Myrl Coulter
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: canadian, essays, alzheimer's & dementia, death, grief, bereavement

“As soon as she was gone from this earth, I felt an overwhelming need for more of her. I had to find her again. But how do you find someone after they’re gone for good?”

After her mother succumbed to a rare form of dementia, Myrl Coulter turned the eulogy she had written for the funeral into a series of meditations on absence. The result is fi …

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The Long Hello

Memory, My Mother, and Me

by Cathie Borrie
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged: babysitting, day care & child care

A stirring memoir of a daughter caring for a mother with dementia that is sure to become a touchstone for many others.

The Long Hello explores the emotional rewards and challenges that Cathie Borrie experienced in caring for her mother, who was living with Alzheimer’s disease, for seven years. Between the two, a wondrously poetic dialogue develops …

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