Books To Linger Over

CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Light in the Forest

BY HOLLY CARR

The idea for Light in the Forest grew from author and artist Holly Carr’s wish to ease her then 5-year-old son’s anxieties.

The book was inspired by Carr’s own experiences as the parent of a child afraid of the dark. In Light in the Forest, Holly Carr uses her dramatic silk paintings to help children confront their fears and find a way through the dark into the light. Carr shows children that they can sometimes create their own fears and teaches them the mantra “Do not be afraid. I am not afraid.”

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Willa's House

BY DAVID BOOTH  |  ILLUSTRATED BY RENIA METALLINOU 

Willa’s House, David Booth’s final book, is a tribute to women teachers, to the joy in life’s small moments, and to home.

Based on a true story, this heartwarming chronicle of a teacher’s life in a small Canadian town illustrates the tragedies and triumphs that centre around this one home. These events demonstrate Willa’s strong ties to family, friends, and students as well as the ways in which she makes a lasting impact on her community. With her less-than-typical trajectory, Willa shows us that there is more than one way to lead a fulfilling life.

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POETRY BOOKS

A Field Guide to the Heart​: Poems of Love, Comfort & Hope

BY GEORGIA HEARD & REBECCA KAI DOTLICH 

A Field Guide to the Heart is unique in that it is both a
poetry book and a journal. Written by acclaimed authors and poets Georgia Heard and Rebecca Kai Dotlich, A Field Guide to the Heart features a range of poems organized into three thematic sections — from loss and grief, in the section titled How Fragile the Heart Is, through healing, in The Morning of My Choosing, to hope, gratitude, and love, in A Quivering of Wings. In addition to the poems, this book offers the reader pages for reflection and journaling, a way to connect through the magic of poetry and find comfort in the wisdom and peace that poetry can bring.

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Labyrinth of Green

BY DIANA HAYES 

Labyrinth of Green is a stunning collection of poems and photographs by West coast-based Diana Hayes. Organized into five thematic sections — nature, youth, ancestry, loss, and reawakening — this book not only offers wisdom, peace, and reflection to readers of any age, but it also reminds us of how pleasurable and freeing it can be to lose ourselves in a labyrinth of powerful words and images.

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The Woman in this Poem: Women's Voices in Poetry

BY GEORGIA HEARD

Edited by acclaimed poet and author Georgia Heard, The Woman in this Poem features a wide range of work from both renowned and lesser-known female poets from the past 150 years.

Organized into five thematic sections — Love, Work, Family and Friends, Balance, and Motherhood — the collection offers wisdom, comfort, reckoning, and redemption to readers of any age or gender.

From the outstanding to the unexpected, The Woman in this Poem will put a lump in your throat, set your soul on fire, and remind you of who you are and how you want to live your life.

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FICTION

Plumleaf Vintage is a series of beautifully designed novels by women authors — beloved classics that may be at risk of being forgotten or overlooked. The stories in Plumleaf Vintage eloquently reflect the complexity of being a woman in the time and culture portrayed. They speak to the challenges faced by women to define an individual identity separate from a man’s and explore the ways that women have always pushed against the boundaries imposed by the mores of the time. The first three books in this series are classic epistolary novels, a form that lends itself to great intimacy with the characters’ thoughts and feelings.

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Lady Susan

BY JANE AUSTEN 

One of Jane Austen’s earliest works, Lady Susan is an epistolary novel with a variety of narrative voices telling the story of Lady Susan Vernon, the title character. In Lady Susan, Austen creates an imaginative world filled with intrigue, betrayal, and gossip. Lady Susan is described by author Natalie Jenner as “one of the most duplicitous and manipulative characters” of all that Austen ever created. With an introduction by Natalie Jenner, author of the international bestseller The Jane Austen Society.

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The Grey Woman

BY ELIZABETH GASKELL

Originally a three-part novella published in a literary journal by Charles Dickens, The Grey Woman tells a powerful story of deception and distrust in an epistolary format from the perspective of the protagonist, Anna Scherer. Similar to other Gaskell works, a recurring theme is the oppression of women through marriage. This book is considered ahead of its time for its progressive feminist views. With an introduction by Molly Greeley, bestselling author of The Clergyman’s Wife and The Heiress.

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

BY ANNE BRONTË

Told through a combination of letters and a diary, Anne Brontë’s last novel explores the challenges faced by an independent woman as she struggles for freedom from a repressive and abusive marriage and encounters suspicion and gossip from the community to which she has fled. The novel was first published under a pseudonym and scandalized Victorian society. With an introduction by Finola Austin, author of the bestselling novel Brontë’s Mistress.

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Plumleaf Vintage

BY JANE AUSTEN, BY ELIZABETH GASKELL, AND ANNE BRONTË

Box Set featuring Lady Susan, The Grey Woman, and The Grey Woman

The books in Plumleaf Vintage are books to linger over. They are our legacy and are part of a historical record of women speaking about their lives in their own voices. The authors deserve to be read and remembered.

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NON-FICTION

The Food Doula Cookbook​: A Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and a Nourished New Mom

BY LINDSAY TAYLOR

THE FOOD DOULA COOKBOOK focuses on real food for real life, every step of the way. Whether you are feeling good and inspired to prep healthy meals for the week, or you are feeling terrible, have nausea or heartburn, and can’t eat much, you’ll find a big selection of recipes here to light up your taste buds, satisfy your cravings, and provide essential nutrition for you and baby, plus loads of advice and tips for food prep, meal planning, choosing the most wholesome foods, and cooking up nutritious, delicious meals.

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Women on the Ballot: Pathways to Political Power

BY BETSY MCGREGOR

Women on the Ballot is an essential roadmap designed to encourage, equip, and empower women to step up and run for political office. This is a book about women who saw things as they were, knew change was needed, and entered into Canadian politics.

Gleaned from more than 100 hours of interviews, Women on the Ballot offers compelling stories, insights, and advice from more than 90 Canadian women with diverse backgrounds across all levels of politics and party lines.

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COOKBOOKS

The Food Doula Cookbook​: A Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and a Nourished New Mom

BY LINDSAY TAYLOR

THE FOOD DOULA COOKBOOK focuses on real food for real life, every step of the way. Whether you are feeling good and inspired to prep healthy meals for the week, or you are feeling terrible, have nausea or heartburn, and can’t eat much, you’ll find a big selection of recipes here to light up your taste buds, satisfy your cravings, and provide essential nutrition for you and baby, plus loads of advice and tips for food prep, meal planning, choosing the most wholesome foods, and cooking up nutritious, delicious meals.

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JOURNALS

A Field Guide to the Heart​: Poems of Love, Comfort & Hope

BY GEORGIA HEARD & REBECCA KAI DOTLICH 

A Field Guide to the Heart is unique in that it is both a
poetry book and a journal. Written by acclaimed authors and poets Georgia Heard and Rebecca Kai Dotlich, A Field Guide to the Heart features a range of poems organized into three thematic sections — from loss and grief, in the section titled How Fragile the Heart Is, through healing, in The Morning of My Choosing, to hope, gratitude, and love, in A Quivering of Wings. In addition to the poems, this book offers the reader pages for reflection and journaling, a way to connect through the magic of poetry and find comfort in the wisdom and peace that poetry can bring.

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