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Life on a Small Farm on Salt Spring Island

Brian Brett is an noted Canadian poet and author. His latest book Trauma Farm is both a memoir and a treatise on small mixed farming operations. Brett has lived for 18 years on a small farm on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, that he and his wife Sharon rescued from disrepair. Trauma Farm the book, is those eighteen years presented as a day's journey in the life of the farm and it's residents. The official name of the farm is Willow Pond Farm, but "we came to refer to this land as Trauma Farm, because we soon realized beauty also demands a little terror and laughter

What I Thought I Knew

book cover imageAt 44 years old, playwright Alice Eve Cohen feared the worst when she discovered a lump in her abdomen. Several months and misdiagnoses later, Cohen found out that she wasn't dying, but was rather--to her utter astonishment--six months pregnant.

The Complicated World of Friendship

autobiography of a faceWhen Lucy Grealy was nine years old, she was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a frequently fatal cancer in her jaw.  Her book, Autobiography of a Face, is her story of the effect of the disfiguring surgeries she endured and how the changes to her physical appearance