amm & Books

Books were amm’s 3rd child. When amm became ill, I counted the number of books that she had out, displayed somewhere in her home, and I lost count when I hit 400. And that doesn’t even include any that she had packed away.

Here is a list of amm’s favourite books and authors. If you know of other ones I should add, please let me know and I will add them to the list. I encourage you to find a comfy chair and a cup of tea (or glass of wine) and curl up with one of these books or authors…


*Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

*The Birth House by Ami McKay (added by the Original Butterfly Friend)

*The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

*The Mists of Avalaon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

*The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran *new* ~ amm gave me this book many years ago and since she became ill, I have learned that she loved to give this book as a gift.

*The Red Tent by Anita Diamant


*Mary Balogh

*Anthony Bidulka

*Gail Bowen

*Kathy Reichs

Connected Books

I have come across books that are connected to amm, but weren’t necessarily her favourite books or even books that she read.

*The Shack by WM Paul Young

I learned of this book when amm first became ill. While at home in NB I saw this book on amm’s bedside table. I remember looking at the cover but not thinking much else. Then one day, a dear close friend of amm brought The Shack and read to amm from the book. She explained to me how she was reading the book and each chapter began with a different quote and how so many of the quotes applied to amm. I thought it was wonderful to have more people read to amm, but still didn’t pay much attention.

Then amm’s dearest friend from Regina told me how she gave amm the book for her birthday in early March and was looking forward to discussing the book with her. But as amm became sick she never had the chance to read it. I read this book during the week we were in New York. What a moving piece of literature. amm was present the entire time I read the book. I was finishing the book near the end of our trip and openly wept while reading in the airport and on the plane. Even though amm never read this book she would have loved every bit of it.

The quote I felt spoke the truest to amm was from Chapter 11. I love that the quote spoke of questions and was written by the author of one of my favourite collections of poetry, T.S. Eliot (Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats).

“Oh my soul…be prepared for him who knows how to ask questions.” – T.S. Eliot

*The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

I was given this book by my dearest cousin. After amm’s cremation we all went for lunch. My cousin and amm’s bestest Regina friend began talking about this wonderful book with an even more wonderful name. They told me how it was a story all told through letters and hilarious to boot. And although amm had never actually read this book, both my cousin and amm’s best friend knew that she would have enjoyed it immensely. I began reading it and felt so silly that it took me such a long time to realize, “amm is Elizabeth!!” I won’t say anymore, as that is almost saying too much.

What makes this book even more special is that when I was close to finishing the book, a package arrived in the mail. It was the book from a lovely friend who now lives in the States. As she suggested, I will use the un-read copy to begin passing the story along. I plan to first give the book to my mother-in-law (as she had heard of the book too) and the rule is that once you are done the book, you must pass it on to another friend, telling them amm’s story, and each reader will keep track of their name and location in the front cover!! How wonderful!

November 24, 2009 – Nick’s aunt Claudette emailed me today with a tickety-boo idea. As she just finished reading the book, she thought it would be great if there was a spot on the website to share your reflections on the book. So I have done just that. Click on the link!