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Deborah Ellis, author, feminist and peace activist

Deborah Ellis is the author of many books for young people, generally about the ways children deal with the difficulties imposed on them by the world of adults. She lives in Simcoe, Ontario.

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Bussidor, Ila, 1955-
This is an important book about a crime that took place not that long ago, in 1956, when we should have known better. It contains the oral histories of those Dene who were forced from their ancestral homes and dumped on barren land near Churchill, Manitoba.
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Swan, Laura.
A study of the early women hermits of the Christian church. How wonderful to be alone in the desert! How wonderful yet how challenging. In the next life, I look forward to meeting these women and learning from them.
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Camus, Albert, 1913-1960.
A book I read every few years. It asks the question, "In times of trouble, what will you do?" It's a question I keep trying to land on the right side of.
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Ball, Hugo, 1886-1927.
A diary of the Dada years and beyond, this book gives us a sense of how some responded to the senselessness of the First World War.
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Benedict, Marie, author.
Einstein's first wife, Mileva Maric, was a physicist at least as brilliant as Albert, whose life and work was not as celebrated because she was female and because her husband helped to make her invisible by keeping her name off their joint work.
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Taylor, Telford.
A detailed look at the Nazi war crimes trials by the chief prosecutor. I find this fascinating and important because it speaks to what is going on today, and makes us ask what we are responsible for and what price do we pay for giving our allegiance to those who don't deserve it.
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Jackson, Shirley, 1916-1965.
Each time I read these stories, I learn something new about writing. What a gold mine! She understood the small bits of evil that we can choose to tap into, and the damage it can do to the world.
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Gallico, Paul, 1897-1976, author.
A lovely little novel about a family who goes to London to see the coronation of Queen Elizabeth and who get nothing of what they want and yet everyone ends up with exactly what they want. A great piece about the dignity and kindness of small gestures.
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Potok, Chaim.
Along with The Book of Lights and The Chosen by the same author, I inhabit these books, and they inhabit me, and they make me strive to be a better person.
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