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Lakeside Reading


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  • two muskoka chairs at the end of a dock, facing a large lake surrounded by trees

Shawna, Old Post Office | June 22, 2020

Whether you are traveling light to your summer vacation or at home planning for next year, here are some lake side reads from our digital collection. These titles are available on the Download Library.

1. Barefoot at the Lake: by Bruce Fogle

A coming of age memoir nestled among the lakes north of Peterborough in the 1950s. The steady pace of the novel echoes unhurried hazy summer days. Reflecting the formative experiences of a boy growing from child to adult in a summer’s cottage community. Anyone who has ever stayed at a cottage in the area will enjoy recognizing the towns and roads of this story.

2. Dirty Work: written and narrated by Anna Maxymiw

This memoir captures the summer when at the age of 23 the author questions her life’s direction. Stepping away from both her big city life and academic education she flies into the remote fishing camp to work as a housekeeper. Her reflections capture the changes and experiences of the land, the lake, and the other young guides and housekeepers who form this temporary community every year in Ontario’s north.

3. And the Birds Rained Down: by Jocelyne Saucier, translated by Rhonda Mullins  

This is a captivating story set in the mid-1990s when a photographer sets out to capture the images of the remaining survivors of the Great Meathson Fire of 1926. Her last survivor’s disappearance from society is shrouded in mythic tales that lead to his cabin in the forest. There by the lake she finds not only his story but how it weaves into other lives that have chosen to live outside traditional society. This Governor General’s Award Finalist shows us a community does not have to be large to look out for each other.