“I’m not going to babble on about how great this book is because you should take this new found time to go buy it. Go to your local independent bookstore, pick it up from the library, or get it online. Just do it.” — Anne Logan
Black Apple follows a young Aboriginal girl named Sinopaki as she is forcefully taken from her family and brought to the residential school of St. Mark’s. Throughout her entire childhood and teens she is held there against her will until she is a young woman, firmly rooted in a religion she reluctantly practices but does not truly accept.
I recommend the book on the radio to thousands of Calgarians without having read it yet. THAT’S HOW MUCH I LOVE ALAN BRADLEY’S BOOKS.
Immediately I plopped myself down with my daughter to get a sense of how it would go over with a toddler.
We may call our pets ridiculous things such as “Fluffy” but in this book they have regal names such as “Datura,” “Southpaw,” and “Aconite”. Clearly, we have been getting this naming thing all wrong as humans.
Beyond heart-wrenching books from one’s pile of must-love stories, books and cats (okay, dogs too…) are a reviewer’s solid company and reliable source of comfort. Working in any field for seven (7) years leaves one with various degrees of experience, let alone unforgettable moments that possibly shaped one’s worldview.