REC Spotlight: Amy Toews Kletzel

“A word after a word after a word is power.”– Margaret Atwood
Posted on 26 April 2021 by Amy.

As an avid reader and frequent library goer, I am so proud to be a part of Real Estate Collective’s reading initiative! I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favourites (to list them all would cover many a page…). 

Books are a place to get lost, found or simply float in between. A never-ending stack can be found beside my bed, each with an ear-marked page or two. 

From the time they were babies, I’ve been taking each of my children to storytime at the MHPL and have encouraged them to dive into as many books as they can. As Franchophones, they can always find what they’re looking for in the great selection of French language books the Library carries. Our family is incredibly grateful to have this amazing resource available to us! 


Amy's Book Picks

Non-Fiction

Group by Christie Tate
The raw vulnerability of Tate’s journey through a unique style of group therapy is inspiring and impactful. 

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda’s essays open your eyes to so many real world issues concerning feminism and the treatment of women and girls. I love this book because she is honest, unafraid and pulls no punches. 

Untamed by Glennon Doyle 
This book will be on my regular rotation and every time I read a passage, it makes me think long and hard about so many things. It’s changed how I approach raising my children and how I think. 


Fiction

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd 
One of my favourite authors, Kidd’s historical account of 2 girls and their journey through life from very different backgrounds is one that’ll stay at the top of my favourites list! 

How to Grow an Addict by J.A. Wright 
This is a book I couldn’t put down. Although it’s fiction, it’s a realistic account of how childhood trauma can have such a massive impact and how addiction is often a way to deal with it. 

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal 
I loved this book because it’s a story of finding your way, despite what people have told you and the crossing of paths at different times in a person’s life. 

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