Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Book Review: Our Grandmothers, Ourselves


Our Grandmothers, Ourselves:  Reflections of Canadian Women, edited by Gina Valle is an amazing collection of stories by women from various backgrounds, economic status and ethnicities.  Grandaughters share the stories of their grandmothers and the affect these women had on their own lives. It is sometimes funny, sometimes surprising and always touching. This is a must read for all women . . . Canadian or not. That's all I'm going to say.

Gina Valle: "The grandmother-granddaughter relationship has undergone little examination in literature. In this collection, the portrayal of the grandmother is multidimensional - as woman, feminist, keeper of our first language and culture. These stories affirm that cultural heritage is manifested through language, food, storytelling, music, religion, holistic healing and symbols. Owing to our grandmothers’ presence in our lives, these rich traditions will be preserved for yet another generation. Many of us were first awakened to issues of social justice, community, racism, self-esteem, equity, biculturalism, womanhood and family by our grandmothers."