Tag: non-fiction

Beverley Gray’s — The boreal herbal

Beverley Gray’s — The boreal herbal

This non-fiction book deals with wild foods and medicinal plants in Canada. It describes how and when to forage for different plants such as chickweed or wild rose.

What I find useful beside the information under each plant are the excellent clear photographs to help identify the right plant. Additionally, at the back of the book are recipes incorporating wild foods, but best of all, is a chart explaining each herb’s health benefit for healing ailments. I wouldn’t be without this book.

Susan Morgan”s — Bombay Anna *****

Susan Morgan”s — Bombay Anna *****

This is a fascinating biography of Anna Leonowens who pretended to be British, covering up her past, even from her children, to become the nanny to the King of Siam’s children; travel the world; then settle in Canada to raise her family during the Victorian era when other women stayed at home. Continue reading “Susan Morgan”s — Bombay Anna *****”

Janice P. Nimura’s — Daughters of the Samurai *****

Janice P. Nimura’s — Daughters of the Samurai *****

Five Japanese girls were sent by their government to the U.S.A. in 1871 to learn Western ways. While they were raised traditionally at home, they grew up as typical schoolgirls in their new country. Three of the girls: Sutematsu, Shige and Ume; returned after ten years to try to change women’s education in Japan. Continue reading “Janice P. Nimura’s — Daughters of the Samurai *****”