Book Club Corner by Kit Darling

The December meeting was held after the deadline for Breezes submission, so I can give you a summary of the book but you’ll have to wait for the next issue of The Breezes to see what we thought of it. Our book was Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong by James W. Loewen. The book discusses the historical bias, errors and downright untruths (according to the author) on commemorative plaques, monuments and local legends in every state of the USA. He disparages the concept that nothing was discovered until the Europeans came across a continent, river or mountain regardless of the fact that First Nations were there long before. In a move to expose the hypocrisy, a group of First Nations journeyed to Rome in 1973 and “discovered Italy”. Apparently there is no plaque marking the occasion at Fiumicino. And here are some recommended reads from our members, all of which are available from the Hamilton Public Library. Visit the Bookmobile at Bennetto Recreation Centre on Tuesday (2:30 to 4:30) and Thursday (6:00 to 8:00). One Thing or the Other by John McFetridge A ‘police procedural’ set in Montreal during the lead up to the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Navigating through the tensions from the threat of terrorism (remember the Baader-Meinhof gang), Quebec sovereignty movement, a police department stretched to manage security, chasing a gang of bank...

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