Where — I’ve asked myself repeatedly — is the book that sums up the N.W.T., tackles the confusion and history of it and does it in an engaging, complex, real way? It’s here.
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
“How prepared are we now?” Barry asks, writing sometime in 2004, after finishing his definitive account of the 1918 flu pandemic. His biggest worry had to do with “governments and the truth.”
An Arctic Man, the classic memoir by Hudson Bay Boy Ernie Lyall
This book is an actual classic, or at least the cover of the 2011 re-issue I have says it is, and that cover is right.
Life Among the Qallunaat, a vital memoir by Mini Aodla Freeman
If you want a detailed, human, funny and tragic picture of changing Inuit life in Canada in the 1950s and ‘60s, look no further.
The Greenlandic phenomenon of Last Night in Nuuk
I bow to anyone who lives in a city the size of Nuuk (17,000) and writes a book that is this honest and sex-fuelled.
Georgia: An Arctic Diary offers sketches of life in Igloolik in 1982, with a central mystery
I’m weirdly fascinated by this book. More by its existence than its actual contents.
About this blog
Northreads will feature articles and reviews of books, new and old, that are about Canada’s North, with a heavy emphasis on the Eastern Arctic and the N.W.T. The goal is create the ultimate reading list for people who want to know more about Canada North of 60.