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Oddly, although I have plenty of books tagged "Canada", I only have three tagged as "Canadiana" - and they're all by people with the surname Ferguson :-)
That said, it's been interesting watching the changing most commonly shared book list as new member are joining. For a moment I saw one of my "you and none other" books listed. Only in Canuckistan.
I'm wondering: if you had to choose one Canuckistani book (fiction or non-fiction, doesn't matter), not your favourite perhaps but the one you think is most interesting or distinctive... and that you'd never, ever sell or let go of... what would it be?
It's not in my library yet, but I'm very fond of Two Little Savages by Ernest Thompson Seton. It's a charming book about three boys who explore woodcraft in a semi-wild area north of Toronto. Among other things, it makes you realize what a powerful thing the (Woodcraft Indians youth movement might have been if Baden-Powell hadn't ripped off his ideas, added more than a dash of militarism, and created Scouting.
I have what I think is a decent collection of Canadian books, but it by no means forms the majority of my personal library.
Hmmm ... I always have trouble with these 'pick one book' scenarios, but I'll give it a go. I would have to say ... (oh, the pressure!) ... Timothy Findley's Not Wanted on the Voyage. It's irreverent, original and one of my favorite novels, Canadian or otherwise.
It would be hard to pick one author or one book as a favorite. Findley is a new discovery having read "The Piano Man's Daughter" and "Telling of Lies" a couple of months ago. I've also always loved reading Robertson Davies and Margaret Atwood.
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