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Carol Shields

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I just bought French Farmhouses and Cottages, by Paul Walshe, with photos by John Miller. It’s just a beautiful book. I love domestic architecture and I love France, so this is a wonderful book for me…. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien, is not a new book, but I’m always behind. I’m reading the title story, and it’s quite astonishing. I usually don’t read war stories, but this one transcends that genre. I’m rereading True North, by Jill Ker Conway. It mostly takes place in Canada in the ’70s when there were changes taking place in the University [of Toronto] in terms of women’s participation and women’s courses. I kept thinking, Good heavens, where was I during this era?

Carol Shields won a 1995 Pulitzer Prize for The Stone Diaries.

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