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They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up Eternity Martis McClelland & Stewart, March

Xtra senior editor Eternity Martis enrolled at the Western University in part to escape an abusive boyfriend, her doting grandparents, and her complicated feelings toward her absentee father. But what Martis discovered at the school was a culture of racism and sexism driving other students of colour away. Martis describes the challenges she and others face in fighting for safe spaces to learn.

Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder: A Memoir Julia Zarankin Douglas & McIntyre, May

At 35, Julia Zarankin had no aspirations to become a passionate birdwatcher, let alone find love or pleasure in the pastime. The selfproclaimed birdsplainer connects her newfound avian appreciation to her own migratory life.

Moments of Glad Grace Alison Wearing ECW Press, April

Alison Wearing follows up her bestselling memoir, Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter, with another book about her relationship with her father, Joe. Wearing accompanies Joe – now in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease – to Ireland on a bittersweet and occasionally comical quest in search of their ancestral history.

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