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CanLit150

Celebrate more than 150 years of Canada with 150 books.

Susanna Kearsley Recommends

Years of Sorrow, Years of Shame: The Story of the Japanese Canadians in World War II by Barry Broadfoot

From Kearsley: “If I could give all Canadians one book to read, it would be Years of Sorrow, Years of Shame: The Story of the Japanese Canadians in World War II, by Barry Broadfoot. Of all his oral history books, this one has always hit me hardest in the heart, reminding me that even though we always like to pride ourselves on being ‘nice’ in Canada, we have a dark side too, and we should always keep these voices and their memories in our mind, so that we don’t go down that path again. Especially with all that’s going on now in the world, I think this book is one that should be on the shelves of all Canadians.”

Years of Sorrow, Years of Shame: The Story of the Japanese Canadians in World War II (1977)

(From Goodreads)

Traces the basesless suspicions, discrimination, hardships and the humor with searing honesty, excellent book.

Barry Broadfoot

(From Goodreads)

Barry Broadfoot was an interviewer and history writer.

His historical research consisted of interviewing various Canadians from all over the country about their memories of their lives during specific historical periods such as the Great Depression and World War II.

In 1997, Broadfoot was made a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour.