I picked this one up based on someone’s recommendation posted on the cbc reads website after they asked who were Canada’s funniest female writers.
The book describes Gill‘s year-long quest at the age of about 30 to fulfill a list of her childhood dreams — learning to swim, going to Disney World, and living in New York, to name a few. As one of four children raised by strict immigrant parents, she missed out on the quintessential North American childhood milestones and decided to make up for it in a year of her adulthood.
Gill is a great writer. I find that these kind of autobiographical non-fiction books aren’t really my thing, though. I wasn’t wowed. Even though Gill is super talented, and the idea for the year of her life (and thus the subject of the book ) was an interesting one, the book kinda made me think, “They will publish books about anything.” Perhaps part of the problem is that I don’t identify with Gill as an adult. I love nature and books, not TV and junk food.