Non-fiction Works

Non-fiction works is a veritable potpourri of print and e-books. Rooting for Food, a historical cookbook with vegetable recipes from the lean war years, Trailblazers brings to life the 76-year history of the Port Arthur branch of the Loyal Finns in Canada. Poetry books, and a number of interesting essays on literature, philosophy and social issues round out this selection.

Rooting for Food

During the turbulent war years, 1939-1945, Finnish women on the home front struggled to conjure up nutritious meals out of the scant resources available. Rooting for Food gives the reader a sampling of the recipes they used. A chronology of the war in photos and interesting facts give the recipes a historical context. Excerpts from letters, biographies and memoirs give a unique look into life in Finland in those difficult times.

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Rooting for Food has been showcased in an article in Kandan Sanomat.
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“Trailblazers” is what the members of Port Arthur Kansallisseura have sometimes been called. This book brings to life these people and gives the reader a glimpse into their activities. They are shown, not merely as names in recorded entries, but as dedicated, vibrant, funny, talented men and women, striving to make a difference in their time.

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A Hundred Thousand Wild Bouquets

Written by Kaarina Brooks and translated by Eine Rossi.  As the name suggests, this anthology contains  happier poems that Kaarina has written over the years, but which she obviously could not include in her first collection.

It’s the Finn in Me – Melancholy Musings, Alakuloisia Aatoksia

Written and translated by Kaarina Brooks, this poetry book gives you a chance to read the same poem side by side in English and in Finnish. The illustrations, drawn by her further help to reflect the feelings she is trying to convey in the poems.

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