Canada Reads 2017

Jody Mitic

Defending Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji

Jody Mitic

A 20-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, Jody Mitic served as a master corporal and sniper team leader on three active tours of duty over the course of seven years. One day in 2007, while on a mission in a small Afghan village, he stepped on a landmine and lost both of his legs below the knees. Within three years he was not only walking again - he was running. By 2013, Mitic was starring in the blockbuster reality TV show The Amazing Race Canada. In 2014 he reinvented himself again, winning a seat as a city councillor for Ottawa. Mitic tells his story in the 2015 memoir Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper.

Jody Mitic is defending Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji for Canada Reads 2017.

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Jody Mitic on why Nostalgia is the book Canadians need now:

Nostalgia is based in the future in a world that's been divided into the haves and the have-nots. The haves have figured out a way to live forever, but they don't want to bring their pasts with them. This book will show you that no matter how much you want to change who you are and change your reality, you can never leave your past behind you.