Books on Beechwood's Hilary Porter on the books that are popular in her Ottawa store
This interview originally aired on March 28, 2020.
Hilary Porter is the manager of Books on Beechwood, an independent bookstore based in Ottawa. The store has been around for more than 25 years and carries various genres but specializes in political and history books.
Porter told The Next Chapter about what books are popular in her store.
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"The subtitle for this book reads: 'More excerpts from the personal notebooks of former Canadian diplomats.' It's a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at what life is like as a foreign diplomat.
"It has some funny vignettes, some touching ones and neat stories that you wouldn't otherwise hear about some of our foreign ambassadors."
"We get a lot of customers who come into the store and they don't know what it is they're looking for. But if they want a good book, we often reach for this one.
It's a story about family, betrayal, love and ultimately forgiveness.
"It's set just after the Second World War and it travels forward about five decades. It's a family saga centred around two siblings and the ups and downs in their lives. It's a story about family, betrayal, love and ultimately forgiveness. It's a lovely read."
"It's the story of her life from childhood through to when she was named the first woman chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.
People are fascinated by Beverley's life and everything she's overcome over the years.
"People are fascinated by Beverley's life and everything she's overcome over the years. She's also a local author — so she'll pop in every now and then to sign books for us.
Hilary Porter's comments have been edited for length and clarity.