This is a wonderful memoir about Adrienne Clarkson. It is inspiring and encouraging, and it shows what we can accomplish if only we dream big and have the urge and ability to bring about our dreams in a bold and consistent fashion.
Adrienne’s Clarkson’s beginnings were difficult. She comes from immigrant parents who escaped Japanese-occupied Hong Kong in 1942. Her parents came from difficult circumstances and Clarkson had to live through some of these difficulties too.
Clarkson grew up in Ottawa. She studied in Toronto and France, and launched a CBC television career that lasted close to 30 years. Then in 1999, Clarkson returned to Ottawa to become Canada’s twenty-sixty Governor General. She transformed the office through her commitment, style and compassion. She travelled thousands of miles to small communities in Canada and abroad. Clarkson reached out especially to the aboriginal population. She met with many international figures such as Queen Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela and Vladimir Putin, just to name a few.
Heart Matters does a lot more than list all of these important visits and events in Clarkson’s life. It also chronicles as astonishing journey through a lot of hardship, one that can be very deeply inspiring. Clarkson always appeared poised and put together. But underneath her life was anything but.
The book is written with honesty and poignancy. It is a book that most people will not want to put down once they start reading it. I know I didn’t. What an amazingly accomplished woman, one that all Canadians can be proud of and who will be spoken about the studied for many years to come.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth