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Book Review: The McDavid Effect: Connor McDavid and the New Hope for Hockey

Having followed the hockey career of Edmonton Oilers prodigy Connor McDavid since his entrance into the Ontario Hockey League several years ago, I was certainly interested in picking up the book “The McDavid Effect: Connor McDavid and the New Hope for Hockey.”

Since my library didn’t own a copy, I put in an interlibrary loan request, and the book arrived shortly after from the library at St. Lawrence University. The really interesting thing about this book is how new it is; it was released in October 2016, making it less than a year old. It speaks on a lot of history, but also includes a lot of relevant, very recent information. I don’t know that I’ve ever read such an up-to-date book.

Although the title of this book starts with “The McDavid Effect,” it is not just about Connor McDavid. Instead, it is about McDavid and his path through junior hockey and into the NHL, even through his rookie season, yes; but it is also about the Edmonton Oilers franchise, then and now. It is a captivating story that discusses the history of the Oilers franchise, their glory years, their downfall, and now, the arrival of McDavid and the new hope that it has brought to the city & franchise.

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Learning About the Civil War

After attending the Civil War reenactments a few weekends ago in Mumford, I have to admit my interest in the Civil War and history. was piqued.

I took several history courses throughout school. In high school, it was global followed by AP European History & AP American History. In college, I took two American history courses, as well as a Canadian history course (which I found quite interesting). I considered adding a minor in history of European countries, but it was late in my college career by that point and would have set me back.

Now, however, I find myself intrigued by history once again. Working at a library, I’m surrounded by heaps of books on the topic – so I selected one and have begun reading it. Pictured to the left, this book is all LISTS of facts concerning the American Civil War (1861 – 1865).

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