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A Year of Living Generously

December 2010
"The stories Scanlan shares are heartbreaking and uplifting all at once, and are nothing if not lessons in humility and selflessness…This is a book for everyone who cares about anyone."
Summerland Review, Dec 2, 2010
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A Year of Living Generously

November 2010
"In chronicling his year of immersion in the world of do-gooders, Scanlan favours journalistic sensibility and observation over emotional hand-wringing, and the result is an unusually intelligent, thoughtful, engaging and, at times, provocative reflection on some of the most pressing issues of our time: homelessness, crime, poverty, aboriginal rights, the environment."
Globe & Mail Top 100 for 2010, Nov 27, 2010
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A Year of Living Generously

July 2010

“It’s the ordinary person Scanlan is interested in...the stories he relates are believable and moving...his book is illuminating...not only does he give us the detailed background of each organizations he’s involved with, but he humanizes the experience; we become connected with the helpers and the helped. Ultimately, this connection is the pathway to caring.”

Vancouver Sun, Jul 31, 2010
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A Year of Living Generously

June 2010

A Year of Living Generously is an ingenious, richly executed book...In this era of philanthropy, volunteerism, government cuts, unprecedented growth of not-for-profit organizations and increasing need, Scanlan’s book is also a timely reflection on our society. It is a mix of the ‘important’ and the ‘great read.’”

National Post, Jun 26, 2010
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A Year of Living Generously

June 2010

“There's a lot to be learned from [A Year of Living Generously] and from Scanlan's experiences. This is a political book, and one that calls its readers to act. The author spends a lot of time asking people what they have to give, and why they should want to. I was thinking about this book long after I'd finished it, and was wondering what I could be doing to make the world a better place. In my mind, these thoughts mean that Scanlan's book accomplished its mission.”

Daily Herald Tribune, Jun 25, 2010
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A Year of Living Generously

June 2010

“In A Year of Living Generously, Scanlan, an engaging writer with a dry wit and a fine eye for detail, has done many things: he has produced a thoughtful and thought-provoking book about some of the most crucial issues of the day, from poverty and homelessness to pollution and international development. He has given a voice to the disenfranchised and shown that the helper and the helped are often separated only by a twist of fate... [And] he makes a compelling and eloquent case in the book's epilogue for a concerted approach that encompasses social justice as well as government responsibility.”

Montreal Gazette, Jun 19, 2010
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A Year of Living Generously

June 2010

A Year of Living Generously, Scanlan's memoir of spending one month each visiting 12 groups of aid recipients, is an inspired idea to put some humanity on the bones of his determination that philanthropy and charity are all well and good but not good enough...The result is a book packed with extraordinary characters fighting personal battles that—in the Canadian stories—are alien to any conventional image of an ordinary Canadian life...A Year of Living Generously is an ingenious, richly executed book...Every philanthropist should buy at least one copy and every citizen, volunteer or not, should read it.”

Ottawa Citizen, Jun 13, 2010
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A Year of Living Generously

June 2010

“While reading Scanlan's experiences you get an idea of the incredible help that is required [by charitable organizations]... and how a single person, with a little time, can make a significant, positive difference in the lives of others...Reading A Year of Living Generously will not only provide you with the shortcomings of those systems designed to help those who require assistance, but it will provide you with ideas of how you can help and, quite possibly, inspire you to do so. A Year of Living Generously is an important read.”

Simcoe.com, Jun 12, 2010
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A Year of Living Generously

May 2010

“It features indefatigable reporting, three-dimensional portraits of the poor and disadvantaged and shrewd examinations of public-policy issues concerning poverty, health and the environment -- all packaged in writing that's lucid and laced with literary flair.”

Winnipeg Free Press, May 10, 2010
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A Year of Living Generously

May 2010

“What sets [Scanlan’s] adventures apart is that his first-hand experiences take a backseat to highlighting the organizations and the issues. Shining a light on the volunteers, Scanlan exposes their uplifting stories, but also how their invisibility reflects the invisibility of their issues.”

Telegraph-Journal, May 8, 2010
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