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About meLeslie Shimotakahara is a writer and "recovering academic," who wanted to be simply a writer from before the time she could read. Hard-pressed to answer her parents’ question of how she would support herself as a writer, Leslie got drawn into the labyrinthine study of literature, completing her B.A. in Honours English from McGill in 2000, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Modern American Literature from Brown in 2006. After graduation, she taught English at St. Francis Xavier University for two years. Leslie woke up one morning and realized that she’d had enough of the Ivory Tower. The fact that she wasn’t doing what she wanted to do with her life loomed over her, and the realization was startling. It was time to stop studying and passively observing life and do something real instead. She needed to discover herself and tell her own story. Her blog at and the memoir she is currently writing are her foray.

About my libraryAs my blog chronicles, I am most interested in the novels that have uplifted and inspired me at crisis points in my life. As you read about my turbulent exit from academia and journey toward happiness, I hope you will share your favourite novels and how they have helped you deal with the emotional highs and lows of life.... Read about my journey at

GroupsCanadian Bookworms, Romance - from historical to contemporary, Social and Literary criticism in our times


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Real nameLeslie Shimotakahara

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