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Our next book for Western Reads is "Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom" by Angie Abdou, MA’92! Join us on Instagram and Goodreads for our first online discussion on November 14th.

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  • Host Carly

    Meet our host
    Carly is a proud Western alum (PhD '07). She completed her PhD in the School of Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Wamsley and she worked closing with the International Centre for Olympic Studies. Currently, Carly is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. In 2017 she was appointed a Board of Governors Research Chair (Tier II – Humanities). Carly is also a founding member of the Centre for Oral History and Tradition. She was recently appointed to the honoured members selection committee for the Canada Sports Hall of Fame. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Sport History Review (2016-2022). Carly is also a sport mom, a recreational hockey player and she lives in Lethbridge, Alberta with her husband Jay and their two kids, Avery and Quinn.

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    Meet the book

    Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom

    Over 570,000 people are registered in Hockey Canada and over 600,000 in Hockey USA. It’s a national obsession. But what does that really mean when your child wants to play on a team? As a former varsity athlete and university instructor teaching sport literature, novelist Angie Abdou is no stranger to sport obsession, but she finds herself conflicted when faced with the reality of the struggles, joys, and strains of having a child in amateur hockey. In Home Ice, with equal parts humour and anguish, Abdou charts a full season of life as an Atom-level hockey mom, from summer hockey camp to the end-of-season tournament. Her revealing stories and careful research on issues such as cost, gender bias, concussion, and family pressures offer a compellingly honest and complex insider’s view of parenting today’s young athlete in a competitive and high-pressure culture.

  • Angie Abdou

    Meet the author

    Angie is a Canadian author whose publication record includes the novels The Bone Cage (a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011 defended by NHL star Georges Laraque) and, most recently, In Case I Go (2017, Arsenal Press). With her seventh book, Abdou turns her attention to nonfiction. Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom chronicles the year in the life of a busy sport family. A starred review in Booklist calls Home Ice a first-rate memoir, a fine example of narrative nonfiction, and a must-read for parents with youngsters in organized sport. Angie completed a M.A. in English at the University of Western Ontario in 1991 and did most of a PhD in Medieval Studies there before switching to University of Calgary to complete her Ph.D. in Canadian Literature and Creative Writing. Angie also swam for the Western Mustangs from 1995-97 (while she was busy not finishing her UWO Ph.D.). Angie is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University.

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