What I Read – June 2022

Read: Fleishman is in Trouble - Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Random House, 2019) Next Sunday - Nancy Beach & Samantha Beach Kiley (IV Press, 2022) An Island - Karen Jennings (Hogarth, 2022) Five Tuesdays in Winter - Lily King (Grove Press, 2021) 1,000 Coils of Fear - Olivia Wenzel (Catapult, 2022) (translated from German by Priscilla Layne)… Continue reading What I Read – June 2022

Book Review: Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

As I found when I first read Sally Rooney earlier this year, she once more in her latest novel nails human nature. How people communicate, how they react, how they act when they are alone. In Beautiful World, Where Are You, Rooney focuses on slightly older characters, right on the cusp of change that turning… Continue reading Book Review: Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Book Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People - Sally Rooney (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2018) At this point, Sally Rooney probably needs no introduction. All three of her novels have been huge bestsellers and Normal People was turned into a mini-series. I'd sort of written her off as a young Millenial author and as an elder Millenial myself, I assumed… Continue reading Book Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

What I Read – April 2022

READ: Women Talking - Miriam Toews (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018) The Pull of the Moon - Julie Paul (Brindle & Glass, 2014) The Books of Jacob - Olga Tokarczuk (Riverhead Books, 2022) (translated from the Polish by Jennifer Croft) Darling Girl - Liz Michalski (Dutton Books, 2022) The Further Adventures of Miss Petitfour - Anne… Continue reading What I Read – April 2022

Book Review: Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Women Talking - Miriam Toews (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2018) The dominant theme of Miriam Toews' work is the Mennonite people. Mennonites are a unique people group, a religious group that fled Russia many generations ago. Many ended up in Canada as farmers and in time have widely assimilated into modern life. Several of these… Continue reading Book Review: Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Book Review: Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun by Paul Seesequasis

Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun - Paul Seesequasis (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2019) Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun is the culmination of Paul Seesequasis' work to collect photos of Indigenous communities across Canada. The photos are taken by a variety of photographers, some Indigenous and some not, in a variety of places and times. Most… Continue reading Book Review: Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun by Paul Seesequasis

What I Read – August 2021

Read: What Strange Paradise - Omar El Akkad (Penguin Random House Canada, 2021) Interior Chinatown - Charles Yu (Pantheon Books, 2020) A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (Bantam Book, 1989) The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller (Ecco, 2012) Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun - Paul Seesequasis (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2019) Front… Continue reading What I Read – August 2021

What I Read – April 2021

Read: Salt Fat Acid Heat - Samin Nosrat (Simon & Schuster, 2017) Shuggie Bain - Douglas Stuart (Grove Press, 2020) My Heart - Semezdin Mehmedinovic (Catapult, 2021) (translated from the Bosnian by Celia Hawkesworth) The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald (Longman, 1992) The Dogs Are Eating Them Now - Graeme Smith (Alfred A. Knopf… Continue reading What I Read – April 2021

Book Review: Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell

Utopia Avenue - David Mitchell (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2020) For the most part, I quite enjoyed this latest book from David Mitchell. It is an exploration of youth, of dreams, of music. It's set during that unique musical period of the late 1960s, in London. It's a time exploding with creativity and Utopia Avenue… Continue reading Book Review: Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell

Book Review: The Dogs Are Eating Them Now by Graeme Smith

The Dogs Are Eating Them Now - Graeme Smith (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2013) Graeme Smith was a journalist in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2011, writing primarily for The Globe & Mail, Canada's major national newspaper. This book is his look back at his trips to Afghanistan, his experiences, and his changing opinions. When Smith… Continue reading Book Review: The Dogs Are Eating Them Now by Graeme Smith