Book Review: We Run the Tides by Vendela Vida

We Run the Tides - Vendela Vida (Ecco, 2021) We Run the Tides is set in San Francisco, the wealthy neighbourhood of Sea Cliff, in 1984-1985. This is San Francisco pre-tech boom, a place of wealth but also a hippy city set on the ocean, where the inhabitants have acquired their wealth in a variety… Continue reading Book Review: We Run the Tides by Vendela Vida

Book Review: A Womb in the Shape of a Heart by Joanne Gallant

A Womb in the Shape of a Heart - Joanne Gallant (Nimbus Publishing, 2021) Like many women, Joanne Gallant expected to get pregnant easily and never questioned her own fertility. Happily married and in her late twenties, Gallant and her husband Joey eagerly planned for the family they wanted. A paediatric nurse, Gallant knew more… Continue reading Book Review: A Womb in the Shape of a Heart by Joanne Gallant

Book Review: Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge

Strange Beasts of China - Yan Ge (Melville House, 2020) (translated from the Chinese by Jeremy Tang) Our unnamed narrator lives in the city of Yong'an. It is a city where humans live side by side in a tremulous peace with various kinds of beasts. Some of these beasts are frequently present in the humans… Continue reading Book Review: Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge

Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic - Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey, 2020) Noemi is a young socialite in Mexico City in the mid-20th century. She likes parties and dancing and socializing. Noemi is smart and therefore aware that some of her greatest power lies in her place in society as a flirtatious, young woman. When a strange and confusing… Continue reading Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Book Review: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain (Canterbury Classics, 2012) Huckleberry Finn is our hero and our narrator in this adventure novel that is really so much more than an adventure novel. Huck lives in Missouri, some time in the mid-19th century. The story begins after The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and we find Tom… Continue reading Book Review: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Book Review: Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

Five Little Indians - Michelle Good (Harper Perennial, 2020) At the age of sixteen, Lucy ages out of the residential school that she has attended for the last ten years. Put on a boat and given a bus ticket to Vancouver, she arrives on the Downtown Eastside with no world experience and a deep history… Continue reading Book Review: Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

Book Review: Jesus and John Wayne by Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Jesus and John Wayne - Kristin Kobes Du Mez (Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2020) The word "evangelize" means, simply, to preach the gospel. To preach what Christians refer to as "the good news". This is something Christians are instructed to do, by Jesus Christ, in a Biblical passage commonly referred to as The Great Commission. (Matthew… Continue reading Book Review: Jesus and John Wayne by Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Book Review: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Piranesi - Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020) Whoa. This book absolutely blew me away. It was engaging, charming, creepy, and entirely readable. It pulled me into its world so thoroughly, every page feeling like it revealed secrets so that I felt drawn into the strange and wonderful world that Susanna Clarke has created here. Initially,… Continue reading Book Review: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

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

Book Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller (Ecco, 2012) The story of the Trojan War has been told countless times and in countless ways. It's amazing that a tale so old and so familiar can still be compelling and yet Madeline Miller had me rushing through this novel to find out what happens. (Warning: This… Continue reading Book Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller