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

Book Review: Astray by Emma Donoghue

Astray - Emma Donoghue (Back Bay Books, 2012) I've loved everything I've read by Emma Donoghue so it shouldn't be surprising that I also loved this short story collection. But I really was blown away. The Wonder showed me that Donoghue excels in historical fiction but I was still so impressed by what she manages… Continue reading Book Review: Astray by Emma Donoghue

Book Review: Bitter Orange Tree by Jokha Alharthi

Butter Orange Tree - Jokha Alharthi (Catapult, 2022) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Publication Date: 10 May 2022 Bitter Orange Tree is the follow-up novel to Jokha Alharthi's Man Book International Prize winning Celestial Bodies. While I haven't read Alharthi's previous work, I was familiar with… Continue reading Book Review: Bitter Orange Tree by Jokha Alharthi

Book Review: Darling Girl by Liz Michalski

I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Publication date: 3 May 2022 Holly Darling is the granddaughter of Wendy - yes, that Wendy. Two generations removed from the famous tale, Holly has grown up in the shadow of her family's famous story. There… Continue reading Book Review: Darling Girl by Liz Michalski

Book Review: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This was a book that had been languishing on my shelf and my TBR for quite some time, forgotten by me. When I recently re-organized a bookshelf, I came across it and it struck me as perhaps a good book for me to read at this time. Over the past couple of years, our family… Continue reading Book Review: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Book Review: The Figgs by Ali Bryan

The Figgs - Ali Bryan (Freehand Books, 2018) The Figgs feels like a family you might really know. Your best friend's family or the family who lives down the straight. Bryan nails the dynamic of adult siblings and she creates a comfortable, often hilarious group of characters. June and Randy thought their retirement years would… Continue reading Book Review: The Figgs by Ali Bryan

Book Review: The Pull of the Moon by Julie Paul

The Pull of the Moon - Julie Paul (Brindle & Glass, 2014) This was a fine collection of short stories. And I mean that in a complimentary manner. This short story collection had languished on my TBR for years and so when I needed something quick and sweet to mix up my reading, I requested… Continue reading Book Review: The Pull of the Moon by Julie Paul

Book Review: Red Paint by Sash taqʷšəblu LaPointe

Red Paint - Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe (Counterpoint, 2022) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Publication date: March 8, 2022. The subtitle of this memoir is "The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk." I was interested in this intersection of punk and Coast Salish identity. LaPointe is… Continue reading Book Review: Red Paint by Sash taqʷšəblu LaPointe

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: Heartbroke by Chelsea Bieker

Heartbroke - Chelsea Bieker (Catapult, 2022) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Publication date: 5 April 2022 As many do, I tend to picture California as a land of wealth and excess. Sun, surf, beautiful people. But of course California is large and full of many regions… Continue reading Book Review: Heartbroke by Chelsea Bieker