Book Review: Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Of all the finalists for Canada Reads 2014, I found Half-Blood Blues the easiest to read. Yes, the event that is so central to Half-Blood Blues is awful: “Paris, 1940. A brilliant jazz musician, Hiero, is arrested by the Nazis and never heard from again. He is twenty years old. He is a German citizen.…

Book Review: Cockroach by Rawi Hage

I found this book a challenging read. In fact, it took me so far out of my personal comfort zone that I was tempted to permanently close its pages several times while reading the first few chapters. But since I’d made a commitment to myself to read all the contenders for Canada Reads 2014, I…

Book Review: The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has imagined a fantastically plausible future. In The Year of the Flood, she describes how things might unfold: environmental mayhem, drastic climate change and genetic engineering gone wrong. Given the main themes, I expected this book to be a little depressing. Instead, I was fascinated by so many aspects of the novel: Chapters…

One Bibliophile, One Sign, Five Books

I love to read! At night, as a teen, I’d lean over the edge of my bed to read books by the light from the hallway way past my official bed time. I still read every night but thanks to my bedside lamp, I no longer worry about eye strain! Given my life-long love of…

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Book Review: Becoming Water by Mike Demuth

I have a short stack of Rocky Mountain Books’ manifestos sitting on my bedside table. The first three books I read in the manifesto series were on topics of great interest to me: beavers, bees and gardening. Becoming Water – Glaciers in a Warming World, is one of several titles the kind folks at RMB…