What I Read – January 2016

Daydreams of Angels - Heather O'Neill (Harper Collins, 2015) Transatlantic - Colum McCann (Harper Perennial, 2013) The Humans - Matt Haig (Harper Collins, 2013) Fifteen Dogs - AndrĂ© Alexis (Coach House Books, 2015) A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson (Doubleday Canada, 2015) Thirteen Ways of Looking - Colum McCann (Harper Collins, 2015) The Company… Continue reading What I Read – January 2016

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Book Review: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (Reading with Pearl)

I'm Scottish in the way that a lot of Canadians are. Meaning, a couple hundred years ago some people came from Scotland and had children and they had children and on down the line until I was born. And, like most Canadians again, the Scotishness got mixed up with other Europeans and folks from around… Continue reading Book Review: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (Reading with Pearl)

Book Review: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Coincidentally, I began reading The Omnivore's Dilemma around the same time that my daughter began eating solid foods. Food was on my mind. I quickly realized I was being more discerning about what Pearl ate than I ever am about my own diet. Thinking and planning what my girl should eat, and how she should… Continue reading Book Review: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Book Review: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod

I was surprised to realize that No Great Mischief is Alistair MacLeod's only novel. He's a well-known name in Canadian literature but his reputation comes largely from his short stories. In his novel he displays the same careful prose - each word chosen with deliberation and intent. Like the rest of his writing, No Great… Continue reading Book Review: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod

Book Review: The Pearl by John Steinbeck

I had never read this short novella by John Steinbeck and, seeing as I have a daughter named Pearl, it seemed like it was time to cross this one off the list. Set in an unnamed village on the Gulf of Mexico, the story follows Kino, a poor fisherman and pearl diver, who finds what… Continue reading Book Review: The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Book Review: Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson is best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Orphan Master's Son, which is set in North Korea. Johnson returns to the subject of North Korea in the title story of this collection, Fortune Smiles, but that story and the others here are very diverse. Johnson's slightly cynical style and his frequent focus… Continue reading Book Review: Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson