Book Review: We Went to the Woods by Caite Dolan-Leach

We Went to the Woods - Caite Dolan-Leach (Random House, 2019) Have you ever wanted to escape from the world? From your life? Have you ever been young and a bit desperate? Have you ever fallen in love with the idea of a person rather than truly the person themselves? You might sympathize with Mack… Continue reading Book Review: We Went to the Woods by Caite Dolan-Leach

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Book Review: Aria by Nazanine Hozar

Aria - Nazanine Hozar (Alfred A. Knopf, 2019) This book was a delightful surprise. I picked it up from the library as part of my Writers Fest Challenge, as Nazanine Hozar will be speaking at the Festival as one of the New Voices. I knew very little about the novel so it was quite lovely… Continue reading Book Review: Aria by Nazanine Hozar

What I Read – July 2019

READ: Say Say Say - Lila Savage (Alfred A. Knopf, 2019) Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead - Olga Tokarczuk (Riverhead Books, 2019) (translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones) Reproduction - Ian Williams (Random House Canada, 2019) The Porpoise - Mark Haddon (Bond Street Books, 2019) Watermark - Christy Ann Conlin… Continue reading What I Read – July 2019

Book Review: Moccasin Square Gardens by Richard Van Camp

Moccasin Square Gardens - Richard Van Camp (Douglas & McIntyre, 2019) The words that come to mind when I think about this collection of short stories are "delightfully weird". Aliens, small towns, Indigenous politics, and aliens. I really don't know what to compare this to because I don't think I've ever read a collection quite… Continue reading Book Review: Moccasin Square Gardens by Richard Van Camp

Book Review: A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground - Alicia Elliott (Doubleday Canada, 2019) I'm hesitant to write a review of A Mind Spread out on the Ground. Not because I didn't enjoy it - I really did, sneaking sessions of reading throughout my day and after my kids were in bed. Elliott's writing is concise… Continue reading Book Review: A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott

Book Review: Cookbooks I Like

This is a picture of my kitchen counter on a Saturday morning. Cooking pancakes (one cooling on a plate for Pearl) and planning our meals for the coming week. We do our big grocery shop once a week, usually on Saturday mornings. I cook five or six of those meals. (I'm the one who is… Continue reading Book Review: Cookbooks I Like

Book Review: Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui

Chop Suey Nation - Ann Hui (Douglas & McIntyre, 2019) I will freely confess that I am a Chinese food snob. I'm obviously not Chinese but I was born in Hong Kong and I grew up in Vancouver, a city filled with Chinese people and amazing Chinese restaurants. My family ate Chinese food quite frequently… Continue reading Book Review: Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui