Book Review: The Arsonists’ City by Hala Alyan

The Arsonists' City - Hala Alyan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021) I received an Advanced Readers' Copy of this as book from the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own. This book will be available for purchase March 9, 2021. A family spread out across the globe is reunited in Beirut when their patriarch declares… Continue reading Book Review: The Arsonists’ City by Hala Alyan

Book Review: What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer

What Kind of Woman: Poems - Kate Baer (Harper Perennial, 2020) Kate Baer's debut poetry collection is full of short, punchy poems. They are about women - friends, mothers, wives - and often about how women navigate a world of men. They are sometimes advice, sometimes for a friend or a daughter. My particular favourite… Continue reading Book Review: What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer

Book Review: Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Say Nothing - Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday, 2019) Patrick Radden Keefe's delve into the history of the Irish Troubles is immensely readable and formative. This isn't a topic that particularly grabs my attention and as such is one I know very little about. I can recall, as a child, hearing about Ireland or seeing snippets… Continue reading Book Review: Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Book Review: A Book of Good Stories ed. by G. Fred McNally

A Book of Good Stories - edited by G. Fred McNally (The MacMillan Company of Canada Ltd., 1934) There's a secondhand bookstore in Powell River that I like browsing through when we visit. While there this summer, I brought this book home since I always enjoy a good short story and I wanted to support… Continue reading Book Review: A Book of Good Stories ed. by G. Fred McNally

Book Review: He Must Like You by Danielle Younge-Ullman

He Must Like You - Danielle Young-Ullman (Viking, 2020) I received an Advance Readers Copy of this book. It was released in July 2020. All opinions are my own. I didn't notice the tagline of this young adult novel - "Payback, with a side of fries" - when I was sitting on the kitchen floor,… Continue reading Book Review: He Must Like You by Danielle Younge-Ullman

Book Review: Halfbreed Maria Campbell

Halfbreed - Maria Campbell (McClelland & Stewart, 2019) I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Halfbreed is a memoir by Maria Campbell, the story of her life from childhood into early adulthood. Originally published in 1973 this edition was re-released in 2019 with a new introduction and some… Continue reading Book Review: Halfbreed Maria Campbell

Book Review: Waiting For A Star To Fall by Kerry Clare

Waiting for a Star to Fall - Kerry Clare (Doubleday Canada, 2020) Brooke Ellis is twenty-three and has just quietly returned to her small hometown of Lanark where she's living in a depressing basement apartment and working a quiet job at the local library. She won't tell her parents why she's back or why she… Continue reading Book Review: Waiting For A Star To Fall by Kerry Clare

Book Review: Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Real Life - Brandon Taylor (Riverhead Books, 2020) Real Life takes place primarily over a single weekend in the life of Wallace, a grad student in the Midwest and a young, gay, Black man. He's an introvert and someone who always feels on the outside, no matter who he is with. Over the course of… Continue reading Book Review: Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Book Review: Prayer by Philip Yancey

Prayer - Philip Yancey (Zondervan, 2007) I’ve read several books by Philip Yancey now and I keep coming back to his work because I truly appreciate his honesty, humility, and willingness to admit what he doesn’t know. In this book Yancey tackles the subject of prayer. (Probably could have guessed that.) What is prayer? Why… Continue reading Book Review: Prayer by Philip Yancey

Book Review: Bunny by Mona Awad

Bunny - Mona Awad (Hamish Hamilton, 2019) What even is this book? I didn’t get it at all. And part me is a little embarassed to admit that because this is so clearly a book that's trying to say something and, yes, I get that it’s all a metaphor and kill your darlings and what… Continue reading Book Review: Bunny by Mona Awad