Book Review: Dissident Doctor by Michael C. Klein

Dissident Doctor - Michael C. Klein (Douglas & McIntyre, 2018) Like me, you might not recognize Michael Klein's name. You might better know his daughter, Naomi. But as I read Dissident Doctor I came to understand just how Klein has influenced my own life. Klein details his decades of medical experience, his career as a… Continue reading Book Review: Dissident Doctor by Michael C. Klein

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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: Dear Current Occupant by Chelene Knight

Dear Current Occupant - Chelene Knight (Book*hug, 2019) I read this short book in one afternoon after returning home from the library. It brought back a deep and strange nostalgia. The houses I grew up in, the neighbourhoods, the streets. Chelene Knight and I grew up in the 1990s, in east Vancouver, sometimes blocks away… Continue reading Book Review: Dear Current Occupant by Chelene Knight

Book Review: The Woo Woo by Lindsay Wong

The Woo Woo - Lindsay Wong (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018) I really wanted to like this book. It sounded like the kind of quirky memoir I would enjoy. I was curious to read Wong's portrayal of Vancouver and her story of her crazy Chinese family. I thought I'd find more here that was familiar, even… Continue reading Book Review: The Woo Woo by Lindsay Wong

Book Review: Leaving the Witness by Amber Scorah

Leaving the Witness - Amber Scorah (Viking, 2019) I received an Advance Readers Copy of this book. It will be on sale June 4, 2019. Leaving the Witness is a very personal and honest memoir of Amber Scorah's experience as a Jehovah's Witness missionary in Shanghai. Growing up in the restrictive boundaries of the Witnesses,… Continue reading Book Review: Leaving the Witness by Amber Scorah

Book Review: The Education of Augie Merasty by Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter

The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir - Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter (University of Regina Press, 2015) With the advent of the Truth and Reconciliation Project in Canada, there has been an increase in stories being told about residential schools. Some of these are oral, some have been written down. There… Continue reading Book Review: The Education of Augie Merasty by Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter

Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover

Educated - Tara Westover (Harper Collins, 2019) It feels strange to write a book review of such a personal memoir. Tara Westover's memoir of growing up with survivalist parents and a paranoid father who kept them out of school and away from doctors is compelling and very readable. It also feels incomplete. Westover grew up… Continue reading Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover