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

Book Review: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

If you've read Sherman Alexie's work before, particularly The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (which I reviewed here) then you likely know a bit of Alexie's story already. His writing is infused with his own life experiences, particularly growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me… Continue reading Book Review: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie